I’ve seen some pretty awesome board game crossovers in my time – Animal Crossing Monopoly and Friends Monopoly, to name just two – but boy, this really is something else.
The game I’m going to discuss in this guide…well, in my eyes, it’s perfect. I’m talking, of course, about Disney Cards Against Humanity.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Isn’t Cards Against Humanity that card game that claims to be for horrible people? And Disney is full of sweetness and hope and princesses; how can the two ever be combined?”
Well, they can. And the results. Are. Hilarious!
Cards Against Humanity is widely regarded as one of the best card games available today for those who appreciate a little controversial dark humor. Few would have believed the game could get any better, but this Disney edition proves that it can!
Read on to find out more, including how to play.
Disney Cards Against Humanity: a Quick Overview
- Players – 4-20
- Recommended age – 17+
- Playing time – 30-90 minutes
This adults-only card game features iconic Disney characters and stories as you’ve never seen them before (often naked or in a compromising position!). Each round, players use their cards to complete a sentence, coming up with the filthiest, most outrageous, and hilarious statements possible.
It isn’t a game for anyone who’s easily offended, mainly since it features, amongst other things, Elton John humping a lion and statements that are saturated with innuendo like “to find the genie, all you have to do is rub __.”
The Aim of the Game
It’s simple. To win, you’ll need to be the funniest person in your friendship group, a title that you can undoubtedly brag about forever…or at least until your friends get sick of hearing about it and ditch you for someone cooler (but not funnier!).
One of my friends honestly spent an entire year reminding us about her single victory in Cards Against Humanity, so you’ve been warned – this game gets serious!
How does one secure the much sought-after title of “funniest friend”? All you have to do is use your incredible wit and extensive knowledge of Disney to win the most red cards throughout the game.
How to Play
Like most card games, Disney Cards Against Humanity is quick to set up, easy to play, and compact enough to travel with.
It took me less than five minutes to learn how to play, and that’s saying something because it usually takes me a long time to get to grips with new games.
The first step in setting up any card game is to shuffle the cards. Make sure you keep the red and white cards in separate piles and shuffle them thoroughly before each game, or you’ll see the same ones appearing repeatedly.
After shuffling the white cards, randomly deal out ten to each player, then decide who gets to take the first turn.
In the original Cards Against Humanity, the person who most recently pooped gets to go first, but in the Disney version, my friends like to decide based on who most recently watched a Disney film. They’re all bigger Disney fans than me, so needless to say, I rarely get to go first!
That’s all you need to do to set up Disney Cards Against Humanity. Easy, right? Now the fun really begins!
The rules are simple, but the gameplay never gets boring because there are endless combinations of cards.
In my opinion, that’s why card games are often a better long-term investment than board games – you can play them thousands of times, and each game will be markedly different from the last.
Taking a Turn
The first player takes a red card from the top of the pile and reads it out to the group. This is when several people usually start laughing as they read through their white answer cards. And that’s before they’ve even decided which one to play!
It’s a good idea to put the red card face up in the middle of the table so everyone can see the sentence they need to complete or the question they need to answer.
Now it’s time to decide which white card you want to use to respond to the red card.
It took me a few games to learn that playing it safe in Disney Cards Against Humanity is never a good idea. Always go for the most outrageous card combination you have, as long as it makes sense.
As strange as it probably sounds, the more you think, “I really shouldn’t be saying this,” the better your card combination is. Don’t hold back, even if it means you’ll never see your favorite Disney characters in the same way again!
Each player hands their chosen white card face down to the Card Czar, who then shuffles the cards and reads each combination out to the group.
Cue a bout of laughter that could last up to ten minutes. Seriously, I’m not exaggerating.
Once everyone has calmed down, the Card Czar chooses the winning white card. The player to whom the card belongs wins one point.
To keep track of the scores, my friends and I give the red card to the winner of each round. That way, nobody can cheat by saying they’ve earned more points.
This counts as one round of the game. Play continues clockwise, with the next player taking on the role of Card Czar.
Like in the original Cards Against Humanity, certain cards say “pick 2” on the bottom. This is an opportunity for twice the fun!
Each player chooses two white cards in response to the red cards.
My advice would be to make sure you give them to the Card Czar in the correct order – otherwise, you could end up with a funny answer only because it makes absolutely no sense (this has happened to me many times before).
