Whether you’re planning a trip or at the park, chances are you’ve already seen or heard Disney acronyms and had no idea what they were!
I had no idea that working at Disney would also include having to know literally hundreds of Disney acronyms. It’s like a whole different secret language that cast members use, but so do many guests. In fact, I already knew many of them from browsing my favorite online Disney sites and forums.
Literally, everything I was taught throughout my training and work experience was shortened into some sort of abbreviation. Magic Kingdom is often referred to simply as “MK.” A GAC (pronounced gah-ch) is a guest assistance card. At my job, WLE and RPW were used to signify which station you were working at.
My favorite acronym was the one for Animal Kingdom. Anyone that has worked for the Walt Disney Company hardly ever calls Animal Kingdom by its name. Instead, everyone says “DAK” (dah-kuh). I still call Animal Kingdom DAK, which is funny when I am talking to non-Disney employees and I realize they have no idea what I am talking about.
Here are the most commonly used Disney acronyms:
- ADR – Advance Dining Reservation
- AK – Disney’s Animal Kingdom (or DAK)
- AP – Annual Pass
- BOG – Be Our Guest Restaurant (Magic Kingdom)
- CB – Character Breakfast
- CM – Disney Cast Member
- CP – Candlelight Processional
- DCL – Disney Cruise Line
- DD – Downtown Disney
- DDP – Disney Dining Plan
- DME – Disney Magical Express
- DRC – Disney Reservations Center
- DVC – Disney Vacation Club
- EMH – Extra Magic Hours
- EEMH – Extra Extra Magic Hour
- FP – Fast Pass
- FP+ – Fast Pass PlusGS – Guest Services
- HM – Hidden Mickey
- HS – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- MDE – My Disney Experience
- MK – Magic Kingdom
- MM – Memory Maker
- MNSSHP – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
- MVMCP – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- QS – Quick Service (Disney Dining Plan)
- TDS – The Disney Store
- TS – Table Service (Disney Dining Plan)
- WDTC – Walt Disney Travel Company
- WDW – Walt Disney World Resort
There’s a LOT more than this, but these are the ones you’ll likely see and hear the most, especially online.
Disney is also a big fan of codes; codes that only their employees would know. The reason behind this is really quite genius. Cast members employ talking in code so that they can discuss things that are not quite appropriate for guests to hear. For instance, there was an issue with a ride that required it to stop momentarily. Instead of saying this verbatim, the cast members would use the code that represented the issue. At my work location, when the train had to close, we said it was “101.” When it was back up and running, the train was then “102.” These are common codes used throughout the Walt Disney World attractions. Another common code is a “103”, which is a bathroom break.
So next time you are vacationing at WDW, listen out for those codes and abbreviations! Maybe you can even impress a cast member by asking if the ride is “101”…or freak him/her out by giving them a wink and declaring them a “105”, ahahaha! =P
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- Romance at Disney World
- Our Favorite Lunches
- Working at Disney World
- How to Have a Custom Cake Made at Disney
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Written by my daughter, Brittany. She completed several Disney internships and eventually accepted a full-time position on the conservation team at Animal Kingdom. Read all about her time there over at her blog Britty Loves Disney.