Check out our full review of Funko’s Hidden Mickeys board game, with tips on who it’s for and how to play.
One of the neatest Easter eggs that Walt Disney World has for visitors to find is the abundance of Mickey Mouse silhouettes scattered throughout the parks. Known by fans as “hidden Mickeys,” these shapes are a delight to point out when you spot one.
If you can’t visit Walt Disney World and search for hidden Mickeys in person, you can now hunt for them in your own home thanks to Funko Games’ Hidden Mickeys.
A recent addition to Funko Games’ growing lineup of child-oriented Disney board games, Hidden Mickeys lets you stage a scavenger hunt for these shapes in a matter of minutes. I received a copy of Hidden Mickeys from Funko Games and was excited to play it with my friends’ children, since it’s designed for those ages 3 and up.
Here are my thoughts on the board game and if you should buy a copy for a young’un in your life.
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How to Play Funko’s Hidden Mickeys
Hidden Mickeys actually doesn’t begin at your table like a normal board game does but rather around your house.
Together, your family will need to place the six plastic Mickey Markers in different spots around the room or nearby rooms. Keep in mind that players will need to retrieve these items during the game, so place them somewhere everyone can remember and reach in a hurry. Now, back to the table!
Give the youngest player the Finder token. On each player’s turn, they will flip over the top card of the deck. If it shows a scene with a Disney character like Goofy, Pluto, Minnie, or Donald, it goes in the discard pile.
If the card shows Mickey Mouse in front of a solid-colored background, the person currently holding the Finder token must race to retrieve the Mickey Marker matching the color of the flipped card. If they do so in time, they earn the latest scene card atop the discard pile.
Once all the Mickey cards have been flipped—whether or not the corresponding markers have been successfully retrieved—everyone counts up the hidden Mickeys on their scene cards, as well as any bonus points from Surprise cards. Whoever has the most wins!
How Well-Made Are the Components?
Any toy or game made for young children needs to withstand the wear and tear of rambunctious toddlers, and Hidden Mickeys definitely can more than most games for kids.
I love the suitcase-style box that folds open and closed, so you don’t have to worry about losing the top or bottom. The corrugated cardboard box is thicker than most board game boxes, and it features a handle on the side for quickly grabbing and taking with you.
This makes the game easy to fold up and take on the go, and setting up doesn’t take any longer than hiding the Mickey Markers. And the fact that these markers are made of stiff plastic and large enough to spot if you lose track of their location … fantastic!
Lost the sheet of paper with the instructions on them? No worries! They’re also printed directly on the inside of the box, so you’ll always have them with you.
The scene cards are nice and big—larger than standard playing cards—so they’re easy for young players to see (which, honestly, is helpful for those of us adults with old eyes, too!).
Is Hidden Mickeys a Good Board Game for Children?
What I like most about the Hidden Mickeys board game is the way it introduces a kinesthetic element that few other children’s games do.
Having to hide and then retrieve the Mickey Markers engages a child’s spatial recollection and facilitates physical movement. It also challenges them to remember which color is hidden where, not just the location of the items.
In addition to being enriching for them mentally and physically, it also keeps them engaged in the game for longer so they don’t become bored. The possibility of jumping up and moving around every few minutes keeps children engaged who would normally struggle with sitting in one spot for an extended time.
The one concern I have with the game is how the final scoring is tallied. This last task of the game involves scouring your personal stash of scene cards for hidden Mickeys—like a seek-and-find puzzle.
Your final score is dependent upon how many Mickey silhouettes you see, not necessarily how many are actually on the card. While that’s a great way to add yet another fun activity to an already-fun game, it does favor older children and adults who are better at identifying and counting the shapes.
Thus, it’s important for older players to help younger children walk through identifying and counting the Mickey Mouse shapes on their cards if they can’t do so on their own.
More Hidden Mickeys Fun
Do you love searching for hidden Mickeys when at Walt Disney World but can’t make it to the parks as often as you’d like? Try an annual subscription to our print magazine. Each month, we work hard to include hidden Mickeys on every page.
In fact, in 2022, we are launching a new hidden Mickeys section of the magazine that identifies little-known hidden Mickeys in the parks and tells you how to find them.
Review: Funko’s Hidden Mickeys Board Game
Although Hidden Mickeys isn’t my highest-recommended Funko Games product for children—that would still be It’s a Small World, a cooperative seek-and-find game for kids—it’s still a gem. Its kinetic nature makes it a godsend for parents with children who struggle with sitting still for an extended period playing a traditional board game at the table.
Looking for a Disney-themed gift for a young child in your life? Consider buying them a copy of Hidden Mickeys! It accommodates up to six players, so they can play with their friends or siblings when they’re cooped up inside this winter (those who don’t live in Florida, of course).
Our writer received a complimentary product from the publisher for review. All opinions are honest and advice has been given with the interest of the reader in mind. Thanks for tuning in to our unbiased reviews!