The DIS-tionary




ADR: Advanced Dining Reservations or ADR (as they are so affectionately abbreviated) are dining time slot "reservations".  Guests can go online to the Disney Dining and Reservation to select a time frame in which to reserve a table.  Guest will be guaranteed seating during this time.  It is a good idea to make ADRs as soon as possible to guarantee reservations at your top choice restaurants. 

Club Cool: Club Cool is located in Epcot (Innoventions West).  Club Cool allows you to sample coke products from around the world (FOR FREE).  Check out this post for more info! 









Disney Dining Plan:  With this plan you get 1 quick service meals (this includes an entree, dessert, and drink) and 1 snacks per person, and 1 table service meal per person, per nights of stay (these can be used at your leisure, bearing in mind that all meals expire at midnight on your package reservation checkout).  . For information on this dining plan, click here to be linked to Official Disney World Quick-Service Dining Plan information.






E-Ticket Ride:  This one dates back to early Disneyland.  Originally, rides required a coupon (or ticket to ride) there were series of tickets A, B, C, D, and E.  E tickets were considered rides/attractions that were extremely thrilling, expensive, or exciting.  Actually, this coupon system was used in Disneyland until 1982.  The upcoming Little Mermaid ride (part of the Fantasyland expansions) is said to be an E-ticket ride!  Read more about E-tickets and the other tickets here!


Extra Magic Hours (EMH): Extended park hours for guests who stay on resort.  EMH are offered at different parks on different days and allow resort guest an exclusive chance to enter the parks with less crowds for a longer amount of time.  There are both early and late EMH.  EMH schedules are available on the Disney site as well as at the parks (a flyer detailing EMH can be picked up at any guest Services counter).



Fast Pass:  most rides throughout the four parks of Disney have fast pass machines located near the line for each attraction.  Fast pass tickets allow you to get a designated time to ride with a minimal wait.  Here's how it works, let's say you want to ride Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom but the wait time is 90 minutes.  Instead of waiting in line for all that time, use your time wisely and get a fast pass.  Just take your park ticket and insert it into the fast pass machine (cast members will help if you are having any trouble) two things will come out of the machine 1.)your park ticket (DON'T FORGET THIS!) and 2.)a fast pass ticket which will be printed with your return time.  Return times will be later and the day and are an hour time frame.  Any time during that hour you can return to the attraction's fast pass line (just make sure you have your fast pass because you have to give it to the ride attendant).  Fast pass machines often run out of fast pass tickets for popular rides (you can tell how popular it is by comparing the ride return time to what time you swipe for a fast pass.  I once got a 6:30-7:30 pm ticket for Soarin at 10:00 in the morning!).  Fast passes also have some restrictions; basically the fast pass machine will only let you get another fast pass after your fast pass return time has elapsed. Also, I have seen fast pass machines closed to the general public and I have even seen them open only to guests with special tickets.  Each fast pass is free and good for one ride on the designated pass.


Hidden Mickey:  Imagineers place Mickey Mouse (traditionally Mickey's head and even some different nods to the mouse) throughout rides and attractions.  Hunting for hidden Mickey's has taken on a huge following.  Learn more here at hiddenmickeys.org.

Imagineers:  Imagineers are well the creators behind all the Disney magic.  I think Disney's Corporate site put it best...

"Walt Disney Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company and its affiliates. Representing more than 150 disciplines, its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation of Disney resorts, theme parks and attractions, hotels, water parks, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, cruise ships and new media technology projects"
Interactive Queue:   Interactive queues provide guests with something to do while they wait.  Traditional queues or lines have guests wait in a twisting turning line with nothing but waiting.  Interactive queues provide guests with themed fun.  At The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh guests can write on a digital honey wall at the Haunted Mansion guests can play ghostly instruments on a tombstone.  Interactive queues are a way to enjoy the destination and not just the journey!


Key to the World:  This card serves as your room key, a purchasing tool, park tickets, way to get fastpasses, can be used with the Disney Dining plan, and so much more.  Each guest staying on resort will get  a personalized Key to the World card.  Key to the World cards can be given with or without charging permission (at the time of check in you decide who gets charging privledges and who doesn't).  It is very important that you keep your Key to the World card with you to get into the parks, your room, and take advantage of extra magic hours.








Package pick up services:  Don't you hate having to haul around all your loot.  Well, with package pick up services you don't have to.  Any purchases made inside the theme parks can be sent to locations for you to pick up as you exit the park for the day.  Here is how it breaks down by park:

Magic Kingdom: Main Street, U.S.A., is located at Station Break underneath the Main Street Train Station.
Epcot: Entrance Plaza.
Disney's Hollywood Studios: Oscar's Super Service just inside the main entrance to the Park.
Disney's Animal Kingdom:  Garden Gate Gifts just inside the main entrance to the Park.
Downtown Disney: There is no Package Pick-Up Service, however, purchases may be shipped to your Walt Disney World® Resort hotel or shipped via UPS or FedEx.

Package delivery services:  Staying on resort has a lot of benefits.  One of which gives you that uptown shopper feeling.  Here's the deal.  Any purchases made can be delivered to your Disney resort the same day!  Just present your Key to the World card and Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Boo!  You can play in the park and say bye to to your buys (until you get back to your room that is!).

Quick-Service Dining Plan:  With this plan you get 2 quick service meals (this includes an entree, dessert, and drink) and 2 snacks per person, per nights of stay (these can be used at your leisure, bearing in mind that all meals expire at midnight on your package reservation checkout).  For information on this dining plan, click here to be linked to Official Disney World Quick-Service Dining Plan information.   

Quick Service Meal:  This refers to meals that don't require a waiter to take your order.  For quick service meals you go through a line place an order and carry your food to the seat of your choosing.  (This is an important term if you have one of the many Disney dining plans).


Streetmosphere:  The entertainment provided between rides and attractions to boost the magic factor.   These performers help to create an atmosphere like only Disney can do!  There are several varieties that add to the magic.  For example the Citizens of Hollywood in Disney's Hollywood Studios!

Table Service Meal:  This refers to any meal where you are served by a waiter.  This is an important term to know when considering on of the many Disney dining plans.