Oh, so many jokes! Sometimes they just write themselves. No, we’re not here today to talk about the best hot dog at Disney World. We all know, you can find the best dog at Casey’s in the Magic Kingdom. When we say best Disney World weenies were talking about something a little different. We’re talking about a term Walt Disney frowned upon being used to describe a theme park element, yet Imagineering continues to use it today. Did we grab your attention? Even if we didn’t, let’s get down to business and talk best Disney World weenies!
What Are Disney Weenies?
It’s a term of endearment used by Disney Imagineering to describe a park element. The weenie is something that captures a guest’s attention and brings them further into a park or a land. Or, it could be simply knowing something exists and heading out on a search to find it. They could be referred to as icons within the parks. For example, at Disneyland, the Matterhorn Mountain would be considered a weenie. As you approach the end of Main Street USA, you can see the very top of the mountain, enough to capture your attention, and go What’s That?! Your curiosity brings you deeper into the park and helps guide you on an adventure.
Disney parks have multiple “weenies” within them to help entice you through the park. Continuing with our Matterhorn example, you’ll catch glimpses of other “weenies” while enjoying the attraction, like seeing Space Mountain from your Matterhorn bobsled. Once again capturing your attention to explore another area of the park, experiencing different attractions along your way. And so on, and so on.
Alright, define what is a Disney weenie. Check! Onto our list of best Disney World weenies. For our list, we will pick one favorite from each park.
First stop on our adventure brings us Disney’s Animal Kingdom. While the most obvious choice for the park would be the Tree of Life, we like to take the path less traveled. Our favorite Animal Kingdom weenie captures your attention before you even step foot within the park. It’s home to our favorite disco loving mythical creature, the Yeti! You guessed it, we’re talking about Expedition Everest.
What makes Expedition Everest top our list at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is not seeing the snow-topped mountain as you drive into the park. It’s the moment it catches your attention while wandering through the park. Whether you’re on the bridge to Dinoland USA or the bridge to Harmabe, you can see and feel the mountain looming in the distance. All while being one of the more picturesque elements of the park. Adding to the lure is the echoing sounds of guests racing through the mountain trying to escape the grasps of the Yeti. It makes you think to yourself, I gotta experience that, but am I ready?
We’d be amiss if we didn’t mention Pandora: World of Avatar. It’s nearly impossible to go to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and not want to see the floating mountains. They’re spectacular to see. You can even feel the “weight” of them, we still don’t know how they did it.
Our next stop on our tour of the best Disney World weenies brings us to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As our friend Barney from How I Met Mother aka Neil Patrick Harris would say, newer is always better! For our favorite Hollywood Studios weenie, this couldn’t be more true. Hidden deep within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon.
There are no vantage points for this weenie. You won’t catch a glimpse of it from anywhere. It’s one of those times where you know it exists and you gotta find it. No matter how many times we see it, every time we round the corner it invokes the same jaw-dropping, mesmerizing, or insert your favorite “wow” adjective here, feeling. Pictures do not do it justice. For any Star Wars fan, you’re immediately transported back to the moment you first saw A New Hope. And, all you want to do is fly it!
Similar to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios has two iconic weenies that have to get an honorable mention. The Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Tower Hotel. While it’s much debated in the Disney Community to which is the park’s icon, we can all agree they are fantastic Disney weenies. The Hollywood Tower Hotel entices you to the park from miles away. Long before you get Hollywood Studios, you’re already questioning yourself we’ve you’re going to brave it or not. Whereas, you lock eyes on the Chinese Theatre only moment after walking through the turnstiles and it sets the tone for your day. Hollywood!
Spaceship Earth! We know what you’re thinking it and we’re here to say that Spaceship Earth is not one of our best Disney World weenies. “Sham, this whole list a sham!” Hear us out on this one. While Spaceship Earth is the icon of Epcot it’s not necessarily the best weenie within the park. It definitely captures your attention and you can see it from all aspects of the park, but it’s right at the park’s entrance. While it may bring you to the park, it does not entice you to go deeper into Epcot.
So, what made our list of best Disney World weenies at Epcot? Wait for it. Wait for it. The America Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. From the center of Future World, you can see the pavilion off in the distance. It’s calling for you wander your way around World Showcase Lagoon to see what it’s all about. Disney Imagineering would agree. As part of the design of the pavilion, Imagineering set the pavilion “higher” than every other World Showcase pavilion. They did this for two reasons. First to symbolize the America pavilion as the host nation and secondly to make it a Disney weenie. If all the pavilions were the same height there would be nothing to visually entice guests to walk to the back of the park.
Beyond the American Pavilion, each of the World Showcase countries have smaller Disney weenies to draw you into the pavilion. From the Eiffel Tower in France, to the Mayan temple in Mexico, each of these do their part to lead us deeper into the respective pavilion.
We left the hardest one for last! Trying to pick just one is a nearly impossible task. The Magic Kingdom by far has the most famous and best Disney World weenies. So, how did we decide? How did we widdle it down to just one? We pulled it out of a hat. We kid, we kid. As we said earlier, we like to take the path less traveled. This continues to hold when picking our favorite Disney weenie at the Magic Kingdom. Let’s just say it was a wild ride getting to our final decision! Big Thunder Mountain.
While Space Mountain draws you to the right when you enter the park, what really entices you carrying on your adventure is Big Thunder Mountain. Most people do head right when entering the park and work their way counter-clockwise. First Tomorrowland, then Fantasyland, followed by Liberty Square. Liberty Square is where you get your first glimpse of the majestic mountain. While in line for The Haunted Mansion (who doesn’t ride Haunted Mansion?), you see the reddish-brown hue of the rocks in the distance. As the train races around the mountain, you get sucked in. You have to see what it’s all about. Your interest and intrigue carries you through Liberty Square and into the park’s furthest away land from the entrance, Frontierland
In the DVC Duo house, we believe it is one of the more underrated Disney weenies. It’s this level of detail and design that makes a Disney park stand apart from most. While Cinderella’s Castle, Space Mountain, and Splash Mountain gain the most traction, Big Thunder Mountain is the Disney weenie for us at the Magic Kingdom!
We did it! We made it through our list of best Disney World weenies without making all the obvious jokes. We’re not sure if we should be proud, or disappointed. We are known for our out of this world dad jokes after. Well maybe next time. Oh wait, we got one! What do you call an empty hot dog bun? A Hollow Weenie! We hope everyone had a fantastic Halloween weekend!
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