The Ultimate List of Disney Terms and Acronyms

NLIC, waves, ADO, DAK, submission, and wait, what was that last one again? Upon applying for the Disney Company I had no idea how many abbreviations, acronyms, and terms specific to Disney that the company used. The majority of these terms are terms for the Disney College Program cast members and are things that they will hear. A large majority come from the Facebook pages you will have most likely joined during your application process and many come from while you are participating in the program.

Application Process Terms

Apps dropped: This term commonly used on DCP Facebook pages refers to Disney releasing applications and that you can now apply.

DCP: Disney College Program. Sometimes people will also refer to this as DCPCM, meaning Disney College Program Cast Member.

Dashboard: Your dashboard is where you can find all information about your application status.

Waves: This term is also commonly used on the DCP Facebook pages. This term commonly refers to days where hundreds of people receive emails that they have either been accepted or denied to the DCP.

WBI: Web-based interview. The online interview that is taken if you are allowed to proceed after the application.

PI: In Disney terms, PI can refer to two different things, which can make this a bit confusing at the beginning. It can mean either Phone Interview for those doing the Disney College Program, which is the last step of the application process. PI can also refer to Professional Internship, which focuses more on the professional side of the company.

Action Required: This term, typically seen on your Dashboard, means that there is something else you need to do in your application process such as doing the WBI, scheduling your PI, or even accepting your offer.

In-Progress: General term seen on your dashboard. This typically means that your application is being looked at and you are in consideration for the DCP or PI, but no one knows exactly what this means.

NLIC: No Longer in Consideration. This term means that you are no longer in consideration for the upcoming season. You can always apply again though for the next season.


S/SA and F/FA

Work Terms

CM: Cast Member. This term refers to the people who work for the Disney company.

EPCOT: Every paycheck comes on Thursday. Surely this point doesn’t need further explanation.

RDO: Regular day off, which are the days that scheduling gives you off. Depending on your role and where you are places, you won’t always get the same days each week.

Disney University: This is a location across from the backstage parking lot of the Magic Kingdom. Disney University hosts the majority of your training before you begin working for the company.

Traditions: This refers to your first day of training at Disney University where you learn the basics of the Disney Company. This is also where you will receive items such as your name tag and blue ID.

Blue ID: Your blue ID is your company ID. It lets everyone know that you are an employee of the Disney company and is used to sign into work at many locations and allows you to get free parking, access to the parks, and employee discounts.

Welcome to Ops: The full term being Welcome to Operations; this term refers to your second training class where you learn about Disney operations.

ADO: Authorized Day Off. This is term is typically seen on the Hub if you have put in a request to get additional days off.

Point: Points are given to cast members to fail to show up to work, are late to work, or for calling in sick too many times.

Reprimand: A reprimand is given after a cast member has received a certain number of points within a given time frame.

Termed: Disney’s way of saying that you have been fired from your role. This results from doing things such as playing in the parks after an ROS, not meeting housing requirements, calling in sick and going to the parks, and more.

Self-Term/Self-termination: This refers to when a cast member quits. Typically, it is because of homesickness, not liking the program as much as they thought they would, the work is too hard, and roommate issues.

QSFB: Quick-service food and beverage. This term is used for anyone working within the fast food restaurants located within the parks, resorts, and waterparks.

ENT: Entertainment role. This term commonly refers to those who are Photopass photographers, character performers, character attendants, etc.

Costume: This term refers to your job uniform.

Costuming: This refers to a location within each park or resort where you can check out costumes and return costumes.

CDS: Cast Deployment System. This term refers to the system that a majority of roles use when you clock in and out for work, clock in and out for breaks, and where you receive your assignment for the day.

FSFB: Full service food and beverage. This term is typically used in the DCP world for those that have a role as a seater.

POS: Point of sale system. This term refers to the system that cashiers typically use for handling money.

ODV: Outdoor vending food. This term is for the lovely people that sell Mickey Bars, churros, and more.

The Hub: This is not an acronym, but is the website for Disney employees.

WOD: World of Disney. This refers to the largest Disney store in the world.

OJT: On the Job Training. This refers to the one the job training that you receive after you have started working at the Disney company.

ER: Early Release. This term means that a cast member was granted the ability to leave work early. Typically, this is allowed when too many cast members are scheduled to work at one time.

