100 Acre Wood
The 100 Acre Wood, also written as the Hundred Acre Wood, is an optional world based on the fictional locale of author A. A. Milne and Disney's twenty-second animated feature, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It is special in both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II as a world within a world, because it is entered through an old book in Traverse Town and Hollow Bastion/Radiant Garden, respectively. The world is contained within a magical book that Merlin keeps with him, and as Sora collect Torn Pages, the lost areas of the world are revealed as the story is retold.
When Sora enters the book, he lands on a version of the flat map of the 100 Acre Wood. Classic locations such as Winnie the Pooh and Piglet's House are accessible, as well as the Muddy Path and Spooky Cave, making this world one of very few to show a change of day. Each location usually harbors a mini-game with prizes which help Sora, Donald, and Goofy on their journey, although Sora is the only one that goes into this world.
It is doubtful there is a ruler of this world. Strangely, throughout the entire series so far, not one Heartless has appeared in this world. Because of this downplay of violence, Sora's "Attack" command is changed to "Hit" while in this world.
The Keyhole for this world is the book's lock.
Settings and Areas
The open pages of the book are known as 100 Acre Wood (100エーカーの森, 100 Ēkā no Mori?, lit. "Forest of 100 Acres"). From this area, Sora can enter the individual areas restored by the Torn Pages. The first area opened in Kingdom Hearts is the Wood: Meadow (草原, Sōgen?, lit. "Grassland"), where Sora meets Winnie the Pooh. Going to Pooh's House (プーのいえ, Pū no Ie?) from there both progresses the story and allows Sora to meet Owl, who reappears throughout the world to explain the rules of each mini-game. Pooh's Room (プーのへや, Pū no Heya?) is also accessible from his house. The first area to open up is the Hunny Tree (ハチミツの木, Hachimitsu no Ki?), which introduces Piglet, and the second is Rabbit's House (ラビットのいえ, Rabitto no Ie?), which also contains Rabbit's Room, which allows Sora to meet both Rabbit and Tigger. In the Wood: Hill (丘, Oka?, lit. "Hill"), which contains Pooh's swing, Sora rescues Eeyore, and in the Bouncing Spot (ティガーの遊び場, Tigā no Asobiba?, lit. "Tigger's Playground") area, Tigger is joined by Roo. Finally, the Muddy Path (どろんこ道, Doronko Michi?) holds the last mini-game, which reunites all of the friends and allows the 100 Acre Wood's Keyhole to be sealed.
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Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, the various areas are combined into one long room, and there is only one minigame: get Pooh to the exit while finding all of his lost friends. Each of Pooh's friends will give Sora a reward; the minigame is also the best place to collect Moogle Points.
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
In Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, the area is split up into multiple rooms along a path, along with multiple minigames. The first area is Pooh Bear's House which is the only room that does not contain a minigame, although Piglet is in the room and must be found. The next area is Rabbit's House, which contains Rabbit and the Veggie Panic minigame. Hunny Tree contains Owl and the Balloon Glider minigame, while Tigger's Playground contains Tigger, Roo, the Tigger's Jump-a-Thon minigame, and the only treasure chest of this world, the Spellbinder Card. The Muddy Road contains Eeyore, as well as the Whirlwind Plunge and Bumble-Rumble minigames. Finally, the Fields contain a save point and the world exit.
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts II retains a few of the previous locations in the 100 Acre Wood, most notably Pooh Bear's House and Rabbit's House, although the mini-games found in these locations have changed, and Rabbit's House is not available until the second Torn Page is found. In addition, Piglet's House has been added as the first mini-game location to open up. Kanga's House opens up with the return of the third Torn Page, and The Spooky Cave at the fourth. The final area, Starry Hill, will open when all five pages have been found and completes the repairs on Pooh's poor, abused book which was ripped by the Heartless. Along with Kanga, Gopher is the new character in this sequel. The surface of the book, from which the other locations are accessed, is referred to as The Hundred Acre Wood.
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
When Merlin drops the 100 Acre Wood book while walking home, Terra picks it up and returns it to him, who says he has never seen it before. He leaves it in his house for Terra, and later invites Ventus and Aqua in to read it when they pass by. After it is returned, the three main characters can read it to unlock their hidden powers, visualized as the Honey Pot Board.
Cid first gives the book to Sora to give to Merlin, who tells Sora that there is a world within the book. He mentions that Sora needs to collect Torn Pages throughout the worlds until he finds and seals the 100 Acre Wood's Keyhole. When Sora first goes into the book, he meets Winnie the Pooh, who is the only one left in the book. Along the way, he finds and makes friends with each of the 100 Acre Wood's inhabitants, with whom he plays a Christopher Robin-like role.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
The 100 Acre Wood appears in Sora's second set of World Cards, and can be accessed on the seventh, eighth, ninth, or tenth floor of Castle Oblivion. When Sora enters the world, he finds Pooh all alone, and decides to go down the path with the teddy bear in order to find his lost friends. Upon going down the path, Sora and Pooh find Rabbit picking up cabbages, and get Owl's attention by having Pooh float high in the air with a bundle of balloons, brought back to the ground by Owl. Sora and Pooh find Roo in a hole after Pooh falls into it, and find Eeyore later down the path, whose tail is knocked down from a tree that Pooh, being chased by bees, runs in to. Tigger's attention is captured when Pooh is taught by Sora to bounce on tree stumps in a similar to formation to Tigger. Shortly afterwards, Sora and Pooh are bombarded by Rabbit's cabbages, which come rolling down the hill. Sora knocks the cabbages into a stack with the Keyblade, which causes Rabbit to appear. Rabbit explains that he tried rolling the cabbages down the path, since someone had broken the cart he had planned to use to bring them down. Coincidentally, it was Sora and Pooh who broke this cart. Sora and Pooh soon afterwards arrive at the end of the path, with all of Pooh's friends found. The two say their parting words, and Sora leaves to continue climbing to the top of Castle Oblivion.
Kingdom Hearts II
When Merlin moves to Hollow Bastion, he takes the book with him. When Sora returns, he excitedly enters the book to check up on his friends. While he is greeting Pooh, he is suddenly ejected from the book as the Heartless try to steal it. During the battle to recover the book, it is damaged. Upon return, Sora finds Pooh with severe amnesia, unable to remember him and all of his other friends. Sora then goes out to find Torn Pages which slowly restore Pooh's memory of his friends while continuing his quest to find Riku and King Mickey. Shortly after fully repairing the book, Sora admits that he has to leave again, but reassures Pooh that they will always be in each other's hearts. Once all five Torn Pages have been located, the book's cover is changed to a picture of Sora and Winnie the Pooh sitting on Starry Hill together.
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