It begins like this…one person states an obvious fact. Others follow alternately with either negativity (unfortunately) or positivity (fortunately!)
Dad: “Fortunately, we got fastpasses for this ride!”
Mom: “Unfortunately, we missed our time slot.”
Daughter: “Fortunately, we were able to see the parade instead!”
Son: “Unfortunately, it is very crowded. ”
Back to Dad: “Fortunately, we are at Disney and NOT home cooking!”
Mom: “Unfortunately, I am hungry now that you mentioned cooking…”
And so on…
You may notice others around you start playing as well! Before you know it, you are first in line or the show is ready to begin!
Word Hot Potato
What you need: Make sure you have some sort of timer for this one.
How to Play: Have a person pick a topic (Disney movie titles, Disney characters, Disney songs, Disney attractions, etc.). Once the timer starts, each person names something from the topic. For example, for Disney movie titles, person number one says “Dumbo,” person number two says “Aladdin,” etc. The last person to name a Disney movie (no repeating, of course) before the timer goes off wins.
A to Z
How to play: Take turns naming Disney characters from A to Z. Person number one has A and says “Aladdin.” Person number two must say “Aladdin” and a character starting with B. As you go along, you have to remember all of the characters from A to Z. You can choose other topics, or name off items you need to bring to Disneyland next time. “I’m going to Disneyland, and I’m going to bring an annual pass, banana, coupons, etc.”
How to play: Just as you played as a kid, I spy is a fun game for Disneyland’s queues. Don’t pick moving targets. Say, “I spy with my little eye something red,” for example. The first person to guess what it is wins and gets to say, “I spy” next.
How to play: One player thinks of something and gives a clue. The clue could be a Disney character. The second player must guess the character with 20 questions or less. If you’re thinking of something easy, play 10 Questions or 5 Questions. The questions and answers need to be in a yes/no format.
Find as Many People With…
How to play: It’s fun to count how many people are wearing a certain thing or have a certain style haircut, etc. Count how many people wearing Mickey Ears, Disney pin lanyards, carrying a backpack, wearing flip flops, pushing a stroller, and so on. Try to beat your last score each time you go.
Similar to rhyming games, this time you’re matching the beginning sound with Disney characters, places, attractions, etc. Baloo, Beast, Be Our Guest, Bambi, Belle …
"Who Am I?"
You describe somebody or something like this:
I am a girl
I have blond hair
I have three friends who are mice
I have two wicked step sisters ...
It works for places, people, food ...
Form a chain of letters to create a word in this thinking game for kids who like spelling. Players take turns adding letters. For example, the first player might say, "T"; the second player could say "I". The next letters could be A-N-A (Tiana)or G-G-E-R (Tigger). Play continues with each person adding one letter to the chain.
I'm going to Disneyland/World
The first player says the phrase, "I'm going to Disneyland/World and I am bringing ______." The next player repeats what the first person is bringing and adds an item beginning with the next letter of the alphabet. The game does not have to begin with the letter A. Players are out when they miss naming an item.
You say a word, and your child comes up with an opposite.
Name That Tune
Take turns humming or whistling familiar Disney songs and guessing the title of the other person's song.
Make a fist with your thumb inside. Use a pen to draw eyes, nose and hair on the outside of your forefinger. Move your thumb to turn your hand into a puppet. Or draw on your child's hand instead. Then have a hand puppet conversation.
Choose a random letter of the alphabet. Take turns having each person say a sentence as part of a conversation you are all having. The tricky part is that each person must begin his or her sentence with whichever letter is next in the alphabet, and he or she can't take too long to think about it. When you get to Z, continue with A until you get to the letter you started with. So a conversation might start like this:
Have you seen Aladdin yet?
I have, it was great!
Jafar was my favorite character.
Kind of liked Iago.
Let's watch it again next week.
Maybe on Friday?
No, I have dance lessons that day.
Oh, how about Saturday?
Perhaps, I'll have check my calendar.
Quite a busy life you have!
Really, you think so?
Seems like you are always busy doing something!
In this game, you take turns adding a sentence to the conversation. The trick is that you may only ask questions, no statements allowed. Also, you may not start your questions with, "Don't you think that..." or some other similar phrase that is just a statement disguised as a question. So a conversation might start like this:
Where did you get that shirt?
Why, do you like it?
How could I not?
What do you think of the color?
Do you think it is more of a red or an orange?
Can you stand in the light so I can see?
Remember What You See
In this memory game, choose a direction in which the kids should stare for 30 seconds, then have them turn around and write a list of the names of everything they remember seeing in that direction, the more detailed the better. The player with the longest list wins.
Find Hidden Mickeys
Of course, if there are any Hidden Mickeys in the queue, keep an eye out for them. You can pre-order books with hints for where to look!
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