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->''HERE YOU LEAVE TODAY AND ENTER THE WORLD OF YESTERDAY, TOMORROW AND FANTASY''\\
-- '''Plaque over the entrance tunnels into Disneyland'''

The five (soon to be six) ThemePark resorts owned and operated by the {{Disney}} Company. Their best known attractions include state-of-the-art rides and shows based upon [[DisneyAnimatedCanon the Disney films]], as well as spectacular parades, fireworks and other live performances. You want to make sure [[ImGoingToDisneyWorld everyone knows you're going there.]]

Creator/WaltDisney came up with the idea for his original park when he took his children to a park and noticed the parents just hanging off to the side while the children played. He decided to build a place where the entire family could have fun and enjoy themselves. While the idea was met with some skepticism, the execution was resoundingly successful.

The resorts include:

* '''Disneyland''': Opened July 17, 1955 by invitation only, and the following day to the general public. The original and the only park Walt saw built within his lifetime. Serves as the template for most of the parks worldwide, though fans praise the fact that Disneyland is the only park that had [[WaltDisney Walt's]] personal touch. Its companion park, California Adventure, opened in 2001. During his visit to the United States, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev's biggest disappointment was the fact that he couldn't visit Disneyland due to security concerns (he publicly wondered if there were missiles hidden there). That [[{{Irony}} the leader of the largest Communist state wanted to go to one of the greatest successes for capitalism ever]] should say something about A: the ColdWar [[PeaceConference at that point]], and B: how much ''everybody'' wanted to go to Disneyland. It's important to note that there are not as many resorts around this site because Disney did not have a lot of money at the time, they were nowhere near the MegaCorp in the fifties as they are today. This is also why many attractions were and still are sponsored. For example, Dole Pineapple sponsored the Tiki Room, Mattel sponsored It's a Small World, and Honda now sponsors Innoventions (where you can see an ASIMO demonstration).
** The primary reason was that the KGB told the U.S. Secret Service that if anything happened to Khrushchev during the visit [[ThisMeansWar it would mean war]]. And even though Walt was very anti-communist, he enjoyed having foreign dignitaries and looked forward to showing Krushchev his submarines.
** There is a game that takes place within Disneyland Park called ''KinectDisneylandAdventures''

* '''Walt Disney World''': The largest and most popular of the resorts opened in 1971. Includes four parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT (opened in 1982), Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios, 1989) and Animal Kingdom (1998), as well as two (formerly three[[note]]The original, ''River Country'' opened in 1976 but eventually became very outdated compared to its sister parks and closed permanently in 2001[[/note]]) water parks: Typhoon Lagoon (1989) and Blizzard Beach (1995). Fans constantly debate which of the four parks is the best, whether they were better in the old days, and so on. Disney World also includes many hotels, an all-purpose sports complex, golf courses, and a few shopping/dining/entertainment complexes like Downtown Disney. The actual "Reedy Creek" property upon which Disney World sits is '''huge''', and many guests are surprised to learn that it consists mostly of wildlife preserves and undeveloped natural Florida habitat. This "breathing space" is deliberate, as Walt Disney was particularly upset when the popularity of Disneyland sparked a development frenzy back in Anaheim, essentially cutting off almost all chances of expansion. (Disney couldn't do this in Anaheim because other businesses got to the surrounding land first) The property on which the resort sits on was bought by Roy O. Disney, Walt's older brother. Fittingly, there is a statue of him sitting with Minnie Mouse just past the entrance of the Magic Kingdom, to complement the famous "Partners" statue at the main hub.

* '''Tokyo Disney Resort''': Opened in 1983 and is the first (and only) franchise Disney resort, run by the Oriental Land Company rather than Disney itself. Some additions such as Pooh's Honey Hunt and the Tokyo [=DisneySea=] park have become some of Disney Imagineering's most lavishly praised creations.

* '''Disneyland Resort Paris''' (formerly known as Euro Disney Resort): Opened in 1992, and going for an even more elaborate look (as well as DarkerAndEdgier for some attractions). Includes two theme parks, the original one now known as Disneyland Park and a second, opened in 2002, known as Walt Disney Studios Park. UrbanLegend has it that this park was planned and built because Michael Eisner's wife, Jane, liked to shop in Paris and wanted someplace she could stay without paying for it. It bombed spectacularly at first, though it eventually gained some legs. As of late, though, Disneyland Park's ticket sales have been cannibalized by Walt Disney Studios Park. After opening, the park was [[TheScrappy hated by the French people]], who opposed the poor (by French standards, anyway) working conditions there and viewed it as an example of [[EaglelandOsmosis American cultural imperialism]]. Despite the initial hostility, today the resort has some of the largest attendance numbers of any European tourist destination.

* '''Hong Kong Disneyland''': The newest of the resorts, opened in 2005. It's very close in design to the original Disneyland, though it's much smaller and only has a few of the iconic Disney attractions. Nonetheless, it's gained notoriety for, in essence, having the exact ''opposite'' problems that Euro-Disney did. However, Disney has announced plans for a large expansion that brings unique attractions to the park, some being new twists on old favorites. The expansion includes Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Carts, which is a twist on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The story goes that miners discovered gold in the mountain on 1888, complete with friendly bears. Now it's your turn to take a ride through the mine....
** There is a new WesternAnimation/ToyStory themed land, which is themed to look like Andy's toys in the grass of his backyard, and recently, a LighterAndSofter twist on TheHauntedMansion, set inside a Victorian-era mansion in the jungle belonging to AdventurerArchaeologist Lord Henry Mystic and his pet monkey, Albert. Lord Mystic's just gotten back from another archaeological expedition and brought back an [[ArtifactOfDoom enchanted music box]]. Then one day, Albert opens the music box, and the artifacts in the mansion come to life...

* '''Shanghai Disneyland''': After years of planning for a resort in mainland China, the project was approved by the Chinese government in November 2009. Ground was broken in April 2011 and is currently scheduled to open in [[ScheduleSlip 2015]]. The resort will be 2-3 times the size of the Hong Kong Resort with room for up to 3 parks. The first of which will of course be a version of the Magic Kingdom with the other two expected to be ports of EPCOT and Animal Kingdom.

Some attractions have so many tropes, they have their own pages:
* ''CaptainEO''
* ''Theatre/DougLive''
* ''{{Fantasmic}}''
* ''TheHauntedMansion''
* ''Theatre/LaNouba''
* ''MuppetVision3D''
* ''WorldOfColor''
* ''TheTimekeeper''
In addition to the main theme park resorts, Disney also runs several additional vacation and leisure ventures that spread their influence to just about every corner of the globe and give guests access to more vacation options outside the parks while still maintaining that "Disney feeling":
* '''Adventures by Disney''': Runs guided vacations to various destinations in the US and around the world ranging from Yellowstone Park to the French Riviera, each coordinated by Disney "Adventure Guides" who serve as personal tour guides as well as concierges, giving guests the opportunity to see the wonders of the world while still retaining trademark Disney hospitality.

* '''Disney Cruise Line''': Well, it's a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin cruise line...from Disney]]. Currently has a fleet of four ships: ''Disney Magic'', ''Disney Wonder'', ''Disney Dream'', and the newest, ''Disney Fantasy'' which entered service in 2012. Originally based out of Port Canaveral, FL the ships now sail from various ports in the US for cruises to the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, and Alaska. Caribbean cruises all feature a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney's own private island in the Bahamas. Yes, Disney bought their own island just for cruise guests. [[MegaCorp Should this really surprise you?]]
* '''Disney Vacation Club''': Disney's take on timeshare ownership, and as you might hear about it while staying at WDW, [[BlatantLies The Best Kept Disney Secret]]. Members buy into a share of a DVC resort and get an annual alotment of points based on the size of their investment. These points can be put towards a trip, as well as banked year to year or borrowed again the next year depending on the type of trip wanted. For most people, the initial investment pays for itself after a few years. Resorts feature ammenities above and beyond those of the Deluxe resorts including Villa style rooms with full kitchens. Members get priority access to their "home" resort when booking, but can also use their points to stay at any resort they choose. Disney also owns three off-site resorts in Hilton Head, SC, Vero Beach, FL, and ''Aulani'' in Hawaii, and contracts with hundreds of hotels around the world that members can visit as part of DVC.

A rich well of [[AffectionateParody Affectionate]] (or not) [[SnarkBait Parody Fuel]], often in the form of SouvenirLand. Some of the most popular attractions have been adapted into movies, with ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' being the most successful of them, but also including ''TowerOfTerror'', ''Film/TheHauntedMansion'', and ''TheCountryBears''. There's also ''KingdomKeepers'', a series of books by Ridley Pearson, that take place at Walt Disney World; and the Wasteland of the ''EpicMickey'' video game is based on the "Magic Kingdom" parks. Also, two DVD sets in the ''Walt Disney Treasures'' line have been dedicated to the parks: "Disneyland, USA" and "Disneyland: Secrets, Stories, and Magic".
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!The Theme Parks are the TropeNamer for:
* AdventurersClub
* BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts
* ImGoingToDisneyWorld
* {{Tomorrowland}}

