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USA 2016 – 08 Disneyland Park – Critter Country (2016-07-13) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 04 DEC 2017

Having already ambled through Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, and Adventureland, I was rapidly running out of themed lands to visit on this warm, crowded, windless Disneyland day – so I decided to cool down with a visit to Critter Country, or more specifically, its famous Splash Mountain!

Originally known as Indian Village and then later Bear Country, Critter Country is situated on an area that was split off from Frontierland and is themed to resemble the great American Northwoods – with its towering pines, waterfalls, and rustic buildings.

With the Indian and Bear motifs now quite diminished, Critter Country is very much inhabited by the Winnie the Pooh franchise, much of it centered around the super kid friendly The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction.

However, if you aren’t really little enough to appreciate the wonderful world of Pooh, you could always hop on the big 20 person canoe and go for a paddle along the Rivers of America as part of the Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes attraction.  (Sadly, along with the Hungry Bear Restaurant, closed on the day of my visit.)

That said, if you really want to get wet then you should probably join the queue for Splash Mountain, Disneyland’s iconic log flume ride.

As with most rides, making use of the FastPass system or being a single rider allows you to progress much quicker to the front of the seriously long queues, and given that I was traipsing along Disneyland all by myself, I found myself stuffed into the back of a hollow plastic log in a relatively short amount of time.

It was, as advertised, a great way to cool down on such a hot day! ;)

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Next up, a squelchy amble to the last remaining themed land for the day – Tomorrowland!

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Jessica and Her Big Orange Hopping Ball Jessica | My Life 19 OCT 2011

One of the things to come out of Baby Gym is just how good an exercise it is for your baby to be perched on top of a big bouncy ball and then being made to bounce – it activates and stimulates their sense of balance as well as speed of recovery, and combining it with some other exercises like rolling them side to side or over the top on both their tummy and back, really does turn the simple hopping ball into an essential home gym accessory!

Finding one at a toy shop however isn’t quite as easy as you might think, especially when the balls come packed in boxes which aren’t spherical in shape at all, never mind the staff that don’t quite understand what you are trying to mime to them when inquiring about bouncy balls in the first place. Nevertheless, I persevered and was eventually rewarded with a bright orange Winnie the Pooh hopping ball from Toys R Us in Bellville, along with this really cool green elephant plush toy that laughs when you pull on its cord! (Truth be told, I was more excited about the elephant than the ball. So was Ryan. Jessica on the other hand couldn’t care less about the elephant as it turns out).

I must admit to being a little bit stumped when I extracted the deflated stretchy balloon from its box, struggling to figure out just how in the world one was meant to inflate this giant monstrosity. Unfortunately for me, it would seem that I’m the only one who doesn’t know about these cool removable plug systems, as Ryan and Chantelle were quick to point out how dumb I was being in terms of struggling to get this thing inflated.

As it turned out, Chantelle did most of the donkey work.

Still, it was all worth it, because Jessie can’t seem to get enough of the bright orange chew toy which Daddy occasionally throws her on and then makes her bring up her lunch with some vigorous hops…