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How to Speak Disney


If you've ever heard someone talking about their Disney vacation, you may have thought they were speaking another language with all of the abbreviations, acronyms and Disney terminology. Here at Kingdom Konsultant Travel, we've compiled a list of the most commonly used terms and abbreviations you may hear when planning your Disney vacation. With this list you'll be talking about your ADR at CRT before you know it! (If you're looking for more information about a specific abbreviation or terminology, click on the link when available.)

Abbreviations

7DMT - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family rollercoaster ride located in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. 

ADR - Advance Dining Reservations at select Disney restaurants can be made 60 days in advance and are highly recommended. Disney Resort Hotel Guests can make reservations up to 60 days in advance plus the length of their stay (up to 10 days). 

AK or DAK - Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park was the last of the four Florida theme parks to open in 1998. The park's icon is the Tree of Life. AK is home to stellar attractions like Avatar Flight of Passage and the amazing Festival of the Lion King, a Broadway style show. 

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

AKL - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a Deluxe Resort located in (should be no surprise) Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort Area. 

AoA - Disney's Art of Animation Resort is a Value Resort located in the Wide World of Sports Resort Area. 

AP/APs - Annual Pass & Annual Passholders^: An Annual Pass is a type of theme park ticket that is valid for 366 days from the date of activation. An Annual Passholder, or Passholder for short, is someone who has an Annual Pass. There are different Annual Pass types and some of those have blockout dates. The different AP levels include various benefits such as discounts on dining and merchandise (including Passholder exclusive merchandise), free Passholder swag, free PhotoPass downloads, dedicated Passholder entrances, and more. 

BLT - Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort (not to be mistaken for the delicious sandwich) is a Deluxe Villa Resort located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. 

BOG - Be Our Guest Restaurant is a table service restaurant at the Magic Kingdom that allows you to dine in Beast's enchanted castle. 

BC - Disney's Beach Club Resort is a Deluxe Resort located in the Epcot Resort Area. 

BTMRR - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is rollercoaster in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom Park aka the wildest ride in the wilderness. 

CBR - Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is a Moderate Resort in the Epcot Resort Area. 

Standard Room with 5th Sleeper at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

CM - Cast Member is what Disney calls employees that work at the Disney Parks or at a Disney Store. 

CP - Candlelight Processional features a celebrity narrator, 50-piece orchestra and a choir, telling the story of Christmas a the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. 

CRT - Cinderella's Royal Table is a table service restaurant inside Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom. 

CSR - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is a Moderate Resort in Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort Area. 

DCA - Disney California Adventure Park is the second park at the Disneyland Resort and opened in 2001. It's home to some amazing lands like Avengers Campus, Radiator Springs, and Pixar Pier. 

DCL - Disney Cruise Line is a great vacation option if you're looking for Disney's exceptional service on the high seas. 

DDP - Disney Dining Plan* offers the convenience and flexibility of prepaid dining at over 200 locations through the Walt Disney World Resort. 

DHS/HS - Disney's Hollywood Studios was the third of the Florida theme parks to open in 1989. It's home to some of the newest lands at Walt Disney World; Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land. 

DLH - Disneyland Hotel is one of the three resorts on property at the Disneyland Resort. It offer luxurious rooms and has monorail themed waterslides. 

DLP - Disneyland Paris is home to two Disney Parks, seven Disney Hotels, a golf course and Disney Village for even more magic and fun. 

DLR - Disneyland Resort is the original theme park destination created by Walt Disney and opened in 1955. It's home to two Disney Parks, three Disney Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney. 

DME - Disney's Magical Express provides complimentary transportation for Disney Resort hotel guests between the Orlando International Airport and their Disney Resort hotel via motorcoach. This service will no longer be offered starting with arrivals January 1, 2022. 

Disney's Magical Express

DS - Disney Springs is a shopping, dining, and entertainment area at the Walt Disney World Resort.

