Wheel of Fortune game
by Amanda Nettgen
Wheel of Fortune game: Disney edition
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Disney Wheel of Fortune plays pretty much exactly like the regular Wheel of Fortune board game, just with a Disney twist. You’ll have to know your Bambi, as every single word puzzle is Disney.
The game and gameplay
The front of the box is plastered with your typical onslaught of Disney characters, identical to other traditional board games with a Disney take.
Open it up and you’ll appreciate the Disney “frame” that goes around the puzzle board, and the oh-so-cute Mickey wheel (really, the best Disney part of the game). Snap the optional fake prize wedges onto the spinner, assign a banker and host, slide a paper puzzle sheet (96 phrases in all), and you’re good to go.
The highest-spinning player goes first. Just like on the show, each guess begins by spinning the dollar wheel (unless you’re buying a vowel). Whatever you land on determines the flat value for each letter you choose accurately.
Whoever is the host will look up the letters you hypothesize and in turn, slide those windows on the game board down to reveal their presence (it’s no Vanna, but hey). Keep going unless you guess wrong, land on Lose a Turn, or spin yourself Bankrupt.
A good strategy is to keep spinning even after you know what the solution is, to rack up more and more souvenir money. Keep in mind, though, that your odds of landing on Bankrupt are indeed greater than not having to wait in line for two hours at Splash Mountain.
Solved the puzzle? Congrats, you keep your round’s earnings while the other players don’t. Play for four rounds, then make like the Pirates of the Caribbean and compare your gold.
Pros and cons
If you love Disney and like Wheel of Fortune, or love Wheel of Fortune and like Disney, then this game could be a good fit. It has the potential to bridge to the age gap for games amongst Disney lovers in your household.
I wouldn’t recommend sitting your six- or seven- or even eight-year-old kids down and expecting them to have fun on their own, though (even if they are Disney addicts). Wheel of Fortune is primarily an adult show/game, and it may not be interesting for most kids who aren’t used to serious word games.
They can slap Donald Duck and Pooh Bear all over the game as much as they want, but at the end of the day, it’s an adult idea first and foremost. Unless your kids know and look forward to the Wheel of Fortune/Jeopardy line up like I did, you might need to help them out on this one.