I feel bad for the CM's, as this will be a loss of hours for a lot of people. Disney goes by seniority so the new kids are the ones who will feel it most (not shocking happens every "off season" but still sad).
I also feel bad for Guests who aren't paying any sort of discount and are expecting the full Disney experience. I've argued it before but with so much construction going on they really should discount the off season tickets for those out of towners.
As to Pooh... there are a myriad of things they can do to improve the ride experience. If WDI told a concise story from beginning to end that would be a good start. However I haven't heard even a mention of any additions on Pooh.