DVC - Disney Vacation Club is a vacation ownership program or timeshare with thousands of vacation options around the world including stays at Disney Vacation Club Resorts at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California and more. 

F&G - Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a springtime event that features brilliant gardens and topiaries, outdoor kitchens offering speciality dishes and drinks and live entertainment. 

Festival Passport from the Flower & Garden Festival

F&W - Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, now from dates in July to November, is a culinary and entertainment event held at Epcot. 

FotA - Epcot International Festival of the Arts is a celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world, featuring live Broadway-style entertainment and original artwork in January-February. 

FoTLK - Festival of the Lion King is a Broadway-style stage show celebrating the classic movie, The Lion King, at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. 

FOP - Avatar Flight of Passage is a thrill ride in Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. 

FW - Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. They have Cabins and Campsites available. 

GF - Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a Deluxe Resort in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. 

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

HEA - Happily Ever After is the spectacular fireworks show in Magic Kingdom.  This fireworks show will end on September 29, 2021. 

HM - Haunted Mansion is a classic, dark ride in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park. 

IASW - "it's a small world" is a slow moving, boat ride featuring the most well-known (and possibly biggest earworm songs) of all time, located in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. 

KTTW Card - Key to the World Card is a special card you receive upon check-in at your Disney World Resort hotel. This card can be used in place of a MagicBand to open your hotel room door and charge purchases to your room. 

LL - Lightning Lane is the new queue that will allow guests to bypass the standby queue for select attractions. (Similar to the former FastPass+) Unlike the former system, Lightning Lane selections will be made on the same day of your visit and can be used across multiple theme parks. 

MB - MagicBands are an all-in-one device that connects you to your Walt Disney World vacation choices that have been made on the My Disney Experience website and app.

MDE - My Disney Experience is where you can make your day-to-day plans for your Walt Disney World vacation. 

MK - Magic Kingdom Park was the first park to open at Walt Disney World on October 1, 1971. The park's icon is Cinderella Castle. 

Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom

MNSSHP - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party* is a separate ticketed event held on select nights August through October at the Magic Kingdom. Admission to the event includes trick or treating, a Halloween parade and fireworks, and lots of fun!

MVMCP - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party* is a separate ticketed event held on select nights November through December at the Magic Kingdom. Event admission includes holiday themed entertainment and treats throughout the park. 

OKW - Disney's Old Key West Resort is a Deluxe Villa Resort in the Disney Springs Resort Area. 

PH - Park Hopper Option is an upgrade option to theme park tickets that allows guests to visit more than one park on the same day. Currently, guests with the Park Hopper Option on their ticket can visit the next park starting at 2pm. 

Poly - Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is a Deluxe Resort in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. 

Lobby at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Pop - Disney's Pop Century Resort is a Value Resort in the Wide World of Sports Resort Area. 

QS - Quick Service restaurants give you the flexibility to stop and enjoy casual meals without needing advance dining reservations. 

ROTR - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a thrill ride in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios. This is currently the only attraction at Walt Disney World that requires you to join a virtual queue and there is no standby queue currently available. 

SSE - Spaceship Earth is a slow, dark ride attraction in Epcot and is also the park icon for the park. 

Spaceship Earth at Epcot

TS - Table Service restaurants are where you will be escorted to your table and waited on by a server. Almost all of the table service restaurants at Walt Disney World highly recommend advance dining reservations. 

TTC - Transportation and Ticket Center is where guests driving to the Magic Kingdom will park. Guests can then take the ferryboat service or monorail to the Magic Kingdom. The TTCA is also the hub for the monorail's three lines; Resort, Magic Kingdom and Epcot. 

WDW - Walt Disney World Resort is located in Orlando, Florida and is home to four theme parks, more than 25 Disney Resort hotels, Disney Springs, four golf courses, and more. Walt Disney World will be celebrating it's 50th Anniversary starting on October 1, 2021 and the celebration will last throughout 2022. 

