"The Winnie-the-Pooh stories are set in Ashdown Forest, Sussex, England. The forest is a large area of tranquil open heathland on the highest sandy ridges of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty situated 30 miles (50 km) south of London.
"Many locations in the stories can be linked to real places in and around the forest. As Christopher Milne wrote in his autobiography: “Pooh’s forest and Ashdown Forest are identical”. For example, the fictional "Hundred Acre Wood" was in reality Five Hundred Acre Wood; Galleon's Leap was inspired by the prominent hilltop of Gill's Lap, while a clump of trees just north of Gill's Lap became Christopher Robin's The Enchanted Place because no-one had ever been able to count whether there were sixty-three or sixty-four trees in the circle.
"The landscapes depicted in E.H. Shepard’s illustrations for the Winnie-the-Pooh books are directly inspired by the distinctive landscape of Ashdown Forest, with its high, open heathlands of heather, gorse, bracken and silver birch punctuated by hilltop clumps of pine trees. In many cases Shepard's illustrations can be matched to actual views, allowing for a degree of artistic licence. Shepard's sketches of pine trees and other forest scenes are held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
"The game of Poohsticks was originally played by Christopher Milne on a footbridge across a tributary of the River Medway in Posingford Wood, close to Cotchford Farm. The wooden bridge is a tourist attraction, and it is traditional to play the game there using sticks gathered in nearby woodland. When the footbridge required replacement in recent times the engineer designed a new structure based closely on the drawings by E. H. Shepard of the bridge in the original books, as the bridge did not originally appear as the artist drew it."
Walt Disney's adaptation of Winnie the Pooh closely followed E.H. Shepard's illustrations of the British Hundred Acre Wood -- another thematic fact ignored by Eisger's Disney when they misplaced the Pooh ride in the American forest of Critter Country.
Pooh definitely deserves a Disneyland attraction -- but in Fantasyland, with the other animated adaptations of British children's literature.
Fantasyland is medieval by majority and not contemporary stories. Pooh looks ridiculous there in WDW and doesn't fit in at all around fairy tales. Again, they can change the theme. It's their park, not ours. If they wanna put a British forest in CC, more power to them. They already did it, and justified it. The fact that fans think they have the authority to declare something misplaced because they don't like the answer they're given, is a bit self important. It doesn't invalidate the answer.
Medieval:King Arthur's Carousel
Sleeping Beauty's Castle
Non-medieval:Snow White (early 19th century)
Alice in Wonderland (late 19th century)
Mad Tea Party (Alice in Wonderland, late 19th century)
Pinocchio (late 19th century)
Mr. Toad (Wind in the Willows, early 20th century)
Peter Pan (early 20th century)
Dumbo (mid-20th century)
Casey Jr. (mid-20th century)
Storybook Land Canal Boats (multiple time periods represented)
Matterhorn Bobsleds (no time period)
Small World (no time period)
There are no "contemporary" stories in Fantasyland.
The idea of stuffed animals coming to life, talking, and going on adventures is a pretty fantastical idea heavily reliant on the power of imagination, the very substance that ties all of Fantasyland's magical tales together. In that way, it could possibly be a reasonable addition to the land.
Ok. If Alice fits in Fantasyland, then there is no reason that the giant storybook Pooh can't.
By you philosophy, Disney could have (and to an extent did) just said "DCA is Disney quality, get used to it." When fans objected, Disney had to do something. In the grand scheme of things, fans do have a say.
Do you honestly think that everything Disney does is perfect?
Bambi in Critter Country. CC *badly* needs another kiddie friendly attraction. Right now, the *only* ride past maybe the Tiki Room/JC/Treehouse area that is fit for kids under 5 is Pooh, and that is a *long* walk back there for only one ride. (it would right at the back behind where the shop is. There is room behind there that they could squeeze a 2-3 minute darkide into.)
B&TB, Cinderella, and Aladdin rides in Fantasyland. Expand east into what is now the northern half of Autopia and the motorboat pond. There is tons of space there for a major new B&TB that would be built very similar to DCA's restauraut, but be an omnimover darkride instead. Cinderella would a FL-style classic 2-3 minute ride. Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride would copy the successful formula of Peter Pan, and would recreate the classic "A Whole New World" flying scene from the movie.
Mickey Mouse & the gang ride in Tootown. There is space behind the northwest corner of Toontown to put in a new darkride to balance out RR. I think a new story featuring all the classic characters would be really great.
Lion King and Aladdin in Adventureland
Princess and the Frog in New Orleans
Bambi in Critter Country
Pocahontas in Frontierland
Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled in Fantasyland
Steamboat Willie in Toontown
Wall-E in Tomorrowland
Bambi could be nice for Critter Country, agreed, and able to be done more 'natural' American woodsy than the neon color/psychadelic style of Pooh.
A Fox and the Hound sit down restaurant in Critter Country could work.
1. Beauty and the Beast - Enchanted Tiki Room style show that was designed for EuroDisney (and should have been put in New Fantasyland) in the Motor boat cruise area.
2. Tangled - Storybookland.
3. Princess and the Frog - Storybookland.
4. Oswald - Animation building replacement for Turtle Talk With Crush.
5. Twilight Zone (even if they don't own the tv show) - Mad T Party replacement themed to classic horror films of the 40-60's and the classic tv show.