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The ABCs of Disney World: A-D

Disney's Hollywood Studios, also referred to as DHS, is home to Muppet Vision 3D
Disney's Hollywood Studios, also referred to as DHS, is home to Muppet Vision 3D
Heather Leigh

There are a lot of different terms used by those who work and play at the Walt Disney World Resorts and Theme Parks. All of the terms used are geared toward an attraction, activity or resort at Disney World. If you are familiar with many of the terms used at the parks and resorts, your Disney vacation planning will be much easier. Plus, knowing these terms will have you feeling and looking like an expert when planning your next Disney vacation.

Here is a look at some of the more popular Disney terminology used throughout all of Disney World:


  • Advanced Dining Reservations: Also referred to as ADRs. These are dining reservations that can be made up to 180 days prior to your arrival at a Disney Resort.
  • Annual Pass: Definitely a good value if you plan to visit the Disney parks several times throughout the year. Disney offers different types of annual passes giving pass holders admission throughout the year, with the exception of block out dates for some passes.


  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: Also referred to as BBB. This is where you can take your little princess for a complete magical makeover.
  • Blizzard Beach: The winter themed water park at Disney. Also home to Disney’s Winter-Summerland Miniature Golf Course.


  • Character Autographs: Collection of signatures from all of the Disney characters that can be found throughout the theme parks and resorts. These autographs can be collected in an autograph book or if you feel like being creative, buy a Disney T-shirt and have the characters sign it creating a memorable souvenir.
  • Character Dining: A chance to meet the Disney characters in person while eating breakfast, lunch or dinner at the theme parks and resorts.
  • Child Switch Program: Also referred to as the Rider Switch Program. Allows for parents with children too small to ride an attraction to take turns riding without the need to get back in the long line a second time. Ask for a child switch ticket upon entering the ride.


  • DAK: Short for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • DHS: Short for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Disney Dining Plan: Also referred to as DDP. This is Disney’s pre-paid dining program offering guests many options for meals and snacks, both quick service and table service. This is one of the top ways to save money when visiting Disney World.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Also referred to as DHS. One of Disney’s four theme parks in Central Florida.
  • Disney Resort: Currently there are more than 25 different resorts on Disney property for guests to stay at. Each Disney Resort offers a different theme and different price level. Guests staying at a Disney resort can enjoy free parking, complimentary transportation to the theme parks and Downtown Disney, Extra Magic Hours at the theme parks and package delivery.
  • Disney Pin Trading: Disney pins are available at theme parks are resorts showcasing everything that is Disney. Pin trading is a popular activity at the theme parks, where guests can trade pins with Cast Members in select locations.
  • Downtown Disney: Also referred to as DTD. This is a shopping area at Disney World filled with plenty of stores, restaurants and entertainment venues.
  • Disney Vacation Club: Also referred to as DVC. This is Disney’s time-share program that is based out of most of Disney’s deluxe resorts, offering members exclusive perks.

Hopefully this list of terms and Disney Lingo help you start planning your next Disney World vacation. Check back for the next list featuring terms from E through M.

Happy vacationing!

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