!Tropes used in the parks include:
* ThreeDMovie: Several, including ''CaptainEO'', ''Honey, I Shrunk The Audience'', ''MuppetVision3D,'' ''Mickey's [=PhilharMagic=]'', ''Star Tours: The Adventures Continue'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/ABugsLife It's Tough To Be A Bug]]'', etc.
* AbortedArc: The nods to dragons and unicorns in Animal Kingdom were hinting towards a land that they ended up never building, Beastly Kingdom, focusing on fantasy creatures. The only things left of that (so far) are a dragon shaped rock formation near Camp Minnie Mickey, a bridge that looks like the entrance to a castle, and the big dragon who appears on the park's logo to the confusion of many a guest. The concept of including mythological creatures into the park was eventually picked up by Expedition Everest's Yeti, but has yet to be paid off in full. It's speculated that the ideas for Beastly Kingdom might finally be realized in the upcoming ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' Land, but so far they've been very tight-lipped about details.
** Some of the Imagineers behind Beastly Kingdom went to work on UniversalStudios' Island of Adventure, and many of the attractions in that park's mythology-themed area, especially the Dueling Dragons coaster, were derived from the Disney project. (Much of this area would be incorporated into The Wizarding World of Franchise/HarryPotter later; Dueling Dragons was rethemed and renamed Dragon Challenge.)
** In the super-secret-invite-only Club 33 restaurant, several disused animatronic animal heads hang from the wall. Walt had planned to be able to speak through them to his guests. The idea was abandoned because it was deemed too silly for a high-class restaurant, and because of privacy concerns. The idea sort of came to fruition at the now shut-down Adventurers' Club in Disney World's Pleasure Island.
** The giant, unused building at Epcot's Japan pavilion was originally built to hold an American version of ''Meet the World'', a charter attraction at Tokyo Disneyland (as the parks' development and construction overlapped). But this Audio-Animatronic/film show recounting Japanese history glossed over the country's role in World War II, and Disney execs realized that it might offend American veterans, so it was scrapped.
* ActionFigureSpeech: The character performers.
* ActorAllusion: At ''The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management'', William calls Morris a hockey puck, a favorite insult of his voice actor Don Rickles.
** In the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' stage show at California Adventure, Iago may squawk "Aflac!?" like another bird that Gilbert Gottfried has voiced.
* AdaptationDistillation: The philosophy behind designing the "dark ride" version of an animated film is that, instead of rehashing the plot of the film, you should try to recreate the dominant visual/emotional impact of the film using a handful of pivotal scenes taking place in immersive environments. Hence (for example), the bulk of the ''Disney/PeterPan'' ride consists of two rooms occupied by models of London and Neverland surrounded by fiber-optic stars, over which riders "fly" in vehicles suspended from an overhead track. The film's actual plot is compressed into a few brief scenes toward the end of the ride.
* AdjectiveAnimalAlehouse: A [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/27087639@N00/5391093707/ sign]] for "The Green Dragon" can be seen in Disneyland's "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride".
* AllThereInTheManual:
** A lot of attraction backstories rely on promotional items and books on the parks to understand.
** Disney has [[http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/new-fantasyland/ a website]] to explain different locales in Walt Disney World's New Fantasyland, as well as a fictional explanation as to why visitors had to wait 41 years after Disney World's opening before going to these places. (After fans of fairy tales outgrew the stories, villains seized the opportunity to steal significant items, activating a curse that hid New Fantasyland from the real world.)
** To understand the backstory of Mystic Manor, you need to watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLvq84KqOeE the pre show]]. It mentions that Lord Henry Mystic along with his adorable and mischief making pet monkey Albert collected rare artifacts from around the world to display in the manor, and have opened it to the public in the 1900s for them to see.
* AnachronismStew: Very minor, but the final scene of ''Carousel of Progress'' set in TheEighties accidentally became this when the TV broke, and since analog tube [=TVs=] are no longer manufactured, they replaced it with a very 2000s-ish flatscreen.
* ApocalypticLog: One of the radio transmissions in the queue for Jungle Cruise has a skipper warning the dockmasters about the natives attacking passing boats, cracking in and out before being lost in static.
* TheArtifact: The Imagination pavilion at EPCOT had its ride and Image Works section re-themed to correspond with ''Honey, I Shrunk The Audience'', which is now replaced with ''Captain EO''.
** If you've ever seen the Electrical Parade, most of the people around you were probably murmuring "Who is that?" when the ''PetesDragon'' float came by. The ''Pete's Dragon'' float that is immediately followed by an America's Bicentennial float...
*** This also happens during Disneyland's Soundsational Parade when the Three Caballeros-themed float comes by.
** The Electric Water Pageant also sports a Bicentennial-themed finale.
** And of course there are the aforementioned mythical creatures in the Animal Kingdom iconography.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Shiriki Utundu idol in Disney Sea's Tower of Terror. Also a mystic gem in the ''IndianaJones'' sequence of the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios. And no matter what, DON'T LOOK INTO THE EYES OF MARA. That could be dangerous. Really dangerous. And then there's the enchanted music box at Mystic Manor, which makes the artifacts come to life to try and [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou kill Albert the Monkey and the guests]], and wreck the mansion.
* ArtificialAtmosphericActions: Hearing Spanish instructions can feel this way in the American parks: the English voices are all very expressive and in-character. The Spanish announcements by comparison sound almost like a text-to-speech announcement. The "Exit" signs in some attractions and Dark Rides too...but really, you'd have to be TooDumbToLive to ''not'' make them visible, or to have some way to fix the ride/rescue stuck people.
** ''VERY'' nicely averted in ''It's A Small World'' with the foreign language instructions - fits the theme ''and'' all sound very nice and expressive. ''Alice in Wonderland'' and ''Casey Jr. Train'' also avert this, too.
** The Animatronics can also seem this way. When they fail, it's either quite hilarious at best or downright scary at worst.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The chanting in the Tapestry of Nations/Tapestry of Dreams parade is a fictionalized version of African languages giving it the world music feel it needed without being very specific of its origin.
* AwesomeButPractical: Every park, even if not based around a hub structure like Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, will have one very tall and very unique landmark directly in the center of the park.[[hottip:* :Imagineers call such visual magnets "weenies." Really.]] Disneyland, the assorted foreign Disneylands, and the Magic Kingdom have a castle (Cinderella in Florida and Tokyo, Sleeping Beauty at the others). EPCOT has the Spaceship Earth sphere, Hollywood Studios has the Sorcerer Mickey cap. Animal Kingdom has the Tree of Life, and California Adventure has Carthay Circle Theatre[[note]]prior to the reopening in 2012, it lacked a true icon, with Grizzly Peak being the closest thing to one[[/note]]. They serve two main purposes. The first is having something to get your picture taken standing in front of. The second is so that no matter where in the park you are, you can look up, note where the landmark is in relation to you, ''and instantly know where in the park you are''.
** The latter function is VERY important, as many rides are not only disorienting, but have exits nowhere near their entrances. For instance, Stitch's Great Escape in the Magic Kingdom has you enter on the south side of the show building, under the Tomorrowland Transit Authority track, but you exit into Mickey's Star Traders on the other side of the building.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Tokyo Disneyland and later Walt Disney World had a show, ''Cinderellabration'', depicting Cinderella's coronation into a princess. The festivities included guest appearances by the other princesses, and fireworks that viewers could see even in the daytime.
* BeneathTheEarth: Disney Sea's ''Journey to the Center of the Earth'', the portion of Disneyland Paris' ''Phantom Manor'' where the Doombuggies are BuriedAlive and you see a bunch of corpses rising from their underground graves.
* BearsAreBadNews: Played fairly straight with the bears in ''Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars'' at Hong Kong Disneyland, in which bears inadvertently send riders on the wrong track and later blow up some TNT and sending riders off on another track.
** The various Country Bear shows more or less avert this (see BearyFunny below), except for in the ''Country Bear Vacation Hoedown'', which has a line in one song, "The Great Outdoors", in which the bears sing that "if y'all don't join us, we'll chase you up a tree!"
* BearyFunny: The ''Country Bear Jamboree''
* TheBigEasy: New Orleans Square (Disneyland) and Port Orleans French Quarter Resort (Walt Disney World).
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: The ''Matterhorn Bobsleds'' and ''Expedition Everest'' both star Yetis.
* BilingualBonus: Prevalent in many parks, most notably in Animal Kingdom, where the African portion features signs in mostly accurate Swahili.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Happens occasionally on the Jungle Cruise.
* BlatantLies: "Do ''you'' know Disney's best kept secret?" That's how they ''''' ADVERTISE''''' the Disney Vacation Club timeshare program. They have such prominent kiosks in the park.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' ride, replacing - for example - pirates chasing women with them chasing the food the women carried and then with women chasing the food-stealing pirates.
** Somewhat TruthInTelevision, as unspoiled food was fairly hard to come by on the high seas, and if you were a pirate the only way you could really acquire some is to steal it.
* BrightCastle: The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle (or Cinderella Castle, if you're in Florida) in each of the Magic Kingdom-style parks.
* {{Bulungi}}: The hub of the African portion of Animal Kingdom is set in the town of Harambe, in the fictional nation of East Africa, which judging by a bench [[BilingualBonus received independence in 1961.]]
* ButtMonkey: Skippy, the cute and fuzzy little alien from the pre-shows of Alien Encounter and Stitch's Great Escape. In Alien Encounter, he was teleported from one tube to another, but got fried in the process, then disappeared indefinetely when being re-teleported to the previous tube. He does not suffer any physical harm in Stitch's Great Escape, even though he has been arrested for "jaywalking between Mars and Jupiter".
** Albert at Hong Kong's ''Mystic Manor'' is a literal example. After opening an enchanted music box acquired by his owner, he soon becomes a target for some of the things brought to life by the magical music, from the tikis shooting arrows at him, to [[AnimatedArmor Samurais]] trying to decapitate him and even the jade statue of The Monkey King/Sun Wukong creating a vortex trying to suck him out of the mansion.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Often the Florida parks are advertised with footage from Disneyland Resort. This has only become more common with the homogenous "Disney Parks" branding.
* [[CallARabbitASmeerp Call An Employee A Cast Member]][=/=]InsistentTerminology: Just one of many show-biz terms used to set park operations apart from a typical business. Note that this applies to ''all'' Disney employees, even those who work ''thousands of miles away from the parks.''
* TheCameo: The current version of "it's a small world" includes "small world" versions of Disney characters in the corresponding areas. Some are really obvious ([[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]] and LiloAndStitch in the tropical area, TheThreeCaballeros in South America), some not so much (you specifically have to be looking to find Disney/PeterPan and Tinkerbell flying way overhead in Europe, and it may take a minute to realize some of the jungle's animals are [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon]]).
** ''TheIncredibleMrLimpet'' is in the new ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' ride in the California Adventure. Though [[AllAnimationIsDisney not a Disney character]], it is a nod to him showing up as a background character in [[http://heatherinfresno.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/the-incredible-little-mermaid-cameo/ "Under the Sea"]] in the movie.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Mudkip]] is present at Innoventions.
* CaptainErsatz: The alien from The [=ExtraTERRORestrial=] Alien Encounter was one for, well, the Xenomorph from ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''. Apparently, it was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally planned to be a Xenomorph]], and an actual Xenomorph shows up on The Great Movie Ride.
* CaptainObvious: The narrator of the extinct semi-educational ride Adventure thru Inner Space gave a few gems such as:
--> (While the car is surrounded by giant snowflakes) "These are snowflakes!"
--> "And yet this wall of ice only ''seems'' smooth and solid. From this tiny perspective, I can see that nothing is solid, no matter how it appears!"
--> "Yes... these are ''water'' molecules! H[[subscript:2]]O... Two hydrogen atoms bonded to a single oxygen atom."
** {{Justified|Trope}} in that the voice-over we heard was supposed to be his stream of consciousness from the first time he underwent the voyage.
** Parodied on The Jungle Cruise.
--> Skipper: And now I'd like to point out some of my favorite plants here to you. (points at random plants without saying anything)
* {{Creepypasta}}: Given the fact that some people find scary things in the park, and that people love to try and make things grim dark, the parks are a somewhat common target.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: A number of meet-and-greet characters have undergone this, usually when their source show doesn't prove to be wildly/enduringly popular. Examples include [[Disney/{{Bambi}} Flower]], [[{{Doug}} Doug Funnie and Patti Mayonnaise]], [[OliverAndCompany Oliver and Dodger]], and a whole lot more...
* CollectibleCardGame: ''Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom'' is looking to be partially this, though played within the parks and utilized to battle various Disney villains at interactive screens.
* ContentWarnings: In a sense. On the park maps, some attractions have warning symbols if they're likely to frighten children; however, it's inconsistently applied (using Hollywood Studios as an example, ''The Great Movie Ride'' gets the warning, but not ''Star Tours - The Adventures Continue'').
* CoolOldGuy: Dreamfinder, Creator/BenjaminFranklin and MarkTwain in "The American Adventure", and the Sage of Time from Tapestry of Nations.
* CoolShip: Dreamfinder's zeppelin. Also the Starspeeders 1000 and 3000 from ''Star Tours''.
* CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel: ''Star Tours: The Adventures Continue'' (2011-Present) is set roughly a year or two before the events of ''ANewHope'' whereas the original ''Star Tours'' (1987-2010) took place sometime shortly after ''ReturnOfTheJedi''. Since the prequel trilogy already fits this trope, it naturally stands to reason the droids, various technologies and overall look of the attraction appear slightly more sleeker and advanced than it's predecessor.
** "Captain Rex" (RX-24) , the original Starspeeder pilot droid, is seen in the Sector 2 area of the queue [[DemotedToExtra as a defective "prototype" model]].
*** ''Stitch's Great Escape'' also fits this trope, since it takes place before the events of the first Lilo & Stitch film, as it features Stitch's first run-in with the Galactic Federation.
* {{Cosplay}}: A decent amount of merchandise involves [[ClassicDisneyShorts Mickey and friends]] ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Stitch]]) as characters from non-DisneyAnimatedCanon movies, mainly ''StarWars'' but also ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', and ''IndianaJones''.
** Averted with non-child guests, who are not allowed to enter the parks if they are wearing Disney character costumes, for fear they would be mistaken for (and thus compete with) the official characters by other guests. Cue the [[http://disneybound.tumblr.com/ DisneyBound]] phenomenon, in which fans visit the parks wearing outfits that vaguely resemble character costumes without replicating them.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Main Street USA, of all places. It's hard to hear them, and sometimes they aren't played at all, but some of the audio bits played from certain second-story windows reveal, among other things, that the local dentist is life-threateningly incompetent at his job (and doesn't seem to care if one of his patients is seriously injured during a procedure), the fire chief (who is also the postmaster and general store owner) [[TooDumbToLive cannot begin to comprehend the idea that a fire is a dangerous emergency that requires IMMEDIATE action]], the town populace is extremely prone to spreading gossip and will openly and offensively insult one another on occasion, the [[PoliceAreUseless police]] have totaled their new paddy wagon and are engaged in a cover-up to keep the Mayor from becoming aware, and the piano teacher is [[SadistTeacher physically abusive to the children she teaches]] (that last one, unfortunately, could be considered [[TruthInTelevision accurate]] [[ValuesDissonance for the time period MSUSA is set in]]). It's all PlayedForLaughs, but when you [[MST3KMantra think about it too hard...]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: On 9/11, cast members in Walt Disney World (yes, even the ones in costume!) evacuated all six parks. [[http://jimhillmedia.com/editor_in_chief1/b/jim_hill/archive/2007/09/11/what-was-it-like-to-be-at-disneyland-and-or-walt-disney-world-six-years-ago-today.aspx In ten minutes.]] (SIGH) Yes...they brought the GUESTS with them, silly! [[note]]Note That the Magic Kingdom at Disney World has a truly massive underground tunnel system (the "utilidors"), partially designed to help protect any guest to the park.[[/note]]
** Upon hearing that the WTC and the Pentagon had been attacked, Disneyland Resort immediately shut down both parks out of fear that they would be attacked as well. However, the IndyPloy resulting from it was ingenious: show classic movies and cartoons in the hotels non-stop (complete with popcorn), and make all the games in the arcades ''free''. Operations resumed the following day.
* DeathMountain: Big Thunder Mountain, the Matterhorn, and Expedition Everest's Forbidden Mountain fit the role pretty well.
* DemBones: Found in ''Pirates of the Caribbean''. Cheerier skeletal characters are in both versions of the Mexico pavilion's boat ride in a Day of the Dead scene.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** Disney California Adventure: A California theme park...''themed after California''. This was one of many complaints guests made during it's opening in 2001.
** Fritz, from the Enchanted Tiki Room:
-->'''Fritz:''' Ach, ja! And a wunderbar birdmobile! [[ShapedLikeItself Which has birds on it, and it goes round and round!]] That's why we call it a birdmobile!
* DisneyAcidSequence: Some straight from the movies, and some unique to the parks.
** The Heffalump and Woozle room on the ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' ride.
** Pretty much what World of Color is. Even with the deletion of the Alice sequence.
** Mr. Toad's Wild Ride takes you through ''HELL''. Literally.
** And then, there was ''Magic Journeys''...
* {{Disneyfication}}: Disney did this to one of their own attractions: The Sinbad ride at Tokyo [=DisneySea=], which went from a rousing adventure in a Mary Blair-esque visual style to a musical that took out all the danger in Sinbad's adventures, gave him an adorable sidekick and basically went full Small World.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: The ride vehicles on TheHauntedMansion are called "Doombuggies."
* DoingItForTheArt
* DrillSergeantNasty: General Knowledge (played by Creator/CoreyBurton) from the now-gone ''Cranium Command'' show.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Disney's done this with whole rides. The Disney/SleepingBeauty Castle walkthrough at Disneyland opened several years before the movie, ''It's Tough to be a Bug'' opened a few months before ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', and ''Countdown to Extinction'' featured Aladar and the Carnotaurus from ''{{Dinosaur}}'' about two years before the movie came and the attraction was renamed for the movie (though they have ''nothing'' in common, otherwise).
* EarnYourHappyEnding In the old Tokyo DisneySea show 'Over the Waves' the main characters, Tonio and Maria, seem to get this.
