9 Themed Disney+ Watch Party Ideas and What to Play

Since its debut in November 2019, Disney+ has made it easier than ever for us to browse and enjoy all the best stories in one place. From superhero flicks that smashed box office records to nostalgic classics featuring graceful princesses and daring heroes, fans now have expansive access to their favorite films and TV shows, a perk that has proved most useful as we’ve spent more time indoors with our families. While there are countless titles to watch together on the streaming service, it may be time to shake things up a bit and add something new and exciting to your movie nights.

Tabletop games are a great way to engage with your friends and family while making memories you’ll cherish for years to come, and it gets even better when they’re themed to go along with some of your favorite titles on Disney+. Read on to discover themed watch party ideas, the best games to accompany them, and suggestions for what to watch while you play!

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The Wonderful World of Disney

Disney’s ability to create immersive stories and capture imaginations is certainly something to celebrate with your fellow fans. Bring together Disney’s entire repertoire with these exciting party games accompanied by a Disney+ marathon.

CODENAMES: Disney Family Edition

What to Watch While You Play:

  • Disney Short Films
  • Pixar Short Films 
  • Any Disney Classic Movie

Featuring some of Disney’s most beloved properties from the past 90 years, CODENAMES: Disney Family Edition is the perfect addition to any Disney+ watch party. Cluemasters must give one-word clues to help their teammates identify notable Disney characters, locations, and items from a 25 card grid. The first team to uncover all of their treasure cards wins the game! 

The quick playtime of approximately 15 minutes pairs perfectly with Disney and Pixar short films, so press play on your favorites and enjoy a fun and laid-back watch party complete with the popular tabletop title.

Geek Out™! Disney

What to Watch While You Play:

  • PLAYER’S CHOICE!

Disney fanatics, your time to shine has arrived with Geek Out! Disney! In this social interaction and bluffing party game, players must outbid each other on trivia that spans 90 years of magic to prove who is the fairest Disney fan of them all. Excel in categories such as Disney Animation, Live Action, and Music, and you win! 

With Disney+ playing in the background, you just might find some extra inspiration that will help you advance in the competition.


Marvel

Missed the superhero blockbusters this summer? Keep the capes flying by playing these board games and pairing them with your favorite Marvel films.

Thanos Rising

What to Watch While You Play:

  • Avengers: Infinity War

Based on the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos Rising is a cooperative card and dice game in which players recruit  Marvel heroes to face off against The Mad Titan and his villainous cohorts. The approximate 60-90 minute gameplay means you can enjoy a couple rounds with your friends and family while Avengers: Infinity War plays on Disney+ in the background! 

CODENAMES: Marvel

What to Watch While You Play:

  • Marvel Mini-Adventures

For a tabletop experience that’s as quick and exciting as the collection of Marvel Mini-Adventures on Disney+, CODENAMES: Marvel will be the hero of the evening.

This edition of the hit social word game includes superpowered characters from the Disney+ shorts including Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, and more. Compete to be the first to identify all of your team’s “field agents” from 25 code cards and victory is yours!

MUNCHKIN®: Marvel Edition

What to Watch While You Play:

  • Marvel Through the Years

Ready for an epic Marvel battle? Then turn on your favorite selection from Marvel Through the Years on Disney+ and gather around the tabletop for a game of MUNCHKIN: Marvel Edition.

Created under license from Steve Jackson Games and in conjunction with Marvel, this valiant edition of the role-playing card game comes complete with Treasure and Armor and plenty of monsters to fight, plus Allies, Affiliations, Powers, and custom S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Role Cards.


Disney · Pixar Toy Story

Recall your favorite characters and bring one of Disney and Pixar’s most beloved properties home with these choices from The Op and Disney+.

Toy Story Obstacles & Adventures: A Cooperative Deck-Building Game

What to Watch While You Play:

  • Disney · Pixar Toy Story (1-4) 
  • Disney · Pixar Toy Story Toons: Small Fry
  • Disney · Pixar Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex
  • Disney · Pixar Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation

Relive memorable moments from the beloved films on the screen and on the board with Disney Pixar Toy Story: Obstacles & Adventures. In this cooperative deckbuilding game, players must work together to conquer hazards and complete adventures before the bad guys alter the end of the stories we know and love.

Each Adventure takes approximately 30-90 minutes to complete, meaning you can enjoy a full Toy Story marathon while playing through the events of each film on the tabletop.


The Simpsons 

Did you know that The Simpsons has been one of the most watched titles on Disney+ since its release last year? With 30 seasons to enjoy, you’ll have plenty of time to combine family TV night with game night featuring these titles from The Op!

What to Watch While You Play: 

  • The Simpsons (Seasons 1-30)

MONOPOLY®: The Simpsons

Bring Springfield to the tabletop with MONOPOLY: The Simpsons, a special edition of the classic game that celebrates over 30 years of the dysfunctional TV family. The custom gameboard depicts Springfield’s emerging monorail, and instead of Houses and Hotels, players will be stacking Monorail Stops and Stations on some of the town’s prime hotspots including Burns Manor and Springfield Glen Country Club. 

One iconic episode you’ll definitely want to watch as you play will be “Marge vs. The Monorail (Season 4, Episode 12)” as it formed the basis for the gameboard’s art.

CODENAMES: The Simpsons Family Edition

Featuring your favorite characters from the award-winning series, Codenames: The Simpsons Family Edition is a fun and easy-to-learn cooperative word and picture deduction game that requires players to help their teammates locate secrets Agents concealed among a grid of cards using only one-word clues. 

