My cousin Dianne told me I would love the Winnie the Pooh ride at Hong Kong Disneyland, although she said it was a bit complicated to explain, so I would just have to see for myself.
As much of a Disney junkie that I am, I’ve gone back and forth on the Disney Pooh. In high school, Winnie the Pooh was all the rage and I had a ton of Pooh stuff, but I outgrew the phase long before the oversized Winnie the Pooh my godmother gave me for Christmas lost its stuffing. Later on I rediscovered the original Winnie the Pooh, with the exquisite drawings by EH Shepard, and I’ve been a fan of classic Pooh ever since.
It was rainy when we got to Hong Kong Disneyland, so we decided to do the indoor rides while waiting for the rain to let up. So we queued up for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Fantasyland, and Dianne was right — I did enjoy it, not only because I’m not a thrill ride sort of person (I did go on Space Mountain that night, but of course, that isn’t even a thrill ride for normal people!), but also because it turned out to be a bookish ride!
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, is literally a deconstruction of the Pooh storybook. The queue area was gated with loose storybook pages.
Then a hunnypot car comes along, then you get in, and you are propelled through the bookshelf…
… and inside the Pooh storybook, to Hundred Acre Wood.
Remember Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day?
It all goes by quite fast, so I was snapping away with my cam (hence, the ride photo) but I didn’t get a lot of good pictures. I remember there’s a Heffalumps and Woozles part somewhere in the middle.
Of course, like all storybooks, this has a happy ending:
I love that it celebrates reading — I thought it was a pretty clever concept for a ride!