* EasterEgg: Entire ''books'' have been written about the so-called Hidden Mickeys, inconspicuous images of Mickey Mouse or his silhouette placed in various unexpected locations around the parks. It is also very common, when one attraction is closed and replaced with another, for the Imagineers to include an unobtrusive tribute to the old attraction in the new one.
* EccentricMentor: Dreamfinder was somewhere between here and TheObiWan to Figment until the [[MentorOccupationalHazard attraction was updated to remove him]].
* EgoPolis: Does this trope REALLY need explaination? The ENTIRE theme parks are smothered with Walt Disney's likeness, including the name!
** Strangely enough, Walt Disney himself tried to avert this. He named Disneyland after himself (or more accurately after his company) but he didn't want his image to appear anywhere in the park, and during his lifetime it didn't. It was only after his death that "The Walt Disney Story" was installed in the Main Street Opera House, complete with a mural featuring a huge grinning portrait of Walt. More portraits, statues, etc. have been added over the years, but Walt wouldn't have wanted any of them.
** Hong Kong Disneyland's Mystic Point, named for Lord Henry Mystic, though it is more of a small explorer's outpost that serves as the base of operations for Mystic's adventures that he's opened up for visitors curious to see his vast collection of art from around the world and a meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.
* EiffelTowerEffect: At Walt Disney World, certain landmarks from the four parks are used to represent them: Cinderella Castle for the Magic Kingdom, Spaceship Earth for EPCOT, the Sorceror Mickey hat for Disney Hollywood Studios, and the Tree of Life for Animal Kingdom.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: There's a ''lot'' going on behind the scenes.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Inverted in part of "Yo-Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)", the theme song for Pirates of the Caribbean, which goes:
-->We're devils, blighters and ne'er-do-well cads\\
Drink up, me 'earties, yo-ho\\
Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads\\
Drink up, me 'earties, yo-ho
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Probably the only reason EPCOT's Universe of Energy has a massive Dinosaur sequence, which itself was based on Disneyland's Primeval World diorama that serves as the finale for the Disneyland Railroad.
** [=DinoLand=] U.S.A at Animal Kingdom.
** Has your theme park developed the technology to create a free-moving, independently walking, lifelike animatronic figure of an animal? Obviously the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_the_Dinosaur animal in question]] should be a dinosaur!
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: They were all over the place, especially shows and parades, even before the DisneyPrincess line started.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: "it's a small world" contains a very high ratio of glitter to total surface area. Many of the parade and stage show costumes ramp up the glitter quotient as well. And then, there's the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique...
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The Teacups ride, based on ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', is all about spinning as fast as people can go.
** Also, the taxicabs in Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin.
* EverythingIsTryingToKillYou: The nasty side effect of the enchanted music box on the artifacts in ''Mystic Manor'' at Hong Kong Disneyland, from Norse Gods freezing up to the room, huge Venus Flytraps snapping at you, cannons and giant crossbows firing at you, Tikis shooting arrows at you and Albert, and the Monkey King statue creating a massive vortex trying to suck you and Albert out of the mansion.
* EvilElevator: The Tower of Terror, of course.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Very prevalent in the late Eisner-era, like so many other things at Disney. Shut down the Subs for the first time, the entire fiasco surrounding Journey Into Imagination, the infamous cost-cutting that went into California Adventure, the Paris Studios park and Hong Kong Disneyland and other problems.
* ExpansionPack - Well, Toontown and California Adventure. And well before either, New Orleans Square and Bear Country/Critter Country.
** It's much harder to do in California specifically because they couldn't buy as much land when they started out - by the time they could have bought the land to make it mirror the Florida and other worldwide parks; third party hotels and restaurants had already gobbled it up and capitalized on it.
* FarEast: China & Japan at EPCOT's World Showcase and Asia at the Animal Kingdom.
* FantasticVoyage: ''Body Wars''. Was taken further in "Adventure Thru Inner Space", which went down to an atomic scale.
* FantasyGhetto: Averted in that classic fantasy aspects are a major part of the parks - Fantasyland is even front and center in the Magic Kingdom-style ones. Affirmed in that, more than ever, the fantasy aspects are almost all fairy-tale princesses and, well, fairies; intended to appeal to young girls. You want stuff like knights, sorcerers, or dragons; you're pretty much out of luck. Supposedly part of the major expansion to Florida's Fantasyland is intended to fix this.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Several examples:
** The giant cobra on the IndianaJones ride at Disneyland (named, in fact, Fluffy)
** Harold the Yeti on the Matterhorn.
** Bucky, the fire-breathing dragon in Fantasmic!
*** And now the new model is called Murphy--actually a reference to the [[MurphysLaw many problems]] it experienced when it was first unveiled, but still a cutesy name for something that can spit a plume of fire 20 feet long
** Space Mountain has been given a temporary overlay for Halloween, called "Ghost Galaxy." Its star is [[http://media.hkdlsource.com/image/gallery/1118-M.jpeg the charming fellow seen in the background here]]. His name is Bob.
* ForeignRemake: ''Phantom Manor'' is the French version of ''The Haunted Mansion'' at Disneyland Paris in a [[http://photos.worldisround.com/photos/28/426/337_o.jpg house]] awfully reminiscent to [[http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2299/2199260562_a19ae6b6f9_b.jpg Bates Manor]] in ''{{Film/Psycho}}'' and is set to an original backstory integrated with the themed Frontierland it's located in. There's also ''Mystic Manor'' at Hong Kong Disneyland.
** ''Tower of Terror'' at Tokyo Disney Sea has no affiliation, whatsoever, with ''The Twilight Zone'' and is themed with "Hotel Hightower" in 1912 New York instead of 1930s Hollywood.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: A recurring theme of several rides; mostly RuleOfFunny is in effect but the scarier rides play the FridgeHorror for all it's worth.
* FrivolousLawsuit: Too many to count; hardly any are successful. A lot of people only saw the ThemeParkVersion of law... so as a result they thought they could sue for absolutely trivial things. One of the more hilarious ones is a woman who claimed to have gained 50 pounds after The Three Little Pigs apparently fondled and harassed her - the charge was dropped when the costumes were found to have had inoperable stub-arms.
* FunWithAcronyms: EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow (Walt's intention for the site, but after his death the company reworked the idea into a World's Fair-style theme park). There of course have been jokes about other things it could stand for, like "Every Person Comes Out Tired".
** Among Cast Members it's "Employee Paychecks Cut On Thursday"
** The boat operator on one Troper's trip gave this gem: "Experimental Polyester Costumes Of Torture"
* FurAgainstFang: The theme of 2012's Halloween Celebration at Hong Kong Disneyland
* GagNose: On TheMadHatter and Captain Hook.
* GangplankGalleon: Pirates of the Caribbean.
** With BubblegloopSwamp in the form of the Blue Bayou portion in California, Tokyo and Paris.
* TheGenieKnowsJackNicholson: In the vein of the original movie, the ''Aladdin'' stage show keeps its pop-culture references up to date.
* GenreSavvy: A TV set at the Polynesian Resort that once played WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts now plays Creator/DisneyChannel sitcoms. Whether or not this is a good thing is debatable.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In Anette's Diner in Disneyland Paris, every once in a while the waiting staff jumps on the counter and dances to [[{{Grease}} Greased Lightnin']]. It's the uncensored version which says "pussy wagon".
** The [[http://micechat.com/forums/disneyland-resort/96720-redheaded-pirate-painting-disneyland.html#post2808525 bar painting of a pirate lass]] in "Pirates of the Caribbean" at Disneyland is topless with just a few wisps of GodivaHair.
** The whole of Disneyland Paris's Pirates Of the Caribbean ride counts as this, as it is the only version of the ride not to have been [[{{Bowdlerise}} bowdlerised]],and still contains, for instance, the pirates clutching a teenage girl's petticoats and wondering where she is, or updated for the film series. If anything, more crap is gotten past the radar in this version there is an addition where silhouettes of a woman being harassed by two pirates, and it seems like they are trying to sexually assault her.
* GhostInTheMachine: ''Cranium Command'''s premise
* GiantEyeOfDoom: [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/albaum/448665872/ The iconic Back on visual eye]] from Adventure Thru Inner Space.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The plot of several thrill rides.
** Before ''Great Moments with Mr Lincoln'' was opened, Disney's demonstrated their new animatronic technology to a group of Illinois government officials. They were not amused when the Lincoln figure broke down and started leaking '''[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything red]]''' [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything hydraulic fluid]] from its head. From then on all figures were switched to blue fluid.
* GreenAesop: Contained in EPCOT's ''The Land'' pavilion and almost the entirety of the Animal Kingdom park.
** During the 1970s, the burning cabin on Tom Sawyer Island was changed to fake fire as people complained it wasted energy. The actual energy was trivial compared to Disneyland as a whole, of course.
* GuideDangIt: Some of the Hidden Mickies are in very hidden locations. How do people find these without a guide?
** [[http://findingmickey.squarespace.com/hidden-mickeys-disneyland/ Ta-]] [[http://hiddenmickeysguide.com/ da!!]]
* HellHotel: The Hollywood Tower Hotel a.k.a ''TheTwilightZone Tower of Terror''.
** Also, "Hotel Hightower" at Tokyo Disney Sea.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/PatrickWarburton plays a chief flight attendant in the pre-flight videos on Soarin' over California.
** Gary Sinise is your training instructor in Mission: Space, resulting in an [[Apollo13 interesting case]] of ActorAllusion.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Several. [[TheSimpsons Troy McClure]] and [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Mr. Potato Head]] as the talent agents at ''The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management'', [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Lumiere]] as Pierre in the same attraction, Paul Reubens as Rex in the ''Star Tours'' ride, RobinWilliams in ''The Timekeeper''. ThurlRavenscroft also provided his voice for many of the rides. In fact, he's that singing bust everyone mistakes for Walt Disney. Oh, and did we mention that Creator/PaulFrees does several voices for Disney attractions, too, most notably the Ghost Host in ''The Haunted Mansion''?
** NeilPatrickHarris is the new announcer for California Screamin'
* HubLevel: In the Magic Kingdom parks, the Central Plaza at the end of Main Street is a real-life example and possible TropeMaker.
* HulaAndLuaus: The Enchanted Tiki Room and Walt Disney World's Polynesian Resort. Also the long gone Tahitian Terrace at Disneyland.
** There's apparently going to be a Disney resort in ''Hawaii''.
*** Which has the unexpected ''positive side effect'' of both raising the value of Mariott's timeshare next door, and giving Mariott ''more'' business. See, the timeshare units cost about the same. Disney's are smaller, though.
** The Tribal Arts room of Hong Kong's ''Mystic Manor'' lifts elements directly from the Tiki Room.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Happens with glorious frequency on the Jungle Cruise.
---> "And here we see the back side of Schweitzer Falls, named after the back side of the famous explorer, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Schweitzer Dr. Albert Falls]]."
** Also noticeable in the Aladdin-based stage production in California Adventure.
** Not to mention the extinct Kitchen Cabaret / [[AffectionateParody Food Rocks]] show at The Land pavilion.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: A Bug's Land, a part of California Adventure themed to the movie ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife,'' is built to make guests feel bug-sized, with giant shamrocks, benches made of popsicle sticks, and restrooms disguised as a giant box of tissues. ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' became the basis for a playground/set walk-through (Hollywood Studios) and the [=3D=] show ''Honey, I Shrunk the Audience'' (EPCOT/Disneyland/Disneyland Paris/Tokyo Disneyland). ''Body Wars'' (1989-2007) took you on a mission inside the human body within a ship miniaturized to fit within a blood vessel. Before all of these, however, the trope was taken to the maximum possible severity in the long-gone Disneyland ride ''Adventure Thru Inner Space'', in which riders were "shrunk" small enough to travel inside an atom.
* IndianBurialGround: Combined with NeverSayDie in some versions of ''Big Thunder Mountain''. There's a curse on the mountain due to it being a "sacred place" to the natives.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Disney World's ''Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management)''. The new management? [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Iago]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing Zazu]].
** The Tokyo version is invaded by [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Stitch]].
** ''Fantasmic!'' is an even better example, with several Disney Villains from various films attempting to attack Mickey Mouse via his dreams, and a few good guys helping him out.
** ''Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom'', an interactive game hosted by Merlin that sends guests around the Magic Kingdom park to battle the various Disney villains that are working together.
* InvertedTrope: While normally the scenery would attempt to be as believable as possible, the (real) restaurant opposite of the ''Pirates Of The Caribbean'' ride, ''The Blue Bayou'', could easily be mistaken as part of the scenery.
* InvisibleBackupBand: Sonny Eclipse's Space Angels at ''Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe''
* {{Irony}}: Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19977_the-5-most-unsettling-disney-theme-park-easter-eggs_p2.html is built on an oil rig]][[hottip:*: it's not pumping oil, they just needed something that could withstand hurricane-force winds]].
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: A running gag in the current version of ''Carousel of Progress,'' thanks to its TechnologyMarchesOn plot.
** Also, people once said this about Disneyland, back when Walt was trying to get funding to build it. They couldn't have been more wrong.
* JungleJapes: A major portion of Adventureland and Animal Kingdom, plus the African section of ''It's A Small world''.
* LargeHam: The costumed characters often make exaggerated gestures and do goofy things.
* LegionOfDoom: Walt Disney World currently has the villains in a "Halloween Villain Mix and Mingle." Maleficent and Captain Hook seem to be an item (?!), and Frollo is there again, ''dancing''. [[OutOfCharacterMoment Hey, Frollo! I thought you didn't enjoy these kinds of festivals?!]]
** That's ''absurd.'' Everyone knows [[CrackPairing Maleficent is dating Jafar]].
*** That's not what the [[FollowTheBouncingBall Disneyland Fun Sing Along]] says ...
* LighterAndSofter: ''Stitch's Great Escape'' is a much softer version of ''[[ExtraTERRORestrial ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter]]'', which was so scary that parents frequently complained to the staff that it terrified their kids, (even though there were warnings saying it may be too intense for children under 12). ''Alien Encounter'' itself is actually lighter than the [[DivorcedInstallment original concept]] for the show, which was going to be called ''Nostromo'' and featured the Xenomorph from ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', along with other characters such as Ripley, and the Weyland-Yutani company. This idea was abandoned when it was decided to be too scary for a Disney theme park.
* LightGunGame: Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters and Toy Story Midway Mania are theme park ride versions of this.
* LiteralMinded: Face characters will sometimes develop a severe case of this when asked for an autograph.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Disney_Parks_characters Well]] [[http://www.charactercentral.net/ of]] [[http://www.kippel.com/philip/portfolio.php?cat_id=15&PHPSESSID=08fdec4beba44c91304934b7a22b78c5 course]]. Some of them, including {{Doug}}, WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers, WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck, and PowerRangers, have become subject to ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.
* MadScientist: ''The Timekeeper'' starred a robotic one voiced by RobinWilliams.
* MatrixRainingCode: Shows up in the current version of Spaceship Earth at the start of the descent. This probably wasn't meant to be unnerving but...
* MeaningfulName: The two talent agents from ''The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management'' are named William and Morris.
** And pretty much any other character in the park who isn't from a pre-existing Disney movie or TV show is named meaningfully or [[PerfectlyCromulentWord punnily]].
* MegaCorp: An intergalactic one in the form of X-S Tech in the now-gone ''Alien Encounter'' attraction at Magic Kingdom.
** Disney itself falls into this with the amount of power that they wield at Disney World. Just look up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reedy_Creek_Improvement_District "Reedy Creek Improvement District"]] and be ''astounded'' at the amount of power that the state of Florida gave Disney for its operations there. There's a reason why snarky Floridians call it "America's Vatican".
** ''RootOfAllEvil'' declared Disney to be ''more evil then [[ChurchOfHappyology SCIENTOLOGY]]''. Well, it is a whole lot bigger, wealthier, and influential, and thankfully hasn't caused anyone's death. On purpose. That we know of.
*** Less litigious, too.
* MerchandiseDriven: If it's a popular movie or other Disney property that sells a lot of merchandise, odds are you can expect to see an attraction based on it -- if not now, then certainly in the near future. Whether this is a good or a bad thing is [[BrokenBase hotly debated]].
** Every ride built for the last several decades ends by dumping you right into the gift shop for that attraction.
*** And some are being actively remodeled so that they will dump guests into a gift shop. It's a Small World is, at the time of writing.
* MineCartMadness: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
** The Big Grizzly Mountain attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland.
** And in the reworked Fantasyland Expansion for Magic Kingdom, there will be the [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Seven Dwarfs Mine Train]].
* MoodWhiplash: The "Celebrate a Dream Come True" used to have a villain float where they talked about ''their'' dreams coming true.
** Also happens in Snow White's Scary Adventures. The Disneyland version cuts immediately from the witch falling off a cliff to a giant storybook reading, "...and they all lived HappilyEverAfter."
** Plus, the brilliant finale of [=SpectroMagic=] comes just after a scene devoted to ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', whose last float depicts Bald Mountain, complete with Chernabog opening up and closing his wings periodically.
* TheMovie: ''Magic Kingdom'', directed by JonFavreau, about a family that gets trapped in the park after dark ''a la NightAtTheMuseum'' (last I heard).
** Guerrilla Movie: ''[[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-sundance-2013-escape-from-tomorrow-disney-20130120,0,7974301.story Escape From Tomorrow]]'', a black-and-white film about a man slowly going crazy (or is he?) during a family vacation, was secretly filmed at Disney World and Disneyland. The director was amazed he, his actors (who hid their scripts on their [=iPhones=]), and crew wasn't caught; then again what's one more a guy with a camera at Disney World?
** BradBird and Damon Lindelof are currently producing a sci-fi flick titled ''Tomorrowland'' starring GeorgeClooney and HughLaurie.
* MsFanservice: Some of the female parade dancers wear pretty short skirts for being in a Disney Theme Park. Especially the dancers on some of the parades in Europe.
* MultipleChoicePast: As noted below, the burning shack on TomSawyer's Island.
* {{Munchkin}}: There is a certain class of fan that treats a day at the park like a game. Most time on rides and least time in line wins. With the addition of [=FastPass=], the strategy has become even more SeriousBusiness.
* MythologyGag: Increased a lot after the original park hit 40 years or so, especially as so many rides have gone away. It's not uncommon to see a nod to ''Horizons'' around today's EPCOT, an attraction which itself had a ContinuityNod to ''Carousel of Progress.''
