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Disney Slang - All the Terms You Need To Know!

'I couldn't get an ADR for BOG at MK so now I might have to park hop to HS and try to get one there before our boarding party for ROTR. How can I get there from TTC?'

When planning a trip to Walt Disney World more often than not you will come across abbreviations, acronyms and slang that can leave you baffled! But fear not! All the most common terms are about to be revealed here!


These abbreviations reference the Disney Parks: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. EPCOT may be shortened to EP. You may also see DHS for Disney's Hollywood Studios and DAK for Disney's Animal Kingdom, as well as DS for Disney Springs.


Visitors to Disney are known as Guests.

Cast Member

A Cast Member is a member of Disney staff.


Onstage is any part of the parks and resorts that Guests are allowed in.


Backstage is any part of the parks and resorts off limits to Guests and only accessed by Cast Members. One of the exciting things about taking select tours at Disney World is you get access to some of the backstage areas, including the utilidors!


The Utilidors are the much talked about tunnels that run underneath Magic Kingdom, connecting the park for Cast Members to get around without being seen by Guests.

Photo Pass

Photo Pass locations can be found around the parks where official Disney photographers will take your photo in front of iconic Disney locations, such as Cinderella Caste in Magic Kingdom and the Tree of Life in Animal Kingdom or with your favourite characters!

Memory Maker

Memory Maker is the photography package you can purchase which enables you to get all your ride photos and Photo Pass images sent to your My Disney Experience account for you to download and enjoy.


This is an abbreviation of the Transportation and Ticket Center which can be found at Magic Kingdom. If travelling to Magic Kingdom by car, bus or taxi you will arrive first at the TTC, where you can then catch the ferryboat or monorail to Magic Kingdom. You can also get the monorail to EPCOT from the Transportation and Ticket Center.


This abbreviation stands for Disney Vacation Club. This is a point based system that you pay into which allows you to build up nights to stay at Disney Vacation Club properties.


To stay on-site at Disney World is to stay in one of the Disney Resorts.


To stay off-site at Disney World is to stay in a hotel or resort in Orlando that is not a Disney Resort on property at Walt Disney World.

Resort Hopping

Resort hopping is when you visit multiple Disney Resorts during your stay. You don't need to be a Guest staying at a resort to visit it. Presently you may need a confirmed dining reservation to enter a resort, due to measures put in place because of covid-19. But in the future when measures are relaxed resort hopping is a wonderful way to experience another side of Disney World.

The BoardWalk

The BoardWalk is an area of resorts, restaurants and shops between EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. The BoardWalk Resorts are the Beach Club Resort, Yacht Club Resort and the BoardWalk Inn and Villas. This area is great for everyone to visit to stroll between the two parks and enjoy bars, restaurants and to resort hop.

Monorail Resorts

The monorail resorts are the three hotels that have stops on the monorail to Magic Kingdom. These resorts are the Polynesian Village Resort, the Grand Floridian Resort and the Contemporary Resort.

The Skyliner

The Skyliner is Disney's newest method of transport. Enjoy a ride in a gondola on this cable car system that links Hollywood Studios and EPCOT via a number of Disney Resorts: Caribbean Beach Resort, the Riviera Resort, Art of Animation Resort and Pop Century Resort.


The FastPass+ system allowed Guests to pre-book allotted timeslots to ride attractions. This service is temporarily suspended but I hope to see it's return in the future!


This is an abbreviation for Extra Magic Hours. This was a benefit offered to people staying on-site at Disney World, as those Guests staying in a Disney World Resort could visit the parks in these bonus hours before or after the parks are available to the general public. Extra Magic Hours have temporarily been suspended but I hope they will return in the future as they are an amazing benefit to staying on-site!

Magic Band

Magic Bands are the wrist bands you will see people wearing around Disney World. If you are staying on-site at a Disney Resort you will receive a complimentary Magic Band for your stay. You are also able to buy Magic Bands in the park. This handy wrist bands enable you to do so much, from opening your resort room door to paying for purchases. The Magic Band also enables lots of features that are temporarily suspended, such as paying for your meals on the Disney Dining Plan, checking in to your FastPass+ reservations and they were also you also used it to enter the parks. It is so handy having one nifty wristband that enables you to do everything you would need when visiting Disney!

Dark Ride

A dark ride refers to any attraction that is mostly in the dark. Examples of dark rides include Space Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight, Rock n Roller Coaster and Frozen Ever After.