Disney World Glossary of Terms

Guide to Disney World Lingo and Acronyms

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How skilled are you at deciphering Disney travel terms? Can you translate the following?:

"We are staying at the AKL, with the DDP. We have ADRs in the MK, and plan on park hopping."

Translation: "We are staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, with the Disney Dining Plan. We have Advanced Dining Reservations in the Magic Kingdom and want to visit more than one park each day."

Disney World is like a little country, tucked away in the middle of Florida.

Just like any country, it has its own lingo and customs. Read through the Disney World Glossary, and you'll be talking like a Disney veteran in no time. Click on the links for more in-depth information on each item.

  • Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs): Restaurant reservations; can be made up to 180 days in advance.
  • Annual Pass: Ticket that is good for park entry any day of the year. A good value if you visit Disney World frequently.
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (BBB): Great place to get a magical princess makeover.
  • Blizzard Beach: One of Disney's two water parks.
  • Character Autographs: You can collect autographs from Mickey and friends in all the Disney parks.
  • Character Dining: Meet Disney characters while you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at special locations within a theme park or resort. 
  • Child Switch Program: Allows parents of small children to take turns enjoying a thrill ride without waiting in line twice. Ask for a child switch ticket at the ride entry point.
  • DAK: Acronym for Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. One of the four main Disney World theme parks.
  • DHS: Acronym for Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
  • Disney Dining Plan (DDP): Pre-paid Disney Dining program with many options for meals and snacks. Depending on your needs and appetite, this plan can save you a lot of money on food at the parks.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios (DHS): One of the four main Disney World theme parks.
  • Disney Resort: Hotels right in Disney World. Staying here brings special perks like free parking and extra magic hours in the theme parks.
  • Disney Pin Trading: Collectible pins to display and trade, a theme park tradition.
  • Downtown Disney: Shopping and entertainment district at Disney World that has been renamed Disney Springs.
  • Disney Vacation Club (DVC): Disney time-share program, featuring deluxe resort accommodations and perks.
  • Electric Light Parade (ELP): Spectacular parade that appears at the Magic Kingdom from time to time, a fan favorite.
  • Epcot (EP): One of the four main Disney World theme parks.
  • Extra Magic Hour (EMH): Extra time in the theme parks, a perk for Disney resort guests.
  • Fantasmic: End of the day fireworks event and show at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
  • FastPass+: This service will help you spend less time waiting in line.
  • Guest Assistance Card (GAC): Identifies guests with disabilities and provides assistance with waiting in line and enjoying attractions.
  • Illuminations: Fireworks show at the end of the day at Epcot.
  • Magical Express: Free airport shuttle for Disney resort guests.
  • MagicBands: Colorful wristbands that hold access to your hotel room, Fastpass+ reservations, and more.
  • Magic Kingdom (MK): One of the four main Disney World theme parks.
  • Magic Your Way: Disney ticket program that allows you to choose just the options you need for your visit.
  • MGM: Older acronym for Disney's Hollywood Studios.
  • MK: Acronym for the Magic Kingdom.
  • Monorail: Innovative and iconic Disney World transportation system.
  • Mountains: The big roller coasters in Disney, including Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, and more.
  • On- and Off-Property: "On-property" refers to the confines of Disney World's 42-acres. "Off-property" refers to any place outside the gates of Disney World.
  • Park Hopper: An optional add-on to a Magic Your Way ticket. It allows you to "hop" or visit more than one theme park per day.
  • Photopass: A free photography service offered in the Disney Parks.
  • Quick Service Restaurant (QS): A fast-food type dining location, also called "counter service restaurant."
  • Resort mug: Guests staying at a Disney resort can purchase a refillable mug and use it for free refills on soda, tea, and coffee at the resort for the duration of their trip.
  • Rider Switch Program: Allows parents of small children to take turns enjoying a thrill ride without waiting in line twice. Ask for a rider switch ticket at the ​ride entry point.
  • Single Rider Line: A special line at select attractions for single riders. Used to fill up seats on the rides, the single rider line moves very quickly.
  • Table Service Restaurant (TS): A traditional sit-down restaurant in Disney World. ADR's (Advanced Dining Reservations) are essential.
  • Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC): Disney's monorail, tram, and bus transportation hub.
  • Toy Story Mania (TSM): One of Disney World's most popular rides, located in Hollywood Studios.
  • Vinylmations: Hottest new Disney collectibles to buy and trade.
  • Wishes: Fireworks extravaganza that closes the evening at the Magic Kingdom.

Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert since 2000.