** In fact, one of the biggest ''Horizons'' tributes in Florida is not in Epcot at all, but rather in the post-show for Space Mountain after the ride was overhauled in 2009.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Sometimes, commercials for the attractions feature things that are not at all included in the actual attraction for obvious reasons other than for perhaps, dramatic effect.
* NiceGuy: Practically a prerequisite for working in a Disney park. It's incredibly hard to find someone working there who ''doesn't'' genuinely enjoy doing their job (or at least do a decent job of ''acting'' like it), from the costumed characters to the guys who walk around with brooms and dustpans who keep the place obsessively clean.
** This is a big part of Disney's corprate policy.
*** It should be noted that they certainly don't get paid extra to smile.
* NiceHat: Mainly (but not exclusively) the iconic mouse ears. It started with the classic Mouseketeer style and exploded from there. You can get one for practically any conceivable occasion or character now.
** AnimalEaredHeadband: The Minnie Mouse counterpart to the classic Mickey hat.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Pirate Zombie Robot part, anyway--audio-animatronic pirate skeletons on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
* NobleSavage and TheSavageIndian: Disneyland capitalized on the popularity of TheWestern with a full-blown Indian Village in the early days. TomSawyer Island featured a burning cabin and arrow-studded settler. As attitudes changed, the Indian Village closed in the 1970s and the burning cabin went through a series of new back stories -- river pirates, a moonshiner accident, and finally a careless settler [[GreenAesop endangering an eagle nest]] (seriously). The fire is finally out and the cabin is just a cabin.
** Furthermore, you hear the narrator of the Railway train ride tour blabber on and on about "the spirit of {{Pocahontas}}" as you pass through the remains of the Indian Village.
* ObviousBeta: Some criticisms seem to be merely because of maintenance and construction - "When I last went there; half the park was walled off", "*insert ride here* were closed so everybody swarmed Mullholland Madness/California Screamer/Soarin' over california/Other attraction here", "The halls are too narrow because it's all under construction." This gives the ''feel'' of an ObviousBeta but really; construction and maintenance has to happen ''sometime''.
** As for 2012, it looks a ''lot'' more complete. However, let's just say don't expect to get on the Cars Racers anytime soon.
* OfficialCosplayGear: One of the many things available as souvenirs.
* OldShame: Splash Mountain is based upon ''SongOfTheSouth'', a movie they otherwise don't like talking about. Rumor has it, however, is that people who are hired as [[InsistentTerminology Cast Members]] on the ride are shown the movie during training.
** As the parks have aged, {{Disney}} has begun talking more and more openly about old rides that didn't quite work out or simply didn't last for very long, such as Flying Saucers or the Viewliner, respectively. But certain attractions, such as the opening year's circus or the Rocket Rods will only ever be acknowledged once every blue moon.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Dreamfinder played one in the Tales of Terror sequence of the original ''Journey Into Imagination'' (the twist, though, was that since the section was about literature, the organ resembled something of a huge typewriter/computer). And don't forget the atmospheric music in the Haunted Mansion, which even has an actual pipe organ being played by a ghost in the ballroom scene (and is actually the same pipe organ from ''[[Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea]]'').
* OracularHead: Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion. Also the Shrunken Ned fortune telling machine at Disneyland's Adventureland.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: ''The Haunted Mansion'''s spirits are said to be from all over the world, with the Mansion itself serving as a supernatural boarding house/retirement center. But in the ''Tower of Terror'', the ghosts seem to be permanently stuck in the hotel as a result of the elevator accident. Then in ''Phantom Manor'', we've got the ghostly villain taking on three forms throughout while tormenting the bride into old age.
** In fairness, ''Tower of Terror'' (at the U.S. parks) is based on [[Series/TheTwilightZone an intellectual property]] that Disney had to license, so discrepancies could arise from that situation.
*** Lampshaded in the [[Film/TowerOfTerror movie]] where it states that the ghosts can't actually leave the hotel grounds due to the curse that caused the accident in the first place.
* OvenLogic: In the last part of the current version of ''Carousel of Progress'', though unintentional, the oven was programmed to automatically set the temperature if it hears numbers spoken aloud (that's one hell of a design flaw) and the father was talking about the Grandmother's score in a video game.
* PantomimeAnimal: Cast members in character costumes who roam the parks. (This doesn't include "face characters", like Alice or Snow White.)
* ParentalBonus: Disneyland has (or at least had) a few areas where parents could take a breather and enjoy some relatively tasteful atmosphere and fine dining, complete with (gasp!) alcoholic drinks. Oh, and the Submarine Lagoon used to have comely Mermaids in there to wave and smile at passing men. There also used to be a working Pharmacy and a shop selling women's underclothes.
** While Disney World's Magic Kingdom has a very, very strict "no alcohol, EVER" policy, said policy does not extend to the non-Magic Kingdom parks. As a matter of fact, "Drinking Around the World" (guests attempt to try the signature alcoholic beverage of each country in World Showcase) is a popular extra-curricular activity for some guests. They'll even would let you bring a margarita on Mexico's El Rio del Tiempo until it closed in 2007.
** As for Disneyland, you'll probably have to head for California Adventure, unless if you're lucky enough to have a membership in the uber-exclusive [[http://www.disneylandclub33.com/ Club 33]]. There, you'll find the more complete bar in any Disney Park.
** Animal Kingdom has its own [[http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/29/3165 beer]]
** In the Disney/{{Aladdin}} play, Genie's lines.
** A former band of holiday-themed street performers in the Hollywood Studios park in Florida performed a song about what they would build the perfect gingerbread man out of. After singing an overly-long description of how he bites the gingerbread man's arm off, a rather effeminate man completes his portion with the line "and a gummy thong!"
* ParodyRetcon: The ''Jungle Cruise'' was supposed to be an African safari ride, with animatronics replacing the inconvenient live animals. Nobody took it seriously, so Disney switched to the PlayedForLaughs version we have today.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Pretty much any attraction with a historical setting, although ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' and ''The Hall of Presidents'' are major offenders. Upper management seems to think that people don't come to theme parks to be disturbed or have their consciences bothered, and they're probably right.
** POTC is noticeable for once containing scenes that were considered less politically correct (pirates chasing wenches, a naked girl hiding in a barrel) that have since been replaced by "family friendly" versions (women chasing pirates away with brooms, Jack Sparrow hiding in a barrel).
** Averted with the now-defunct ''Golden Dreams'' in California Adventure. The show didn't pull any punches regarding the treatment of native Indians by the conquistadors, the dangerous circumstances under which Chinese railroad laborers had to work during the Gold Rush, the overt racism against the Japanese (especially "picture brides") during the early part of the 20th century, or the hardship and borderline hostility towards migrants from Oklahoma and Arkansas during the Dust Bowl. (It often played to near-empty houses and has been closed and replaced by a dark ride themed to ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.) ''Golden Dreams'' was intended as the SpiritualSuccessor to Epcot's still-running ''The American Adventure'', a retrospective on U.S. history through WorldWarII that does take a few moments to point out that women, blacks, and Native Americans often got the short end of the stick compared to white males.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: ''The Enchanted Tiki Room''.
* PoisonousFriend: Disneyland's very first employee, C.B. Wood, is viewed as this by the company. He started out as a researcher for the Stanford Institute (who helped Disney locate the land for the park) and shortly after joined Disney full-time, becoming something of an unsung hero of the park's development. He was the guy who made sure that everything was running on schedule (the park only had a year to be built, so this was insanely important) and he also made many little deals with outside companies to help sponsor the park, and in doing so is credited as helping make the park a reality. Then, three months after Disneyland was opened, Roy Disney discovered that Wood was embezzling money from the park. He was very quickly fired from Disney... and then almost immediately afterwards set up his own amusement park development company with many of the people who had helped build Disneyland, and built many different Disneyland-esque parks around the United States, including the very first SixFlags.
* PropRecycling: Various animatronics from closed rides. Dozens and dozens of ''America Sings'' characters were moved to ''Splash Mountain'', and various bits of ''World of Motion'' have shown up in everything from Pirates to just hanging around the California Adventure backlot section for atmosphere. It was necessary in Splash Mountain's case to do a lot of reprogramming to make the America Sings animatronics "forget" their old routines.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: The Back. Side. Of. Water!
* RandomlyGeneratedLevels: ''Star Tours 2.0''
* RattlingOffLegal: Parodied in ''Star Tours: The Adventures Continue'', where the disclaimer for all the astronomical incidents the agency will not cover lasts for almost ''half a minute''. It is the EvilEmpire 's reign, after all...
* RaygunGothic: Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World. Tomorrowland at Disneyland ("updated" in the 90s to wild indifference) and Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris are more SteamPunk.
* {{Retraux}}: The 2008 Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough at Disneyland uses all kinds of special effects to recreate a mid-50s attraction. Meanwhile, Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln utilizes audio from a 1964 World's Fair exhibit with an advanced audio-animatronic.
* RhymesOnADime: The Dreamseekers from ''Tapestry of Dreams''
* RibcageRidge: The T-Rex skeleton at ''Big Thunder Mountain''
* RightOnQueue: The lines at especially popular attractions range into the truly absurd, especially for newer rides. Various methods have been attempted to combat this, like adding interesting things to look at during the wait including puzzles (The Indiana Jones ride has old hieroglyphs you can decode), short films that [[AllThereInTheManual help set up the plot]], and finally the Fast Pass system.
** The longest ride queue to date occurred in Walt Disney World Christmas day (one of the busiest days for the park) in 2009, when one of the theaters for Soarin' Over California broke down. The resulting line from fans of the ride soon grew to '''SEVEN HOURS'''! For those keeping score at home, a flight from Orlando International Airport to LAX is only five hours.
*** Hard mode: leave the end of the broken-down Soarin' line in Florida, hop on a ''real'' plane to LAX and arrive in Anaheim to get in line for ''their'' Soarin' Over California before you would've gotten to go on the Florida version.
** The Radiator Springs racers in California Adventure park - quite literally ''every single knows this''.
* TheRoaringTwenties: Buena Vista Street, the revamped entry plaza to California Adventure, is themed to Los Angeles at the time Walt Disney first arrived there on the cusp of the GoldenAgeOfHollywood.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Well, what else would you call the costumed versions of Mickey, Minnie, etc?
* SceneryPorn: No shit! Some look very artificial... but many of the resorts and rides are ''very'' SceneryPorn. Special mention goes to Storybook Land in Anaheim - Those plants you see in there? There's a good reason they look so realistic - they ''are'' real.
** Also, there are herbs growing throughout the parks in Anaheim, but there's a lot in Tomorrowland. There are herbs growing such as lavender, sage, and basil; fruits such as bananas, grapes, pomegranate, and oranges, and even peppers and coffee beans. All selected based on an "Agrifuture" concept for the area's landscaping.
** In the Animal Kingdom park, the designers even made sure the streetlights and power poles looked correct for the regions of the world the park sections represent. And the entry rainforest contains plants from every continent.
* {{Scotireland}}: Anecdotal evidence suggests more than a few [[Film/{{Brave}} Merida]] face characters don't know the difference between a Scottish and Irish accent.
* ScriptWank: ''Ellen's Energy Adventure''. The original Universe of Energy spent a lot of time discussing alternate energy sources, such as the solar panels on the attraction itself. The new version may well be titled "I love fossil fuels".
* SeriousBusiness: Ah, pin trading... Just to name one thing.
* SexySilhouette: Naturally Ms. Toonservice herself, [[HelloNurse Jessica Rabbit]] makes one in the queue to ''Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin''.
* SigilSpam: The Mickey symbol is everywhere.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: ''The Matterhorn'', ''Expedition Everest'' and the ''Blizzard Beach'' water park.
* SouvenirLand: Parodied by ''Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama'', though the area itself would grow to be hated by park fans.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Haunted Mansion'' is easily this to ''Adventure Thru Inner Space''. Both are Omnimover "Doom Buggy" type dark rides narrated by legendary voice actor, Paul Frees.
** ''The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror'' to ''The Haunted Mansion'': two classic, popular, dark, horror-themed, Disney attractions set within haunted venues narrated by [[TheVoice disembodied voices]].
** The ''Indiana Jones Adventure'' to ''Star Tours'' and ,by extension, ''Captain EO''; since they're all adventure-themed collaborations of Disney and GeorgeLucas. Many a fan have even described Indy as "[[XMeetsY basically Han Solo as an archeologist]]".
-->While we're on ''Star Tours'', it was often compared to EPCOT's beloved ''Body Wars''. The interior of the Bravo 229 vessel mimics that of the Starspeeder so much, you couldn't help but automatically think that you're on "''Star Tours'' only inside the human body". Even the instructional video was a clone.
** ''Luigi's Flying Tires'' and ''Radiator Springs Racers'' of California Adventure's Cars Land to ''Flying Saucers'' (1961-1966) and ''Test Track'', respectively.
* TheStarscream: The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game shakes things up and has Maleficent play this part to Hades, who serves as the BigBad. Jafar and Ursula are also trying to take the [[MacGuffin Crystal of the Magic Kingdom]] pieces for themselves or shake off Hades' leadership.
* StuffBlowingUp: Mostly in shows, and not just fireworks displays.
* TakeThatUs: The park staff often makes pot shots to "It's a Small World After All". It's somewhat of a whipping boy.
* TheTalk - Yes, "The Making of Me" was real. While [[http://waltdatedworld.bravepages.com/id233.htm this site]] does not include the film, it does have a photo of the hilarious disclaimer outside the theater. Still to be answered: Is the middle of an already overstimulating Disney World vacation ''really'' the best time to have this subject brought up; possibly for the first time for some kids? That said, Martin Short actually handled it pretty well.
* TempleOfDoom: The ''IndianaJones'' attractions. At Disney Sea, it's complimented by the ''Raging Spirits'' coaster.
* {{Thememobile}}: The ''Disney Stars and Motorcars'' parade at Disney-Hollywood Studios featured popular Disney characters (and characters licensed by Disney for the parks) riding in themed cars.
* ThemeParkVersion - TropeMaker. The characters were already ThemeParkVersion 's of the original stories, and then they go through an additional layer of this when they're actually put into the theme park...
* TitleDrop: Ugh, just too many to list really. Below are some examples to name a few.
** "''It's A Small World'' after all".
** "Welcome, foolish mortals to ''The Haunted Mansion''".
** "I'll turn his dream into a nightmare ''Fantasmic''".
* ToonTown: One inspired by the TropeNamer, no less.
* ToyTime: Both ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory Midway Mania'' and ''[[BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin]]''[=/=]''Astro Blasters'''.
** As well as Hong Kong Disneyland's new themed world, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Toy Story Land]], which will open in November 2011.
* TronLines: They're going to be everywhere in the 2012 redo of Test Track.
** During the Halloween season, spooky light shows are projected on the outside of Disneyland's Space Mountain, including some that outline the entire cone with Tron Lines.
* UnderTheSea: The Submarine rides, the ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' attractions and ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' dark rides.
* UpdatedRerelease: Quite a few rides have been altered over the years. Although whether or not this is a good thing is up to debate, most have just received technical upgrades.
** This also helps keep some rides from getting too old, from getting too outdated not only because they're over fifty years old, but also for safety purposes.
** Among others, the ''Star Tours'' ride got [[ReTool retooled]] to include more scenes and characters from the entire ''Franchise/StarWars'' film saga uniting both the classic and prequel trilogies.
*** With Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm and the prospect of upcoming franchise installments, we're likely to see many updates to the ride in the years to come.
* VariableMix: Many of the rides with iconic theme music have that music change slightly from scene to scene, utilizing different instrumentation, rhythm, and even chords to provide the right atmosphere for the visuals. "It's a Small World" is the most famous example, but an even better one is "It's Fun to Be Free", the jaunty theme song from the now-defunct World of Motion attraction. You can sometimes catch it on [[http://mouseworldradio.com/ MouseWorld Radio]].
** Many of the parades do this. For example, the Main Street Electrical Parade has a unique theme for each float, and the sound system smoothly segues between them as the floats move down the route.
* VillainSong: The ''Hallowishes'' show.
** "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)"
** "''Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize...''"
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Quite a lot of unused concepts for attractions come up online. [[http://waltdatedworld.bravepages.com/id203.htm Have a look.]] and also [[http://www.theneverlandfiles.com/tnf/ Look Here]]
** According to the Haunted Mansion anniversary issue of Disney's "Twenty Four" magazine, plans were made and eventually scrapped for an indoor, perpetual-twilight (think Blue Bayou/Pirates Of The Caribbean) Disney park featuring at the end of their Main Street USA equivalent, not the familiar princess castle, but the Haunted Mansion on a hill. Crowning Hub Of Awesome!
* TheWildWest: Frontierland (and Westernland at Tokyo Disneyland).
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: This exact phrase is used in the recorded narration for the ''Sailing Ship Columbia'' attraction (a full-scale replica of the historical ship)
* WorldTree: The Tree of Life, the centerpiece of Disney's Animal Kingdom.
** The "Tree of Technology" in Anaheim's Innoventions attraction also seems to have a bit of this vibe.
* WriterRevolt: Done on the occasions when Imagineers are forced to tear down a ride to build a new one. They'll often sneak in a ShoutOut to the original version.
** Occasionally, the shout out will be in a totally different attraction. At the Magic Kingdom, a tombstone for Mr. Toad is in the Haunted Mansion queue. Also, references to Horizons and Submarine Voyage are in Space Mountain's post-show.
* XDaysSince: Used in the exit to ''Stitch's Great Escape''.
* {{Zeerust}}: Tomorrowland and EPCOT settled on this as a result of the problems of TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
** The former was originally how people in 1955 thought people would be living in 1980; the latter, how people in 1982 thought people would be living in 2000.
** Actually [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] and then [[ReconstructedTrope reconstructed]] in the old attraction ''Horizons'', which reminisced about some visions of the future that were off the mark, then goes ahead and made some slightly less absurd (at the time) predictions of its own.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Dreamfinder's CoolShip was one of these.
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->''HERE YOU LEAVE TODAY AND ENTER THE WORLD OF YESTERDAY, TOMORROW AND FANTASY''\\
-- '''Plaque over the entrance tunnels into Disneyland'''

