During your DCP internship, you’ll hear a lot of Disneyspeak, or Disney lingo, starting with talking to the Disney recruiters during the application process.
Disney loves acronyms, particularly those with three letters. Many popular acronyms assume the word “ride” is tacked on to the end of an attraction to get the right number of letters. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is “DAK” (pronounced like it rhymes with “pack”). Kilimanjaro Safaris is KSR, Dinosaur is DTR (adding t from “The” as well as the r from “Ride”), and The Great Movie Ride is GMR.
Since these don’t make pronounceable words, you just say the letters. If you work in the MK rotation that includes Aladdin, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, you’re at ATT.
String enough of these together and it’s almost incomprehensible to someone who doesn’t work for Disney.
Here are a few more examples of Disneyspeak that you’re likely to hear during your DCP internship at the Parks:
Attraction – a park ride or show.
101 – An attraction is down.
102 – Attraction is working again.
Character – A Disney performer, i.e., Snow White.
CM – Cast Member, an employee of Disney.
CP – College Program intern working at Disney for a semester.
Costume – Cast Member’s uniform.
DAK – Disney Animal Kingdom, where Caroline works.
DCP – Disney College Program.
DDP – Disney Dining Plan.
DL or DLR- Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California.
Disney Point – Pointing guests in any direction with two fingers, your index and middle finger together.
DTD – Downtown Disney, where Elly works. Now, Disney Springs!
DU – Disney University.
EHH – Extra Hours Hotline, i.e., picking up extra shifts anywhere.
EMH – Extra Magic Hours, extended park hours for certain guests.
EPCOT – Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow; but, for CPs it means: Every Paycheck Comes On Thursday!
ER – Early Release, when a CP is going home early before end-of-shift. (Lived for ERs!!)
Guest – A person visiting Disney.
MK – Magic Kingdom.
On stage – any area where a Cast Member might be seen by Guests.
Backstage – any area where a Cast Member can’t been seen by Guests.
PAC – Parade Audience/Access Control. (Caroline’s least favorite activity!)
The Hub – Online employee access to Disney employment info (work schedules, etc.)
ROS: Release of Shift (emergency leaving, i.e., sick at work)
ADO: Approved Day Off
WDW – Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Alpha Unit – First Responders, from calling 911.
Code H – Horse on Main Street left behind a deposit, need clean-up.
Code V – Guest has vomited somewhere, need clean-up.
Code White – Cremated remains sprinkled somewhere by a guest, need vacuum clean-up.
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