The game was designed in 1948 by Eleanor Abbott, while she was recovering from polio in San Diego, California. The game was made for and tested by the children in the same wards on the hospital. Published by Milton Bradley company it became one of the best selling games that they have made, surpassing their previous top seller Uncle Wiggly. In in 1984, Hasbro bought out the Milton Bradley and revamped the game with characters and a story.
Players take turns removing the top card from a stack, most of which show one of six colors and then moving their marker ahead to the next space of that color. The remaining pink spaces are named locations such as Candy Cane Forest and Gumdrop Mountain, or characters such as Queen Frostine and Gramma Nutt. In the new editions, Hasbro has changed out the cards for a colored spinner. This move can be either forward or backward in the classic game; backward moves can be ignored for younger players in the 2004 version of the game.
I loved playing this game when I was younger. My grandmother would always play this with me when she babysat my brother and I. We played it so much that the cards started to become weak when you tried to use them. It was one of my favorite games and still is to this day.