When you are at Disney, or planning out a Disney experience for the first time, you might hear some phrases you aren't familiar with. We've got a list of those phrases, along with an every day sort of person explanation! Once you remember that Disney is meant to be a "show" it makes a lot more sense how they talk! This is not a complete list, but has a lot of the common "Disney words" used.
Cast Member -- A Disney employee
Guest -- Anyone visiting Disney
On Stage -- Something that Guests can see, the roads and rides for example
Off Stage -- Things the Guests cannot see, employee only areas
Face Character -- Snow White, Rapunzel and Gaston are all examples of Face Characters
Fur Character -- Mickey, Donald and Minnie are all examples of Fur Characters
Extra Magic Hours -- Resort Guest only Park times, either before the Parks open, or close
Attraction -- A ride, or show
Costume -- A Cast Member's uniform
Dark Ride -- A ride like Peter Pan, all indoors
Rope Drop- Getting to the Park and through security before the Park opens
Day Guest -- Someone not staying at a Disney Resort
Hidden Mickey -- Mickey's silhouette of his head hidden in an ordinary object
In Rehersal -- Something that's coming soon, but it's ready for the Guests to see or ride
Pre Show -- Something that happens before the main attraction. Jokes, lights, etc
Soft Opening -- An attraction that might open intermittently before it's scheduled date
Resort -- A Disney hotel property, like Pop Century
Hopefully those help you out a little next time you run across some unfamiliar Disney terms!
It's Trivia Time today! We've got 3 fun Disney questions to ask...do YOU know the answers or will we stump you? No fair Googling the answers! (But you can totally use these to stump other people later!)
What were the first (and only) words ever spoken by Pluto?
A. Kiss me
C. Go Away
D. Pluto has never spoken
Ready for the answer??
The answer is.... A! Kiss Me were the only words spoken by Pluto. I'd give him a kiss, what about you?
What is Donald Duck's middle name?
A. He doesn't have one
Ready for the answer?
The answer is.... C! Donald Ducks' middle name is Fauntleroy! Try spelling that without looking...I sure couldn't!
Ready for today's final question?
Which is the only Dwarf in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves that doesn't have a beard?
Ready for the answer?
The answer is....B! Dopey is the only Dwarf who doesn't have a beard! In case you were trying to remember all of their names, Lumpy wasn't really a Dwarf. I don't even know if there is a Disney character called Lumpy, but if there isn't, there should be!
That's all today, folks! I hope you enjoyed playing along on this Spotlight Sunday Trivia Time! We will have to do it again, soon!
I might be in the minority, but I don't really mind going through Disney's security lines, maybe it's because we usually get through quickly. It CAN be stressful if you're late for a dining reservation, or the park just opened, or you are about to miss a parade, something like that, but with these 10 tips, you'll be breezing through the security lines faster than you can sing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
1. Give yourself plenty of time
You can't arrive at Disney security at 9 AM and expect to walk right in for your 9:05 Breakfast reservation. That's not going to happen. Always show up at least 30 - 45 minutes earlier than you need to be there, to give yourself time to get through security, show your ticket and make your way to your reservation, or fast pass.
2. Don't bring a bag.
(Like that will EVER happen with me!) But the fastest way to get through security, is to go bagless. Those without bags have their own, much faster line. If that doesn't apply to you, and it never will, me, keep reading!
3. Don't just follow the crowd
Have you ever noticed that when a crowd forms to get in somewhere, people just sort of fall into line and shuffle along? That's not the right way to approach the security lines at Disney! Scan the lines as you are walking up, and go to the one that looks shortest, or if they are all about the same, pick the one that doesn't have a family with a stroller, cooler and nineteen bags to be searched.
4. Unzip and open your bags ahead of time
While you are waiting for your bag to be checked, make it easier, and faster for security! Unzip ALL areas, before you get to the security officer, pull out anything bulky you've stuck inside like a jacket and a fast check may be all you need.
5. Consider a bag without a lot of pockets
I love the backpacks with all the little areas to hold out different things, but those extra pockets do take extra time to search, because each area must be checked. Either do #3, and unzip all the areas ahead of time, or consider a bag with only one main area, and one or two smaller pouches.
6. Don't bring in restricted items, or try to sneak them in!
There's a big list of items you can't take to Disney Parks. If they are found while searching your stuff, they will be confiscated, and there's also a chance you'll be pulled aside for some extra security or even refused entrance to the Park! You can check that list by clicking here, and save yourself a LOT of time and hassle by reading it before you head to Disney!
7. Consider sending just one person through the bag check
If you've just got a cooler, and a backpack or two, maybe a stroller with a child who can walk, consider sending just one person through the bag check, and the others in the no bag security area, with a plan to meet at the park entrance. This works great when you've got smaller kids, or are a group who is able to share one bag for the 4 of you. (I tip my hat to those of you who can do that, because that won't ever be me!)
8. Line up left AND right
Just like the line forms on both sides of a quick service ordering area, it does at security too. If your whole family is on the left side, don't be surprised when one of your bags is checked, then the bag of the person on the right, then back to you. The bags go in order, so either push all yours up right away, or half of your party go on one side, and half on the other.
9. Step out of the way once you get through the bag check
It's so easy to stop, and wait for the rest of your party, or stand, zipping up your backpack, that's human nature, you know? But that actually causes the lines behind you to back up, or people to push past you, maybe knocking your unzipped bag all over the ground! Move forward, step to the side, or zip while walking!
10. Be patient
This is one of the most important tips. Everyone wants to get inside of whatever Disney park they are queued up for, and sometimes you will get pushed, or someone will step on your foot. Just shrug it off, smile, and be polite to those around you, including the security officer who might be taking a while to check your bag. It's important that they do their job to keep everyone safe, so that your day can be as magical as can be!
Do you have any tips for getting through Disney security quicker? Are you able to go bag-less, or do you carry it all but the kitchen sink?
It's kind of surprising to think that one of the original proposed sites for Disney World, was actually Washington D.C. How different it would have looked, and how much shorter of a drive it would be for many!
Do you think D.C. would have been a good spot? There would not have been alligators, but I think the traffic would be just as bad!
Do you love Ducktales? Woo-oo!
We do!! I think each episode is better than the last, and it's one of those that if the kids play over and over, I don't mind a bit because I catch new things each time, and the jokes NEVER get tiresome! I love how each of the triplet's has their own personality, and I love, love love Donald and Mr. McD!
We've a special treat for you Ducktales fans, in the form of FREE Printable tags. Use them on your kid's lunch boxes, backpacks, (heck, yours too!) or when you are on your way to Disney!
Print them, cut them out and then for longevity, laminate either with a lamination machine or self adhesive pouch, clear contact paper, or even packing tape! Punch a hole in them and attach with anything you like! Coordinating ribbons or yarn, rubber bands and zip ties are all things I've done in the past that have worked great.
You can right click on the photo below and save, or if you have trouble that way, you could also click and download the file located just under the photo.
Want more FREE printables? Click here, and go to the main Printables page. We've got lots of new ones in the works, and can't wait to share them!
Comment below with your favorite Triplet, (I love Louie!) or episode, and visit us on Facebook to show how you used your tags!