The five (soon to be six) ThemePark resorts owned and operated by the {{Disney}} Company. Their best known attractions include state-of-the-art rides and shows based upon [[DisneyAnimatedCanon the Disney films]], as well as spectacular parades, fireworks and other live performances. You want to make sure [[ImGoingToDisneyWorld everyone knows you're going there.]]

Creator/WaltDisney came up with the idea for his original park when he took his children to a park and noticed the parents just hanging off to the side while the children played. He decided to build a place where the entire family could have fun and enjoy themselves. While the idea was met with some skepticism, the execution was resoundingly successful.

The resorts include:

* '''Disneyland''': Opened July 17, 1955 by invitation only, and the following day to the general public. The original and the only park Walt saw built within his lifetime. Serves as the template for most of the parks worldwide, though fans praise the fact that Disneyland is the only park that had [[WaltDisney Walt's]] personal touch. Its companion park, California Adventure, opened in 2001. During his visit to the United States, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev's biggest disappointment was the fact that he couldn't visit Disneyland due to security concerns (he publicly wondered if there were missiles hidden there). That [[{{Irony}} the leader of the largest Communist state wanted to go to one of the greatest successes for capitalism ever]] should say something about A: the ColdWar [[PeaceConference at that point]], and B: how much ''everybody'' wanted to go to Disneyland. It's important to note that there are not as many resorts around this site because Disney did not have a lot of money at the time, they were nowhere near the MegaCorp in the fifties as they are today. This is also why many attractions were and still are sponsored. For example, Dole Pineapple sponsored the Tiki Room, Mattel sponsored It's a Small World, and Honda now sponsors Innoventions (where you can see an ASIMO demonstration).
** The primary reason was that the KGB told the U.S. Secret Service that if anything happened to Khrushchev during the visit [[ThisMeansWar it would mean war]]. And even though Walt was very anti-communist, he enjoyed having foreign dignitaries and looked forward to showing Krushchev his submarines.
** There is a game that takes place within Disneyland Park called ''KinectDisneylandAdventures''

* '''Walt Disney World''': The largest and most popular of the resorts opened in 1971. Includes four parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT (opened in 1982), Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios, 1989) and Animal Kingdom (1998), as well as two (formerly three[[note]]The original, ''River Country'' opened in 1976 but eventually became very outdated compared to its sister parks and closed permanently in 2001[[/note]]) water parks: Typhoon Lagoon (1989) and Blizzard Beach (1995). Fans constantly debate which of the four parks is the best, whether they were better in the old days, and so on. Disney World also includes many hotels, an all-purpose sports complex, golf courses, and a few shopping/dining/entertainment complexes like Downtown Disney. The actual "Reedy Creek" property upon which Disney World sits is '''huge''', and many guests are surprised to learn that it consists mostly of wildlife preserves and undeveloped natural Florida habitat. This "breathing space" is deliberate, as Walt Disney was particularly upset when the popularity of Disneyland sparked a development frenzy back in Anaheim, essentially cutting off almost all chances of expansion. (Disney couldn't do this in Anaheim because other businesses got to the surrounding land first) The property on which the resort sits on was bought by Roy O. Disney, Walt's older brother. Fittingly, there is a statue of him sitting with Minnie Mouse just past the entrance of the Magic Kingdom, to complement the famous "Partners" statue at the main hub.

* '''Tokyo Disney Resort''': Opened in 1983 and is the first (and only) franchise Disney resort, run by the Oriental Land Company rather than Disney itself. Some additions such as Pooh's Honey Hunt and the Tokyo [=DisneySea=] park have become some of Disney Imagineering's most lavishly praised creations.

* '''Disneyland Resort Paris''' (formerly known as Euro Disney Resort): Opened in 1992, and going for an even more elaborate look (as well as DarkerAndEdgier for some attractions). Includes two theme parks, the original one now known as Disneyland Park and a second, opened in 2002, known as Walt Disney Studios Park. UrbanLegend has it that this park was planned and built because Michael Eisner's wife, Jane, liked to shop in Paris and wanted someplace she could stay without paying for it. It bombed spectacularly at first, though it eventually gained some legs. As of late, though, Disneyland Park's ticket sales have been cannibalized by Walt Disney Studios Park. After opening, the park was [[TheScrappy hated by the French people]], who opposed the poor (by French standards, anyway) working conditions there and viewed it as an example of [[EaglelandOsmosis American cultural imperialism]]. Despite the initial hostility, today the resort has some of the largest attendance numbers of any European tourist destination.

