Today was a milestone day for me. I celebrated my 23 year anniversary with my company (yikes – have I really been out of college that long??). My son turned 13 weeks old today – he’s such a cutie. And diehard Pooh fans around the world celebrated the birthday of English Author A.A. Milne – creator of the Winnie the Pooh series of children’s books – who was born on the 18th of January, 1882.
In honor of A. A. Milne’s birthday, I wanted to highlight the many attractions of Winnie the Pooh that you can find at Walt Disney World in Florida. These include character meals, character greetings, and of course the children’s ride in Fantasyland.
Winnie the Pooh (and Tigger Too!) can be found along with other Hundred Acre Woods friends at the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom, for a wonderful and tasty character meal. Whether you choose the breakfast, lunch, or dinner buffet, you are guaranteed to meet Pooh Bear, along with his pals Eeyore, Tigger, and Piglet. They come by your table, pose for pictures, sign autographs, and have fun with the little ones before moving on in their dining room rotation. Less frequently, you can also meet Pooh and select pals at the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast in the 1900 Park Fare dining room of the Grand Floridian hotel. Most of the characters at this buffet meal are from English stories and movies, but the roster can vary day to day. So your best bet for sharing a honey pot with Winnie the Pooh is at the Crystal Palace.
Our favorite spot to meet Winnie the Pooh is over at the Toy Soldier store in the UK Pavilion at Epcot. The store itself has a very English feel to it (OK – no big surprise since you are in the United Kingdom Pavilion). There are lots of sweet toys to choose from – most unlike American toy stores with their Transformers, Star Wars action figures, and more. The Toy Soldier is home to Paddington Bear, knights and castles, and so forth – mostly made in England. The Kidcot Fun Stop is located here – along with the character greeting spot to meet English friends, like Winnie the Pooh. Photopass photographers are often on hand to capture the moment, or you can use your own camera to snap a shot of the famous bear and his comrades in stuffed and fluffy arms.
Finally, there’s no place like Fantasyland to enjoy the adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Especially now that Disney has opened the new interactive queue and play area near the attraction (since Pooh’s Playful Spot got demolished as part of the ongoing expansion of Fantasyland). In the Interactive queue, guests can wind their way through the hundred acre wood, including Rabbit’s farm, where the interactive portion of the queue comes to life. Kids of all ages can spin sunflowers and pound melon drums. If they step on the animal tracks on the ground, gophers pop up to greet them. Or they can wipe away the hunny flowing from the walls to reveal hidden pictures underneath (very cool!). This interactive queue is the perfect way to keep little ones from being bored in what can often be a long wait for the Adventures ride.
What is your favorite way to meet Winnie the Pooh on your trips to Disney?