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    Question Your Opinion on a Sensitive Disney Subject?

    Couldn't think of a better forum to put this in, so I hope people still see it. I have a random opinion question.

    How do you feel when people use the term, "Uncle Walt?" Do you take offense to it? I've seen it used by people who aren't exactly Disney fans, but I always thought of it as a term of affection. Maybe I'm wrong. What do you think?
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    I consider it a term of endearment.

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    I've refered to him as uncle Walt. I grew up watching him on Wonderful World of Disney every weekend so he was like an uncle!


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    Never bother me in the least. I also grew up watching the World of Disney and it was like having that fun Uncle that came by and made you laugh.




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    Yea I dont see any problem with anyone who wants to call him Uncle Walt. On another note My wife and I named our dog Walter wonder where that came from???
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    I'm confused by why you would think it would be offensive to Disney fans when used by non Disney fans. (Did I get that right? Is that what you were saying?) Obviously, the tone with which it is spoken is a factor. However and like it has already been noted in this thread, many of the adults today....both Baby Boomers and Generation Xers...grew up watching Walt Disney come into their living rooms every week. They may or may not be Disney fans now, but back then Walt Disney was like an "Uncle" who visited weekly who showed them all these new and amazing ideas while entertaining them.

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    I guess I never thought of it... I think the important thing to remember is that Walt himself would likely love to be referred to as Uncle Walt.

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    He will always be Uncle Walt to me. N o matter how others may use it, it's a term of endearment to me.
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    If I use it, it's definitely a term of endearment and wishiful thinking...if only he was my Uncle I probably wouldn't have had to wait till I was 23 to see Disneyland for the first time.
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    Disney uses the term Uncle Walt when they refer to his TV shows.
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    I was watching a Behind the Scenes yesterday and one of the Imagineers called him Uncle Walt.
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    It's funny but until you said it I never really thought about how I felt. I have never referred to him as Uncle Walt but I know that most folks who grew up watching him do. Unfortunately I didn't have that option. I'd assume that if someone that isn't a Disney fan calls him Uncle Walt that it's certainly not meant endearingly. But from those who appreciate Walt's inspiration and creations and celebrate his life... of course it's a term of endearment.
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