Last week, I posted a blog featuring 19 Walt Disney World terms everyone needs to know before visiting the parks. Well, seeing as how many people found the post beneficial, I’ve created a second list of important Disney World vocabulary. Really, Disney lingo is endless, so here are a few more words and phrases that will help Disney World park goers.
Mousekeeping = housekeeping. Yes, it’s as simple as that. This is the term given to those working for housekeeping services at Disney resorts. Never forget that Mousekeeping works hard to clean your room and keep your living space fresh for the duration of your stay. They are also part of the magic that is Disney.
2. Disney Vacation Club
The Disney Vacation Club, or DVC, is a time-share program featuring deluxe resort accommodations and perks. Many frequent Disney travelers are DVC members.
3. Transportation and Ticket Center
The Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) is Disney’s transportation hub and serves as a transfer point between boats, buses, and the Monorail. Not only can guests purchase park tickets here, but they can also take various forms of transportation to their destination of choice. The TTC is also where guests can hop on the monorail, which will take them to either the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, the Contemporary, the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian, and, of course, the TTC. Guests can also board a ferry boat at the TTC, which will take them to the Magic Kingdom. There are also buses available to catch, especially for those who want to go to Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom. Those driving to the Magic Kingdom can also park their cars at the TTC.
4. On Property
“On property” means you are on Disney property. If anyone were to ask you, “Are you staying on or off property?,” you would be staying “on property” if you booked a room at a Disney resort.
5. Resort Mug
This is a refillable mug available for purchase at resorts. You can use it for free refills on beverages, including soda, tea, and coffee, at your hotel during your length of stay. Resort mugs also come with the Disney Dining Plan.
6. Character Dining
Character Dining is dining with, yes, characters. There are a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options across the parks and resorts that also include character greetings. The best part about Character Dining is you get a meal and characters will come directly to your table to take photos and sign autographs. It can be much less of a hassle compared to standing in line waiting for a character.
7. Rider Switch
Rider Switch is a really great feature. For example, if you’re traveling with a child who doesn’t meat a height requirement for a ride or they don’t want to go on an attraction, you can go on the ride, while another adult in your party waits with the child. Then, when you’re done, the adult who waited for you can go on the ride next without having to wait in the regular line again. Rider Switch is only available at select attractions across all four WDW parks.
8. Single Rider Lane
If you’re by yourself or no one else wants to go on a specific ride, some attractions have a single rider lane for, you guessed it, single riders!
9. My Disney Experience
This refers to the app and website where guests can make dining and FastPass+ reservations. The My Disney Experience app allows visitors to view menus, look at park maps, edit reservations, and also check resort bus times. It’s definitely a necessity, so be sure to download the app if you haven’t already.
10. The Fab Five
These are the five classic Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald Duck. There is also “The Sensational Six,” which is The Fab Five plus Daisy Duck.
11. The Resort Loop
This refers to the resorts serviced by the monorail: Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and Contemporary.
12. Early Morning Magic
Before Magic Kingdom even opens, you can purchase tickets for Early Morning Magic to experience Fantasyland before anyone else arrives. You’ll be able to ride different attractions and even enjoy breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus. In addition to the purchase of regular theme park admission, guests can pay $69/adult and $59/child plus tax. The event takes place on certain Saturdays and Tuesdays from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Early Morning Magic is also available at Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios starting Sept. 17 on select Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For an additional ticket price, guests can enjoy Disney World’s newest land for $79/adult and $69/children plus tax.
13. Disney After Hours
This is basically the opposite of Early Morning Magic. Disney After Hours is a special option that takes place at the Magic Kingdom and allows a limited number of guests access to the park after it closes. A particular set of attractions remain open, you can meet different characters, and also partake in yummy snacks and beverages at carts around the parks and also at the Main Street Bakery. Food and drinks are included in the cost of admission. If you pay in advance, it costs $119/adult or child plus tax. If you purchase a ticket the day of, it costs $124/adult or child plus tax. Right now, this option is only available until September 2018. [Update 9/9/18: Disney World announced new dates and times for Dec. 3, 2018 to March 7, 2019.]
14. Highway In The Sky
Have you ridden on the Highway in the Sky? You have if you’ve been on the monorail, because that it’s exactly what this is. There is also a Highway in the Sky Progressive Dinner. You travel around on the monorail to the Polynesian (for appetizers and drinks), the Grand Floridian (the main course), and, lastly, the Contemporary (dessert, of course). It definitely sounds like a memorable experience. It costs $170/person plus tax.
15. The Hub
The large viewing area in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is called “The Hub”.
16. Spirit Jersey
A Disney Spirit Jersey is a long-sleeved shirt that comes in a variety of styles, colors, and themes. They are extremely comfortable and super cute.
Obviously, this means a pair of Mickey or Minnie Ears that are worn on your head. Everybody needs a pair of ears when they’re at the parks.
18. The Wildest Ride In The Wilderness
This is basically Big Thunder Mountain’s nickname. During the safety announcement at the start of the ride, a voice announces, “This here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!”
19. “It was all started by a mouse.”
If you ever hear someone say this, they are referring to one of Walt Disney’s famous quotes: “I hope we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.” Never forget that the magic of Disney came alive all thanks to his creation of Mickey Mouse.
If you’re new to the Disney community, hopefully these definitions help you during you’re next visit.