* '''Hong Kong Disneyland''': The newest of the resorts, opened in 2005. It's very close in design to the original Disneyland, though it's much smaller and only has a few of the iconic Disney attractions. Nonetheless, it's gained notoriety for, in essence, having the exact ''opposite'' problems that Euro-Disney did. However, Disney has announced plans for a large expansion that brings unique attractions to the park, some being new twists on old favorites. The expansion includes Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Carts, which is a twist on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The story goes that miners discovered gold in the mountain on 1888, complete with friendly bears. Now it's your turn to take a ride through the mine....
** There is a new WesternAnimation/ToyStory themed land, which is themed to look like Andy's toys in the grass of his backyard, and recently, a LighterAndSofter twist on TheHauntedMansion, set inside a Victorian-era mansion in the jungle belonging to AdventurerArchaeologist Lord Henry Mystic and his pet monkey, Albert. Lord Mystic's just gotten back from another archaeological expedition and brought back an [[ArtifactOfDoom enchanted music box]]. Then one day, Albert opens the music box, and the artifacts in the mansion come to life...

* '''Shanghai Disneyland''': After years of planning for a resort in mainland China, the project was approved by the Chinese government in November 2009. Ground was broken in April 2011 and is currently scheduled to open in [[ScheduleSlip 2015]]. The resort will be 2-3 times the size of the Hong Kong Resort with room for up to 3 parks. The first of which will of course be a version of the Magic Kingdom with the other two expected to be ports of EPCOT and Animal Kingdom.

Some attractions have so many tropes, they have their own pages:
* ''CaptainEO''
* ''Theatre/DougLive''
* ''{{Fantasmic}}''
* ''TheHauntedMansion''
* ''Theatre/LaNouba''
* ''MuppetVision3D''
* ''WorldOfColor''
* ''TheTimekeeper''
In addition to the main theme park resorts, Disney also runs several additional vacation and leisure ventures that spread their influence to just about every corner of the globe and give guests access to more vacation options outside the parks while still maintaining that "Disney feeling":
* '''Adventures by Disney''': Runs guided vacations to various destinations in the US and around the world ranging from Yellowstone Park to the French Riviera, each coordinated by Disney "Adventure Guides" who serve as personal tour guides as well as concierges, giving guests the opportunity to see the wonders of the world while still retaining trademark Disney hospitality.

* '''Disney Cruise Line''': Well, it's a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin cruise line...from Disney]]. Currently has a fleet of four ships: ''Disney Magic'', ''Disney Wonder'', ''Disney Dream'', and the newest, ''Disney Fantasy'' which entered service in 2012. Originally based out of Port Canaveral, FL the ships now sail from various ports in the US for cruises to the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, and Alaska. Caribbean cruises all feature a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney's own private island in the Bahamas. Yes, Disney bought their own island just for cruise guests. [[MegaCorp Should this really surprise you?]]
* '''Disney Vacation Club''': Disney's take on timeshare ownership, and as you might hear about it while staying at WDW, [[BlatantLies The Best Kept Disney Secret]]. Members buy into a share of a DVC resort and get an annual alotment of points based on the size of their investment. These points can be put towards a trip, as well as banked year to year or borrowed again the next year depending on the type of trip wanted. For most people, the initial investment pays for itself after a few years. Resorts feature ammenities above and beyond those of the Deluxe resorts including Villa style rooms with full kitchens. Members get priority access to their "home" resort when booking, but can also use their points to stay at any resort they choose. Disney also owns three off-site resorts in Hilton Head, SC, Vero Beach, FL, and ''Aulani'' in Hawaii, and contracts with hundreds of hotels around the world that members can visit as part of DVC.

A rich well of [[AffectionateParody Affectionate]] (or not) [[SnarkBait Parody Fuel]], often in the form of SouvenirLand. Some of the most popular attractions have been adapted into movies, with ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' being the most successful of them, but also including ''TowerOfTerror'', ''Film/TheHauntedMansion'', and ''TheCountryBears''. There's also ''KingdomKeepers'', a series of books by Ridley Pearson, that take place at Walt Disney World; and the Wasteland of the ''EpicMickey'' video game is based on the "Magic Kingdom" parks. Also, two DVD sets in the ''Walt Disney Treasures'' line have been dedicated to the parks: "Disneyland, USA" and "Disneyland: Secrets, Stories, and Magic".
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!The Theme Parks are the TropeNamer for:
* AdventurersClub
* BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts
* ImGoingToDisneyWorld
* {{Tomorrowland}}

