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Monopoly Disney Edition
Member Name: pinkrules
Monopoly Disney Edition
Advantages: It's Monopoly AND Disney - can't go wrong
Disadvantages: No new corner squares (i'm being picky)
The original version of monopoly was created in 1934, during the Great Depression. This Disney version was created in 2001, almost 70 years later, which shows that monopoly is such a timeless classic.
There are so many different variations of monopoly on sale these days that I'm sure most people own/have owned at least one version. I know I, for one own several different versions, because even though you are playing by exactly the same rules, as there are different places, characters etc it feels like a totally different game. And that is the beauty of monopoly, even though it is such a well known and well loved game, every time you play it will be different.
I have always loved Disney films, so when I saw the Disney Monopoly I knew I had to have it.
Every little thing about the game seems to have been thought about with a lot of care. On the box there are a host of Disney characters, that are recognisable to most people, with, of course, the trademark Monopoly logo. So straight away, just by looking at the box you know you are going to get a top quality game.
As I presume that most people know how to play Monopoly (if not why not??) I won't go into detail about the game rules, as there are no differences in the way that Disney Monopoly is played compared to the original monopoly, as it follows the same game rules. The only differences being those affected by the change of design, such as, instead of buying streets, stations and utilities, you are buying scenes from films, transport and magic powers.
Apart from having a Disney theme, there is a very familiar layout. Instead of buying streets, you buy scenes from the classic Disney films. However, on the board it just shows the name of the film, it is only on the deed cards that it shows the actual name of the scene. Here is a list of the film, scene, and colour they represent on the board:
Tarzan - Jungle Treehouse
Toy Story - Andy's Room
Peter Pan - Neverland
Pocahontas - Riverbed Path
Snow White - Dwarfs Cottage
Dumbo - The Circus Tent
Beauty and the Beast - Enchanted Castle
The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Grotto
The Jungle Book - King Louie's Hideout
The Rescuers - Bayou Boulevard
The Fox and the Hound - Widow Tweed's Farm
Lady and the Tramp - Tony's Restaurant
Steamboat Willie - Steamboat Landing
Sleeping Beauty - Woodcutter's Cottage
Alice in Wonderland - White Rabbit's Cottage
Mulan - Emperor's Palace
Cinderella - Royal Castle
Aladdin - Cave of Wonders
Pinocchio - Pleasure Island
Bambi - Bambi's Meadow
The Lion King - Pride Rock
101 Dalmatians - Dalmatian Plantation
I think that due to the fact that this game incorporates so many films, it is unlikely that everyone has seen them all. In the instructions booklet, there is a little bit of information about each film, with a few facts about when it was released, and awards it has released.
The stations have been replaced with well-known modes of transport, which are:
Cruella De Vil's Car
Aladdin's flying Carpet
Captain Hook's Pirate Ship
'Magic Moments' and 'Show Time' have replaced 'Chance' and 'Community Chest' cards. My personal favourite of these has to be "break Cinderella's glass slipper, pay 50".
The only squares that haven't changed are the four corner squares, which is the only thing I think lets this game down, but I think that's just me being really picky because I love every other part of this game! I just think they should have been changed to something Disney to keep in with the feel of the rest of the game. But that's just my opinion.
All of the locations, apart from the show time, magic moments and transport are metallic, which I think makes it the nicest looking board out of all of the ones I have seen.
All of the monetary values for this version are the same as normal monopoly, so all the properties cost the same, so same rent values etc.
The game tokens all characters from the Disney films (8 in total) and there is a surprising amount of detail on each one, so it is very easy to tell who each of the characters are supposed to be. They are also quite heavy, so the ones that are supposed to be standing do actually stay standing. The characters are:
Alice (in wonderland)
Pinocchio - my personal favourite
Mowgli (jungle book)
Lady and the Tramp
There are 2 dice included, both all glittery, 1 blue and 1 yellow
The houses and hotels are now castles and cottages. There is so much detail on these, especially the castles, but you have to see it to believe it!
The money is in the same denominations as the normal monopoly, so nothing out of the ordinary there.
This version still sells for around £20, which is the same as most other special editions (apart from the electronic ones, which are higher)
All in all I think this is an amazing game. Would I recommend it??? Yes of course I would, without a doubt,
Summary: Fun game, that will bring hours of enjoyment