Disney World Glossary of Terms

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Are you ready to dive into the enchanting universe of Disney World, but feeling a tad overwhelmed by all the magical lingo? Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned Disney pro, our comprehensive Disney World Glossary is here to be your fairy godmother, guiding you through every term, phrase, and insider tip you need to know.

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  1. Park Basics: Covering essential terms related to the parks themselves.
  2. Attractions & Rides: All about thrilling and enchanting experiences.
  3. Dining & Food: From snack carts to fine dining, everything edible!
  4. Characters & Entertainment: For meeting your favorite characters and show times.
  5. Accommodations & Resorts: Understanding where to stay.
  6. Tickets & Passes: Types of tickets and special access options.
  7. Special Events & Seasons: Festivals, holidays, and seasonal events.
  8. Disney Lingo & Slang: The unique language of Disney aficionados.
  9. Planning & Tips: Essential for making the most of your visit.
  10. Merchandise & Shopping: All about souvenirs and Disney gear.

Park Basics

  1. Magic Kingdom: The first of the four theme parks, known for Cinderella’s Castle.
  2. Epcot: This park is famous for its World Showcase and futuristic attractions.
  3. Hollywood Studios: Home to attractions based on movies, like Star Wars and Toy Story.
  4. Animal Kingdom: A zoological theme park with a focus on animal conservation.
  5. Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC): The primary transportation hub and ticket purchase location for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. It serves as an access point for various transportation options, including the monorail, ferryboats to the Magic Kingdom, and buses to other parks and resorts. The TTC is essential for guests parking at Magic Kingdom, as it’s where they transfer to park-specific transport.

Rides & Attractions

  1. E-ticket Attraction: Refers to the most popular, must-see rides. This is a term from when Disney World just opened and you purchased tickets specific to each ride.
  2. Rope Drop: The opening of the park, when guests rush to their favorite ride. And, yes, Disney Cast Members do indeed have a rope to hold guests back until the rides are open.
  3. Rider Switch: A system that allows guests with small children to take turns riding attractions while the other watches the child.
  4. Single Rider Line: A queue option for guests willing to ride alone, often resulting in shorter wait times.
  5. Height Requirements: Safety guidelines that dictate the minimum height a guest must be to ride certain attractions.
  6. Interactive Queue: An attraction line designed with interactive elements to engage guests while they wait.
  7. PhotoPass Locations: Designated spots where Disney photographers take your pictures, often with iconic park backgrounds or on certain rides.
  8. Show Building: The indoor area where the majority of a ride or attraction takes place, often cleverly disguised in the park’s theming.
  9. Virtual Queue: A system used for certain attractions where guests reserve a boarding group through the My Disney Experience app, rather than waiting in a physical line.
  10. Themed Area: Specific zones in Disney parks that are uniquely designed to represent a particular theme, movie, or concept.
  11. Queue Line Entertainment: Entertainment provided in ride lines, such as videos, character appearances, or interactive elements to enhance the waiting experience.
  12. Refurbishment Schedule: A schedule indicating when certain rides or attractions are closed for maintenance and upgrades.

Dining and Food

  1. Quick Service Restaurant: A dining location offering fast, casual meals without the need for reservations.
  2. Table Service Restaurant: A sit-down dining experience where guests are served by waitstaff, often requiring reservations.
  3. Character Meal: A dining experience where Disney characters visit your table for photos and autographs.
  4. Buffet/Family Style: Dining options where guests can enjoy a variety of dishes either served buffet-style or brought to the table in large portions for sharing.
  5. Mobile Order: A feature in the My Disney Experience app that allows guests to order food from Quick Service Restaurants in advance.
  6. Snack Credit: Part of the Disney Dining Plan, these credits can be used for various snacks throughout the parks and resorts.
  7. Signature Dining: Higher-end dining experiences at Disney, often requiring two table service credits on the dining plan.
  8. Special Dietary Requests: Options and accommodations made for guests with specific dietary needs such as allergies, vegan, or gluten-free.
  9. Dining Reservation Window: The period in which guests can make dining reservations, typically 60 days in advance for resort guests.
  10. Food Festival Booths: Temporary kiosks at Epcot’s festivals offering unique food and drink options from around the world.
  11. Dessert Party: A ticketed event offering desserts and often reserved viewing for nighttime shows or parades.

Attractions and Entertainment

  1. Character Meet and Greet: Opportunities to meet and take photos with Disney characters throughout the parks.
  2. Character Dining: Dining experiences where Disney characters visit your table for photos and autographs.
  3. Parade: Regularly scheduled processions featuring characters, music, and floats such as the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom.
  4. Fireworks Show: Nightly displays at various parks, known for their impressive pyrotechnics and storytelling.
  5. Fantasmic!: A nighttime show at Hollywood Studios featuring Mickey Mouse, water effects, and fireworks.
  6. IllumiNations: A former nighttime show at Epcot, celebrated for its inspiring message and stunning visuals.
  7. Cavalcade: Smaller, impromptu parades or processions featuring characters, often used as a temporary replacement for larger parades.
  8. Streetmosphere: Live, impromptu performances by entertainers and actors in the streets of the parks.
  9. Citizens of Main Street: Performers that interact with guests on Main Street, U.S.A., in Magic Kingdom.

