Do You Speak Disney? 15 Disney World Terms and What They Mean

Disney is a world of its own. It makes sense then that this “world” has its own language and terminology. Disney insiders are fluent in this Disney language. Here’s a quick guide to help you understand “Disney Speak”. After you read this, you’ll be fluent in this magical language!


15. ADRs

This is an acronym for “Advanced Dining Reservations”. These are critical for stress-free dining during your Disney Vacation. If you are staying on Disney property, ADR’s may be booked 180 days before you check-in!

14. Backstage

Any area of Disney that is off-limits to guests. There are however some “backstage” areas that can be viewed during certain “Backstage” tours.

13. Cast Member

Any Disney employee of any sorts – from transportation, costumed-performer, retail, or food service.

Cast Members Plaza Restaurant

12. Counter-Service

Any restaurant in Disney that makes use of an ordering counter or kiosk. At a few select counter service restaurants, you may order at a counter but then have food brought to your table by waitstaff.

11. DVC

Acronym for Disney Vacation Club. This is a “prepaid vacation plan” that allows guests to purchase points that can be exchanged for certain Disney Resort Hotel accommodations.

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About Jessica Brosnan

Jessica is a mother of one and an elementary school teacher in New Jersey. She enjoys musical theater and loves to cook. Jessica is a Disney Vacation Club member and is perpetually planning her next Disney vacation.