When it comes to theming, Critter Country doesn’t have a lot. It does have an overarching theme of Winnie the Pooh and gently flowing creeks, which both Splash Mountain, Winnie the Pooh, and Davy Crockett Explorer canoes all play into. One of the highlights of this area is the Hungry Bear Restaurant. One of the best places to sit and have a meal while watching the boats go by on the Rivers of America.

Imagineering Highlights!

  • Blast from the past – Take a look in the honey room of Winnie Pooh. There you’ll see some of the old friends from the ride that was previously there “Country Bear Jamboree”
  • Rufus the bear in Bear Country – This area of Disneyland park was known as Bear Country before it was known as Critter country. Near the entrance to the land, you could hear Rufus the bear snoring inside a cliffside cave just past the Haunted Mansion.
  • America Sings – Sometimes Disney is economical and reuses technology from previous rides. The Zip-a-dee-do-dah part of Splash Mountain does exactly this, reusing animontronics from the America Sings ride.