Disney Glossary - 50 Terms You Should Know Before Visiting WDW Resort

1. Adult

When buying theme park tickets or a Disney Dining Plan, an “adult” refers to any guest who is 10 years of age or older.

2. Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR)

Disney Resort guests can make table service restaurant reservations at the parks and resorts 180 days in advance of their arrival date.  On that same day, they may make reservations for up to 10 days of their stay, which prevents guests from having to call back on successive days to make reservations.

3. Annual Pass / Annual Passport (AP)

This is a ticket that gives you admission privileges over a specific period of time – typically one year.  Disney World has various levels of annual passes, from Water Parks Annual Pass to the Disney Platinum Plus Pass.  Guests with Annual Passes are sometimes called “APers”.

4. Attraction

An attraction is any theme park ride, show, game, or any combination of the three.  Space Mountain is a ride, Festival of the Lion King is a show, and Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is a game.  Toy Story Mania is a mix of a ride and a game.  Splash Mountain is a mix of a ride and a show.

5. Backstage

Any area that is behind the scenes at the Disney World Resort and is for Cast Members only.  You should keep out of these areas, unless you are on a tour.

6. Cast Member (CM)

Any employee of the Walt Disney World Company. 

7. Character Dining / Character Meal

Certain restaurant locations at the Disney Resort feature Disney characters that circulate among the tables to meet guests.  Called character dining, these meals are very popular – especially among children.

8. Character Meet and Greets

Character Meet and Greets are locations in which a guest can interact with specific Disney characters, including taking a picture with them or getting an autograph.  (Or a hug!)  Some meet and greets are so popular that FastPasses are offered.

9. Child

When buying theme park tickets or a Disney Dining Plan, a “child” refers to any guest who is from 3 to 9 years of age.  (Children who are 2 years old or younger do not require a ticket.)

10. Dark ride

A dark ride is an attraction that takes place indoors where guests ride in a guided buggy or vehicle on a track through specifically themed scenes.  They are often dimly lit or make use of black lights, thus the name “dark ride”.  Peter Pan’s Flight and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh are dark rides.


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