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Walt Disney World Cheat Sheet – A Guide to Lingo and Basic Info

When traveling to a foreign country it is not unusual for travelers to buy some type of translation dictionary, whether a book or an App. Beginners who are traveling to Disney World for the first time are confronted with a number of words and acronyms that at times may seem like a foreign language. Here is a list of words and basic info explained so you’ll sound like a Disney World veteran.

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, not all the items listed below are available. 


Admission, Pass, Ticket

  • All theme and water parks require you to purchase an admission medium of some sort.


  • Any individual ride, show or exhibit.

Baby Care Centers

  • Baby Care Centers provide a convenient place to feed, change and nurse young ones and are located within all 4 theme parks.

Cast Member

  • A Disney employee. They wear white name tags with their names, no matter what their position.

Counter Service or Quick Service Meals

  • Counter service, or Quick-Service meals, are meals where you line up and order from the counter. Think fast-food restaurant.

Disability Access Service

  • This service allows guests with disabilities, as well as a certain number of people for his or her party, to schedule a return time to a specific attraction that is comparable to the wait time when they first arrive at the attraction. Guests may then skip the normal line and use the exit ramp or special entrance for those with disabilities. If this is a need for someone in your party, see Guest Relations at the front of any park.


  • Electric Convenience Vehicle that help guests with mobility challenges. You’ll see an increasing number of these vehicles at Disney World. Available to rent.

Extra Magic Hours

  • Select parks each day either open early or close late so that Disney Resort guests with valid park admission, can enjoy extra time in the park before or after normal park hours. Available to Disney Resort guests staying on property only. One park per day is featured and extra hours may be in the morning or in the evening.


First Aid

  • If you are feeling ill or require medical assistance all 4 theme parks and both water parks have First Aid centers. Offsite Urgent Care centers are also an option.

Guest Relations

  • At Guest Relation locations, located in all 4 theme parks and Disney Springs, you’ll find theme park information, be able to make reservations, and get help with anything Disney related.

Guide Maps

  • Free maps of the parks available at every park. They also make great souvenirs. Grab extras to save each trip so you can look back and see how the parks have changed over the years.


  • An area of a park organized around a certain theme.

Locker Rentals

  • Lockers throughout Disney World are available to rent so you can store your personal items.

Lost & Found

  • Disney has a pretty sophisticated Lost & Found recovery system. Locating an item depends on where you lost it. Contact Guest Relations to receive the appropriate assistance.

Magic Bands

  • Very stylish and colorful wrist bands available free to all Disney World Resort guests and annual pass holders. The bands are used as your hotel key, park ticket, for all room charges and for FastPasses. For guests not staying on property they are available for purchase. Please note, a Magic Band is a convenience and is not required for any of these services. A traditional plastic ticket may be used as well.


Memory Maker

  • Disney photographers are everywhere snapping pictures of guests in front of attractions, on attractions, at Character meeting spots, etc. With a Memory Maker purchase, you’ll get unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads for the pictures taken during your stay. Advanced purchase of this package will give you a discount.


  • Type of Disney transportation with 3 separate lines. Travel from the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) to Epcot, TTC to Magic Kingdom, and travel between most resorts in the Magic Kingdom park area.

My Disney Experience

  • A free online Disney service that allows you to make reservations (lodging, dining, and FastPass+), plans and view helpful information.

My Disney Experience Mobile App

  • A very useful App for smartphones that allows you to have access to your My Disney Experience account. View your itinerary, make reservations and find all sorts of useful information on the go.

Off-Property Resort

  • A hotel or resort not on Disney property.

On-Property Resort

  • A Disney resort on their property. You’ll receive extra benefits for being a Disney Resort Guest.

PhotoPass Service

  • Disney provides plenty of photographers to capture all the magic during your vacation. The service is free and there is no obligation to purchase any pictures. See also Memory Maker.

Package Pickup

  • Don’t want to carry your purchases with you all day? Disney offers a package pickup service that includes 3 options: pick up at the front as you leave, have the items delivered to your resort, or home delivery.


  • Disney’s recreational destinations are called parks (theme or water) and all require admission. True story–when my children were young we had to tell them we were going to a playground, because if we said we were going to the park, they thought that meant going to Disney World!


  • A parking fee is charged at all theme parks. Resort guests and annual pass holders do not have to pay for parking at the parks. Parking at water parks, Disney Springs parking and golf courses is free of charge.

Reservations or ADRs

  • Advance dining reservations are highly recommended for table service dining locations. Tours and special programs also require advanced reservations.


  • A waiting area or line for an attraction or character greeting.


  • Re-entry is allowed into the park. Be sure to save your admission ticket or Magic Band.


  • Disney takes security very seriously for the safety of all guests. All bags will be searched before entering parks. Disney utilizes their own security force as well as the Orange County Police Department.

Service Animals

  • Trained service animals are welcome in most locations through Disney World. Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animals at all times. Due to the nature of some attractions, service animals may not be permitted to ride.

Service Animal Relief Areas

  • While animals can use any open areas, certain Relief Areas are available for service animals in all four parks as well as Disney Resorts.


  • Smoking is permitted only in certain areas throughout Disney World that are clearly marked. A fee up to $500 will be charged to guests smoking in certain non-smoking areas.

Strollers & Wheelchairs

  • Strollers (single and double) and wheelchairs are available to rent throughout the theme parks and Disney Springs.

Table Service

  • Table Service meals are meals at a sit-down restaurant. Advance reservations are highly recommended.


  • Sales tax around Disney World is 6.5%. However, part of the park is located in Osceola County, which has a 7% sales tax. Locations in Osceola County are the All-Stars Resorts, ESPN Wide World of Sports, Animal Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. So if you are purchasing at one of these resorts you will pay 7% sales tax. Lodging taxes are 12.5%.

Times Guide

  • Very important free weekly listing of hours and showtimes. Available when you enter the parks.

TTC – Transportation and Ticket Center

  • The parking location for the Magic Kingdom Park. You may also purchase park tickets at this location.

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About Cindy E. Nykamp

After friends and family made them their go-to people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Cindy wears many hats for As a content creator, she has written over six hundred articles providing news, tips, planning, and more, for trips to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line to our followers. She directs a team of authors to bring our fans up-to-date information so that they can have the best Disney vacation experience. Cindy manages's Instagram account, sharing photos and videos to bring some Disney magic into our followers' feeds. She is also our chief photographer and has her photos featured on the official Walt Disney World Instagram account. Finally, Cindy regularly represents at Disney media events. While attending these events, she gets an insider's view of all the new things that have come to Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line and passes this information and tips to our followers.