Who doesn’t want to ride a Hunny Pot through the pages of a huge picture book? You’ll see Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and others as they contend with a blustery day and more! If you’ve always wanted to join Pooh on a hunny hunt, read on. But, if you want to bounce on over to the nuts and bolts, here’s your shortcut.
1. You can paint with honey without getting sticky!
The queue for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh makes waiting in the standby line worthwhile. The first part of this queue winds through interactive elements and is mostly outdoors. You enter next to the giant tree that’s Pooh’s home; above the door is the sign reading, “Mr. Sanderz”.
Walk through Rabbit’s Garden, where you can spin sunflowers, beat out a tune on pumpkin and watermelon drums, and explore more of the garden’s activities. Next up: digital “walls of honey” where you can “paint” and be as creative as your heart desires. You can also explore Owl’s house!
Once you enter the queue there are a few more interactive elements: there’s a series of “hives” with “bees” that you can move from one to the next. You’ll also find the switchbacks are lined with Winnie the Pooh book pages. If the line isn’t moving way too fast, it’s fun to read them.
A Richmond, Indiana, mom loved Pooh’s interactive queue, telling us, “The queue for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was amazing! There were so many things for little kids to do, and consequently fewer meltdowns! I wish there were more queues like that.”
[Note from a grandparent: because of the high-touch nature of the interactive elements here, you may want to consider hand sanitizer if that’s important to you.]
2. You’ll ride in a giant Hunny Pot through the Hundred Acre Wood.
After you board your giant Hunny Pot, you’ll take a trip through a storybook brought to life. A half-dozen different episodes will have you blowing through The Blustery Day, meeting Tigger, traversing Pooh’s Heffalump and Woozle dream, floating away in the flood, and finally seeing Pooh getting to enjoy some honey!
The Hunny Pot vehicles themselves contribute to your experience. They’re unique among ride vehicles at Walt Disney World! When you get to the scene where you’ll bounce along with Tigger, they actually move up and down gently.
My personal favorite is the dream sequence where Pooh seems to leave his body before dreaming of the Heffalumps and Woozles who are out to steal honey. (It’s a Pepper’s Ghost illusion.) As the ride ends, there’s a party for Pooh, where you’ll celebrate sunny days and being together – and Pooh finally gets his paws on that delicious honey! As your ride concludes, the final page of the book reads “The End” before you disembark.
3. A Toad was displaced to plant the Hundred Acre Wood.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh opened at Walt Disney World on June 5, 1999. To the dismay of many, it replaced Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Mr. Toad had been part of the Magic Kingdom since opening day.
Understandably, many fans were upset at the decision. They protested against its closure, organizing mass ridings along with peaceful protests. Despite this outcry, Disney’s decision remained unchanged, and the new attraction proved popular, particularly with younger crowds. As is often the case, the Imagineers paid tribute to the pre-existing attraction in the new ride. In this instance, there’s a framed picture on the wall of Owl’s house as you enter the room, depicting a scene where Mr. Toad is handing over a deed to Owl. There is also a picture of Pooh and Mole lying on the floor.
4. The Many Adventures of Winnie Pooh has Many Versions around the world.
There are several versions of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in other Disney parks. In every case, it’s based on the classic Disney animated feature of the same name (which is based on the Winnie the Pooh books by A.A. Milne). You can ride through the Hundred Acre Wood in Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland and have a reasonably similar experience.
But the version in Tokyo Disneyland is an entirely different “E-ticket” ride. Called Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, it features audio-animatronics and a trackless ride system. This same ride system was later utilized at Disney World in Rise of the Resistance, Ratatouille, and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
5. The Nuts and Bolts.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is located in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. It’s across from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and near the Mad Tea Party. Since this is an indoor attraction, inclement weather doesn’t affect the ride’s operation. Most of the queue is covered, but if the line is long you may get wet before entering the covered portion.
The ride’s Hunny Pot vehicles have two rows of seats, and each can accommodate two to three guests. This usually looks like two adults plus one child or one adult plus two kiddos. The seats are a simple hard bench with a back, wiht one pull-down lap bar for each row of seating.
There’s a moderate (about 12 inches) wall to step over in order to enter the Hunny Pot. Guests must transfer to a standard wheelchair to experience this attraction. There aren’t any health or safety advisories for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
There’s no height requirement either, so every member of the family or group can enjoy this attraction together. It’s worth mentioning, though, that when the Hundred Acre Wood has a thunderstorm, the darkness and noise of the thunderclaps may frighten the youngest of riders. Handheld captioning and audio description are both available for the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is open for Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours. As is true for nearly every ride in the Magic Kingdom, try to ride before 10:00 am or in the 2 hours before park closing for the shortest wait. Alternatively, you could obtain a Lightning Lane via Genie+.
The Bottom Line.
Fun, happy, and upbeat, we think The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a good choice if you have small children. Often overlooked by grownups, this 30-something couple from Lexington, Massachusetts, thinks Pooh has plenty to offer adults, as well: “The attention to detail and special effects make it worth seeing even if you don’t have children in your party. The Pooh dream sequence was great!”
Have you ridden the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.