My first visit to Walt Disney World involved a stay at the Beach Club Resort, a visit to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. This was a time before value resorts, before Hollywood Studios or the Animal Kingdom. It was a time before The Lion King, Pixar and of course Frozen. Regardless I was in my glory because I got to see and meet my very favourite character: Winnie-The-Pooh. The Many Adventures of Winnie-The-Pooh VHS set was on a heavy rotation in our household and this character was beloved in my heart. There’s a precious video of me patiently waiting my turn to have a chance to get the loveable, silly, old bear’s autograph. What a reminder of the chaos of Walt Disney World in the 90s. It’s amazing to me that these One Hundred Acre Wood Characters are still be so popular in the heart of preschoolers all these years later. If you haven’t visited Walt Disney World in a few years, check this list because there are quite a few places you used to be able to find these characters that you no longer can.
During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party, going on select nights in October and November 1st, you’ll find Eeyore dressed for trick or treating in Fantasyland at Pooh’s Storybook. You can also meet Eeyore at Crystal Palace. Which serves breakfast, lunch and supper buffets. It is our favourite character supper buffet on property.
This sweet, little, anxious pig can be found along side his pals in Fantasyland during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. A great opportunity to get a picture with the whole group. The only other place you can meet this lovable character is at Crystal Palace. During high seasons this restaurant is popular so be sure to reserve this character dining ahead of time.
From 10:45a-2:15p and 3:30p-7:00pm this bouncy character can be found in the Thotful Spot in front of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It is a popular meet and greet so expect a bit of a wait. There is no fastpass + for this character spot. You can meet Tigger at another location at the Magic Kingdom, Crystal Palace. At this buffet you can meet four Hundred Acre Wood characters as they make the rounds during the Friendship Day celebrations. A delicious meal and great characters, I count this as a must for anyone who hasn’t dined here before.
Breakfast and brunch at Grand Floridian’s 1900 Park Fare features an appearance by Tigger. Get this meet and greet accomplished while enjoying a meal, allowing you more time at the Magic Kingdom to enjoy rides, parades and stage shows.
The bear we all know and love can be found along side his buddy Tigger at the Thotful Spot in front of his ride the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. With a beautiful backdrop of the fall tree, you’ll be sure to capture a great picture with your own camera or with a photopass photographer. You can expect to find Winnie from 10:45am-2:15pm and 3:30pm-7:00pm. If you don’t see him, that means he’s taking little hunny break and will be back shortly. Winnie the Pooh can also be found at Crystal Palace, the Table-Service Restaurant located off of Main Street U.S.A.. It’s likely you’ll need a reservation. People do cancel last minute or don’t show up, so it’s always worth a try to walk up.
Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at 1900 Park Fare. Winnie-The-Pooh makes an appearance, along with Tigger, Alice, Mad Hatter and Mary Poppins. Winnie-The-Pooh only turns up for the breakfast offering of this meal, which is served from 8:00am until 11:50am. It’s not a very large restaurant and the meal isn’t anything to write home about. It is a fun way to spend a non-park day, starting the morning here and then pool hopping at Grand Floridian’s two pools. By meeting Winnie-The-Pooh here you’ll have more time to enjoy the Magic Kingdom.
The Magic Kingdom area is the only place to find the Hundred Acres Wood characters at this time. I’ll be sure to post back here if they start popping up at Animal Kingdom and Epcot again. At this time though they are exclusive found in Fantasyland and at 1900 Park Fare. Happy Planning.