6 More Fun Facts About the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
1. A Very Blustery Day
It’s always “Windsday” inside the attraction, and as Guests board their “Hunny Pot” vehicle they are taken through the pages of the classic A. A. Milne book, learning that they are joining Pooh on a “Very Blustery Day.” Robert and Richard Sherman’s melody of the same name accompanies Guests as a storm begins to brew: Piglet grasps his broom frantically among the swirling leaves…Eeyore watches incredulously as Pooh reaches for his beloved honey, grasping the end of a swaying blue balloon… Kanga worriedly hangs on to Roo, who is gleefully imagining that he is a kite at the end of his mother’s scarf…a flabbergasted Rabbit surveys his wind-swept garden…and meanwhile an oblivious Owl drones on and on about…well, himself.
2. Bouncing with Tigger
The next scene of the ride introduces Guests to Tigger, just as Pooh makes his acquaintance in the film. Guests in their hunny pots bounce along to the tune “The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers,” but look out: Tigger warns that Heffalumps and Woozles are ahead! Guests are carried along through Pooh’s nightmare, as the colorful-but-dreaded creatures take over his beloved honey supply.
3. Rain, Rain, Rain
Pooh awakens to discover that while he was asleep, the “Rain Rain Rain Came Down Down Down,” flooding the Hundred Acre Wood. A frightened Piglet floats on a chair alongside Pooh, who is stuck head-first in a bobbing pot of honey. Guests, too, become part of the adventure as their hunny pots roll over the waves. Christopher Robin, Tigger, and the rest rescue their stranded friends, and both the story and the attraction end in a celebration: everyone is safe and Pooh is happily immersed in a hive full of honey, as the films’ title song carries Guests into the Hundred Acre Goods shop. A menagerie of plush pals from the Hundred Acre Wood, apparel, and an assortment of Pooh-related merchandise can be found here. (The store
was originally called Pooh’s Thotful Shop, but was re-named when the attraction was
refurbished in 2010.)
4. Diane Disney and Winnie
Pooh fans have Diane Disney to thank for the addition of Pooh and pals to the Disney cast of characters. It was Walt’s young daughter who first introduced her father to the stories, which Lillian Disney would read to Diane and her sister Sharon at bedtime.
5. Pooh’s Blue Balloon
In the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Pooh is first seen holding on to a blue balloon, reaching for honey in a beehive. While most of the attraction is devoted to Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, this scene is found in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, when Pooh sings “I’m Just a Little Black Raincloud.” This is actually quite appropriate, for in the Blustery Day film, the same melody accompanies Pooh as he is pulled along to Owl’s house by Piglet’s
6. Smoke Rings
During the heffalumps and woozles portion of the attraction, keep an eye out for one of the heffalumps blowing smoke rings in the air!