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I was helping a friend with some Disney planning tips and using abbreviations that I assumed she knew. I probably confused her with my enthusiastic use of these so, I decided to create a list of some of these often-used terms that you might need while you are creating your Disney vacation.

WDW– Walt Disney World, this one pops up on bumper stickers and websites but not everyone is aware that is stands for all 4 theme parks, 2 waterparks, Disney Springs, ESPN zone and all resorts located in Orlando, Florida.

DL– Disney Land, this refers to the Disney land park and California Adventure park and the resorts located in Anaheim, California

DCL– Disney Cruise Line. With 4 ships and two new ones due in 2020 and 2021 this fleet wins many awards year after year including 2018 Editor’s pick award from Parent Magazine.

MDE– My Disney Experience. An app that you need to download in order to help you during your trip. This awesome app displays your resort reservations, dining reservations, fast passes (see below) plus park info including ride wait times, show schedules, character meet and greets, and now you can use it to see bus arrival times and even mobile ordering in order to speed up wait times.

Magic Band– this are a wristband that contains a computer chip with all your resort information including tickets, resort key, and dining plans. You can add a credit card when you check-in and the magic band becomes a way to pay for all of your purchases. You can choose your favorite color and they are mailed to you. These are free for resort guests. You can buy specialized ones in many of the gift shops.

ADR– Advanced dining reservation. These are available 180 days before your resort stay and very important to make especially during holiday stays. They can be made online, one the MDE app or by calling: 1-407-WDW-DINE

Fast Passes– these are advance reservations for rides and activities in the theme parks. They are available 60 days before your resort stay. These are also very important if you want to ride some of the newest and most popular rides. You can reserve 3 fast passes per park per day and once they are used you may be able to get more by going to a kiosk or on the MDE app.

Parkhopper– this is an option for your park ticket that allows you to go to more than one theme park in one day. It can also be upgraded to include both waterparks at WDW. If you are staying in a Disney resort you can add a length of stay park hopper and never miss a second of fun.

CM-Cast Member. These are the people that make your vacation magical. Each member wears a name badge with his or her name and where they come from. This is a gateway to conversation. When you need help, cast members are the ones to ask.


Hopefully, these terms and definitions will help when planning your vacation and during your trip!!



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