It seems to me that most of the story is taken from "Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day" with a couple minor elements from "...and the Hunny Tree" (Pooh looking for hunny, Pooh in the hunny tree eating lots of hunny.) The thing is that they re-arranged the story so it makes less sense. If I remember correctly from a YouTube video, in the WDW version, it follows the plot of the movie "Blustery Day". First, Windsday, then the intro of Tigger, then the heffalumps and woozles dream, and then Pooh wakes up to the Floody Place as the exciting climax. DL's puts the Floody Place earlier and uses the heffalump scene as a climax - which is just a dud to me. WDW's heaffalump scene looks better. Don't even get me started on how much better Tokyo's looks .
Then DL's ends with Pooh waking up from the dream to a birthday party. Was just the Heffalumps and Woozles part the dream? Was the whole thing a dream? Actually, I don't remember how the other rides ended, but in the movie, the party was a "hero party" celebrating Pooh for saving Piglet and Piglet for giving his house to Owl.
I'm not sure about the colors and the lighting, but the characters just feel too hard, slick and plasticky to me. These are supoosed to be cuddly stuffed animals. The Tigger they have on the ride is the stiffest, unbounciest Tigger I've ever seen, including retail toys.Next I have read because of the colors and lighting. The ride is just following the rest of the fantasy ride by being a dark ride. And the 100 acre woods were a bright and colorful place.
I love Winnie-the-Pooh in general, and I don't have a problem with there being a Pooh ride in DL. Just not the way it was done .I think Winnie the Pooh has a certain charm to it that makes me want to stand up for it. This childrens tale has lasted over the years and still is amung the top of them. I was thrilled to see it made and would be very disapointed to see it go.
Other key points:
A) Winnie-the-Pooh represents a change in focus, away from environments, atmosphere, and focus on you the rider having an adventure, and onto the characters who are being sold in plush form in the gift shop at the end. I recall seeing Peter Pan twice on his ride. Pooh is in every scene except the "bounce along with tigger scene" (where he doesn't seem very bouncy and you don't bounce along with him). Tigger is in every scene except the "Pooh floats into his dream" scene.
B) As someone (I think it was Techskip?) said in another thread, Country Bears and Splash Mountain fit together because of the folksy, backwoods feel they both had. Pooh, although it involves animal characters (most of whom are actually supposed to be stuffed animals) does not have a folksy, backwoods feel. It has an entirely different kind of storybook charm. Also, Pooh left his hunny pots all over Critter Country (it's not called Litter Country, Pooh Bear ).
C) When I first rode it, I was not on MiceChat, knew little WDW's version and nothing of Tokyo's, and I still felt this way.
D) Those darn barn doors. Seriously, they just look weird, with one in front, and the other one several feel behind it. Can you imagine if the doors on Indy's Chamber of Destiny looked like that?