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Winnie the Pooh has become a brand within the brand of Disney, gaining large popularity since the release of the Winnie the Pooh shorts before Walt’s death in 1967. We all know that Walt Disney created and watched his deam come true in the form of Disneyland theme park in Anaheim California. This was followed by Walt Disney World, which sadly, he did not see completed. Four more parks across the globe followed.
In some of these parks, Winnie the Pooh is featured. Majority have meet and greets with the Pooh-verse characters but some of the parks have whole rides dedicated to our wonderful Pooh Bear. Today, I thought I would share these rides with you!
Disneyland opened in Anaheim California on July 17th, 1955. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a dark ride based on the film of the same name. Imagineers started planning a Pooh based ride in the 1970s for the upcoming renovation of Fantasyland. The ride was not included in the Fantasyland renovation. The ride almost featured in Mickey’s Toontown but fell through.
As Disneyland in California is the only Disney park to not have much room left for expansion, the ride ended up becoming a part of Critter County. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh replaced Country Bear Jamboree.
Walt Disney World
Whilst Disneyland in California tried to gain approval for a Winnie the Pooh themed attraction, Walt Disney World in Florida, gained that approval. The many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh replaced Mr Toads Wild Ride which closed on September 7th 1998. This ride also has an interactive queue which incorporates children’s games. It involves a system where members of a party can play whilst others hold the space in line.
Hong Kong Disneyland opened in September 2005 and was the only dark ride in the park on opening. It would remain the only dark ride in Hong Kong Disneyland until It’s A Small World opened in 2008. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is one of the most visited attraction in Fantasyland, frequently running out of fastpasses and having wait times of over 2 hours. It is also most similar to the original ride in Walt Disney World.
The final Disney park to home The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh as an attraction. When Shanghai Disneyland opened in June 2016, the ride was already featured. Again, this ride is similar to the Walt Disney World version but is mostly identical to the version seen in Hong Kong.
Tokyo Disneyland does not have The Many Great Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Instead, it has Pooh’s Hunny Hunt which is a trackless dark ride located in the Grizzly Gulch area of Fantasyland. It opened on September 4th 2000.
The only Disney park to not have an attraction influenced by Winnie the Pooh is Disneyland Paris, which makes me really sad as this is my home park. I would love a Winnie the Pooh based ride.
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