Most Sentimental Attractions in the Disney Parks

A couple weeks ago we offered a collaborative post of the Best Website for Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation. It was so much fun gathering members the cast members of the MouseQuest around the virtual table that we decided to do it again. This time we are going to talk about our most sentimental attractions in the Disney Parks. These are the attractions you have to experience EVERY SINGLE TIME you are in the parks. As you will see, they mean something different to each of us for many different reasons such as, family memories, the legacy of Walt Disney, etc. Enjoy!

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Best Websites for Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation

Written by Sue Nowicki

Whenever I plan a Disney vacation I have several go-to websites I visit to do my research every time. This led me to wonder, what are some of the websites my fellow MouseQuesters use when planning their own Disney adventures. So I put a call out to the MouseQuest team and asked them what are the best websites for planning a Walt Disney World vacation.Disney Websites

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Disney Lingo for Newbies

Written by Dawn Gosdin – Updated 3/22/2017

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Disney Acronyms

Being a Disney Parks fan means you will come across MANY abbreviations and acronyms which you may, or may not, understand. Here is a comprehensive list of these Disney-related abbreviations which everyone planning any type of Disney vacation needs to know.

DISNEY PARKS & DESTINATIONS

ABD – Adventures By Disney
ARS – Aulani Resort & Spa
DCL – Disney Cruise Line
DLP – Disneyland Paris
DLR – Disneyland Resort
DVC – Disney Vacation Club
HH – Hilton Head
VB – Vero Beach
WDW – Walt Disney World

DISNEY RESORTS

WALT DISNEY WORLD
AKL – Animal Kingdom Lodge
AKV – Animal Kingdom Villas (DVC)
AOA – Art of Animation
ASMu – All Star Music
ASMo – All Star Movies
AS – All Star Sports
BC – Beach Club
BCV – Beach Club Villas (DVC)
BLT – Bay Lake Tower (DVC)
BRV – Boulder Ridge Villas (DVC)
BWI – Boardwalk Inn
BWV-Boardwalk Villas (DVC)
CBR – Caribbean Beach Resort
CCV – Copper Creek Villas (DVC)
CSR – Coronado Springs Resort
CR – Contemporary Resort
FW – Fort Wilderness
GF – Grand Floridian
KV – Kidani Village (section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)
OKW – Old Key West
PC – Pop Century
POR – Port Orleans Riverside
POFQ – Port Orleans French Quarter
POLY – Polynesian
SSR – Saratoga Springs Resort
SOG – Shades of Green (Military Resort onsite)
S&D – Swan & Dolphin Resort
THV – Treehouse Villas (at Saratoga Springs) (DVC)
VGF – Grand Floridian Villas (DVC)
VWL – Wilderness Lodge Villas (DVC)
WL – Wilderness Lodge
YC – Yacht Club

DISNEYLAND RESORTS
DLH – Disneyland Hotel
GCH – Grand Californian
PPH – Paradise Pier

WALT DISNEY WORLD THEME PARKS

AK – Animal Kingdom
BB – Blizzard Beach
DHS – Disney Hollywood Studios
DTD/DS – Downtown Disney/Disney Springs
EP – Epcot
MK – Magic Kingdom
TL – Typhoon Lagoon
WWOS – Wide World of Sports (Sports Complex)

WALT DISNEY WORLD ATTRACTIONS

7DMT – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
BTMR – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
FoF – Festival of Fantasy parade
FoP – Flight of Passage
HEA – Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular
HM – Haunted Mansion
HoP – Hall of Presidents
IaSM – It’s a Small World
POTC – Pirates of the Caribbean
ROL – Rivers of Light
RnR – Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster
TSMM – Toy Story Midway Mania
ToT – Tower of Terror
TT – Test Track
TTA – Tomorrowland Transit Authority

DISNEYLAND SPECIFIC ABBREVIATIONS

DCA – Disney’s California Adventure
LAX – Los Angeles International Airport
LGB – Long Beach Airport
MHP – Mickey’s Halloween Party
ROA – Rivers of America
SNA – John Wayne Airport/Orange County
WoC – World of Color

DISNEY DINING

ADR – Advanced Dining Reservation
B&C – Beaches & Cream
BOG – Be Our Guest
CG – California Grill
CM – Chef Mickeys
CP – Crystal Palace (sometimes also the abbreviation for the Candlelight Processional)
CRT – Cinderella’s Royal Table
DDP – Disney Dining Plan
HDDR – Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
H&V – Hollywood & Vine
OOP – Out-of-Pocket
QS – Quick Service
TIW – Tables in Wonderland (previously DDE – Disney Dining Experience)
TS – Table Service
V&A – Victoria & Albert’s

