What Does THAT Mean?! Understanding Disney Lingo

So….you decided to start looking into planning a trip to Disney World. You’ve been scouring blogs and Facebook groups to find every bit of information you can possibly need. There’s just one thing…what in the world does all of it mean?? What’s a FastPass+ or a MagicBand? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Get ready for your crash course in…Disney Lingo!

We’ll start with some acronyms and abbreviations just to get you going, then we’ll tackle some Disney terms that will help you understand all those planning posts. Keep in mind, this is far from an exhaustive list, but these are the most common ones you will see when planning:

ADR – Advanced Dining Reservations
AK – Animal Kingdom
AP – Annual Pass
CM – Cast Member
DDP – Disney Dining Plan
DME – Disney’s Magical Express
DVC – Disney Vacation Club
DHS or HS – Hollywood Studios
EMH – Extra Magic Hours
FP+ – FastPass Plus
MB – MagicBand
MDE – My Disney Experience
MK – Magic Kingdom
MM – Memory Maker
MNSSHP – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
MVMCP – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
QS – Quick Service
TS – Table Service (sit-down meal)
TTA – Tomorrowland Transit Authority (Peoplemover)
TTC – Transportation and Ticket Center
WDW – Walt Disney World

All of the Disney Resorts have acronyms or abbreviations as well:
AKL – Animal Kingdom Lodge
AoA – Art of Animation Resort
ASM – All Star Music Resort
ASMV – All Star Movies Resort
BC – Beach Club Resort
BWI – Boardwalk Inn
CBR – Caribbean Beach Resort
Cont – Contemporary Resort
CSR – Coronado Springs Resort
FW – Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
GF – Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
OKW – Old Key West Resort
POFQ – Port Orleans French Quarter
Poly – Polynesian Resort
POP – Pop Century Resort
PORS – Port Orleans Riverside
SoG – Shades of Green (Military Resort)
SSR – Saratoga Springs Resort

Most of these are pretty self-explanatory, but some of them do require a little more information.

Advanced Dining Reservation – When you book a Disney vacation package you can book your table service dining up to 180 days in advance. Definitely helpful for those hard to get spots!

Disney Dining Plan – This optional plan is available when booking a vacation package which allows you to pay for your meals upfront. You can read more about it HERE.

Disney’s Magical Express – Complimentary Coach Transportation to and from your Disney Resort from MCO (Orlando International Airport).

Disney Vacation Club – Similar to a timeshare, but with many more perks that only Disney can provide!

Extra Magic Hours – Various parks either open early or close late exclusively for Disney Resort guests.

FastPass+ – Onsite guest can book 60 days in advance and offsite guests can book 30 days in advance.  This allows you to schedule times to visit specific attractions during an hour window and avoid the longer standby lines.

MagicBand – This is your key to EVERYTHING!  Room key, park tickets, dining reservations/dining plan info, fastpasses…it is all connected to your MagicBand!

My Disney Experience – If you have a smartphone…download this app!  You can access if from a computer, but you can’t lug a computer around the parks.  My Disney Experience is where you will make your ADRs, and select your Fastpasses.  You can also see all of your plans and access wait times for your favorite rides.  It also includes park maps to help you navigate.

Memory Maker – This is an add-on you can purchase in advance which gives you full access to all of your PhotoPass pictures.  If you are always the one behind the camera…I highly recommend this investment.  It includes a limited copyright release so you can print your photos anywhere!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – This is a hard-ticketed event offered on select nights starting in September through Halloween.  This is the ONLY time adults can go to the Magic Kingdom in costume!  Experience special Halloween-themed entertainment including “Mickey’s ‘Boo to You’ Halloween Parade” and “Happy Hallowishes” Fireworks!  You also get to trick or treat throughout the park…even the grown-ups (but lets face it…there are no grown-ups at Disney – just big kids!)

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – This is a hard ticketed event offered on select nights beginning in early November and going through the Christmas season.  Watch Elsa light up Cinderella’s Castle, see “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and enjoy “Holiday Wishes”.  Fireworks set to Christmas music?  Yes, please!  Snowfall on Main Street USA and lots of places to grab so free cookies and cocoa!  Plus characters only out during the party….we met Scrooge McDuck last year…definitely a highlight!

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Tomorrowland Transit Authority (Peoplemover) – The TTA or Peoplemover is an open-air tram ride that gives you an elevated view of Tomorrowland.  It is about 10 minutes long and takes you behind the scenes of rides like Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.  It is a great way to enjoy a nice breeze on a warm day as well!

Ticket and Transportation Center – If you drive to the Magic Kingdom, you will have to make your way to the TTC in order to reach the Magic Kingdom.  From the TTC, you can take the Express Monorail or the Ferry Boat across Seven Seas Lagoon to reach the park entrance.  If you want to park hop between Magic Kingdom and Epcot, this is also where you will switch monorails.

I hope you’ve learned something and had fun too!

And thanks to my good friend, Jessica, I realized I missed one of the best Disney quotes in my last blog –

“I only hope we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it all started with a Mouse!” -Walt Disney

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