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    Just curious - How did Walt Disney decide on the name "Weenies" to describe the focal points of each land and theme park? (Vol. 1, "All Around the World", pg. 14, question 13)
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    He was hungry and the original spoke from the center design looked like a plate full of hot dogs? I have no real idea, I hope someone enlightens me because now I feel stupid.
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    No, please don't feel stupid! I felt rather silly asking but just couldn't help it! Weenies?? Hmmm . . .
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    According to John Hench's book Designing Disney, "Walt observed that people move towards things that are inviting," and used the term wienie to refer to something that "...beckons them to continue further in their journey." Walt used wienie because of a life long love of hot dogs!

    Examples of wienies in Walt Disney World: Cinderella Castle, which draws the guest up Main Street. Once close to the castle, you can see the Carousel through the archway - another wienie drawing you on. The Astro Orbiter draws you into Tomorrowland. Spaceship Earth, the Tree of Life, and that Big Hat are all wienies as well, but they can be smaller things too. Anything you see down a hallway or path that encourages you to go down that route and check it out is a wienie.


    (John Hench uses the spelling "wienies" while I see Lou used "weenies")

    Hope that clears things up!
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    Absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much! The man never ceases to amaze me. I am fascinated as I read this book! I am sure I will have more questions to follow!
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    I was thinkin' about using that same info. from John Hench's book too to answer this question, for the first few posts, until I saw it had already been answered!
    I've had both of Lou's books for quite some time & use them for reference often, even though I know most of the answers by now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneydame2004 View Post
    According to John Hench's book Designing Disney, "Walt observed that people move towards things that are inviting," and used the term wienie to refer to something that "...beckons them to continue further in their journey." Walt used wienie because of a life long love of hot dogs!

    Examples of wienies in Walt Disney World: Cinderella Castle, which draws the guest up Main Street. Once close to the castle, you can see the Carousel through the archway - another wienie drawing you on. The Astro Orbiter draws you into Tomorrowland. Spaceship Earth, the Tree of Life, and that Big Hat are all wienies as well, but they can be smaller things too. Anything you see down a hallway or path that encourages you to go down that route and check it out is a wienie.


    (John Hench uses the spelling "wienies" while I see Lou used "weenies")

    Hope that clears things up!

    The story as told by John Hench is indeed the truth. The gentleman I play trivia with on the florida forum was a friend of Walt and parlayed that story to me. He also said he was told by Lillian Disney, the reason why Walt built Disneyland was so that he could have a hot dog whenever he felt like it
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    In 2002 I took a "behind the scenes" train tour and another guest asked that very question. The conductor explained that the folklore goes back to before any of the parks were ever built. Walt had an old dog that was very sick. The dog would lay around all day and it was obvious to Lily just how much the dog was suffering Walt worked long hours so he usually missed this. When he would pull into the driveway at night (around 7:30) the dogs tail would start to wag. When Walt came in the house, he would open the refridgerator and take out a "weenie". The dog would run around and perform tricks for Walt so that it could eat the hot dog Walt always commented about how much energy the dog had whenever Lily discussed how much the poor thing was suffering. To make a long story short(er), somehow, later as the parks were being built, he would refer to the "park icon" as a weenie because it was something that would draw you towards it and it gave you that happy feeling, made you feel better, and helped you forget about problems in the outside world.

    ...I think I read this somewhere also, but I can't seem to find the passage that discusses this in any of my Disney biographies. Does this ring a bell to anyone else?
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    I do remember reading something about the infamous weenies. But I can't remember the title of the book.

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    I always wondered why they were called "wienies". Now I know. Good deal!

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    Re: Weenies

    I recall seeing Marty Sklar on Disney.com refer to the weenie in one episode. It was Walt's term for the wiggling finger or visual enticement which beckoned you to proceed to the next point in the park. There was also a reference to the Disney 10 commandments for providing a good show. The weenie was part of these rules.

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    Re: Weenies

    Now I know wenies!!
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    Re: Weenies

    Quote Originally Posted by disney0556 View Post
    I recall seeing Marty Sklar on Disney.com refer to the weenie in one episode. It was Walt's term for the wiggling finger or visual enticement which beckoned you to proceed to the next point in the park. There was also a reference to the Disney 10 commandments for providing a good show.
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    Re: Weenies

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydame2004 View Post
    According to John Hench's book Designing Disney, "Walt observed that people move towards things that are inviting," and used the term wienie to refer to something that "...beckons them to continue further in their journey." Walt used wienie because of a life long love of hot dogs!

    Examples of wienies in Walt Disney World: Cinderella Castle, which draws the guest up Main Street. Once close to the castle, you can see the Carousel through the archway - another wienie drawing you on. The Astro Orbiter draws you into Tomorrowland. Spaceship Earth, the Tree of Life, and that Big Hat are all wienies as well, but they can be smaller things too. Anything you see down a hallway or path that encourages you to go down that route and check it out is a wienie.




    (John Hench uses the spelling "wienies" while I see Lou used "weenies")

    Hope that clears things up!
    Funny just saw that skimming this book!

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