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Vintage Walt Disney World: Pooh’s ‘Hip, Hip, Pooh-Ray!’

posted on November 1st, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Americans head to the polls next week to cast their vote for president, but back in 1972, Pooh threw his hat into the race here at Magic Kingdom Park.
Winnie the Pooh Runs for President in 1972 at Magic Kingdom Park

Pooh’s formal nomination with the Demo-Pooh-blican Party came from 50 kids under the age of 7, and was announced at the forecourt of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park. His platform? Disclosing the “Bear Facts,” and bottomless honey jars.

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Nicole on November 1st, 2012 at 7:45 am

Oh! I just love this!! Made my morning! Thanks for sharing!!


Nate Rasmussen on November 1st, 2012 at 3:47 pm

You’re welcome.


Dena on November 1st, 2012 at 10:49 am

I love this! I remember my first trip to Disney was when they were voting for the Main Street Mascot. It was between Pooh and Captain Hook, and I got upset because my stepdad voted for Captain Hook. I still remember the “vote for Pooh, the mascot for you” sticker too! Thanks for bringing up such a sweet Disney memory for me in a roundabout way! :)


Nate Rasmussen on November 1st, 2012 at 3:47 pm



Krista on November 1st, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Too cute! :)


Diane on November 1st, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Love this and I couldn’t agree more with Pooh on his platform 😉


Alison on November 1st, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Did he run again in 1976? I had a 45 and the song went: “Pooh for President, vote for Winnie the Pooh. Pooh for President, who is right for you?” Strangely, I hear that in my head every time I go to the polls.


Nate Rasmussen on November 1st, 2012 at 4:00 pm

He sure did!  He was a two-term bear.


Peter on November 3rd, 2012 at 11:25 am

Disney needs to do this again. (Pooh running for President, that is) Looking at the vintage character style in comparison to the “today and now” style makes me smile.