The relatively short gameplay is approximately the length of a Simpsons episode, making it ideal for a quick game as you enjoy your favorite moments of the show.

 


Star Wars

One of the greatest adventures of all time is available to experience over and over on Disney+. If you have a Star Wars fan in your family, here’s a watch party idea straight from a galaxy far, far away. 

Star Wars: Dark Side Rising

What to Watch While You Play:

  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars 

Star Wars: Dark Side Rising is a cooperative card and dice game inspired by the events leading up to and through Star Wars: A New Hope. Players must coordinate efforts to recruit iconic characters, such as C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Admiral Raddus and Han Solo, and organize their cells to thwart the Empire’s rise to galactic domination and halt construction of the ultimate weapon, the Death Star. 

As you play, you’ll recognize several characters from across the Star Wars universe designed under a single art style, making for a truly unique gameplay experience as they appear on your tabletop and TV screen. 

*Star Wars: Dark Side Rising is available now in EMEA regions*


DuckTales

Whoo-oo! Scrooge McDuck and his three rambunctious nephews made their debut on Disney Channel and in our hearts in 1987, but now they’ve returned for more adventures on Disney+! Combine your love for the beloved series and tabletop gaming for an evening that’s sure to be a duck-blur. 

MUNCHKIN®: Disney DuckTales

What to Watch While You Play:

  • DuckTales (1987-1990)
  • DuckTales (2017-2018)
  • DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
  • DuckTales Shorts 

MUNCHKIN: Disney DuckTales is a tabletop role-playing adventure based on the original 1980s version of the series in which players compete for the title of gazillionaire! Battle it out against memorable villains and each other to collect as much treasure, items, and allies as you can, and you just might be the first to become as rich as Scrooge McDuck!


Aloha ‘Oe

Summer may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy one last luau at home! Check out these titles for the tabletop and TV that will send you on a Hawaiian roller coaster ride. 

MONOPOLY®: Disney Lilo & Stitch

What to Watch While You Play: 

  • Lilo and Stitch
  • Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
  • Stitch! The Movie
  • Leroy & Stitch

Disney’s streaming service provides a variety of titles featuring the blue alien and his ohana, so you’ll have plenty of options to play along with MONOPOLY: Disney Lilo and Stitch! Explore the island to buy, sell, and trade your favorite characters from the hit Disney movie in this tropical twist to a classic game. 

While you play, you may recognize notable items from the first film represented by the game’s custom-sculpted tokens. Add more fun to your game night by letting the kids find them on the screen!


This is Halloween!

With the spooky season and the holidays quickly approaching, there’s no better time to get into the Halloween and Christmas spirit the Disney way! Here are some great games to play while you enjoy Tim Burton’s iconic masterpiece.

What to Watch While You Play:

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

MONOPOLY®: Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Halloweentown, Christmas Town, and more frightfully delightful locations from the cult classic are yours to buy, sell, and trade in MONOPOLY: Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Fans will also be delighted to find custom-sculpted tokens inspired by their favorite characters and items from the film including Jack Skellington, Sally, and the Mayor’s car. 

OPERATION®: Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

You won’t believe your eyes when the menacing Oogie Boogie appears on the screen and the operating table simultaneously. In this collector’s edition of OPERATION, players take on the role of the surgeon to remove custom Funatomy parts from the ghoulish villain including a snake, spider, dice, and a roulette wheel. 

OPERATION: Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas also includes five sounds featuring Oogie Boogie’s voice-overs from the movie, so listen up for some of your favorite quotes.

YAHTZEE®: Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Rolling the dice isn’t just for Oogie Boogie! YAHTZEE: Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas features custom dice with movie icons including Sally, The Mayor, and the Zombie Duck that fit nicely in a custom dice cup modeled after the Pumpkin King himself. 


Celebration of Disney Parks

This year, Disneyland Resort in California celebrated its 65th anniversary! October also marks the birthday of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Bring the Disney parks celebration home with a game night and Disney+ marathon that will feel just like a trip to the most magical places on Earth. 

MONOPOLY®: Disney Parks Theme Park Edition

What to Watch While You Play: 

  • The Imagineering Story 
  • One Day at Disney
  • Disney Insider 
  • The Pre-Opening Report From Disneyland 
  • The Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic 
  • Disneyland Around the Seasons 

The magic of the Disney parks will come to life in your living room with MONOPOLY: Disney Parks Theme Park Edition. This edition of the world’s most popular board game features properties from both Disneyland and Walt Disney World including Sleeping Beauty’s castle, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain. A pop-up castle serves as the board’s centerpiece, replicating the layout for both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom.


Enjoy a Virtual Watch Party With the New GroupWatch Feature

Missing your friends and family from afar? With Disney+’s new GroupWatch feature, subscribers can watch their favorite shows and movies simultaneously with other users in the U.S. This means you and up to six of your friends can sync your screens and share emoji reactions in real time.

Here’s how to set up Disney+ Group Watch for your next watch party:

  • Open the Disney+ app or website and click any title you’d like to watch.
  • Tap the icon with the three people figures to the far right of the Play icon.
  • You will receive a link that you can send to your friends and family.
  • When everyone is added, anyone can tap “Start Stream.”
  • Once the show has started, anyone can hit pause, fast forward, or rewind. If you’re using the app, you can also send six different emojis including funny, sad, angry, sacred, and surprised.

Did you find a Disney+ watch party idea that you can’t wait to try? We’d love to see your photos and videos! Be sure to share them with us using @theopgames or #theopgames for a chance to be featured on our Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter pages. Also, don’t forget to check out our full library of Disney tabletop games to add to your game night rotation.

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