Winnie the Pooh FASTPASS Unavailable During Queue Refurbishment

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The Many Adventure of Winnie the Pooh attraction at the Magic Kingdom will not offer FASTPASS during a refurbishment of its interactive queue from November 2-9, 2011. The current FASTPASS queue will be used as the standard queue during the refurbishment period.

Rumors abound as to the purpose of this refurbishment, especially considering that the new interactive queue just opened in November of last year. The redesigned queue has not stood up well to the abuse of daily guest use, and several elements have broken.  One entire section–Tigger’s Bouncy Place–was closed shortly after the grand opening because park management deemed it too potentially hazardous for guests (it has springboard panels in the ground for guests to “bounce with Tigger”).

Notably, Tigger’s Bouncy Place took over the location of what was the old FASTPASS distribution area for the ride. During the first renovation, FASTPASS distribution for the Pooh attraction moved across Fantasyland to the rarely-used machines for Mickey’s Philharmagic (such shows have high capacities and tend to use FASTPASS only during peak periods). There is a rumor that since the Bouncy Place never worked as planned that Disney might put the FASTPASS machines for the ride back in their original spot.

If anything, here’s hoping Disney gets some of the practical effects working again in what remains of the interactive queue. As a proof of concept for future interactive queues coming to the expanded Fantasyland, it’s not currently doing Disney any favors having guests see it in its current state.

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Posted on October 29, 2011

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