This is a rule I only learned recently, but I wish I’d known it sooner. If you’re in the rare and highly fortunate position of having two white cards that could win, you’re actually allowed to bet one of your existing points to play an extra card.
Be careful; if you lose, then the winner gets the point you betted in addition to the usual point for that round.
Want to spice things up a bit? These are my favorite alternative rules. They were initially created for Cards Against Humanity, but you can apply them to the Disney version.
When a red “pick 2” card comes up, each player is allowed to draw an extra white card before answering.
Survival of the Fittest
Once everyone has answered the question, players eliminate one card each, and the last one left wins.
God is Dead
Rather than having a Card Czar, players vote on which card they think should win each round. The card with the most votes wins.
I should warn you, this rule can make things complicated if you’re playing with a group of people who have big egos when it comes to their sense of humor. They’ll just vote for their own cards each time!
If this happens, create a secondary rule that says you can’t vote for your own card.
Reboot the Universe
This rule allows players to trade points to return however many white cards they want to the deck, drawing up to ten.
Instead of picking just one winner, cards are ranked by the Card Czar, with the best one earning three points, the second-best earning two points, and the third-best earning one point.
End of the Game
There are a few ways you could end the game; the most important thing is to make that decision as a group before you start playing.
Usually, my friends and I opt for the first to ten points, but you can set the winning threshold at any number you’d like. You can even play until the red cards have been used up.
How many Pieces are there in Disney Cards Against Humanity?
- 260x red question cards
- 568x white answer cards
Who is Disney Cards Against Humanity for?
I’ll begin by saying this is not, I repeat not, a family game. It’s recommended for people aged seventeen and above – for a good reason!
You’ll enjoy the game more if you’re a fan of Disney, but you don’t need to know every single film to be able to play.
I’ve been able to get by with a basic understanding of the Disney universe, and I’ve still won a few games despite my friends being mega-fans who can recite the dialogue from Toy Story (and many other Disney movies) line-by-line.
It’s worth noting that the makers of Cards Against Humanity have released several excellent expansion packs that are worth exploring, including 90’s nostalgia, which is one of my favorites.
The most important thing to stress is that this game isn’t for you if you’re easily offended!
Disney Cards Against Humanity Alternatives
Here are some other games that are worth trying.
Illusion is a simple card game featuring stunning optical illusions. Players have to estimate the proportion of colors on each card and place them in order based on that information. It’s definitely a less outrageously game than Disney Cards Against Humanity, but it makes a great family game and is perfect if you want a more relaxed atmosphere.
Read our complete Illusion card game guide to find out more.
- Players – 2-5
- Recommended age – 8+
- Playing time – 15 minutes
Wits and Wagers
Wits and Wagers is a fun party game because it has the power to frustrate trivia buffs by asking random, confusing, and downright tricky questions. Questions like “how many US dollar coins do you need to cover the entire surface area of a doubles tennis court?”. Who the hell would know something like that? You’re not supposed to know the answer – guessing is the funny part.
Check out our full Wits and Wagers guide.
- Players – 4+
- Recommended age – 8+
- Playing time – 60 minutes
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is Disney Cards Against Humanity an Expansion Pack?
Answer: No, it’s a complete game, and you don’t need to have the original Cards Against Humanity to play. However, we do have a guide to the different expansion packs that are available.
Question: What are Some of the Cards in Disney Cards Against Humanity?
Answer: Examples of red cards:
• “No one can question my dedication to Disney after I got a tattoo of ____.”
• “Legend has it that if you kiss a frog, you will experience ____.”
• “To free the genie, all you have to do is rub ____.”
Examples of white cards:
• “The penis on the VHS cover of The Little Mermaid”
• “The dangers of women reading.”
• “The seven dwarfs spending all their riches on ‘high hoes'”
Question: Is Disney Cards Against Humanity Kid-friendly?
Answer: Don’t be fooled by the Disney theme – this isn’t a kid-friendly card game. Why not check out our guide to the best family board games instead?
Question: How Many Cards does Each Player Get in Disney Cards Against Humanity?
Answer: Each player gets ten white cards.
Question: Is Disney Cards Against Humanity Better than the Original Cards Against Humanity?
Answer: In my opinion, the original version is better because it has a broader appeal. You can also buy many expansion packs for it, whereas Disney Cards Against Humanity is a standalone game.
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