DISNEY CRUISE LINE ABBREVIATIONS

AP – Animator’s Palate
CC – Castaway Cay
FE – Fish Extender (DCL Family Gift Exchange)
GTY – Guarantee
IGT – Inside Guarantee
OGT – Oceanview Guarantee
PC – Port Canaveral
VGT – Verandah Guarantee

MY MAGIC+ ABBREVIATIONS

FP+ – FastPass+
MB – MagicBand
MDE – My Disney Experience
MYW – Magic Your Way (Park Ticket)
MM – Memory Maker
PH – Park Hopper
WPF&M – Water Park Fun & More ticket option

MISCELLANOUS ABBREVIATIONS

AP – Annual Pass
APR – Annual Pass Rate
CM – Cast Member
DME – Disney Magical Express
DRC – Disney Reservation Center
ECV – Electric Convenience Vehicle
EMH – Extra Magic Hour
EWP – Electrical Water Pageant
F&G – Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
F&W – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
IG – International Gateway (Entrance to EPCOT from Boardwalk)
KTTW – Key to the World Card (not used much anymore at WDW due to invention of MagicBands – still used on DCL)
TTC – Transportation & Ticket Center
MCO – Orlando International Airport
MNSSHP – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (seasonal extra purchase)
MVMCP – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (seasonal extra Purchase)
PAP – Premium Annual Pass
SWW – Star Wars Weekend
WS – World Showcase

SOCIAL MEDIA FAMILY LABELS

BIL – Brother in law
DBF – Disney Boyfriend
DF – Disney Fiancé
DGF – Disney Girlfriend
DH – Disney Husband
DW – Disney Wife
DD – Disney Daughter
DS – Disney Son
FIL – Father in Law
MIL – Mother in Law
SIL – Sister in Law

SEE YA REAL SOON!
Previously published on ~ http://www.disneygals.com/ and http://theadultsideofdisney.com/.

Dawn is married to her BFF Ryan and is privileged to be a stay-at -ome Mom/Writer/Blogger to her seventeen-year-old daughter Princess Peyton and future Imagineer son fifteen-year-old Logan. In their eyes a family that Disney’s together, stays together. They have enjoyed Walt Disney World many times, including the breathtaking Aulani Resort & Spa on the beautiful island of Oahu.

Other posts by this author:
Child Safety While at Walt Disney World
Epcot After Hours Wind Down
Important Facts About Disney Cruise Line

Disney Lingo for Newbies

Child Safety While at Walt Disney World

Written by Dawn Gosdin

Gosh, what I would give to be lost at the most magical place on earth, as an adult it sounds like a dream come true, if the adult is the one lost. But if it involves a missing child, it’s the scariest place on earth for both parent and child.

In this article I’m going to give you suggestions on “what to do” if your child gets separated from you at Walt Disney World. It can easily happen; you turn away for a second to pay for your Mickey Bar, look back and your child is gone. What can both the parent and the child do, if something like this happens?

Preparation is the key, make a plan. Before heading to Walt Disney World, make sure you talk to your child about “what to do” if they get lost while visiting. For a young child this may involve learning Mom or Dad’s cell phone number, or for an older child picking a designated spot to meet if lost.

** Here’s a tip- when you arrive at the Magic Kingdom- go to City Hall/Guest Relations and have a tag made for your child, it can attach to their belt loop & they can choose to have Mickey or Minnie on it. Tell them it’s a very special safety souvenir. **

What to do When Your Child is Missing

  • Don’t scream, try to stay calm. I understand the desire to scream or go berserk, but please remain calm; screaming won’t help you find your child, but I can guarantee it will make you look berserk, lol-(sorry serious topic.)
  • Go directly to the nearest Cast Member & inform them.
  • If your spouse is with you, have them stay in the location you last saw your child, maybe they will return. Other suggestions for spouse or family members Call out their name while listening for a response. Search bathrooms or maybe a favorite store.
  • Have current pictures of your children.
  • Keep a fully charged cell phone.
  • Have pertinent Disney/important phone numbers stored in your cell phone.

If your child is lost this happens:

Walt Disney World realizes that children go missing, no matter how many precautions a parent can take; they have a system in place for just this situation. When a Disney Cast Member finds a lost child, the Cast Member contacts Lost Children and registers any information that they have, including name, age, location and a parent/guardian name.

