Ever wonder if Disney has its language? It does! I mean, in a sense. The Cast Members (Disney Speak for Employees) have their codes for guests. But… there’s no need to know some unique code when scheduling your dream Disney getaway. All you need to know is a Disney travel professional you can trust!
First, let’s talk tickets:
Base Ticket: A Base Ticket is just a one-day ticket to one park.
Park Hopper Ticket: A Park Hopper Ticket is an add-on that allows you to visit multiple parks in one day.
Water Park and Sports Option: this will enable you to visit one of the two Disney waterparks: Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, as well as ESPN and the Golf Courses on Disney property.
Genie is a free service that helps you optimize your day in the parks based on your preferences. However, I do not recommend using Genie for this. Instead, your travel agent is a more reliable and user-friendly resource. Yes, shameless plug.
Genie+ service. This add-on is $15 plus tax per day per person and will allow you to skip the lines at over 40 attractions around Walt Disney World.
Lighting Lane: Lighting Lane is the queue you will use to skip the lines. If you do not have Genie+ OR have not purchased the individual Lightning Lane Selections, you cannot use this queue and must use the stand-by line.
Stand-By: The line you use if you do not have a Genie+/Lightning Lane add-on.
PhotoPass/Memory Maker. PhotoPass Photographers (like the one in our cover photo), strategically located throughout Disney parks, take pictures of families in front of each park’s icons or other photogenic locations. Memory Maker is the service that you purchase for the opportunity to use the PhotoPass photographers. I love this service. The shots are pretty magical (pun intended), and you get all of your on-ride photos.
Table Service: Table Service is Disney Speak for sit-down restaurants with the wait staff. For most of these restaurants, you’ll need an advanced dining reservation.
Quick-Service: Quick Service is Disney speak for fast food. More than likely, you’ll mobile order your food and pick it up at a pick-up window. You do not need a dining reservation at these locations.
ADR – “ADR” is Disney Speak for Advanced Dining Reservation. Most table service restaurants need these. Reservations are highly recommended for most restaurants and should be made 60-days in advance. Remember, your travel agent will gladly do that for you.
Early Park Entry: This is for resort guests only. As a resort guest, you can enter any park 30 minutes early.
Rope Drop: This means getting to the park BEFORE it opens so that you can be there for the ‘rope drop. The Cast Members hold an actual rope, and guests must wait behind the rope. When it is time to open the attractions, the CM’s will drop the rope.
Extra Evening Hours: If you are a guest at a Deluxe resort, you have the opportunity on select nights to stay at Magic Kingdom or Epcot an extra two hours after the park closes. Extra Evening Hours mean the only people at the park are Deluxe resort guests. What a fantastic perk!
There is also Disney Speak for Hotels. I have written a blog post about it. However, here is a quick overview. “Deluxe” Resorts are the hotels that offer the most amenities and are closest to the park. Moderate is going to be a nice blend between Deluxe and Value Resorts. Value Resorts are budget-friendly in the resort category yet offer the fewest amenities.
There! Now, you’ve “cracked the code” when it comes to your next Disney Vacation!
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