The kids and I always enjoy putting together puzzles, whether 100 piece for the kids or 1000 pieces for myself! We’ve tried a few of the more basic sphere shaped 3d puzzles before but hadn’t tried any other 3d puzzles, so I was really interested to try out the Ravensburger 3D puzzle Disney castle – especially as we love Disney things!
This Disney Castle 3D puzzle is quite an interesting concept, as it has one section which is purely made of the 3d puzzle pieces, and then other sections which you construct using accessories, and larger panels of puzzle. It was really different from any other puzzles or construction sets that we’ve used before, and we really enjoyed putting this together.
The puzzle comes in a large box, with the 216 puzzle pieces and over 100 accessories. It also has an instruction booklet which is really clear and takes you through the whole process with easy step by step guidance.
When making the castle, first you start with constructing the walls and base area. This will let you see straight away the amount of space that’s going to be required to build the castle. The size of it is ideal really – it fitted very easily onto a section of our dining table without dominating the whole table, but is still big enough to be really impressive once completed.
All of the walls of the castle have detailed pictures with loads and loads of Disney characters on them. The children enjoyed looking carefully at all of the walls and trying to spot their favourite characters. There’s a good mix, as it includes lots of the Disney princesses but also other characters that my boys prefer like Mogli from the Jungle Book, Mickey Mouse, and Captain Hook. There are newer characters like Elsa from Frozen, and traditional ones like Belle and all of the other characters from The Beauty and The Beast, with over 100 characters in total to spot.
Here’s one of the walls of the 3D puzzle section, where you can see 101 Dalmations, Aristocats, Maleficent and Bambi.
And this section with dumbo, and Mickey Mouse characters along with some lovely stained glass window detail.
The sections for the outer panels and rounded turrets come in long thin strips which are really easy to piece together to create each section:
When you have each picture completed, these are slotted into their curved sections and held into place with the castle turret accessories, which adds to the 3d look of the castle really well.
To put together the main section with the 3d puzzle pieces, you can use the numbered system on the back of the pieces so you really can’t go wrong.
Each piece has a number and an arrow to guide you about it’s placement. When completed, you slot it into the 2nd floor of the castle.
In total, it took us a couple of hours to complete the whole castle, and it was easier than I thought it would be – as we’d never tried these larger 3d puzzles. The suggested age is 12+, so I made this together with the kids but I think from around 9 or 10+ children could put this together themselves if they’re good at following instructions.
The finished castle looks really good, and I’d definitely like to try other Ravensburger 3d puzzles in future as we found putting it together quite satisfying! As with all Ravensburger puzzles, the quality is great and I’d recommend it to any Disney fan who would like to try something new.