Accommodations & Resorts

  1. Value Resort: The most affordable category of Disney resorts, offering basic amenities and themed decor.
  2. Moderate Resort: A step up from Value Resorts, offering additional dining options and recreational activities.
  3. Deluxe Resort: The highest category of Disney resorts, featuring luxury amenities, extensive dining options, and prime locations.
  4. Deluxe Villa: Luxurious accommodations that are part of the Disney Vacation Club, but also available for non-members to book.
  5. Campground: The camping option at Disney, including the Fort Wilderness Resort which offers cabins and campsites.
  6. Club Level: Higher-tier rooms and suites in certain resorts offering additional services like concierge service and lounge access.
  7. Disney Dining Plan: A pre-paid meal plan available exclusively to guests of Disney resorts.
  8. Theme Room: Special rooms within Disney resorts that are uniquely themed around various Disney characters and movies.
  9. Transportation Options: Various modes of transport provided by Disney to navigate around the resorts and parks, like buses, monorails, and boats.
  10. Resort Hopping: Visiting different Disney resorts to explore their themes, dining, and amenities.

Tickets & Passes:

  1. Standard Theme Park Ticket: Basic admission ticket to one of the four main Disney World theme parks for one day.
  2. Park Hopper Option: An add-on to the standard ticket that allows guests to visit more than one park on the same day.
  3. Park Hopper Plus Option: This includes park hopping as well as additional visits to other Disney attractions like water parks.
  4. Annual Pass: A year-long pass offering unlimited access to all four theme parks with various perks and discounts.
  5. Florida Resident Ticket: Special ticket pricing available to Florida residents for various types of admissions.
  6. Military Discounts: Discounted park admission offered to active and retired U.S. military personnel and their families.
  7. After-Hours Event Tickets: Special ticketed events for experiencing the parks in the evening with fewer crowds and additional entertainment.
  8. Water Park Tickets: Separate admission tickets for Disney’s water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
  9. Memory Maker: A purchase option that includes digital downloads of all PhotoPass photos taken during your visit.

Special Events & Seasons

  1. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: A Halloween-themed event in Magic Kingdom with trick-or-treating, special parades, and shows.
  2. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: An annual event featuring food booths from around the world, culinary demonstrations, and concerts.
  3. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: A spring event with beautiful floral displays, topiaries, and outdoor kitchens.
  4. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: A holiday-themed event with exclusive entertainment, fireworks, and a festive parade.
  5. Epcot International Festival of the Arts: A celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts from around the world, held in winter.
  6. Star Wars: Galactic Nights: A special event at Hollywood Studios for Star Wars fans, featuring themed entertainment and experiences.
  7. Disney After Hours: A ticketed event where guests can enjoy the parks with lower crowds and additional perks.
  8. Disney Marathon Weekend: A series of races through the Disney parks, including full and half marathons.

Disney Lingo & Slang

  1. Mouseketeer: A fan of Disney, named after the original members of the Mickey Mouse Club.
  2. Disneybounding: Dressing in outfits inspired by Disney characters without being full costumes.
  3. Hidden Mickeys: Subtle Mickey Mouse silhouettes hidden throughout Disney parks and resorts.
  4. Rope Drop: The moment when a Disney park opens and guests are allowed in.
  5. Backstage: Areas in the Disney parks not accessible to guests, where the behind-the-scenes magic happens.
  6. Cast Member: An employee of Disney, whether they work in attractions, entertainment, guest relations, etc.
  7. Earhead: A Disney fan known for wearing Mickey or Minnie ears.
  8. Parkology: The challenge of riding every Disney park ride in a single day.
  9. Pixie Duster: Someone who is exceptionally optimistic or positive about Disney.
  10. Plussing: Walt Disney’s concept of always adding something extra or innovative to enhance the guest experience.
  11. DVC: Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s timeshare program.

Planning & Tips

  1. Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR): A system that allows guests to book dining reservations at Disney restaurants up to 60 days in advance.
  2. MagicBand: A wearable device that serves as a park ticket, hotel room key, and payment method, and holds Genie Plus selections.
  3. My Disney Experience App: A mobile app that serves as a personal guide to the parks, with access to maps, wait times, dining reservations, Genie and Genie Plus
  4. Park Hours: The opening and closing times for each Disney park, which can vary by day and season.
  5. Early Entry: 30-minute early entry at a Disney World park, available exclusively for guests staying at Disney hotels and a few select others.
  6. Extended Evening Hours: Two hour extended access to specific parks on certain days only for guests at Disney Deluxe Resorts and Villas
  7. Genie Plus Strategy: Planning and utilizing Genie Plus at Disney World to minimize wait times for popular attractions.
  8. Park Bag Essentials: Items that are essential to carry in your bag for a day at the parks, like sunscreen, water bottles, and snacks.
  9. Off-Peak Season: Times of the year when the parks are less crowded, usually outside of holidays and school vacations.
  10. Park-to-Park Transportation: The various transportation options available for traveling between different Disney parks and resorts.

Merchandise & Shopping

  1. Emporium: The largest souvenir and merchandise shop located in Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom.
  2. Mouse Gear: A large merchandise store in Epcot known for its wide selection of Disney-themed items.
  3. World of Disney: The ultimate Disney shopping destination located in Disney Springs, offering the largest selection of Disney merchandise.
  4. Pin Trading: The popular activity of buying, collecting, and trading Disney pins with other guests and Cast Members.
  5. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: A magical beauty salon where children are transformed into princesses and knights, complete with costumes and accessories.
  6. Mitsukoshi Department Store: Located in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot, offering a range of Japanese goods from kimonos to snacks.
    • Example: “Mitsukoshi is an amazing place to find unique Japanese gifts and treats.”
  7. Annual Passholder Discounts: Special discounts on merchandise for Disney World Annual Passholders.