The child will be taken to the Lost Children Center. The Lost Children center is a comfy room that is furnished and has a play table and Disney videos to entertain the child until the parents are found. Parents and children are brought back together by description and names, so it is important that your child knows your name, phone number, etc.

They usually direct you to the parks official meeting points:

  • At the Magic Kingdom, check the Baby Center and City Hall, where logs of lost children are kept.
  • At Epcot, check Baby Services near the Odyssey Center.
  • At Disney-MGM Studios, check Guest Relations at the entrance, near Hollywood Boulevard.
  • At the Animal Kingdom, try the Baby Center on Discovery Island. 90% of children will be found within 2 hours at the meeting point.
  • Disney has an internal communication system and will issue an all-employee bulletin.

Tips For A Safe & Magical Trip

  • Matching shirts: For families traveling with small children, consider choosing a single color for each day, making it easier to spot one another in a crowd.
  • Keep track of small children when entering and leaving attractions: Large Disney theme park attractions can let hundreds of people into or out of a theater at one time, making it easy to lose track of your little ones. Carry your child in huge crowds, or hold on tight when exiting busy, show style attractions.
  • Note the location of exits for bathrooms and rides: Some restrooms and Disney theme park rides have multiple exits, and your kids could come out an entirely different location than you expect.
  • Choose a meeting place: Take a second to choose a meeting place in each Disney theme park, and make sure every member of your family knows where to go if they are lost. This is particularly important for kids who are old enough to wander off, but don’t have a cell phone.
  • Tell your kids how to find help: If your child is lost, he or she should stay put for a few minutes, to give you time to find them. Staying near the last ride or attraction you visited makes it easy for you to spot them.

Older Children Safety

Have a plan in advance. I have teenagers and still have one in place:

  • Make a note of what every child in your party is wearing; or take a picture with a digital camera/cell phone each morning.
  • When entering the park, introduce your child to a Cast Member. Tell your child to go to the nearest Cast Member if he or she becomes separated. Cast members can easily be found at every snack place, shop, restaurant, kiosk, attraction line-up, etc. Likewise, parents should immediately inform a Cast Member if a child is missing.
  • Both parties have a charged cellphone or walkie talkies.
  • If kids are old enough, choose a “go to place” a landmark, or maybe a special favorite spot, where you will meet up if separated. Actually go together to the place! Don’t just say “Cinderella Castle.” Do that at each park.
  • If your child goes to the restroom by him/herself, pay attention to whether that restroom has multiple exits.
  • Don’t get distracted during parades and fireworks; keep small children close by or in strollers during these spectacles.
  • Also be vigilant when your part of crowds entering or exiting one of the live shows in the Disney theme parks. Fantasmic! is especially dangerous, not well-lit & horribly crowded entry & exit.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, don’t let your guard down just because it’s Walt Disney World, don’t be fooled, dangers exist everywhere, even Disney.
  • Use the buddy system, stay with a sibling or friend-don’t separate.
  • Don’t talk to strangers, tell them you’re alone or that you are without an adult.
  • Make sure the GPS locator on cellphone is active.
  • Periodic check in calls with description of where the teenager is currently located and have them send a picture with them in it, time stamped.
  • Stay with large crowds.
  • Don’t veer from a plan that you were given permission to do (like if you said you were going to Space Mountain—go to Space Mountain.)
  • Meet up every few hours to make sure safe.
  • Have a secret password that only you and your kids know, in case some nut-job says “Your mom said to come with me” and have the person tell you the password or NO DICE! That’s what I did to my kids when they were little, I scared them to death about strangers for safety sake—a real funny messed up password is always great (keeps the weirdo’s on their toes, lol!)

Extra Tips

  • Safety Tat is a great company that makes temporary tattoos that you put on your kiddo’s skin. I would suggest not adding their name, just phone number of parent in case of emergency.
  • Many people use the Walt Disney World luggage tags on their kid’s belt loops.
  • Make tags at the pet store – the little engraved ones with the parent cell phone number on them, tie them to their shoestrings or on a necklace.
  • Try a sticker with a phone number on the kid’s shirt. Also remember to put the tag or sticker on the outside of the child’s clothing, Cast Members are not allowed to look under or lift up a child’s clothing.

Hopefully these suggestions will give your family the oomph to make a “what to do” strategy of your own. Therefore, keeping Walt Disney World as “The Most Magical Place on Earth!”

