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My best friend knows we are big Disney fans in our house, my two kids have grown up with Mickey, Donald and friends and really do enjoy playing with them. My friend bought my little four year old girl a Disney snakes and ladders set for her birthday and we really enjoy playing it.
Snakes and ladders is such a simple game but it's perfect for learning numbers and counting and about taking your turn (although my two year old boy isn't so good at this portion yet) but we still have fun playing it. The original game is very simple, just a plain board with snakes and ladders so of course Disney have added their magical spin to it and included pictures of all your favourite characters in a very fun way on the board.
I have to say though, when we first started playing it, it was a little confusing as to what were ladders and what were snakes and whether we could go up and down certain trails. The board is perhaps a little bit busy for me, I think there is a little bit too much going on as absolutely every square has a character on it with lots of sparkle, magic and colour going on around it so sometimes it's difficult to see the snakes for the ladders. Let me explain. On square 18 there is a picture of Aladdin with the magic lamp and a big puff of smoke coming from it leading up to square 42 where we see the Genie in the bottle. On first glance it is quite hard to see whether this is a good thing and you need to go up the plume of smoke or whether this takes you down. After further inspection there is an thin arrow line pointing upwards telling you the way to go and this is included on all of the arrows however there are some arrows that go down as down the ladders so again I found this portion a little bit confusing.
However, having said that, I do like the way they have linked two different squares with characters from the same story and included parts of the Disney story in the game. For example on square 13 we see a little Alice in Wonderland pictured next to a bottle saying Drink Me. We are then taken to square number 47 where we see a big sized Alice.
Just about every Disney character you can imagine is pictured on this board, from Lilo, Stitch, Lady and the Tramp, Dumbo and Woody to Mickey, Pooh, Tigger and Piglet. The characters are all really colourful like I've said above and really cute. The board is cardboard but folds down to a quarter of its size so it's very easy to store and doesn't take up too much room although we just keep it in its original box.
There are four play pieces, shaped as Mickey Mouse ears of course, who else could they be! There is a red one, a green one, a blue one and a yellow one so I think this is a really fun way for kids to learn their colours. The makers of this board game rate it from aged 4 plus and I would say this is about fair. My four year old girl is just figuring out how to play it properly. In the beginning she was rolling the dice but not moving how she was supposed to, she was moving to a square where her favourite character was and then she didn't really have the patience to finish the whole game but slowly, each time we play she is getting better and really starting to enjoy it, as am I because its a fun game we can play together.