Today (18th Jan) marks national Winnie the Pooh day. Since we’re big Disney theme park nerds at heart, we wanted to mark this special day on the blog but in a way that paid tribute to our favourite place on earth; Walt Disney World.
If, like me, the Winnie the Pooh characters are some of your favourites (I mean, Winnie is literally my spirit animal) then keep on reading to find out how you can celebrate Winnie the Pooh in Magic Kingdom.
1. Ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
We had to start with the main attraction; the Winnie the Pooh themed ride in Fantasyland. This can be easily overlooked if you’re travelling to Orlando without little ones. On the surface it’s just another Disney dark ride, so you think you know what to expect; great theming, a nice soundtrack and a tame ride through scenes from the story.
In reality, there are quite a few weird and wonderful things about The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh; from the bouncy track that emulates Tigger to the journey through the world of woozles and heffalumps which is literally the most bizarre trip since the end of the ET ride at Universal Studios. If you’ve ever walked straight past this ride in order to get to the bigger thrills in Magic Kingdom, let this encourage you to give it a go!
2. Shop at Hundred Acre Goods
If you’re looking to pick up some Winnie the Pooh and friends merchandise while you’re at Walt Disney World, there is no better place to go than Hundred Acre Goods.
Located right next to the ride, this place stocks everything from magic bands and clothing to soft toys and stationery. I absolutely loved this shop and especially got all heart-eyed at the plushies. They had some really lovely soft ones that are perfect if collecting them is your thing.
I love the shops dedicated to film franchises in Walt Disney World, and this is one of the best. A must visit for any Winnie fan.
3. Meet Winnie and Tigger
The classic combination of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger are available for a character meet at The Thotful Spot in Fantasyland. Located close to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, this is a nice shaded area with a pretty storybook background, making it a great Photopass opportunity.
The character meets at Walt Disney World are always fun, and some of our best pictures have come from these opportunities, as they really capture your natural reactions.
Winnie and Tigger meet here daily and are available for most of the day – a great spot to get out of the sun.
4. Dine at The Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace is a buffet restaurant located just around the corner from Casey’s at the end of Main Street. You can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner here and unlike at The Thotful Spot, you get the chance to meet all four of the main Winnie the Pooh characters; Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore.
As Piglet is low-key my fave, this was a character meal I just had to do. In fact, we enjoyed our breakfast so much the first time we visited together, that we booked again for our second trip.
We’ve only ever eaten breakfast here so can’t comment on the other meals but the food is pretty damn good and we’ve always had impeccable service. The character meets are charming too and it’s well organised so there is no chance of you missing any of the big four.
Not only that, but it’s a beautiful spot to eat with lots of light, windows and gorgeous greenery. It’s not cheap but if you’re on the Disney dining plan, or you just really love Winnie the Pooh, it’s one not to be missed.
5. Book a party
The only other opportunity you have to meet all four of the main Winnie the Pooh characters it at one of the special parties in Magic Kingdom: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
At Not So Scary, you have the opportunity to meet them all in their Halloween costumes. I mean, Winnie the Pooh dressed up as a bee, what’s not to like?
At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party you can meet them all dressed in their Christmas best, as well catching them in the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. I know the parties can be expensive, but they are a great opportunity to catch your favourites in unique costumes that you won’t find anywhere else.