Winnie the Pooh Ride

The full and official name of this ride is Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, but it could take longer to say all of that than it would to actually go on the ride. It follows the adventures of a honey-loving bear and his friends through scenes from A.A. Milne's popular children's stories.

You'll travel through the Hundred Acre Wood, in all kinds of weather. You, Winnie and his pals will be swept up in a gust of wind on a blustery day, then get caught in a torrential rain where everyone has to work together to stay afloat. Things calm down, and you enter a dream world, but the trouble isn't over yet. Singing Heffalumps and Woozles try to steal Pooh's honey, but they fail. The trip ends at a party for Pooh.

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What You Need to Know About the Winnie the Pooh Ride

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
©2006 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

Poor Winnie, his ride gets a lot of abuse in online reviews. Some people think it would fit in better if it was in Fantasyland and not stuck in a corner next to Splash Mountain. Others compare it to its sister rides in Florida and Tokyo and say it's not as much fun. What it does have going for it, is short lines and a beloved character.

  • Location: Winnie the Pooh is in Critter Country, and you may find Winnie at a character greeting near the ride entrance. Critter Country is Disneyland's smallest named area and includes just two rides.
  • Rating: ★★
  • Restrictions: No height restrictions. Children under age seven years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
  • Ride Time: 4 minutes
  • Recommended for: Small children. Also for anyone who loves Winnie the Pooh.
  • Fun Factor: Low to moderate
  • Wait Factor: Winnie usually has short lines. 
  • Fear Factor: Low for most of the ride. The scene with the Heffalumps is dark and has some odd-looking creatures that might frighten some younger visitors.
  • Herky-Jerky Factor: Low to none
  • Nausea Factor:  Low to none
  • Seating: Ride vehicles are beehive-shaped, in honor of Pooh's favorite food: honey. Riders sit in three rows, and each row has room for two. It's easier to see if you're in the first two rows. You have to step over the side of the vehicle to get in.
  • Accessibility: One of the ride vehicles can accept a manual wheelchair, but if you've got a motorized chair or ECV, you'll have to transfer into the ride vehicles. No matter what your means of transport, get into the regular line. Guest Relations can give you a handheld captioning device to use here. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
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How to Have More Fun on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Scene from The Many Adventure of Winnie the Pooh
Joe Penniston/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Lines are seldom long here, making it a good place to head if you've got a kid who's itching to ride something and do it now. It's also something to do while you're waiting for your friends to ride Splash Mountain

If you don't want to sit in the back row, ask the Cast Member at the loading area if you can wait to get in the front row of the next vehicle.

Pooh loves honey, but he doesn't know how to spell it. If anyone is getting bored, have them count the number of places it's misspelled during the ride.

For Winnie the Pooh souvenirs, the best place to buy them is at the Pooh Corner gift shop located near the ride exit. If you love Pooh but don't want to lug your purchase around for the rest of the day, use the package checking service and pick them up as you leave.

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Fun Facts About The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh Ride Vehicle
©Betsy Malloy Photography

Each ride vehicle has a Pooh-themed name.

Before it was finally built in Critter Country, this ride was in the plans for Fantasyland and Toontown. It replaced an older ride called Country Bear Jamboree. You will find the heads of Max the deer, Melvin the moose, and Buff the buffalo mounted on the wall inside as a remembrance of the older ride.

To make it look like Pooh is floating away after he falls asleep, Imagineers use a special effect called Pepper's Ghost Illusion. The same effect - which uses a simple reflection on a piece of glass - appears in the Haunted Mansion and Pinocchio's Daring Journey.

You can also find Eeyore in an unexpected Disneyland ride: Indiana Jones' Adventure. If you want to see him, he's in the projector room, near the ceiling and almost impossible to spot in the dark. If you ask a Cast Member, they can show you where he's hiding. What is Eeyore doing there? Here's the story: When the Indiana Jones ride was built, it took over the area which was once the Eeyore parking lot.

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