Dawn is married to her BFF Ryan and is privileged to be a stay at home Mom/Writer/Blogger to her seventeen-year-old daughter Princess Peyton and future Imagineer son fifteen-year-old Logan. In their eyes a family that Disney’s together, stays together. They have enjoyed Walt Disney World many times, including the breathtaking Aulani Resort & Spa on the beautiful island of Oahu.

Other MouseQuest posts by this author:

Epcot After Hours Wind Down
Important Facts About Disney Cruise Line

Previously published on http://theadultsideofdisney.com/ and http://www.disneygals.com/ as well as her personal blog http://dawnsdorkydiary.com/.

Child Safety at Walt Disney World

Epcot After Hours Wind Down

Written by: Dawn Gosdin

11-4-14 La Cava

Welcome to Food & Wine y’all! Epcot’s World Showcase is covered with Food and Wine everywhere, two of my very favorite things! My friend Colleen and I enjoyed spectacular food and drinks beginning with the Hawaiian pavilion. I had the Kālua Pork Slider with sweet and sour Dole® Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise which I paired with Maui Splash Sweet Pineapple Wine and ended the night at Epcot~ After Hours Wind Down.

 11-4-14 DawnIt’s a special ticketed event at $35.00 per guest. La Cava del Tequila~ Mexico Pavilion was our choice for mischief that awesome October evening. We checked-in at the entrance to La Cava del Tequila at 9:10 PM. and received our colorful wristbands then patiently waited, we explored the Mexican pavilion till our reservation time of 9:20PM. Right on cue the doors opened (angels were singing) and it was time to get down and dirty (not really.) We were whisked away to our assigned seating and quickly noticed the tables were already filled with a tequila flight, a small bottle of water and a two shot glasses, one of vodka and the other~ even more tequila, now that’s what I’m talking about!

11-4-14 TequilaTequila flight included:
• Shot of Tequila Ambhar Blanco
• Shot of Tequila Partida Reposado
• Shot of Tequila Casa Noble Añejo
• Shot of Mezcal Sombra Blanco

On with the show~ Hilda was the “tequila ambassador” and our host for this special event. She taught her captive audience an informative yet quick history on tequila making and most importantly; proper drinking techniques which made it literally easier to swallow, yum. She did a great job; I actually had a better understanding of tequila after her spiel.

11-4-14 FoodNow it’s time to eat or so I thought. When they say “light” appetizers they aren’t kidding, a little too light for me. I would have eaten my way through Food & Wine if I knew this was all I was having. Some sort of slaw, shrimp cocktail, chicken salad and dessert in a sample size taster. Not really what I expected, I felt it was an odd pairing but overall delicious.

You also have the opportunity to order selected fare off the menu as well. We ordered chips & salsa for additional $3.50, which I found to be a great value for our money and very good to boot.

Epcot~ After Hours Wind Down is only available during Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival; but with Disney anything is possible, who knows what the future might bring. Overall it was a lovely experience, though not sure I would do La Cava del Tequila again. I think I would enjoy Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, I do have an affinity for wine; also Rose & Crown Pub sounds appealing to my inner beer lover and fish & chips are always amazeballs.

“Disney Dawn” is here to help guide Disney newbies into full-on Disney dorks like herself! She’s forty-two years young, Louisiana native, married to her BFF Ryan and mother of two deviously rotten teenagers. Half Marathon Runner/Writer/Blogger/Disney Dork/Regular Podcaster on http://mousequestpodcast.com/. You can follow Dawn on Twitter @Logpey.

Important Facts About DCL

Written By – Dawn Gosdin

DCL

‘First things first, I’m a realist’ is playing in my head as I begin with my #1 important fact about DCL~ If you’re 21 or older, you can bring alcohol onboard as long as it fits in your carry-on bag (cannot exceed 22x14x9.) You are NOT allowed to drink your alcohol in public areas onboard, so drink it up in your cabin. If you want to bring your own champagne or wine to the dining room, they’ll charge you a corking fee. ($20) Hubby & I were fully loaded, in more ways than one, lol!
You are not required to have a passport if you’re a U.S. citizen & traveling a closed loop cruise (cruises that begin and end at the same port in the U.S.) However it would be wise to have one. If for any reason you need to fly home from a foreign port, it’s required.

