The theme for Disney (Almost) Wordless Wednesday this week is Disney Weenies. I had no idea what that meant but it turns out that Walt Disney and his team of imagineers coined the phrase "Weenies" for the iconic structures which are focal points in each of the parks or lands.
Most of the parks have several of these "weenies" that dominate the skyline and beckon guests to come closer for a better look. One of my favourites is Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland Paris. It's similar in appearance to the mountain at the other parks but at the Parisian park it's located on an island in the middle of the Rivers of the Far West and there is an excellent view of it from Phantom Manor. There's also a very elaborate backstory involving the mining town of Thunder Mesa that ties the Big Thunder Mountain and Phantom Manor rides together. Of course, I didn't ride Big Thunder Mountain but I did enjoy looking at it, listening to the riders scream and wondering why exactly it is that people like roller coasters.
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