Welcome to Critter Country, Disneyland’s hidden gem that seems too often overlooked in a rush to bigger, flashier attractions. Nestled away, this charming park area offers a sweet retreat for families and fans of Disney’s woodland characters, in a whimsical forest inhabited by some of Disney’s most beloved animals.
Critter Country stands out because of its unique rides and attractions you won’t find anywhere else in Disneyland. Whether you’re enjoying an interactive journey with Winnie the Pooh, or simply taking a leisurely stroll, Critter Country offers visitors a charming escape into a storybook landscape away from the crowds elsewhere in the park. It’s a delightful destination for anyone looking for a whimsical adventure with Disney’s cutest critters.
Read on for a map of Critter Country.
Critter Country, a bit tucked away in Disneyland, has a rich history dating back to its earlier days as Bear Country. Originally introduced to park guests in 1972, Bear Country paid homage to America’s wilderness, bustling with bears and woodland creatures. Over time, it underwent significant changes, notably with the introduction of Splash Mountain in 1989 and later the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction.
These additions injected fresh energy into the area, leading to its rebranding as Critter Country in 1988. This evolution enhanced the thematic experience at Disneyland, focusing on bringing to life the stories of friendly critters that captivate visitors of all ages.
How to Best Enjoy Disneyland Critter Country
Late afternoons and off-peak seasons like late winter or early spring offer fewer crowds and pleasant weather. Prioritize attractions like The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, but remember to take your time. Don’t miss character meet-and-greet sessions for memorable photos, and snap a shot at the iconic Critter Country sign.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
A family gem that enwraps you in the pages of a storybook, this ride is perfect for guests of all ages, promising a gentle, magical journey through Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood.
Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
This attraction puts you in the driver’s seat, or rather, the paddle’s seat, for a hands-on adventure around the Rivers of America. It’s a great way to see Disneyland from a different perspective—and work out your arms simultaneously!
Splash Mountain (Former)
Splash Mountain, a beloved log flume ride, has officially closed at Disneyland after more than 33 years of delighting visitors at the California resort.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
- Say hello to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure! Inspired by the animated Disney film “The Princess and the Frog”, this new ride will replace Splash Mountain.
- The ride picks up after the final kiss in the film and takes guests on a musical journey with Princess Tiana and Louis.
- Set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou, it celebrates a modern, courageous, and empowered woman pursuing her dreams.
- Award-winning artists PJ Morton and Terence Blanchard are collaborating with Disney to create the music for this enchanting experience.
Critter Country Sign –
Located right at the entrance, the Critter Country sign marks your arrival into this enchanting land and serves as an excellent backdrop for your Disney adventure photos.
Fantasmic! On-the-Go Package
The show that blends of pyrotechnics, lasers, water screens, and even live action sequences, takes place on the Rivers of America, which is adjacent to Critter Country. You can pick up a meal at the Hungry Bear Restaurant (see below), then enjoy Fantasmic! from a reserved viewing area.
Special Performances and Events
Enjoy seasonal events like Halloween and Christmas celebrations with festive decorations and unique character appearances.
Keep an eye out for roaming bands and surprise character appearances outside of scheduled meet-and-greets.
If you’re looking for table-service restaurants, venture just a short stroll away to New Orleans Square – Blue Bayou Restaurant, where you can enjoy a swashbuckling feast with ambient lighting and boat views from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Hungry Bear Restaurant
If fast and hearty meals are what you seek, Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country is your go-to.
Enjoy generous portions of comfort food like the crispy chicken sandwich and the BBQ cheeseburger. Don’t miss the riverside seating, offering serene views over the Rivers of America.
You’ll find a variety of comfort food options here:
- Soups: Warm up with hearty soups, including the popular clam chowder.
- Seafood: If you’re craving seafood, this is the place! Dive into tasty selections.
- Baked Potatoes: For a filling meal, explore the stuffed baked potato options.
- Sandwiches and Salads: If you prefer lighter fare, there are sandwiches and salads to choose from.
Pooh’s Corner –
This shop is a treasure trove for fans of Pooh and friends, offering an extensive selection of Critter Country and Winnie the Pooh-themed merch. It’s the perfect spot to pick up souvenirs to remember your Disneyland adventure.
The Briar Patch
This delightful shop specializes in Mickey Mouse Ear Hats and other novelty headwear. Whether you’re looking for a whimsical cap or a fun accessory, the Briar Patch has you covered!
Characters to Meet
Critter Country offers the unique chance to meet some of the most adored characters from the Hundred Acre Wood. You can find Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and sometimes even Rabbit wandering around, waiting for a hug or a photo opportunity.
- 1 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- 2 Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
- 3 Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (opening 2024)
- A Hungry Bear Restaurant
- B Harbour Galley
- C Pooh’s Corner
- D The Briar Patch
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