Written by: Brittany Madden
One of the ways to become a “Disney-olic” like myself is by learning the lingo and acronyms that are used in both the parks and on Disney forums. Take for instance “Disney-olic”: this is a person who is obsessed with all things Disney, to the point it consumes their day-to-day life. =D
For those who are not as familiar with Disney, you may find yourself confused when others speak you using Disney jargon. To help, below are explanations of some of the most commonly used Disney lingo heard/seen in the parks, forums, and blogs!
WDW – Walt Disney World Resort
- If you do not know what Walt Disney World is, we have a bigger issue on our hands. Contact me ASAP! =P
DL – Disneyland
- This acronym is used for the first Disney park, which is located in California.
Cast Member or CM – Employees at WDW/DL
- Employees are referred to as “cast members” because of Disney’s main goal, which is to create an ongoing, ever-changing production for its visitors. The employees help achieve this goal, thus they are essentials parts of Disney’s “cast.” Pretty cool, huh!
Guests – Visitors at WDW/DL
- Instead of simply calling WDW and DL attendees “visitors”, Disney employees refer to them as “guests”. This is because it helps to create and maintain this feeling of fantasy and theatrics for those who are vacationing on Disney properties.
DDT or DD – Downtown Disney
- Both abbreviations are used when discussing either the Downtown areas in WDW or DL. DDT is an area devoted entirely to shops, restaurants, and entertainment. It is open to both guests and non-guests and is suitable for all ages. (DDT is one of my favorite places to go while vacationing at WDW!)
MK – Magic Kingdom
- MK stands for Magic Kingdom, which was the first park to be built in Walt Disney World. It is usually what first comes to people’s minds when they think “Disney.”
EP – Epcot
- The second park addition to the “World” is commonly called EP. However, did you know that the word “Epcot” is also an acronym? Epcot stands for “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.” Wow, that’s a mouthful! =)
DHS – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- DHS is used when talking about WDW’s third park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
AK – Animal Kingdom
- The newest WDW park is Animal Kingdom and is abbreviated simply as AK.
- A Fastpass is a voucher that allows guests to wait in a shorter ride line by returning at a later, designated time. I will go more in to detail about Fastpasses in a future post. =)
ADR – Advance Dining Reservation
- ADRs are what Disney calls dining reservations made at WDW and DL restaurants.
DDP – Disney Dining Plan
- DDP stands for the Disney Dining Plan, which is available to all Disney resort guests. Basically, it is a “pre-paid” dining option that can be added onto a Disney vacation package and allows each guest a certain number of snacks and meals each day. There are five different DDP options, varying in prices per day. Often throughout the year, Disney will have “free dining” promotions, which give all guests staying at Disney resorts a DDP package for no additional cost.
- Counter service is a term used for restaurants that you order at a counter and bring your food to a table. It is important to know this term when you are using the DDP. This is because there are a certain number of meal credits that can only be used only a counter service restaurants, depending on which DDP option you choose.
- This term is also important to know if you are using the DDP. As the name implies, a table service restaurant is one that you sit down at a table and a waiter/waitress serves you.
- Disney College Program – this is what I will spend the next four months doing, ha! A more detailed explanation of the program will be in a post soon. =)
- Imagination + Engineering = Imagineers! This is the witty nickname for those lovely men and women who help create Disney’s magic seen in the parks, resorts, shops, restaurants, and movies.
HMs – Hidden Mickeys
- Have you ever been at Disney and thought you saw the silhouette of Mickey Mouse hidden in an obscure place? Did you brush it off, chumming it up to that the Disney bug must have really gotten you? Well, your eyes were not deceiving you! Scattered throughout the attractions, stores, shops, and parks, Imagineers have placed little hidden Mickeys for their guest to hunt and spot. Be on the lookout of for some during your next Disney vacation! PS: There are other hidden Disney characters too!
- This is the official name for the line you stand in while waiting to board an attraction.
- These are indoor attractions that feature motorized guided vehicles for guests to ride in as they travel through the ride’s different scenes. These types of attraction utilize light to hide the ride’s mechanisms and other unsightly features. Think of It’s A Small World or Peter Pan’s Flight.
- This is the term used for when parents/caregivers take turns staying with their child while the rest of their group goes and rides an attraction. When the group returns, that person who stayed behind with the child can then “swap” out with someone else in order to go on the ride. This process is used when a child is too little and/or does not want to ride an attraction and cannot be left by themselves.
- Disney’s term for when an attraction is being worked on. For example, “Space Mountain will be in refurbishment from September 5th to December 10th.”
KTTW Card – Keys to the World Card
- This is simply the name of the card you get when you check into a Disney hotel. However, these cards go beyond just allowing you to enter your hotel room! A more detailed explanation will be given in another post, so be on the lookout! =)
Even though there are MANY more Disney acronyms and slangs out there, hopefully, these few explanations will help you while planning a Disney vacation!