Just Dance: Disney Party

 

Learning(i)

Popular dance game with a Magic Kingdom twist -- for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game makes exercise fun by encouraging players to dance, wiggle, and move in front of their TVs, rather than simply sitting there passively. 

Positive role models

Children (and adults) of different races, skin colors, and body types are shown on screen dancing to the music as players try to follow their moves. 

Ease of play

Like its parent series for older audiences, Just Dance: Disney Party is easy to play, with none of the advanced moves found in other versions of the game. It's made specifically for a younger audience and is much more forgiving than other dance games. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The game features songs from Disney movies and tween stars (like Camp Rock and Hannah Montana), which might result in children asking for those movies or CDs by those artists -- or an increased interest in watching them on TV. 

Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Just Dance: Disney Party is a music dance game specifically made for younger Disney fans and particularly dedicated adult fans. As in the other Just Dance games, players mimic the moves of onscreen dancers -- and can play against each other in the same room. One song mentions alcohol briefly and kids might be drawn to the commercial aspects of the game, but there is no real objectionable content. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • dance
  • movement
  • music

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • fitness
  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • dance
  • movement
  • music

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • fitness
  • movement

Kids can learn how to dance and move to music. The game shows a number of routines that children mimic in order to score points -- although if they opt instead to simply dance to their own choreography, they're allowed to. Just Dance: Disney Party is a game that's social and encourages creativity while helping kids get in shape.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

While its focus is on Disney songs and characters, Just Dance: Disney Party is very similar to previous Just Dance games. Players dance in front of the television, mimicking the moves of characters onscreen (typically kids or young adults dressed up as the characters from the film or show providing the music). The movements of Xbox 360 users are picked up by the Kinect sensor, while Wii players use the Wii remote to let the game track their movements. Kids can play songs in a non-stop shuffle or make their own playlists. Wii users have an added game mode, letting them pop onscreen balloons to earn more points.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids and parents alike will find something to enjoy with Just Dance: Disney Party. The music is a good blend of classic Disney tunes (ranging from "The Bare Necessities" to "Under the Sea" to "It's a Small World") and Disney Channel favorites from acts like Camp Rock and Wizards of Waverly Place. The game features 25 songs, which is notably lower than other installments in the franchise, but they're all tailored to younger players. The dance moves are easy and the game is forgiving with its scoring, which will keep young kids from getting frustrated.

Veterans of the series might bemoan the lack of innovation, but it's a game meant to bring younger players into the fold -- and they're likely to be delighted with the familiar songs and the chance to dance around the living room with abandon. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about alternative ways to exercise -- and how to enjoy doing it. Kids might not realize that by dancing they're also getting healthier. 

  • Which song is your favorite -- and why? Does listening and dancing to these songs make you want to watch Disney movies?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:October 23, 2012
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:E for Mild Lyrics (Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360)

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