PHOTOS: ‘Barbenheimer’ Reference Spotted at EPCOT

Katie Francis

PHOTOS: ‘Barbenheimer’ Reference Spotted at EPCOT

Disney may not have a hand in either “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer” as they dominate the box office, but EPCOT Cast Members have made a subtle nod to the “Barbenheimer” fun.

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WDWNT reader and Instagram user @james_jenuwine sent photos of a fun easter egg created by Cast Members at the UK Pavilion this weekend. The release of the two polar opposite movies led to a viral phenomenon dubbed “Barbenheimer,” where viewers were seeing the films back to back as a double feature.

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Image source: @james_jenuwine on Instagram

In The Crown & Crest, guests can look up their family crest and name history. Certificates detailing the family name history can be purchased, and examples are on display. The two histories on display right now feature information about the names “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer.”

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Image source: @james_jenuwine on Instagram

While the titular doll’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, her nickname Barbie is a French surname from the word barbier (barber). It harkens back to when surnames were typically occupation-related, like Smith or Farmer.

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Image source: @james_jenuwine on Instagram

Oppenheimer is a German name, which originally meant the individual was from the town of Oppenheim. The film is titled after J. Robert Oppenheimer, who had German ancestry on his father’s side (Oppenheimer Sr. was from Hanau, a town not far from Oppenheim, which was part of Prussia at the time).

Have you ever looked up your family name history in Crown and Crest at EPCOT? Let us know in the comments.

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