If there is one thing my family loves, it’s board games. We have a huge collection that varies from treasured classics to more recent favorites that will all stick around on our shelves for many years to come. Last year when the folks at Wonder Forge asked if I’d like to try out some of the games in their line-up I jumped at the opportunity and my family immediately fell in love with Thanks a Lot!? I even wrote a review if you’d like to take a look. It’s super fun, especially if you have older kiddos! This year I heard from them again and of course I had to see what new games they had to offer. After taking a quick peek I knew immediately that I needed to get my hands on the World of Disney Eye Found It Board Game because, well, obviously! We are huge Disney fans in this house and even though this game is geared toward much younger children I figured it was a chance for us all to feel like kids, just like we do when visiting Walt Disney World.
Here are some of the specifics from the Wonder Forge website:
The jumbo game board is rich with whimsical artwork and favorite Disney characters, making this game a family favorite. Join Mickey Mouse and friends on an exciting race through 12 exquisitely illustrated Disney realms, from Radiator Springs and Alice’s Wonderland to Peter Pan’s Never Land and Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. Throughout the race, everyone searches for iconic Disney objects…and gets a chance to say, “I found it!”
The game is recommended for kids ages 5 and up and is best enjoyed with 2-6 players with a focus on cooperation and teamwork, attention to detail and matching skills. What parent doesn’t want to find a game for their child that is not only fun, but also a little educational too? Did I mention that the game board is six-feet long, which will be fun for the kids to assemble (don’t worry, it’s only 3 pieces to put together) and then find a comfy spot on the floor so everyone can gather ’round and get searching!
Here are some of the reasons I really like this game:
- It’s truly great for all ages and no matter who your favorite Disney character(s) may be, there’s a good chance you’ll spot them on the huge game board.
- Everyone “searches” together when the timer starts. I like this a lot because regardless of age or ability, everyone is working together rather than competing, to earn bonus points before all the sand falls to the bottom of the hourglass timer. When the time runs out each player gets to move ahead the number of Mickey ear markers that have been placed on top of the corresponding item on the game board.
- If all players reach Cinderella’s Castle before the clock strikes midnight, everyone wins! Here’s the thing. I’m a super competitive person and I’ve never believed in “letting” kids win when we play games together, but I sincerely love the team aspect of Eye Found It! because everyone works together at reaching the finish and “winning” the game.
- Because of the “together” theme of this game, there is a lot less potential for frustration in younger kiddos who might not be as fast at finding the hidden objects on the game board as their older siblings. This is also beneficial if you are playing with a child who has special needs because they don’t have to be left out of the game, but instead can join in on the fun without the usual added pressure of competing against others.
There is really only one cons that I can think of and it really might not be a cons at all, depending on what you like. I wish the board was just a foot or two shorter because I prefer to play games at the dining room table, but our rectangular one is a little shy of the six feet needed to accommodate the Eye Found It! game board. Like I said, though, this might not even be a con for you and your family if you enjoy playing games on the floor.
The bigger challenge than setting up the larger-than-life game board might actually be figuring out who calls “dibs” on the Mickey Mouse playing piece because let’s face it, everyone loves Mickey Mouse!
Thank you so much to Wonder Forge for sending us this fun family game. It’s definitely a keeper!