You don’t have to book your Port Excursions through Disney at a premium. You can book them on your own for half the price, research peeps! The positive aspect of booking a Disney port excursion is “peace of mind” in knowing that IF the Disney port adventure runs later than planned, Disney will wait for you or they’ll arrange travel to the next port at their expense.

Until recently I had no idea what a “Fish Extender” was. Peeps would talk about them all the time on Disney forums and I’d just pretended I knew what they were talking about. So here it goes folks, don’t be in the dark like I was. Each of the Disney Cruise Line staterooms has a small silver fish or seahorse to the right or left of the door. Usually, it’s for the ship’s correspondence with you during your cruise, but those participating in a fish extender exchange hang a bag or special holder to the “fish” to serve as a mailbox. If you want to participate, you sign up (with Disney forums, not with DCL), provide your information and stateroom number, and make little goodies for each person or each cabin. I unfortunately missed the cutoff date on our cruise because of my late booking, but snagged a great rate on my room instead. Woot!

DCL is NOT totally all inclusive~ NOPE, your cruise fare includes a lot, but you’ll pay extra for a host of amenities. Alternative restaurants like Palo & Remy, specialty coffees and alcoholic beverages, shore excursions, spa treatments and gratuities.

Disney Cruise Line has a “cash-free” system on board the ship. When you arrive at the DCL terminal you will present a credit card or if you don’t want to give them a CC, give them cash or you can use both for your purchases, gratuities (if not prepaid) spa treatments, etc. If you applied cash & a credit card towards your onboard purchases. They will use all cash before charging your cc. They do this in increments of $350, once you reach that amount, they’ll retrieve it from your onboard credit.

Alcoholic beverages aboard most ships including Disney Cruise Line automatically charge an 18% gratuity included in the price of the drink. Don’t double tip, unless you feel their service was “to infinity & beyond” or you just like to give your money away & if that’s the case, send it my way, lol.

Seasickness~ Over-the-counter medication like Dramamine or Bonine will help. If you are very prone to seasickness, ask your doctor before you leave home for the Transdermal patch, available by prescription. Alternative remedies include ginger capsules and acupressure wristbands, available at most pharmacies. I’m usually prone to motion sickness, but I’ve never been seasick on a cruise ship, just sailboats-and I was a wee bit intoxicated, UGH☹

Parking at the port can be expensive, you can choose to park at a local Park & Cruise parking lot for half the price, I’ve done this at Port Canaveral on previous cruises & I had a nice experience. If you prefer to park at the port, here are the prices: 3-night cruise $60, 4-night cruise $75, 5-night cruise $90, 7-night cruise $120. If you want preferred parking it’ll cost you $20.00 extra, we did this on our recent cruise~ it’s gated and conveniently located by the DCL entrance.

Let’s be real, sometimes we want private adult-time & wish our own children would magically disappear~ especially other peeps children (sorry, but true). I have great news; adult exclusive areas actually exist on Disney Cruise Line. Activities such as; nightclubs, dining, pools & entertainment, for guests 18 & older. I foresee R&R in your future, ahhh!

Words associated with Cruise Lines

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Embarkation~ board a ship or aircraft

Debarkation~ disembark a ship or aircraft.

Bow~ is the forward part of the hull of a ship or boat. Aka, the “pointy end” lol!

Port (referencing side of ship)~ the left-hand side of a vessel or aircraft, facing forward.

Forward~ toward the bow or front of a vessel or aircraft.

Starboard~ right-hand side of a ship or aircraft as one faces forward

Aft~ situated toward or at the stern or tail of a ship or boat.

Terminal~ a station with a public carrier, where passengers embark or disembark and where freight is received or discharged.

PORT~ city, town, or other place where ships load or unload.

DCL~ Disney Cruise Line

Midship~ area of the ship generally halfway between bow and stern along the length of the ship.

Muster Drill~ a safety drill run at the beginning of every cruise. Passengers are shown where to find their life vests, and where to assemble to prepare to enter their assigned lifeboats (muster station).

Tender~ a small boat used to get passengers ashore when a ship is at anchor instead of alongside a dock. Tenders are used regularly in islands with no dock facilities. Tenders often look like lifeboats.

Key to the World Card or Sail & Sign Card~ a magnetic stripe plastic card that works as your room key, boarding pass, identification card and onboard charge card during the cruise. For energy efficient ships like Disney Cruise Line, you also use to turn on lights in cabin.

Want more crazy articles from moi, don’t be afraid, visit my blog~ http://dawnsdorkydiary.com/ Have a magical day  *O*