Critter Country is the third newest land in Disneyland and replaced Bear Country with the opening of Splash Mountain in 1989. Winnie the Pooh took up residence in the former home of the Country Bear Jamboree. Old favorites such as The Hungry Bear Eatery still exist.
Nearby, you can get a photo with Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore at certain times throughout the day.
The centerpiece attraction, Splash Mountain, also features a single-rider option, along with Fastpass. (Winnie the Pooh no longer offers Fastpass)
Shopping includes Pooh Corner with Winnie the Pooh merchandise, and Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio offers riders a chance to purchase a photo of themselves as they plunge down the 52 foot peak of Splash Mountain. The Briar Patch carries an assortment of hats.
You MAY get wet! This ride, based on Disney’s 1946 film “Song of the South” takes you through the story of Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear. The ride boasts 103 audio animatronic figures (many of which appeared in the Tomorrowland attraction America Sings). The flume-style ride features one of the tallest and sharpest flume drops in the world. Be aware, if you are sitting in the front, you WILL get wet! Similar attractions have opened in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland.
The attraction, designed by Imagineer Tony Baxter, was, in part, a homage to the late Marc Davis. Characters from the closed attraction “America Sings” took up new residence here, and several ideas for Splash Mountain were concepts explored during the planning of Marc Davis’s Western River Expedition (a highly detailed water ride that was to be built for Disney World). Video of the queue and the ride itself is available below, along with music and songs from the attraction. Songs featured in the attraction are, “Everybody’s got a Laughing Place”, “How do you do?” and the unforgettable “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah”.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is located near Splash Mountain. Join Pooh on a blustery day, visit the floody place, experience Pooh’s nightmare of Heffalumps and Woozles, and Pooh and his friends for a fun ending. The attraction resides in the former location of The Country Bear Playhouse, the home of the Country Bear Jamboree. There is an obvious tribute to this past attraction inside, but you must pay close attention! (especially behind you)
This attraction originally featured Fastpass, but it has since been discontinued. Wait times of this attraction are very short. Similar attractions also exist at Walt Disney World, and a more advanced version at Tokyo Disneyland. Right next door is a beautifully themed shop Pooh Corner, selling Pooh and Friends merchandise.