The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is an attraction located in Fantasyland.
The idea of a dark ride based on Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise began in the late 1970s. Following the popularity of the Winnie the Pooh movies, Imagineers began to make plans for a Winnie the Pooh attraction to be added to Disneyland's Fantasyland. Fantasyland was going to go under a significant renovation soon, and it was assumed that the Winnie the Pooh dark ride would be added then. When Disneyland's Fantasyland re-opened in 1983 however, there was no Winnie the Pooh ride present.
Although the attraction was not built, the idea of a Winnie the Pooh dark ride was not dead. In 1988 Imagineers once again began making plans for a Disneyland Pooh ride. This time the attraction was going to be located in Disneyland's Toontown Fair. The new Winnie the Pooh rid would have allowed guests to travel through what were deemed the three best scenes in the movies. The ride vehicle that they rode in, would be a spinable honeypot. Once again however, the attraction never came to fruition.
Winnie the Pooh Replaces Mr. Toad
Seven years after the last attempt at a Winnie the Pooh dark ride, Imagineers once again pitched the idea. This time, they wanted to build the attraction in Walt Disney World. Although Walt Disney World's Fantasyland had enough space to build the new attraction, it was eventually decided to replace the current Mr. Toad's Wild Ride attraction. Despite Mr. Toad fan protests, and bad publicity, Disney closed Mr. Toad's Wild Ride on September 7, 1998. Mr. Toad's show building and ride structure were reused, and on June 4, 1999 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh officially opened.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a dark ride attraction, that takes guests into the world of the 100 Acre Woods.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh's queue, is themed to be chapter one of the story that guests are about to enter. Pages from a Winnie the Pooh book, tell guests a story as they walk through. The queue begins with Winnie wondering what he will do today. A map of the Hundred Acre Woods is shown, showing the various places that Pooh (and guests) can go. The Hundred Acre Woods begin, with guests passing Pooh's house. His house is inside a large honey tree, and the words "Mr. Sanders" can be read above the front door. The attraction sign, actually hangs off of the honey tree, marking the beginning of the attraction. As part of the attraction's new interactive queue, guests can actually go into Pooh's house and see how the bear lives.
As guests continue on into the queue, they pass both Eeyore's and Piglet's house. Storybook pages outside the homes, give guests a little background. As guests continue on, they come upon Tigger's house and also his bouncing place. Here, guests can bounce on Tigger themed springs around a small area.
After passing Tigger's house, guests come to Rabbit's garden. Here despite best efforts, gophers are tearing up the garden. The gophers pop up and down, interacting with guests. One section of the garden, allows guests to stomp on a button, which will knock the gopher's back to down into their holes. Another part of Rabbit's garden allows guests to spin giant sunflowers and beat (like a drum) various vegetables. After passing through Rabbit's garden, guests come upon the interactive "honey walls". The honey walls are large interactive touch screens, which allow guests to smear and draw in the honey.
At this point, guests finally come to the loading area. Here another storybook page tells guests that chapter one is ending, but chapter two will soon start. As guests board their honeypot ride vehicles, the pages of chapter two line the back will. Guests then enter the story themselves, starting the attraction.
As Chapter two begins, guests enter the Hundred Acre Woods on blustery day. Piglet and Gopher can be seen on riders's left, being blown around in a garden. Next to them, Pooh is holding on to a balloon, and using the wind to try and get into a beehive. On the ground, Eeyore looks, commenting that Pooh will never get the honey. Across the room, Rabbit can be seen laying in his garden, underneath a pile on unearthed carrots. Next to him is Kanga, who is desperately trying to hang on to Roo. Roo is up in the air, holding on to the other end of a scarf. As Kanga pleads with him to hold on, Roo says: "Look mama, I'm a kite!". Riders then go through a door and into Owl's house.
Inside Owl's house, everything has been disorganized by the storm. On the right in the house, guests can see a picture of J. Thaddeus Toad (Mr. Toad) handing over a deed to Owl. Another picture on the floor shows Moley (Mr. Toad's sidekick) and Winnie the Pooh together. Both of these pictures are subtle references to the fact that Mr. Toad's Wild Ride once was located in the current location of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. After passing through Owl's house, guests enter the next scene through a sliding door.
In the next scene of the attraction, Tigger pops up across from riders. He invites them to "Come bounce with me!", as their honeypot vehicles begin to bounce. As riders bounce around the room, Tigger can be seen all over the room. In the background, the song "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" can be heard. As guests enter the next room (Pooh's house), they see Tigger pounced on top of Pooh (who is wearing his pajamas). Tigger warns him to "watch out for Heffalumps and Woozles". He also tells Pooh that Heffalumps and Woozles will steal his honey, so Pooh decides to stand guard (holding a gun). After Pooh falls asleep, despite is best efforts to stay awake, he magically floats into the next room.
As guests follow him into the next room, they enter a bizarre room. All around them, Heffalumps and Woozles manically sing. Strange objects, such as Woozles with jack-in-the-box necks. One Woozle even seems to light the end of a Heffalump on fire, causing a smoke ring to come out of the Heffalumps trunk, and shoot hit guests. After passing through a large hole in a Heffalump, guests can see the exit of the scene. Before exiting however, the honeypots travel under "watering can" shaped Heffalumps, which transition them to the next scene.
The next scene takes place back in the Hundred Acre Woods, where a large storm is brewing. Eeyore, Roo, Rabbit, Owl, and Tigger all team up to save Piglet from being washed down Floody Place Falls. On the other side of the forest, Pooh can be seen (apparently stuck), trying to get into a beehive. After the storm has ended, all of the characters except for Pooh can be seen celebrating at Rabbit's house. A little further down the track, Pooh can be seen happily eating honey inside a tree. After passing a beaming Pooh, a storybook page reads "The End", and guests can disembark from their honeypot. After unloading, guests are exited out into the Hundred Acre Goods store.
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Fun Facts and Trivia
- The Fastpass machines for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, are located near Mickey's PhilharMagic.
- A small carving of a submarine can be found on a rafter in Pooh's house. The submarine is a subtle tribute to the closed Fantasyland attraction, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
- The Fastpass return clock for the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh features a small Pooh "Cuckoo".