ROS: Release of shift. This term means that something such as illness or injury prevents you from working so you are sent home from your shift.

Housing Terms:

CS: Chatham Square. An apartment complex for DCP participants.

TC: The Commons. An apartment complex for DCP participants.

VW: Vista Way. An apartment complex for DCP participants.

PC: Patterson Court. An apartment complex for DCP participants.

Wellness: This is a term that refers to non-alcohol permitted housing. Wellness housing is required for participants under the age of 21 and an option for those 21 and old.

Non-wellness: This is a term that refers to alcohol permitted housing. Only those who are over the age of 21 can choose to live in non-wellness housing.

Clubhouse: This refers to the main office building at each complex that has package pick-up, service centers, and equipment rentals.

The Grid: This is a convenience store located in The Common’s clubhouse.

Mickey’s Retreat: A cast member recreational area that offers a pool, sports fields, and a lake.

Resort Terms

Value Resorts: Value resorts are the most inexpensive resorts that Disney has to offer. Disney’s Value Resorts are the Pop Century Resort, All-Star Music Resort, All-Star Movies Resort, All-Star Sports Resort, and the Art of Animation Resort. These resorts, with the exception of Art of Animation, have been offered at prices as low as $75 a night, with $100 being the average. If you stay at Art of Animation, then the average price is typically around $200 per night.

Moderate Resorts: These are Disney’s mid-range priced resorts. Moderate resorts include Caribbean Beach Resort, Port Orleans Resort, Coronado Springs Resort, Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter, and The Cabins and Fort Wilderness Resort.

Deluxe Resorts: Deluxe resorts are the most expensive resorts to stay at on Disney property. They typically are within close walking distance to the parks and often have easy transportation access. Deluxe resorts include Animal Kingdom Lodge, Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort, Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club Resort, Contemporary Resort, Yacht Club Resort, and BoardWalk Inn.

Park Terms

Magicband: Magicbands were introduced as an easier way to make your way through the parks. Your Magicband has the ability to offer you access to the parks, fastpasses, dining plans, photopass photos, resort room keys, and the ability to charge items to your room. This is a much more convenient way of making your way through the parks because you no longer have to keep track of paper tickets.

Fastpass: A fastpass is a way to skip the lines and get onto a ride faster. You are able to book up to three fast passes a day and after you use the ones you have previously booked you can schedule one at a time for the rest of the day.

DAK: Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This refers to the park at Walt Disney World that is basically half a zoo and half a theme park.

DS: Disney Springs. This refers to the shopping center at Walt Disney World.

HS: Hollywood Studios. This refers to the park at Walt Disney World formerly called MGM Studios. It was previously known for having the sorcerer Mickey hat and the Earffel Tower, although now it is known for having the Hollywood Tower of Terror ride.

MK: Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom is considered to be the “main” park of Walt Disney World with Cinderella’s Castle.

EPCOT: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Epcot is a park located at Walt Disney World known for Spaceship Earth and the World Showcase.

Self-Admission Pass: This refers to the pass given to College Program participants that grants them access into the parks.

Guest Pass/ Chip N Dale: This refers to the tickets that you are given to allow your friends and family access to the parks.

WDW: Walt Disney World. This term refers to the Disney park located in Orlando, Florida.

DLR: Disneyland Resort. This term refers to the Disney park that is located in Anaheim, California.

DCA: Disney’s California Adventure. This term refers to the park located at Disneyland that features seven main “districts”.

Park Hopper: This refers to a ticket that allows you to visit more than one park in a day. Guests are able to upgrade their tickets to park hoppers for a small fee and cast member’s tickets and guest tickets are park hoppers.

MNSSHP: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This refers to the Halloween event that starts in late September and continues through the end of October.

MVMCP: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This refers to the holiday party that begins just after MNSSHP and continues through the end of December.

FOF: Festival of Fantasy. This refers to a parade in the parks.

BBB: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. This refers to a beauty salon where young girls can get their hair and make-up done by fairy godmothers in training.

PL: Pirate League. This refers to the rustic lair where (mostly) young boys can transform into pirates. There is also the ability to be transformed into an empress or even a mermaid.

Any major Disney terms that you feel I missed or looked over? If you are new to Disney or applying to the program, any terms or acronyms you learned from reading this post?  It always seems like there is new lingo to learn with Disney. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.