As much as I consider myself a Disney fanatic, I have to admit that this term was new to me. It turns out that in Disney-ese, a “weenie” has nothing to do with hot dogs or people who wear ponchos on Kali River Rapids. So what is a Disney Weenie?
A Disney “Weenie” is a visual icon designed to draw guests in. In other words, it’s something built by Imagineers to catch your eye and make you want to get closer to it. The most obvious examples in Walt Disney World are the four main icons of the theme parks: Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, Tree of Life, and the Sorcerer Mickey Hat.
So here are my favorite pictures I’ve taken of each, along with one or two alternative “Weenie Shots” for each park.
|My favorite shot of Cinderella Castle|
|alternative view of Magic Kingdom Weenies:
Cinderella’s Castle and Space Mountain, as seen from Bay Lake Tower
|Spaceship Earth, EPCOT|
|Spaceship Earth from Japan Pavilion|
|Sorcerer Mickey Hat in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, with trash can.|
|Tower of Terror, Disney’s Hollywood Studios|
|Chinese Theater, the Original Weenie for MGM/DHS, before the hat obscured it|
|Tree of Life, Disney’s Animal Kingdom|
|Tree of Life as seen from atop Expedition Everest|
|Expedition Everest, Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Coolest Weenie of them all!|
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