Magic Kingdom

Fantasyland

Pooh's Playful Spot (EXTINCT!)

(2005 - 2010)

 

History and photos of the Pooh's Playful Spot playground in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

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Located on the northern side of Fantasyland was Pooh's Playful Spot, a small playground themed to the Hundred Acre Woods in Disney's 1977 animated film, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

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What many of the theme park guests didn't know was that Pooh's Playful Spot used to sit on the site of one of the most elaborate rides in the Magic Kingdom --- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  In 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, park guests would board a Nautilus submarine themed to the famous submarine in the 1954 Disney film, and go on an undersea voyage, one that would ultimately take them to unexplored regions and even face-to-face with a giant squid.

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - 2005 - 01

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea closed for good in 1994, but the ride's lagoon remained in place in the Magic Kingdom for another ten years.  The edge of the lagoon was used as part of the theming for Ariel's Grotto, but the rest was just open water.  That finally changed in early 2005 when the lagoon was finally demolished in a move that would eventually pave the way for the massive expansion of Fantasyland starting in 2011.

But first there would be a temporary attraction in that space, something that would be appealing for the youngsters.

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Pooh's Playful Spot - 2005 - 01 Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Pooh's Playful Spot - 2005 - 02

Pooh's Playful Spot opened in the Fall of 2005.

Located across the path from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Pooh's Playful Spot was an interactive playground where kids could run around and blow off some steam.  The play area focused on the Honey Tree, a large tree that had Piglet near the top of its trunk.  At the base of the tree was a small house, inside of which had a small tribute to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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Pooh's Playful Spot closed in late 2010 to make way for the new expansion of Fantasyland.  However, all is not lost.  Part of the playground was simply moved across the pathway.  The Honey Tree now represents the new entrance to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride.

Although Pooh's Playful Spot only lasted for five years, it's still part of Fantasyland and the history of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

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