Today in Disney History: The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh Opens

by | Jun 5, 2020 | Disney History, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World News, WDW Blog

21 years ago today, our favorite friends from The Hundred Acre wood moved into Fantasyland, into the ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh!

This ride drummed up a bit of controversy among Disney fans in the late 90s when it was set to replace the fan-favorite attraction, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

The good news is that if you really miss Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, you can still ride the original version of the attraction—but at Disneyland, in California.

Instead of joining Mr. Toad for an adventure, fans can now bounce around The Hundred Acre Wood in a “hunny” pot.

Building The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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Crews work into the night to prepare for the opening of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1999. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks

Imagineers didn’t forget about Mr. Toad when switching things up to the Hundred Acre Wood. At the beginning of the ride, check out the framed picture of Mr. Toad handing off a deed to Owl. This little tribute is one example of the details that Imagineers put into Pooh’s world.

And some Mr. Toad fans may be wondering what happened to the other track … Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride had two separate tracks, each with its own adventure. Pooh’s ride uses just one of those tracks, with the other one removed to make room for Pooh’s Thotful Shop (later renamed Hundred Acre Goods) next door.

Check out the Disney World crew working on the interactive queue before The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh opened in 1999. They are so excited to see kids enjoying all their hard work!

Since these features were installed, the queue was updated again in 2010 with digital effects, and a character greeting was added next to the ride.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Queue

In proper Disney style, the line-up for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is made up of plenty of interactive bits and pieces.

Winnie The Pooh Line Up

Find your green thumb in Rabbit’s Garden in the queue! Photo by Cliff Wang

The line is divided for the “grown-ups” and “kids play” and kids are encouraged to explore the Hundred Acre Wood by climbing over and under all of the structures.

Winnie The Pooh Queue

Oh, how I love The Hundred Acre Woods! Photo by Cliff Wang

Similarly to the queue in Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train, the interactive activities are fun and distracting. Some pieces spin, while other pieces pop up and down.

There is even an interactive honey wall that allows you to virtually smear honey without the mess and stickiness!

Interactive screen Winnie The pooh

Play with the interactive “hunny” wall while you wait for your adventure! Photo By Brett Svenson

The Story Begins…

The ride begins when you climb aboard one of Pooh’s honey pots. You are taken right into a Winnie The Pooh storybook, as you follow the adventure page after page!

Kanga and Roo- Winnie the Pooh Ride

Kanga and Roo play in Rabbit’s garden! Photo by Cliff Wang

We get to see Kanga and Roo, Rabbit, and his garden, and of course, we get to bounce along with Tigger!

Things literally spin out of control when we are transported into one of Pooh’s nightmares. This is where we meet the Heffalumps and Woozles.

Heffalump-Winnie The Pooh Ride

This is where we join Pooh’s bad dream! Photo by Brett Svenson

Don’t worry though, we are safely returned to the more pleasant and less scary part of The Hundred Acre Wood, all while in the safety of your very own “hunny” pot!

Meet Pooh Bear and Tigger

Once you exit the attraction you have the option to join the line for Pooh’s Thotful Spot where you can meet Winnie The Pooh and Tigger!

 

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This is the perfect ending to a perfect ride! I love Pooh Bear, I think he’s one of the most adorable Disney characters that you can meet at the parks.

He’s also really fun to Disneybound! Pooh’s color palette is really simple! It’s just yellow and red, which allows me to put together simple Winnie The Pooh outfits on the fly if I need to!

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Photo by Alessandra Sferlazza

Check out these Winnie The Pooh Disneybounds that are sure to inspire you for your next trip to The Hundred Acre Wood!

Watch The Ride Through!

Let’s go on a virtual trip to The Hundred Acre Wood, shall we?

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Alessandra Sferlazza

Aly is the Social Media Coordinator for WDW Magazine as well as a contributing writer. For the past five years, she has worked with The Walt Disney Company and completed her BA, B.Ed, and a certificate in Journalism. Aly loves spending every second she can at Disney World with her best friends and family. Follow Aly on Instagram
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