Leaving Critter Country one day I noticed that the perilous plunge (no Knott’s Berry Farm reference intended) of Splash Mountain was filling up with steam between logs. Each log full of screaming riders would cause the steam to disappear with a rush of air and a splash. Within moments the steam would almost completely conceal the water flowing behind it. I was quite intrigued by this phenomenon and perhaps it’s not as rare of an occurrence as it seemed to me to be. I stood there for quite a while waiting for a moment like this all the same.
It could easily be argued that Winnie the Pooh is the most lovable bear around and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride tucked away in Critter Country is the perfect spot to get your fix of this silly old bear. The ride itself is a wonderfully colorful adventure through the Hundred Acre Wood but one of my favorite things about this ride is its entrance. The wood of this covered bridge has so much texture and the rich rustic red brings it out so well. I’m a sucker for wooden structures like this. Of course it doesn’t hurt that Winnie the Pooh and the gang are there to greet you right away.
Critter Country is one of those areas at Disneyland that can be a really peaceful escape from the crowds. I took this picture late one night while Splash Mountain was still closed, which left a wonderful tranquil feeling to the glow on Brer Rabbit. It was one of those Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah kind of nights. Of course, now that Splash Mountain is open again from its long refurbishment, there’s a whole lot more reason to take a trip to Critter Country. And rumor has it, it’s wetter than ever!
I don’t know if the decorating team at Disneyland meant to get a ribbon on Tigger’s head the way they did, but it’s perfect. What better gift than a Tigger? Tiggers are wonderful things. If you find yourself getting all caught up in the rush this season can bring, you’re not alone. It can certainly take a toll, until you find yourself saying “Oh bother.” But don’t lose sight of the fact that this is a time for love, for family, for peace and joy, and even for fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!