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Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood on iPad and in REAL Life (Photos)

The Hundred Acre Wood where Winnie the Pooh, lives, plays and frolics is a magical place. A place that has given so much joy to generations of children since the first A.A. Milne book was published in 1926. And while the stories and characters stay the same decade after decade, the way we interact with them changes with the times. The newest way to interact with Pooh and his pals? With the stunning and seriously awesome Winnie the Pooh Wonder and Wander app.

In the app (for iPhone and iPads), which just happens to be FREE, you and your kids will be able to explore Hundred Acre Wood in a whole new way.  Using beautifully executed animation and images, kids of all ages can interact with the characters and wander around Pooh’s world from changing it from day to night to rustling the trees and watching the leaves fall. And this app meant a whole lot to me, because I got to wonder and wander around the Hundred Acre Wood in real life.

I didn’t know until about two years ago that the Hundred Acre Wood, the lush forest that plays such a strong part of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh series, was a real place. As soon as I found out that Milne had used the Ashdown Forest in England’s East Sussex as the model for Pooh and his pals environment, I wanted to go. And as luck would have it, I did! In support of Disney’s amazing Winnie-the-Pooh I went to the real place, wondered, wandered and was totally in awe.

Check out some of my photos from the real Hundred Acre Woods right here:

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  • Pooh Car Park 2 of 11
    Pooh Car Park
    Something about a parking lot sign in the Hundred Acre Woods just makes me so happy.
  • Pooh Bridge 3 of 11
    Pooh Bridge
    Helpful hints about Hundred Acre Woods like, "Use only Pooh Sticks brought with you or picked up from the ground - don't damage trees by removing twigs."
  • My Pooh Stick! 4 of 11
    My Pooh Stick!
    Watching my pooh stick flow down the stream.
  • Roo 5 of 11
    Roo
    My family wasn't with me, so for my daughter I placed a Roo doll in various places around the Hundred Acre Woods to bring home to her.
  • This Tree 6 of 11
    This Tree
    This tree was the model for the ending of Disney's Winnie the Pooh when Christopher Robinson and Winnie the Pooh walk into the sunset.
  • Six Pine Trees 7 of 11
    Six Pine Trees
    Truthfully there are more than six pine trees. But these were the models for artist Ernest. H. Shepard.
  • Eeyore’s Home 8 of 11
    Eeyore's Home
    Someone very crafty created this house for Eeyore on the trail!
  • Sandy Pit Where Roo Plays 9 of 11
    Sandy Pit Where Roo Plays
    This is the "Sandy Pit Where Roo Plays" but also has been referred to as Eeyores gloomy place. A little of both perhaps?
  • The View 10 of 11
    The View
    The view from the 100 Acre Woods.
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    Ashdown Park Hotel
    And if you journey to see the Hundred Acre Woods yourself, I would highly recommend the Ashdown Park Hotel, it's gorgeous, lush and they even do a Winnie the Pooh picnic for the kids!
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Photos: Sunny Chanel

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