WL - Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort is a Deluxe Resort in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. 

YC - Disney's Yacht Club Resort is a Deluxe Resort in the Epcot Resort Area. 

Terminology

1 Park Per Day: Standard Theme Park Tickets allow guests to visit one of Disney's four theme parks per day. 

Deluxe Resort: Deluxe Resorts are Disney's most luxurious resorts with multiple on-site dining options, recreation, and amenities. Deluxe Resorts are also closer to select theme parks and often offer an additional mode of transportation to some parks, such as monorail or boat, or are within walking distance. 

Deluxe Villas: Deluxe Villa Resorts are part of the Disney Vacation Club and offer Deluxe Studios, 1-, 2-, and 3-Bedroom Suites with full kitchens. (The Deluxe Studios offer mini-kitchenettes) You do not have to be a DVC Member to stay at a Deluxe Villa Resort. 

Disney's Riviera Resort is a Deluxe Villa Resort

Disney Genie Service: A complimentary and convenient new digital service designed to provide guests with more flexibility and better tools to help make the most of their visit. 

Disney Genie+ Service: Available for purchase, the Disney Genie+ Service allows guests to choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences using the Lightning Lane entrance. 

Disney Park Pass System: The Disney Park Pass System was introduced post reopening in 2020. Disney Park Pass reservations are required in order to enter a theme park

Disney Skyliner: The Disney Skyliner is a gondola system, transportation option providing service to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot, in addition to Disney's Riviera Resort, Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Disney's Pop Century Resort and Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. 

Disney Skyliner station at Disney's Riviera Resort

Early Theme Park Entry: Starting October 1, 2021 Disney Resort Hotel guests and guests of other select hotels will be able to enter the Walt Disney World theme parks 30-minutes before the official theme park opening time. 

Kiss Goodnight: The Kiss Goodnight is Disney's way of saying "goodbye" to guests at the Magic Kingdom. The Kiss Goodnight plays in the Main Street and Castle area after the park closes signaling to guests that it's time to depart. 

MagicMobile: Provides guests with a convenient and contactless way to enter the theme parks, unlock their Resort Hotel door and more through the Wallet app on their iPhone or the digital wallet on other smart devices. 

Memory Maker: A Disney PhotoPass product that gives you digital downloads of your Disney PhotoPass photos and videos, select attraction photos and videos, and professional photos taken by the Disney PhotoPass photographers, including Magic Shots, featuring Disney characters, and more!

Moderate Resort: Moderate Resorts are a step up from the Value Resorts and offer slightly more in room quality, amenities and often have another transportation option in addition to the complimentary bus transportation.

Park Hop: Go from one theme park to another in the same day. 

Park Hopper Plus Option: You can upgrade your theme park tickets to the Park Hopper Plus Option which allows you to visit multiple theme parks each day of your ticket, plus, you'll also enjoy a certain number of visits to a water park or other Walt Disney World sports-related fun. 

PhotoPass: Disney PhotoPass Service allows everyone to get in the picture. Disney PhotoPass photographers are stationed throughout the Walt Disney World Resort at select attractions and iconic park locations. 

Rope Drop: Getting to the Disney park early so you can enter the park right when it opens or when the "rope drops". 

Value Resort: Value Resorts have the lowest room rates on property and tend to have the fewest hotel amenities. You still get the benefit of staying at a Disney Resort Hotel for a more affordable price.

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort is a Value Resort

Water Park and Sports Option: You can upgrade your theme park tickets to the Water Park and Sports Option which allows you to visit one theme park each day of your ticket. You can also enjoy a certain number of visits to a water park or other Walt Disney World sports-related fun. 


Did you learn some new Disney lingo? Is there a term or abbreviation we're missing that should be added to this list? Leave use a comment! 

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Ashley has been a Disney Parks fan from an early age and loves anything vintage Disney. You can email Ashley at ashley@kingdomkonsultant.com.


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