As you fill out your Disney application you might be thinking about brushing up on your Spanish, ASL, or German skills. (For a full list of language pin options check out the Official Disney College Program Blog.) Thinking about all these other languages you might be interested in practicing you might have forgotten that working at Disney practically requires learning a whole new language! Disney loves to abbreviate, and in addition to that there are a lot of words that are just general "Disney-ese." In this post I will walk you through some of these Disney words and abbreviations and when you might hear them. If you come across any more words let me know in the comments at the bottom and I'll try to help!
The Application Process
Apps dropped: Disney has released the applications and you can now apply!
Dashboard: Your dashboard is the home page where you can find all the information about the status of your application.
WBI: Web Based Interview, Disney liked your application and they want to know more about you to see if you are a good fit for the internship. It's basically an online survey where you pick the answer that most describes you.
PI: Phone Interview, you passed the WBI and now you get to have an interview with an actual person over the phone.
In Progress: A general status term you'll see on your dashboard, usually this means you're going somewhere but who knows what this actually means.
In Submission: Another general status term you'll see on your dashboard, usually one thought of to be more negative, I think of it like a waiting list for college.
NLIC: No longer in consideration, this means you are not being considered for an internship with Disney this recruiting season but you are free to apply next season.
Action Required: You have another thing you need to do to continue in the application process, this could be taking the WBI, scheduling your PI, or accepting your offer.
WDW: Walt Disney World
DLR/DL: Disneyland Resort
TC: The commons, this is one of the housing complexes just up the road from Patterson and Chatham. This complex is the most expensive but offers washers and dryers in each apartment. It's also home to the Grid.
PC: Patterson Court, this housing complex is across the street from Chatham and is the newest of the complexes. It's known as the "senior living" complex because older CPs like to live here. None of the buses stop here but it's not too far from Chatham.
CS: Chatham Square, I would describe this as the most "normal" housing complexes. Most of the housing events are held here or at Vista way and all the buses stop here. Another benefit is that it's across from Mickey's Retreat.
VW: Vista Way, this complex is the original complex so it's more outdated although some of the apartments have been updated. It's a 5-15 minute drive from the other complexes. Vista Way is known as the party complex.
The Grid: A small convenience store located at the commons' clubhouse
Mickey's Retreat: A Cast member recreation area with a pool, lake, canoes, and and sport fields.
Clubhouse: This is the main office of each complex featuring front desks, package pick up, equipment rentals and service centers.
Wellness: Non-Alcohol permitted housing, a requirement for those under 21, and an option for those 21 and over. Offered in all complexes.
Non-Wellness: Alcohol permitted housing, an option for those 21 and over who might want to having alcohol in their apartment. Offered in all complexes.
Traditions: Your first day of training at Disney University where you'll learn basics of the company and receive your blue ID and name tag.
Disney University: A location across from the backstage parking for the Magic Kingdom where you will take most of your training classes.
Welcome to Ops: Welcome to operations, your second training class where you learn how the Disney operation works.
Blue ID: Company ID, you use this to sign into work at some locations, it gets you free parking, discounts, and lets everyone know you're a Disney employee. Most CPs will get one without a photo, if you extend you'll likely receive one with a photo.
Costume: Your on the job uniform which you can exchange for clean ones as often as you wish.
Costuming: Each park or resort has a costuming location where you can check out costumes and return them to be laundered.
The Hub: The hub is Disney's online work system with access to information, schedules, discounts, and more.
EPCOT: Every Paycheck Comes on Thursday, this is a term referencing the second Walt Disney World park with the words changed as a reminder that paychecks come on Thursdays every week.
ER: Early Release, an employee who is awarded this is allowed to leave work early, this is awarded when there are more than enough people scheduled to work.
ROS: Release of Service, this is when something prevents you from working so you need to go home after starting your shift.
RDO/ADO: Requested/Authorized Day Off, a day approved or guaranteed off.
Point: You receive points for failing to show up for work, calling in sick a certain number of times, or for arriving late.
Reprimand: A reprimand is given for a certain number of points in a certain amount of time. Four points results in immediate termination.
Termed: A fancy way of saying fired. This can happen because of reprimands, visiting the parks after calling in sick for that day, not meeting housing requirements, or other reasons.
Self-Term: This is when a cast member quits on their own, often CPs do this because they need to go home, the work is too hard, or they don't like the program as much as they anticipated and don't think they can stick it out.
Playing In the Parks
Maingate/Self-Admission Pass: CP's used to receive Maingates but now they are only offered to full time and part time cast members, instead we receive self-admission passes, which is just a different term for your ticket to get into the parks.
Guest Pass/Chip N Dale: Both of these are terms for the free tickets you receive to bring your friends and family into the parks with you. They are park hoppers and you can receive up to 10 per calendar year. They are sometimes called Chip N Dale passes because they have illustrations of Chip and Dale on the cards.
Park Hopper: A ticket that gets you into more than one park per day, all cast member tickets and guess passes are park hoppers. Guests can upgrade their tickets to park hoppers for a fee.
Fastpass: A fastpass is a way to skip the line, you can book three fastpasses per day and after you use them all you can schedule one more at a time the rest of the day.
Magicband: Disney introduced the magicband (pictured above) as an easier way to travel the parks. It can holds access to your park tickets, fastpasses, photopass photos, dining plans, resort room keys, and even the option to charge purchases to your room. While CPs can't use those last three functions unless they're staying at a resort, the others are pretty useful and handy. You can also purchase customized ones, printed ones, sliders, sleeves, and "bandits" for them.
MK: Magic Kingdom, the original and most popular WDW park. Its main icon is the cinderella castle.
EPCOT: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, the second WDW park, home of future world and the World Showcase. Its main icon is Spaceship Earth, commonly referred to as "the golf ball."
HS: Hollywood Studios, a park based on the movies featuring star wars, indiana jones, toy story and many more references to movies. Hollywood studios will soon be home to star wars land and toy story land. Hollywood Studios is my favorite park. Some people also refer to it as MGM studios, its old name. Its main icon used to be the sorcerer Mickey hat, but since that was removed its either the Tower of Terror or the Chinese theater that homes the Great Movie Ride.
DAK: Disney's Animal Kingdom, this is the park that's half theme park and half zoo. Its main icon is the Tree of Life.
DS/DD: Disney Springs, Disney's upscale shopping center formerly known as Downtown Disney.
Resorts and Locations
WOD: World of Disney, the largest Disney store in the world
DAKL: Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge: a deluxe resort near DAK
DVC: Disney Vacation Club, a way for guests to purchase points to use toward special apartment style resort rooms. Learn more here.
Deluxe Resorts: The most expensive resorts at Disney, all earning a AAA four diamond rating (Disney has no interest in earning a five diamond rating). These are typically the closest to the parks often with special transportation besides buses, and offer the most amenities.
Moderate Resorts: Disney's mid-range priced resorts, all earning a AAA three diamond rating.
Value Resorts: Disney's most inexpensive resorts, most of which are priced around $100/night. These resorts have all earned AAA two diamond ratings with the exception of Art of Animation which has earned a three diamond rating and is priced closer to $200/night.
By far these are not all the abbreviations Disney and CPs use but this post is already long enough. If you have others you know, share them in the comments. If you have questions about other terms also comment those below and I will try to help. If there are many more that people want explained, I can do a second part to this. Hope this helped!