Disney World Vocabulary 101 - Terms You Should Know Before You Go

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When planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation guests must learn almost a whole new language to fully understand what Cast Members, other guests, and travel agents are talking about!  Here is our list of Disney vocabulary terms and their meanings to study before your next trip!

18. Advanced Dining Reservation (ADRs)

This term refers to dining reservations that guests make before arriving at a particular restaurant.  Based on the number and popularity of the restaurants in Disney World, ADRs are strongly recommended.  Guests planning their trips far in advance can begin making their ADRs beginning 180 days prior to checking into their resorts.  ADRs can be made using the MyDisneyExperience app or by calling Disney directly.

17. Extra Magic Hours

This term refers to special time that is set aside for guests to spend in the parks prior to their official opening time or after its closing time.  Extra Magic Hours are only available to guests who are staying on property at any of the Disney resorts.  The amount of time and parks participating vary based on the day and the season you visit, so be sure to consult the app when making plans!

16. Resort Loop

These are the resorts that are located on the monorail connecting guests to the Magic Kingdom.  The Polynesian Village Resort, the Contemporary, and the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa are the three resorts located on the resort loop.  Some guests will also consider the Wilderness Lodge, as well as the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds to be part of the resort loop based on their close proximity to the other resorts and linked transportation to the other resorts and the Magic Kingdom!

15. FastPass+

FastPass+ is the ride reservation system that Disney utilizes to allow guests to reserve time to ride specific attractions during their visit to the parks.  FastPass+ allows guests to begin making selections for up to three attractions at one park beginning 60 days before arrival.  Only certain attractions participate in the FastPass+, so be sure to look at the park information before making your selections.  After using the initial allotment of three FastPasses, guests can continue to reserve FastPasses for one attraction at a time either using the app or by visiting one of the FastPass+ kiosks in the parks.

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