Disney Dictionary

There are several terms used around Disney World Resorts and parks that you might not be familiar with. Here is my quick guide so you know what the heck I’m talking about:

Bounceback: A bounceback offer is a discount offered to guests that are currently staying on property at a Disney World resort. The discount can be used for a future Disney World trip. Anyone who is staying at Disney can call X8844 to find out what the current offer is, but you must book before checkout to take advantage.

Cast Member: Employees at Disney aren’t just employees.. they are Cast Members. Everyone from the hotel staff to the ride operators are referred to Cast Members or CMs.

DVC: This stands for Disney Vacation Club. It is Disney’s version of a time share that can be used at multiple Disney locations (even outside of Disney World).

FastPass+: FastPass+ are advanced reservations for rides. You can book up to 3 ride selections per day at any one park. If you are staying at a Disney World Resort hotel you can reserve a ride time 60 days in advance of your visit (30 days if you are staying off property). You can book these ride reservations on the My Disney Experience app or online.

Magic Band:If you are staying on Disney World property during your vacation you will be sent a wrist band that is used as your room key, park ticket, credit card, and fastpass+ entrance key.

Magical Express:If you are staying on property you have the option of using complimentary airport shuttle service called Magical Express. This is a large luxury bus that will take you from Orlando International Airport directly to your resort hotel.

Memory Maker and Photopass:  These two terms are often used interchangeably (even by Disney at times). Photopass photos are the photos taken by Disney World photographers throughout the parks. Memory Maker is a photo package you can add to your vacation package. For $199 ($169 if you purchase before your trip) you can get unlimited photo pass photos. You also get any ride photos and in a couple of cases you get a video of you on the rides. If you don’t purchase Memory Maker you can purchase Photopass or ride photos individually.

Mousekeeping: This is Disney's housekeeping service.

My Disney Experience: This is the app you will use to monitor almost everything linked to your Disney trip. Hotel reservations, online check in, fastpass+ selection, restaurant reservations, photo pass photographers and photos, wait times and more can be found here.

Quick Service: This is a restaurant where you order at a counter and find your own seating.

Rider Switch: This is Disney's system for letting parents (or big riders) take turns riding while the other waits with a little one to small to ride.

Rope Drop: This term is used to describe park opening. Rope drop is simply when guests are allowed in to the park for the day.

Table Service: This is a restaurant where you sit down and are served by a waiter. Reservations are almost always required.

Tier 1: These are rides are the most popular rides at that park. You can only book ONE tier 1 ride using fastpass+ per day.

Tier 2:These are the rest of the rides that are available for fastpass+ selection. There are no limitations on booking these for your fastpass+ selection.

Touring Plan:Your daily plan for the parks.

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