The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Ride
Most small children love Winnie the Pooh. Adults often hold a special place in their heart for this character that has been around for so many years.
So in 1999, Disney World added The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to their theme park in Orlando. The location is now right in the middle of Fantasyland, and right across from the new Seven Dwarves Mine Train ride.
The ride is a simple, inside attraction that spans the world of Winnie the Pooh. Despite the ride’s simplicity, it can be a rather busy ride. At the end of our article, we’ll give a few recommendations on how to best see this ride.
As Winnie the Pooh’s popularity rose throughout the 70’s and 80’s, there was constant discussion of a Winnie the Pooh ride, though this never came to fruition. When Mickey’s Toontown was being planned, there were initial plans to create a ride at that point, but the ride again didn’t pan out. However, finally in the late 90’s, the Magic Kingdom in Disney World finally brought Pooh to the theme parks, with the ride opening in June of 1999. The ride replaced the nostalgic Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, sparking a mini-controversy.
The ride quickly caught on with young children, as the absence of scary components, and the jovial nature of the ride made it a favorite. The ride begins in the Hundred-Acre wood on a blustery day, and spans through scenes with Tigger, a fun dream sequence in Pooh’s head, and a final celebratory room with the characters celebrating and Pooh eating honey.
The ride is typical for a Fantasyland ride. It lasts about 3 minutes, is inside and slow-moving. The load time isn’t all that great, but the recent addition of an interactive queue keeps the kids from losing their minds while they wait. Not only is there a rather large area with many activities, but there are large “touch-screens” covered with “honey”. As you swipe your hands over the honey, it reveals characters from the Winnie the Pooh world. The area is so well done, that you’ll usually have to repeatedly prompt your children to keep up, as they will likely still be playing as the line moves along.
Winnie the Pooh Tips
This ride starts off very slow, with almost no lines at all. But the lines slowly build throughout the day, and don’t really taper off that much until right at the end. The queue is enjoyable, and for this reason, you may not need to make a concerted effort to hit this early. You also don’t really need to waste a fastpass on this ride. The wait times do rise throughout the day, but they never really get too exorbitant either.
If you don’t care about the queue, than catch Pooh in the first two hours or the final hour for the best times. Again though, we highly recommend not wasting the early hours for Pooh, as there are other rides that make more sense, such as Peter Pan, Ariel, Dumbo, etc.