!Tropes used in the parks include:
* ThreeDMovie: Several, including ''CaptainEO'', ''Honey, I Shrunk The Audience'', ''MuppetVision3D,'' ''Mickey's [=PhilharMagic=]'', ''Star Tours: The Adventures Continue'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/ABugsLife It's Tough To Be A Bug]]'', etc.
* AbortedArc: The nods to dragons and unicorns in Animal Kingdom were hinting towards a land that they ended up never building, Beastly Kingdom, focusing on fantasy creatures. The only things left of that (so far) are a dragon shaped rock formation near Camp Minnie Mickey, a bridge that looks like the entrance to a castle, and the big dragon who appears on the park's logo to the confusion of many a guest. The concept of including mythological creatures into the park was eventually picked up by Expedition Everest's Yeti, but has yet to be paid off in full. It's speculated that the ideas for Beastly Kingdom might finally be realized in the upcoming ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' Land, but so far they've been very tight-lipped about details.
** Some of the Imagineers behind Beastly Kingdom went to work on UniversalStudios' Island of Adventure, and many of the attractions in that park's mythology-themed area, especially the Dueling Dragons coaster, were derived from the Disney project. (Much of this area would be incorporated into The Wizarding World of Franchise/HarryPotter later; Dueling Dragons was rethemed and renamed Dragon Challenge.)
** In the super-secret-invite-only Club 33 restaurant, several disused animatronic animal heads hang from the wall. Walt had planned to be able to speak through them to his guests. The idea was abandoned because it was deemed too silly for a high-class restaurant, and because of privacy concerns. The idea sort of came to fruition at the now shut-down Adventurers' Club in Disney World's Pleasure Island.
** The giant, unused building at Epcot's Japan pavilion was originally built to hold an American version of ''Meet the World'', a charter attraction at Tokyo Disneyland (as the parks' development and construction overlapped). But this Audio-Animatronic/film show recounting Japanese history glossed over the country's role in World War II, and Disney execs realized that it might offend American veterans, so it was scrapped.
* ActionFigureSpeech: The character performers.
* ActorAllusion: At ''The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management'', William calls Morris a hockey puck, a favorite insult of his voice actor Don Rickles.
** In the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' stage show at California Adventure, Iago may squawk "Aflac!?" like another bird that Gilbert Gottfried has voiced.
* AdaptationDistillation: The philosophy behind designing the "dark ride" version of an animated film is that, instead of rehashing the plot of the film, you should try to recreate the dominant visual/emotional impact of the film using a handful of pivotal scenes taking place in immersive environments. Hence (for example), the bulk of the ''Disney/PeterPan'' ride consists of two rooms occupied by models of London and Neverland surrounded by fiber-optic stars, over which riders "fly" in vehicles suspended from an overhead track. The film's actual plot is compressed into a few brief scenes toward the end of the ride.
* AdjectiveAnimalAlehouse: A [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/27087639@N00/5391093707/ sign]] for "The Green Dragon" can be seen in Disneyland's "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride".
* AllThereInTheManual:
** A lot of attraction backstories rely on promotional items and books on the parks to understand.
** Disney has [[http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/new-fantasyland/ a website]] to explain different locales in Walt Disney World's New Fantasyland, as well as a fictional explanation as to why visitors had to wait 41 years after Disney World's opening before going to these places. (After fans of fairy tales outgrew the stories, villains seized the opportunity to steal significant items, activating a curse that hid New Fantasyland from the real world.)
** To understand the backstory of Mystic Manor, you need to watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLvq84KqOeE the pre show]]. It mentions that Lord Henry Mystic along with his adorable and mischief making pet monkey Albert collected rare artifacts from around the world to display in the manor, and have opened it to the public in the 1900s for them to see.
* AnachronismStew: Very minor, but the final scene of ''Carousel of Progress'' set in TheEighties accidentally became this when the TV broke, and since analog tube [=TVs=] are no longer manufactured, they replaced it with a very 2000s-ish flatscreen.
* ApocalypticLog: One of the radio transmissions in the queue for Jungle Cruise has a skipper warning the dockmasters about the natives attacking passing boats, cracking in and out before being lost in static.
* TheArtifact: The Imagination pavilion at EPCOT had its ride and Image Works section re-themed to correspond with ''Honey, I Shrunk The Audience'', which is now replaced with ''Captain EO''.
** If you've ever seen the Electrical Parade, most of the people around you were probably murmuring "Who is that?" when the ''PetesDragon'' float came by. The ''Pete's Dragon'' float that is immediately followed by an America's Bicentennial float...
*** This also happens during Disneyland's Soundsational Parade when the Three Caballeros-themed float comes by.
** The Electric Water Pageant also sports a Bicentennial-themed finale.
** And of course there are the aforementioned mythical creatures in the Animal Kingdom iconography.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Shiriki Utundu idol in Disney Sea's Tower of Terror. Also a mystic gem in the ''IndianaJones'' sequence of the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios. And no matter what, DON'T LOOK INTO THE EYES OF MARA. That could be dangerous. Really dangerous. And then there's the enchanted music box at Mystic Manor, which makes the artifacts come to life to try and [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou kill Albert the Monkey and the guests]], and wreck the mansion.
* ArtificialAtmosphericActions: Hearing Spanish instructions can feel this way in the American parks: the English voices are all very expressive and in-character. The Spanish announcements by comparison sound almost like a text-to-speech announcement. The "Exit" signs in some attractions and Dark Rides too...but really, you'd have to be TooDumbToLive to ''not'' make them visible, or to have some way to fix the ride/rescue stuck people.
** ''VERY'' nicely averted in ''It's A Small World'' with the foreign language instructions - fits the theme ''and'' all sound very nice and expressive. ''Alice in Wonderland'' and ''Casey Jr. Train'' also avert this, too.
** The Animatronics can also seem this way. When they fail, it's either quite hilarious at best or downright scary at worst.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The chanting in the Tapestry of Nations/Tapestry of Dreams parade is a fictionalized version of African languages giving it the world music feel it needed without being very specific of its origin.
* AwesomeButPractical: Every park, even if not based around a hub structure like Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, will have one very tall and very unique landmark directly in the center of the park.[[hottip:* :Imagineers call such visual magnets "weenies." Really.]] Disneyland, the assorted foreign Disneylands, and the Magic Kingdom have a castle (Cinderella in Florida and Tokyo, Sleeping Beauty at the others). EPCOT has the Spaceship Earth sphere, Hollywood Studios has the Sorcerer Mickey cap. Animal Kingdom has the Tree of Life, and California Adventure has Carthay Circle Theatre[[note]]prior to the reopening in 2012, it lacked a true icon, with Grizzly Peak being the closest thing to one[[/note]]. They serve two main purposes. The first is having something to get your picture taken standing in front of. The second is so that no matter where in the park you are, you can look up, note where the landmark is in relation to you, ''and instantly know where in the park you are''.
** The latter function is VERY important, as many rides are not only disorienting, but have exits nowhere near their entrances. For instance, Stitch's Great Escape in the Magic Kingdom has you enter on the south side of the show building, under the Tomorrowland Transit Authority track, but you exit into Mickey's Star Traders on the other side of the building.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Tokyo Disneyland and later Walt Disney World had a show, ''Cinderellabration'', depicting Cinderella's coronation into a princess. The festivities included guest appearances by the other princesses, and fireworks that viewers could see even in the daytime.
* BeneathTheEarth: Disney Sea's ''Journey to the Center of the Earth'', the portion of Disneyland Paris' ''Phantom Manor'' where the Doombuggies are BuriedAlive and you see a bunch of corpses rising from their underground graves.
* BearsAreBadNews: Played fairly straight with the bears in ''Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars'' at Hong Kong Disneyland, in which bears inadvertently send riders on the wrong track and later blow up some TNT and sending riders off on another track.
** The various Country Bear shows more or less avert this (see BearyFunny below), except for in the ''Country Bear Vacation Hoedown'', which has a line in one song, "The Great Outdoors", in which the bears sing that "if y'all don't join us, we'll chase you up a tree!"
* BearyFunny: The ''Country Bear Jamboree''
* TheBigEasy: New Orleans Square (Disneyland) and Port Orleans French Quarter Resort (Walt Disney World).
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: The ''Matterhorn Bobsleds'' and ''Expedition Everest'' both star Yetis.
* BilingualBonus: Prevalent in many parks, most notably in Animal Kingdom, where the African portion features signs in mostly accurate Swahili.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Happens occasionally on the Jungle Cruise.
* BlatantLies: "Do ''you'' know Disney's best kept secret?" That's how they ''''' ADVERTISE''''' the Disney Vacation Club timeshare program. They have such prominent kiosks in the park.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' ride, replacing - for example - pirates chasing women with them chasing the food the women carried and then with women chasing the food-stealing pirates.
** Somewhat TruthInTelevision, as unspoiled food was fairly hard to come by on the high seas, and if you were a pirate the only way you could really acquire some is to steal it.
* BrightCastle: The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle (or Cinderella Castle, if you're in Florida) in each of the Magic Kingdom-style parks.
* {{Bulungi}}: The hub of the African portion of Animal Kingdom is set in the town of Harambe, in the fictional nation of East Africa, which judging by a bench [[BilingualBonus received independence in 1961.]]
* ButtMonkey: Skippy, the cute and fuzzy little alien from the pre-shows of Alien Encounter and Stitch's Great Escape. In Alien Encounter, he was teleported from one tube to another, but got fried in the process, then disappeared indefinetely when being re-teleported to the previous tube. He does not suffer any physical harm in Stitch's Great Escape, even though he has been arrested for "jaywalking between Mars and Jupiter".
** Albert at Hong Kong's ''Mystic Manor'' is a literal example. After opening an enchanted music box acquired by his owner, he soon becomes a target for some of the things brought to life by the magical music, from the tikis shooting arrows at him, to [[AnimatedArmor Samurais]] trying to decapitate him and even the jade statue of The Monkey King/Sun Wukong creating a vortex trying to suck him out of the mansion.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Often the Florida parks are advertised with footage from Disneyland Resort. This has only become more common with the homogenous "Disney Parks" branding.
* [[CallARabbitASmeerp Call An Employee A Cast Member]][=/=]InsistentTerminology: Just one of many show-biz terms used to set park operations apart from a typical business. Note that this applies to ''all'' Disney employees, even those who work ''thousands of miles away from the parks.''
* TheCameo: The current version of "it's a small world" includes "small world" versions of Disney characters in the corresponding areas. Some are really obvious ([[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]] and LiloAndStitch in the tropical area, TheThreeCaballeros in South America), some not so much (you specifically have to be looking to find Disney/PeterPan and Tinkerbell flying way overhead in Europe, and it may take a minute to realize some of the jungle's animals are [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon]]).
** ''TheIncredibleMrLimpet'' is in the new ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' ride in the California Adventure. Though [[AllAnimationIsDisney not a Disney character]], it is a nod to him showing up as a background character in [[http://heatherinfresno.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/the-incredible-little-mermaid-cameo/ "Under the Sea"]] in the movie.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Mudkip]] is present at Innoventions.
* CaptainErsatz: The alien from The [=ExtraTERRORestrial=] Alien Encounter was one for, well, the Xenomorph from ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''. Apparently, it was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally planned to be a Xenomorph]], and an actual Xenomorph shows up on The Great Movie Ride.
* CaptainObvious: The narrator of the extinct semi-educational ride Adventure thru Inner Space gave a few gems such as:
--> (While the car is surrounded by giant snowflakes) "These are snowflakes!"
--> "And yet this wall of ice only ''seems'' smooth and solid. From this tiny perspective, I can see that nothing is solid, no matter how it appears!"
--> "Yes... these are ''water'' molecules! H[[subscript:2]]O... Two hydrogen atoms bonded to a single oxygen atom."
** {{Justified|Trope}} in that the voice-over we heard was supposed to be his stream of consciousness from the first time he underwent the voyage.
** Parodied on The Jungle Cruise.
--> Skipper: And now I'd like to point out some of my favorite plants here to you. (points at random plants without saying anything)
* {{Creepypasta}}: Given the fact that some people find scary things in the park, and that people love to try and make things grim dark, the parks are a somewhat common target.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: A number of meet-and-greet characters have undergone this, usually when their source show doesn't prove to be wildly/enduringly popular. Examples include [[Disney/{{Bambi}} Flower]], [[{{Doug}} Doug Funnie and Patti Mayonnaise]], [[OliverAndCompany Oliver and Dodger]], and a whole lot more...
* CollectibleCardGame: ''Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom'' is looking to be partially this, though played within the parks and utilized to battle various Disney villains at interactive screens.
* ContentWarnings: In a sense. On the park maps, some attractions have warning symbols if they're likely to frighten children; however, it's inconsistently applied (using Hollywood Studios as an example, ''The Great Movie Ride'' gets the warning, but not ''Star Tours - The Adventures Continue'').
* CoolOldGuy: Dreamfinder, Creator/BenjaminFranklin and MarkTwain in "The American Adventure", and the Sage of Time from Tapestry of Nations.
* CoolShip: Dreamfinder's zeppelin. Also the Starspeeders 1000 and 3000 from ''Star Tours''.
* CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel: ''Star Tours: The Adventures Continue'' (2011-Present) is set roughly a year or two before the events of ''ANewHope'' whereas the original ''Star Tours'' (1987-2010) took place sometime shortly after ''ReturnOfTheJedi''. Since the prequel trilogy already fits this trope, it naturally stands to reason the droids, various technologies and overall look of the attraction appear slightly more sleeker and advanced than it's predecessor.
** "Captain Rex" (RX-24) , the original Starspeeder pilot droid, is seen in the Sector 2 area of the queue [[DemotedToExtra as a defective "prototype" model]].
*** ''Stitch's Great Escape'' also fits this trope, since it takes place before the events of the first Lilo & Stitch film, as it features Stitch's first run-in with the Galactic Federation.
* {{Cosplay}}: A decent amount of merchandise involves [[ClassicDisneyShorts Mickey and friends]] ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Stitch]]) as characters from non-DisneyAnimatedCanon movies, mainly ''StarWars'' but also ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', and ''IndianaJones''.
** Averted with non-child guests, who are not allowed to enter the parks if they are wearing Disney character costumes, for fear they would be mistaken for (and thus compete with) the official characters by other guests. Cue the [[http://disneybound.tumblr.com/ DisneyBound]] phenomenon, in which fans visit the parks wearing outfits that vaguely resemble character costumes without replicating them.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Main Street USA, of all places. It's hard to hear them, and sometimes they aren't played at all, but some of the audio bits played from certain second-story windows reveal, among other things, that the local dentist is life-threateningly incompetent at his job (and doesn't seem to care if one of his patients is seriously injured during a procedure), the fire chief (who is also the postmaster and general store owner) [[TooDumbToLive cannot begin to comprehend the idea that a fire is a dangerous emergency that requires IMMEDIATE action]], the town populace is extremely prone to spreading gossip and will openly and offensively insult one another on occasion, the [[PoliceAreUseless police]] have totaled their new paddy wagon and are engaged in a cover-up to keep the Mayor from becoming aware, and the piano teacher is [[SadistTeacher physically abusive to the children she teaches]] (that last one, unfortunately, could be considered [[TruthInTelevision accurate]] [[ValuesDissonance for the time period MSUSA is set in]]). It's all PlayedForLaughs, but when you [[MST3KMantra think about it too hard...]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: On 9/11, cast members in Walt Disney World (yes, even the ones in costume!) evacuated all six parks. [[http://jimhillmedia.com/editor_in_chief1/b/jim_hill/archive/2007/09/11/what-was-it-like-to-be-at-disneyland-and-or-walt-disney-world-six-years-ago-today.aspx In ten minutes.]] (SIGH) Yes...they brought the GUESTS with them, silly! [[note]]Note That the Magic Kingdom at Disney World has a truly massive underground tunnel system (the "utilidors"), partially designed to help protect any guest to the park.[[/note]]
** Upon hearing that the WTC and the Pentagon had been attacked, Disneyland Resort immediately shut down both parks out of fear that they would be attacked as well. However, the IndyPloy resulting from it was ingenious: show classic movies and cartoons in the hotels non-stop (complete with popcorn), and make all the games in the arcades ''free''. Operations resumed the following day.
* DeathMountain: Big Thunder Mountain, the Matterhorn, and Expedition Everest's Forbidden Mountain fit the role pretty well.
* DemBones: Found in ''Pirates of the Caribbean''. Cheerier skeletal characters are in both versions of the Mexico pavilion's boat ride in a Day of the Dead scene.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** Disney California Adventure: A California theme park...''themed after California''. This was one of many complaints guests made during it's opening in 2001.
** Fritz, from the Enchanted Tiki Room:
-->'''Fritz:''' Ach, ja! And a wunderbar birdmobile! [[ShapedLikeItself Which has birds on it, and it goes round and round!]] That's why we call it a birdmobile!
* DisneyAcidSequence: Some straight from the movies, and some unique to the parks.
** The Heffalump and Woozle room on the ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' ride.
** Pretty much what World of Color is. Even with the deletion of the Alice sequence.
** Mr. Toad's Wild Ride takes you through ''HELL''. Literally.
** And then, there was ''Magic Journeys''...
* {{Disneyfication}}: Disney did this to one of their own attractions: The Sinbad ride at Tokyo [=DisneySea=], which went from a rousing adventure in a Mary Blair-esque visual style to a musical that took out all the danger in Sinbad's adventures, gave him an adorable sidekick and basically went full Small World.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: The ride vehicles on TheHauntedMansion are called "Doombuggies."
* DoingItForTheArt
* DrillSergeantNasty: General Knowledge (played by Creator/CoreyBurton) from the now-gone ''Cranium Command'' show.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Disney's done this with whole rides. The Disney/SleepingBeauty Castle walkthrough at Disneyland opened several years before the movie, ''It's Tough to be a Bug'' opened a few months before ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', and ''Countdown to Extinction'' featured Aladar and the Carnotaurus from ''{{Dinosaur}}'' about two years before the movie came and the attraction was renamed for the movie (though they have ''nothing'' in common, otherwise).
* EarnYourHappyEnding In the old Tokyo DisneySea show 'Over the Waves' the main characters, Tonio and Maria, seem to get this.
* EasterEgg: Entire ''books'' have been written about the so-called Hidden Mickeys, inconspicuous images of Mickey Mouse or his silhouette placed in various unexpected locations around the parks. It is also very common, when one attraction is closed and replaced with another, for the Imagineers to include an unobtrusive tribute to the old attraction in the new one.
