We originally created this post a couple of years back, but a new selection of phrases has been reintroduced in the “Speak Disney” Language. We thought it was time to give the post a little refresh. So if you don’t know what a Code V is or an E-Ticket, read on.
Disney Parks have their own dialect. There are secret code words Cast Members(staff) use when communicating with each other, but there are also words in general use throughout the park. These are some of the most common words when visiting Walt Disney World. Soon you will be able to Speak Disney just like The Mouse & his chums.
Cast Member, an employee of Disney Theme Parks.
Guest a customer at Disney Theme Parks. We might well pay for the experience, but we are all guests! However, that does not mean you are a guest like when you visit Auntie Hilda’s House. Disney does not take kindly to guests who decide to use their kitchens to make a snack.
Attraction is a ride or experience.
Onstage is a guest area.
Backstage is staff-only areas, i.e., behind the scenes.
Show everything going around you is the show. Yes, everything at Walt Disney World is a show. Even the little kid who vomits after his ice cream.
Costume, is any uniform worn by a Cast Member. So, Mickey Mouse and Housekeepers are all wearing costumes. There are no uniforms at Walt Disney World. It is lucky that Hogwarts is at Universal; otherwise, there might be some confusion!
EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.
E-Ticket is the most popular attraction. E-Ticket attractions include Flight of Passage and TRON Lightcycle / Run.
Audition is an interview to become a Cast Member. Everyone does an audition, from dancers to cleaners.
Mousekeeping is Disney Resort housekeeping.
Green Room Now, I used to be told this was a restroom, but I think someone was making it up. I can’t find any reference to this now, so you can remove it from your Speak Disney Dictionary. A traditional Green Room is the area performers wait before a performance. I can’t see why Disney would have a different meaning for a regularly used show business term.
Imagineer is an employee of Walt Disney Imagineering. These are the people who create the ambiance and the fantastic park attractions. Some Imagineers are considered icons to fans of Walt Disney World. You used to be able to Dine with an Imagineer, for a significant fee, at Walt Disney World.
Role, is the cast members specific job. We can’t all be a princess! Yes, housekeepers, bus drivers, and waiters are all roles and have passed the Disney World Audition.
My Disney Experience is an App you must download before you visit Walt Disney World. My Disney Experience will help you plan your vacation.
Disney Genie Walt Disney World’s planning tool available on My Disney Experience
Disney Genie+ is the paid replacement for Fastpass+, allowing you to reserve priority ride access.
Lightning Lane is the express line that Disney Genie+ reservations allow you to book.
Individual Lightning Lane attractions charge you extra to join the Lightning Lane and can’t be booked through Genie+.
Disney Dining Plan is a prepaid or occasionally free dining package. The Dining Plan is suspended, with no indication of when it might return.
Host/Hostess is a front-line Cast Member.
DVC or Disney Vacation Club is Disney’s ‘Timeshare’ option. Apparently, it is Disney’s best-kept secret, but you are unlikely to think so after your visit.
MNSSHP is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This is an annual party on select dates to celebrate Halloween.
MVMCP Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Skyliner is a gondola mass-transit system. Learn more about Disney Transport.
Magicband is a wristband that can be used to open your hotel room, gain access to parks and make purchases. Magicband+ is the updated version of Magicband.
Advanced Dining Reservation is a reservation at a Walt Disney World Restaurant. Often this is abbreviated to ADR.
Disney Park Pass reservations you must obtain to access your first Disney World park each day. Visit our guide to learn more about Disney Park Pass.
Park Hopping Hours These are the hours you are able to enter additional parks if you have a Park Hopping Ticket. You must still enter your Disney Park Pass park first.
Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours are additional theme park hours for guests staying at select resorts.
Rope Drop when Disney World drops the rope to let guests explore the park.
Walt Disney World Cast Member Codes
Have a Magical Day is a pleasant or perhaps unpleasant greeting cast members use.
Customers remember Disney has Guests, not Customers. However, if you hear this, it probably means they have identified someone up to trouble. The culprit is likely to be soon no longer a Guest!
Signal 70 is used when a lost child is reported.
Signal 25 is smoke or fire.
Code V, there is vomit on a ride!
Code 101, a ride is closed.
Code 102 a ride has reopened.
White Powder Alert sprinkling your loved one’s ashes at Walt Disney World is prohibited. Despite this, many people attempt it every year. If they are discovered, a White Powder Alert will be declared, and a Code 101 until everything is cleaned up. You will probably also become a Customer rather than a guest.
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Our Guide to Walt Disney World for Beginners is a great starting place to plan any Walt Disney World Vacation. The information will be useful for first-time and repeat Walt Disney World visitors.