Winnie the Pooh and his friends were created by A. A. Milne. While they were not originally Disney characters, the two are a perfect match. Disney bought the licensing rights to Winnie the Pooh back in the 1960’s, and millions have grown up on the characters and stories. The ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is based on the characters from the Hundred-Acre Wood. Since the stories have resonated with generations, it is truly a ride for anyone. Here are eight cool things about The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
8) Different Versions
Since Winnie the Pooh is loved across the globe, you’ll find versions of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh worldwide. Not only is it at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, you’ll also find rides with the same name at Disneyland Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland Park. At Tokyo Disneyland, it’s Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, which uses a trackless system. For the most part, the information here refers to the Walt Disney World version.
7) Ride in a Hunny Pot
If you’re going to travel into Winnie the Pooh’s stories, you need to do it in style. That is why your ride vehicle is a Hunny Pot. The track allows you to feel like you’re part of the story, so you’ll bounce with Tigger and float through a rainy place. There is no height restriction, and there are no medical advisories.
6) Gift Shop
Like many rides at Walt Disney World that are based on characters or movies, you’ll exit into a gift shop. Called Hundred Acre Goods, you’ll find Winnie the Pooh related T-shirts, hats, and other typical souvenirs. Of course there are also plenty of plush toys featuring Pooh and friends for sale. The shop isn’t huge, but the opening at the front is large, making it feel bigger than it actually is.
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5) Very Popular
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is an extremely popular ride. That might not really be a “cool” fact, but it is good to know. It’s not extremely hard to get FastPass+ for, but if it’s on your must-do list you might want to go ahead and grab it if you can. Of course, the little ones in your party are not going to want FastPass+ for this one, because…
4) Interactive Queue
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh has one of the most fun interactive queues at Walt Disney World, especially for the preschool set. There are four different areas that will keep the kids busy if the wait is long. The queue is so popular that it is not unusual for one adult to move ahead in the line, while another adult stays in the interactive area so that the children can play a little while longer.
3) The Ride’s Name
The name The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is based on the 1977 movie of the same name. If you remember watching Pooh’s adventures earlier than that, that’s because the movie consisted of three animated featurettes that were previously released. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too were put together to make the animated classic. The House at Pooh Corner was added for the 1977 release. If you have a chance, watch The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh before you hit the ride. You’ll then feel like you’re riding through the movie.
2) Character Meet and Greet
Outside of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh you’ll find a popular character meet and greet. Featured are usually Pooh and Tigger, although others might join them, especially during special events. If you don’t want to wait in line or you want to meet Eeyore and Piglet as well, make a reservation for The Crystal Palace. That’s located on Main Street, U.S.A., and characters are present for all three meals.
1) Mr. Toad
Something had to go to make space for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. When it was announced that Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was to close to make way for the new attraction, it was not without controversy. There were protests, T-shirts, and letter writing campaigns, but they did no good. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride closed permanently on September 7, 1998, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh opened almost nine months later. Look to the left when you’re riding through Owl’s House. There’s a picture on the wall of Mr. Toad handing over the deed to the property to Owl. At Disneyland Park the two rides coexist peacefully, although they’re in two different lands.