Oh, how I love to drive under that gate.
If you're new to Disney-talk, you've probably seen acronyms and strange show business terms and wondered that they meant. Some of these terms have grown as the Disney online community has grown and become accepted by its members, whereas others are Disney's own. Call a Disney cast member an employee and you might hurt her feelings. And if you spend any time at all on Disney message boards, you've seen sentences that look like this: "I'm going to the TTC for my ADR at the MK during EMH. Will meet you at BTMRR after the MSEP." Here's how to speak the language like a pro.
ADR: Advanced Dining Reservation. Basically just another name for a reservation, you can start making your ADRs 180-days prior to check-in. Originally an acronym used on Disney message boards, this term as been borrowed by Disney as well.
AKL: Common abbreviation for Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Audience: You, the guest, in any part of the resort.
BTMRR: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Costume: What a cast member wears to work.
CM: Cast Member. Individuals who work for Disney.
Dark ride: An indoor ride.
DHS: Disney Hollywood Studios, known to diehards as "MGM."
EMH: Extra Magic Hours. When a park opens an hour early in the morning or stays open three hours late at night for resort guests.
Face Character: A character who does not wear anything over their face. Think Cinderella.
KTTWC: Key to the World Card. Refers to your room key, which may also have tickets and dining credits attached to it.
MK: Magic Kingdom.
MSEP: Main Street Electrical Parade.
MYW: Magic Your Way, a reference to types of tickets and packages.
On stage: That part of the resort that you, as the guest, can see.
Off stage: The part of the resort you don't see (unless you're lucky and get a sneak peek).
PoC: Pirates of the Caribbean.
Refurbishment: A long-term closure for extensive repairs or remodeling.
Rehab: Short-term closure for routine maintenance.
Resort: Your hotel or the entire Walt Disney World, depending on how it's used.
Role: A cast member's job.
Show: What's going on around you. The entire resort experience is designed to immerse you into "the show."
TSMM: Toy Story Midway Mania.
TTC: Transportation and Ticket Center, where you'll take the monorail or a ferry to the Magic Kingdom.
What about you? Do you have any fun Disney terms or acronyms to pass on?