We love to dance in our house. If I had to choose only one form of exercise to ever do again, that would be it. It looks like the wee ones are heading in the same direction as me. Watching them groove in the car is highly entertaining, and watching them dance to Kinect games like Just Dance Disney Party always brings a smile to my face.
When the wee ones heard we were getting a new Kinect game – Just Dance Disney Party is also available for Wii – they were thrilled. Whenever we play Xbox, the wee ones know the rule is that we have to do “get your heartbeat up” games first. And when I let them select a dance game, sometimes we never move on to another game because they have so much fun.
Just Dance Disney Party was one of those games. We loaded it up with no issues whatsoever, and the wee ones couldn’t wait to start. We had a brief argument over which song to choose first because there were so many great ones on there, but once we came up with a system, everyone was happy. There wasn’t a song or dance that everyone didn’t love. I appreciate that up to four people can play at a time, so we don’t have any concerns over who isn’t getting their turn. The game recognized all four players and didn’t confuse them during dancing, which was a bonus.
The game includes 25 songs, both from classic Disney movies like Jungle Book and from Disney tv shows like Phineas and Ferb. S.I.M.P. Squirrel in My Pants has long been a favorite whenever it’s come on the radio, and the giggling that ensued when we danced to it were… special. The fact that the game also includes The Muppets theme almost makes buying the game worth it for me. It was all around fun.
We’ve played many of the Just Dance games in the past, and each version has some new twists. The fact that you can put the game on nonstop shuffle was a huge bonus. This eliminated discussion over what song came next and kept us moving rather than having breaks to choose a new song (or someone complaining that they chose the wrong song, which happens in our house). I have my fingers crossed that this is a feature that will stay on all future Just Dance games.
It was also really cool that this has a mode where you can play cooperatively and try to get the highest team score rather than always trying to beat each other. That’s the kind of family togetherness I love to see, and having it reinforced in a video game was a big plus.
We had a ball playing it with all the different songs and modes. There was a lot of laughter in our house – and not only from hearing the songs in various languages, which was a hoot. Although our team scores slid significantly when we heard a song in Swedish and giggled instead of English and boogied, we were all ok with that.
Just Dance Disney Party is rated E for everyone, and it’s certainly appropriate for younger kids. It’s silly, and older kids might tire of it more quickly, but it’s popular in our house, even though there are only 25 songs (the other Just Dance titles have far more variety). It retails for $29.99 and is available for both Xbox Kinect and Wii.
In the interest of full dislcosure, I received a copy of Just Dance Disney for review purposes from Ubisoft via Clever Girls collective. I was not otherwise compensated, and all opinions remain my own. #JDDisney