Speak the Lingo

Confused by some of the terminology on Elrods Go Disney?
Well, welcome to Speak the Lingo where you can learn to talk like a Disney expert!…and decipher what all those Disney-crazed people are talking about…

ADR – abbreviation for Advanced Dining Reservation. ADR’s can be made by calling 407-WDW-Dine 180 days prior to your arrival date.

AK / DAKDisney’s Animal Kingdom

Backstageareas restricted to park guests; employee only areas.

Cast MemberDisney employee

Counter Service also known as quick service; refers to a meal that you order and receive at a self-serve restaurant; Disney’s version of a fast food restaurant.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on April 22, 1998, Animal Kingdom is the largest park at Walt Disney World and features live animals along with shows and attractions; Disney’s “zoo”

Dining Plana meal package purchased before a trip; can be classified into three categories: Quick-Service Dining Plan, Dining Plan, and Deluxe Dining Plan

Quick-Service Dining Plan: Includes two quick service meals and two snacks per person ages 3+ for each day of stay, along with one refillable resort mug per person.

Dining Plan: Includes one quick service meal, one table service meal, and one snack per person ages 3+ for each day of stay.

Deluxe Dining Plan: Includes three table or quick service service meals and two snacks per person ages 3+ for each day of stay, along with one refillable resort mug per person.

Disney Goerone who visits Disney often and is very knowledgeable about it; a person who loves Disney and it’s many theme parks.

Disney’s Hollywood Studiosoriginally opened on May 1, 1989 as MGM Studios, this show-heavy park was renamed Hollywood Studios in January 2008.

Disney Transportationthe system of buses, boats and monorails that move guests from one location to another; free of charge to those staying on and off property.

Disney Vacation Club – “Disney’s best kept secret”; Disney’s version of a timeshare; to learn more click HERE.

DHS Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Downtown Disneyoutdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment located on Disney property.

DTDDowntown Disney

DVC Disney Vacation Club.

EPCOT Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow; the second Walt Disney World theme park to open on October 1, 1982; home of the World Showcase.

Extra Magic Hours times when the parks open early or stay open late; only available to guests staying on property; included in price of admission.

FastPass – a line bypass option for Disney attractions. Insert or scan your park ticket and an additional ticket will be printed with a time window in which you can return to that attraction and enter the FASTPASS line, which is either a walk-on or considerably less wait time.

FastPass+FastPasses obtained by using the My Disney Experience website or mobile app.

GuestWalt Disney World visitor; you.

MagicBanda wrist band option of your Key to the Kingdom. It includes a chip which when scanned acts as your room key, park tickets, FastPass+, PhotoPass, and room charge payment option. It comes in a variety of colors and for a fee, can be personalized further with Cover Bands and Magic Sliders. 

Magic Kingdomwhere Cinderella’s Castle resides; opened on October 1, 1971, Magic Kingdom is commonly referred to as “Disney World” by those who don’t know Walt Disney World well.

MKMagic Kingdom

Marketplace – the main shopping area of Downtown Disney

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Partya special event that takes place in Magic Kingdom on specific nights each year in September and October (sometimes early November); separate park admission is required.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party a special event that takes place in Magic Kingdom on specific nights each year in the months of November and December; separate park admission is required.

MVMCPMickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

My Disney Experiencea website and mobile app that helps Disney goers plan their trips through dining, FastPass, and FastPass+ reservations. Esentially guests can use My Disney Experience to plan their whole trip in advance {or via their smart phone while in parks}, down to when they want to eat a meal, visit an attraction, or watch a show.

On Propertyrefers to resorts, restaurants, etc. that is located on real estate owned and operated by Disney. 

On Stageareas opened to park guests.

Off Propertyresorts, restaurants, etc. that is located on real estate NOT owned and operated by Disney.

PhotoPassa card given by Disney Cast Members at prime photo op locations throughout WDW. CM will take quality pictures of your party free of cost and the photos will be loaded onto that card where you can see and purchase them at a later time. The cards are free, prints of the photos cost a fee. However, Cast Members will always take at least one picture using your personal camera, free of charge, when asked. 

Quick Servicesee Counter Service.

Rapid Fill – a system put into place in July 2013 in which refillable resort mugs come equipped with a hand-dandy RFID chip that allows guests to refill their mugs for free for a certain time period based on price. After that window of time is up, the chip will deactivate and free refills will no longer be available. Prices are as follows:

$8.99 for 1 day

$11.99 for 2 days

$14.99 for 3 days

$17.99 for length of stay

Rope Dropto arrive on time or early to the opening of a specific location.

Table Servicerefers to a meal where you sit down and are served by a waitstaff; a reservation is often needed for these restaurants; Disney accepts reservations 180 days out from the date of arrival.

WDWWalt Disney World

*Keep in mind that many of the rides and resorts at WDW are also commonly abbreviated on Disney sites. However, I will rarely do that here at Elrods Go Disney. Feel free leave me comments on posts that you have questions about, or to let me know if I missed any big ones. I will update this list of lingo as often as necessary.

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