* EccentricMentor: Dreamfinder was somewhere between here and TheObiWan to Figment until the [[MentorOccupationalHazard attraction was updated to remove him]].
* EgoPolis: Does this trope REALLY need explaination? The ENTIRE theme parks are smothered with Walt Disney's likeness, including the name!
** Strangely enough, Walt Disney himself tried to avert this. He named Disneyland after himself (or more accurately after his company) but he didn't want his image to appear anywhere in the park, and during his lifetime it didn't. It was only after his death that "The Walt Disney Story" was installed in the Main Street Opera House, complete with a mural featuring a huge grinning portrait of Walt. More portraits, statues, etc. have been added over the years, but Walt wouldn't have wanted any of them.
** Hong Kong Disneyland's Mystic Point, named for Lord Henry Mystic, though it is more of a small explorer's outpost that serves as the base of operations for Mystic's adventures that he's opened up for visitors curious to see his vast collection of art from around the world and a meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.
* EiffelTowerEffect: At Walt Disney World, certain landmarks from the four parks are used to represent them: Cinderella Castle for the Magic Kingdom, Spaceship Earth for EPCOT, the Sorceror Mickey hat for Disney Hollywood Studios, and the Tree of Life for Animal Kingdom.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: There's a ''lot'' going on behind the scenes.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Inverted in part of "Yo-Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)", the theme song for Pirates of the Caribbean, which goes:
-->We're devils, blighters and ne'er-do-well cads\\
Drink up, me 'earties, yo-ho\\
Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads\\
Drink up, me 'earties, yo-ho
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Probably the only reason EPCOT's Universe of Energy has a massive Dinosaur sequence, which itself was based on Disneyland's Primeval World diorama that serves as the finale for the Disneyland Railroad.
** [=DinoLand=] U.S.A at Animal Kingdom.
** Has your theme park developed the technology to create a free-moving, independently walking, lifelike animatronic figure of an animal? Obviously the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_the_Dinosaur animal in question]] should be a dinosaur!
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: They were all over the place, especially shows and parades, even before the DisneyPrincess line started.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: "it's a small world" contains a very high ratio of glitter to total surface area. Many of the parade and stage show costumes ramp up the glitter quotient as well. And then, there's the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique...
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The Teacups ride, based on ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', is all about spinning as fast as people can go.
** Also, the taxicabs in Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin.
* EverythingIsTryingToKillYou: The nasty side effect of the enchanted music box on the artifacts in ''Mystic Manor'' at Hong Kong Disneyland, from Norse Gods freezing up to the room, huge Venus Flytraps snapping at you, cannons and giant crossbows firing at you, Tikis shooting arrows at you and Albert, and the Monkey King statue creating a massive vortex trying to suck you and Albert out of the mansion.
* EvilElevator: The Tower of Terror, of course.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Very prevalent in the late Eisner-era, like so many other things at Disney. Shut down the Subs for the first time, the entire fiasco surrounding Journey Into Imagination, the infamous cost-cutting that went into California Adventure, the Paris Studios park and Hong Kong Disneyland and other problems.
* ExpansionPack - Well, Toontown and California Adventure. And well before either, New Orleans Square and Bear Country/Critter Country.
** It's much harder to do in California specifically because they couldn't buy as much land when they started out - by the time they could have bought the land to make it mirror the Florida and other worldwide parks; third party hotels and restaurants had already gobbled it up and capitalized on it.
* FarEast: China & Japan at EPCOT's World Showcase and Asia at the Animal Kingdom.
* FantasticVoyage: ''Body Wars''. Was taken further in "Adventure Thru Inner Space", which went down to an atomic scale.
* FantasyGhetto: Averted in that classic fantasy aspects are a major part of the parks - Fantasyland is even front and center in the Magic Kingdom-style ones. Affirmed in that, more than ever, the fantasy aspects are almost all fairy-tale princesses and, well, fairies; intended to appeal to young girls. You want stuff like knights, sorcerers, or dragons; you're pretty much out of luck. Supposedly part of the major expansion to Florida's Fantasyland is intended to fix this.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Several examples:
** The giant cobra on the IndianaJones ride at Disneyland (named, in fact, Fluffy)
** Harold the Yeti on the Matterhorn.
** Bucky, the fire-breathing dragon in Fantasmic!
*** And now the new model is called Murphy--actually a reference to the [[MurphysLaw many problems]] it experienced when it was first unveiled, but still a cutesy name for something that can spit a plume of fire 20 feet long
** Space Mountain has been given a temporary overlay for Halloween, called "Ghost Galaxy." Its star is [[http://media.hkdlsource.com/image/gallery/1118-M.jpeg the charming fellow seen in the background here]]. His name is Bob.
* ForeignRemake: ''Phantom Manor'' is the French version of ''The Haunted Mansion'' at Disneyland Paris in a [[http://photos.worldisround.com/photos/28/426/337_o.jpg house]] awfully reminiscent to [[http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2299/2199260562_a19ae6b6f9_b.jpg Bates Manor]] in ''{{Film/Psycho}}'' and is set to an original backstory integrated with the themed Frontierland it's located in. There's also ''Mystic Manor'' at Hong Kong Disneyland.
** ''Tower of Terror'' at Tokyo Disney Sea has no affiliation, whatsoever, with ''The Twilight Zone'' and is themed with "Hotel Hightower" in 1912 New York instead of 1930s Hollywood.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: A recurring theme of several rides; mostly RuleOfFunny is in effect but the scarier rides play the FridgeHorror for all it's worth.
* FrivolousLawsuit: Too many to count; hardly any are successful. A lot of people only saw the ThemeParkVersion of law... so as a result they thought they could sue for absolutely trivial things. One of the more hilarious ones is a woman who claimed to have gained 50 pounds after The Three Little Pigs apparently fondled and harassed her - the charge was dropped when the costumes were found to have had inoperable stub-arms.
* FunWithAcronyms: EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow (Walt's intention for the site, but after his death the company reworked the idea into a World's Fair-style theme park). There of course have been jokes about other things it could stand for, like "Every Person Comes Out Tired".
** Among Cast Members it's "Employee Paychecks Cut On Thursday"
** The boat operator on one Troper's trip gave this gem: "Experimental Polyester Costumes Of Torture"
* FurAgainstFang: The theme of 2012's Halloween Celebration at Hong Kong Disneyland
* GagNose: On TheMadHatter and Captain Hook.
* GangplankGalleon: Pirates of the Caribbean.
** With BubblegloopSwamp in the form of the Blue Bayou portion in California, Tokyo and Paris.
* TheGenieKnowsJackNicholson: In the vein of the original movie, the ''Aladdin'' stage show keeps its pop-culture references up to date.
* GenreSavvy: A TV set at the Polynesian Resort that once played WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts now plays Creator/DisneyChannel sitcoms. Whether or not this is a good thing is debatable.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In Anette's Diner in Disneyland Paris, every once in a while the waiting staff jumps on the counter and dances to [[{{Grease}} Greased Lightnin']]. It's the uncensored version which says "pussy wagon".
** The [[http://micechat.com/forums/disneyland-resort/96720-redheaded-pirate-painting-disneyland.html#post2808525 bar painting of a pirate lass]] in "Pirates of the Caribbean" at Disneyland is topless with just a few wisps of GodivaHair.
** The whole of Disneyland Paris's Pirates Of the Caribbean ride counts as this, as it is the only version of the ride not to have been [[{{Bowdlerise}} bowdlerised]],and still contains, for instance, the pirates clutching a teenage girl's petticoats and wondering where she is, or updated for the film series. If anything, more crap is gotten past the radar in this version there is an addition where silhouettes of a woman being harassed by two pirates, and it seems like they are trying to sexually assault her.
* GhostInTheMachine: ''Cranium Command'''s premise
* GiantEyeOfDoom: [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/albaum/448665872/ The iconic Back on visual eye]] from Adventure Thru Inner Space.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The plot of several thrill rides.
** Before ''Great Moments with Mr Lincoln'' was opened, Disney's demonstrated their new animatronic technology to a group of Illinois government officials. They were not amused when the Lincoln figure broke down and started leaking '''[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything red]]''' [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything hydraulic fluid]] from its head. From then on all figures were switched to blue fluid.
* GreenAesop: Contained in EPCOT's ''The Land'' pavilion and almost the entirety of the Animal Kingdom park.
** During the 1970s, the burning cabin on Tom Sawyer Island was changed to fake fire as people complained it wasted energy. The actual energy was trivial compared to Disneyland as a whole, of course.
* GuideDangIt: Some of the Hidden Mickies are in very hidden locations. How do people find these without a guide?
** [[http://findingmickey.squarespace.com/hidden-mickeys-disneyland/ Ta-]] [[http://hiddenmickeysguide.com/ da!!]]
* HellHotel: The Hollywood Tower Hotel a.k.a ''TheTwilightZone Tower of Terror''.
** Also, "Hotel Hightower" at Tokyo Disney Sea.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/PatrickWarburton plays a chief flight attendant in the pre-flight videos on Soarin' over California.
** Gary Sinise is your training instructor in Mission: Space, resulting in an [[Apollo13 interesting case]] of ActorAllusion.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Several. [[TheSimpsons Troy McClure]] and [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Mr. Potato Head]] as the talent agents at ''The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management'', [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Lumiere]] as Pierre in the same attraction, Paul Reubens as Rex in the ''Star Tours'' ride, RobinWilliams in ''The Timekeeper''. ThurlRavenscroft also provided his voice for many of the rides. In fact, he's that singing bust everyone mistakes for Walt Disney. Oh, and did we mention that Creator/PaulFrees does several voices for Disney attractions, too, most notably the Ghost Host in ''The Haunted Mansion''?
** NeilPatrickHarris is the new announcer for California Screamin'
* HubLevel: In the Magic Kingdom parks, the Central Plaza at the end of Main Street is a real-life example and possible TropeMaker.
* HulaAndLuaus: The Enchanted Tiki Room and Walt Disney World's Polynesian Resort. Also the long gone Tahitian Terrace at Disneyland.
** There's apparently going to be a Disney resort in ''Hawaii''.
*** Which has the unexpected ''positive side effect'' of both raising the value of Mariott's timeshare next door, and giving Mariott ''more'' business. See, the timeshare units cost about the same. Disney's are smaller, though.
** The Tribal Arts room of Hong Kong's ''Mystic Manor'' lifts elements directly from the Tiki Room.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Happens with glorious frequency on the Jungle Cruise.
---> "And here we see the back side of Schweitzer Falls, named after the back side of the famous explorer, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Schweitzer Dr. Albert Falls]]."
** Also noticeable in the Aladdin-based stage production in California Adventure.
** Not to mention the extinct Kitchen Cabaret / [[AffectionateParody Food Rocks]] show at The Land pavilion.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: A Bug's Land, a part of California Adventure themed to the movie ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife,'' is built to make guests feel bug-sized, with giant shamrocks, benches made of popsicle sticks, and restrooms disguised as a giant box of tissues. ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' became the basis for a playground/set walk-through (Hollywood Studios) and the [=3D=] show ''Honey, I Shrunk the Audience'' (EPCOT/Disneyland/Disneyland Paris/Tokyo Disneyland). ''Body Wars'' (1989-2007) took you on a mission inside the human body within a ship miniaturized to fit within a blood vessel. Before all of these, however, the trope was taken to the maximum possible severity in the long-gone Disneyland ride ''Adventure Thru Inner Space'', in which riders were "shrunk" small enough to travel inside an atom.
* IndianBurialGround: Combined with NeverSayDie in some versions of ''Big Thunder Mountain''. There's a curse on the mountain due to it being a "sacred place" to the natives.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Disney World's ''Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management)''. The new management? [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Iago]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing Zazu]].
** The Tokyo version is invaded by [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Stitch]].
** ''Fantasmic!'' is an even better example, with several Disney Villains from various films attempting to attack Mickey Mouse via his dreams, and a few good guys helping him out.
** ''Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom'', an interactive game hosted by Merlin that sends guests around the Magic Kingdom park to battle the various Disney villains that are working together.
* InvertedTrope: While normally the scenery would attempt to be as believable as possible, the (real) restaurant opposite of the ''Pirates Of The Caribbean'' ride, ''The Blue Bayou'', could easily be mistaken as part of the scenery.
* InvisibleBackupBand: Sonny Eclipse's Space Angels at ''Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe''
* {{Irony}}: Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19977_the-5-most-unsettling-disney-theme-park-easter-eggs_p2.html is built on an oil rig]][[hottip:*: it's not pumping oil, they just needed something that could withstand hurricane-force winds]].
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: A running gag in the current version of ''Carousel of Progress,'' thanks to its TechnologyMarchesOn plot.
** Also, people once said this about Disneyland, back when Walt was trying to get funding to build it. They couldn't have been more wrong.
* JungleJapes: A major portion of Adventureland and Animal Kingdom, plus the African section of ''It's A Small world''.
* LargeHam: The costumed characters often make exaggerated gestures and do goofy things.
* LegionOfDoom: Walt Disney World currently has the villains in a "Halloween Villain Mix and Mingle." Maleficent and Captain Hook seem to be an item (?!), and Frollo is there again, ''dancing''. [[OutOfCharacterMoment Hey, Frollo! I thought you didn't enjoy these kinds of festivals?!]]
** That's ''absurd.'' Everyone knows [[CrackPairing Maleficent is dating Jafar]].
*** That's not what the [[FollowTheBouncingBall Disneyland Fun Sing Along]] says ...
* LighterAndSofter: ''Stitch's Great Escape'' is a much softer version of ''[[ExtraTERRORestrial ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter]]'', which was so scary that parents frequently complained to the staff that it terrified their kids, (even though there were warnings saying it may be too intense for children under 12). ''Alien Encounter'' itself is actually lighter than the [[DivorcedInstallment original concept]] for the show, which was going to be called ''Nostromo'' and featured the Xenomorph from ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', along with other characters such as Ripley, and the Weyland-Yutani company. This idea was abandoned when it was decided to be too scary for a Disney theme park.
* LightGunGame: Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters and Toy Story Midway Mania are theme park ride versions of this.
* LiteralMinded: Face characters will sometimes develop a severe case of this when asked for an autograph.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Disney_Parks_characters Well]] [[http://www.charactercentral.net/ of]] [[http://www.kippel.com/philip/portfolio.php?cat_id=15&PHPSESSID=08fdec4beba44c91304934b7a22b78c5 course]]. Some of them, including {{Doug}}, WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers, WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck, and PowerRangers, have become subject to ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.
* MadScientist: ''The Timekeeper'' starred a robotic one voiced by RobinWilliams.
* MatrixRainingCode: Shows up in the current version of Spaceship Earth at the start of the descent. This probably wasn't meant to be unnerving but...
* MeaningfulName: The two talent agents from ''The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management'' are named William and Morris.
** And pretty much any other character in the park who isn't from a pre-existing Disney movie or TV show is named meaningfully or [[PerfectlyCromulentWord punnily]].
* MegaCorp: An intergalactic one in the form of X-S Tech in the now-gone ''Alien Encounter'' attraction at Magic Kingdom.
** Disney itself falls into this with the amount of power that they wield at Disney World. Just look up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reedy_Creek_Improvement_District "Reedy Creek Improvement District"]] and be ''astounded'' at the amount of power that the state of Florida gave Disney for its operations there. There's a reason why snarky Floridians call it "America's Vatican".
** ''RootOfAllEvil'' declared Disney to be ''more evil then [[ChurchOfHappyology SCIENTOLOGY]]''. Well, it is a whole lot bigger, wealthier, and influential, and thankfully hasn't caused anyone's death. On purpose. That we know of.
*** Less litigious, too.
* MerchandiseDriven: If it's a popular movie or other Disney property that sells a lot of merchandise, odds are you can expect to see an attraction based on it -- if not now, then certainly in the near future. Whether this is a good or a bad thing is [[BrokenBase hotly debated]].
** Every ride built for the last several decades ends by dumping you right into the gift shop for that attraction.
*** And some are being actively remodeled so that they will dump guests into a gift shop. It's a Small World is, at the time of writing.
* MineCartMadness: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
** The Big Grizzly Mountain attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland.
** And in the reworked Fantasyland Expansion for Magic Kingdom, there will be the [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Seven Dwarfs Mine Train]].
* MoodWhiplash: The "Celebrate a Dream Come True" used to have a villain float where they talked about ''their'' dreams coming true.
** Also happens in Snow White's Scary Adventures. The Disneyland version cuts immediately from the witch falling off a cliff to a giant storybook reading, "...and they all lived HappilyEverAfter."
** Plus, the brilliant finale of [=SpectroMagic=] comes just after a scene devoted to ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', whose last float depicts Bald Mountain, complete with Chernabog opening up and closing his wings periodically.
* TheMovie: ''Magic Kingdom'', directed by JonFavreau, about a family that gets trapped in the park after dark ''a la NightAtTheMuseum'' (last I heard).
** Guerrilla Movie: ''[[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-sundance-2013-escape-from-tomorrow-disney-20130120,0,7974301.story Escape From Tomorrow]]'', a black-and-white film about a man slowly going crazy (or is he?) during a family vacation, was secretly filmed at Disney World and Disneyland. The director was amazed he, his actors (who hid their scripts on their [=iPhones=]), and crew wasn't caught; then again what's one more a guy with a camera at Disney World?
** BradBird and Damon Lindelof are currently producing a sci-fi flick titled ''Tomorrowland'' starring GeorgeClooney and HughLaurie.
* MsFanservice: Some of the female parade dancers wear pretty short skirts for being in a Disney Theme Park. Especially the dancers on some of the parades in Europe.
* MultipleChoicePast: As noted below, the burning shack on TomSawyer's Island.
* {{Munchkin}}: There is a certain class of fan that treats a day at the park like a game. Most time on rides and least time in line wins. With the addition of [=FastPass=], the strategy has become even more SeriousBusiness.
* MythologyGag: Increased a lot after the original park hit 40 years or so, especially as so many rides have gone away. It's not uncommon to see a nod to ''Horizons'' around today's EPCOT, an attraction which itself had a ContinuityNod to ''Carousel of Progress.''
** In fact, one of the biggest ''Horizons'' tributes in Florida is not in Epcot at all, but rather in the post-show for Space Mountain after the ride was overhauled in 2009.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Sometimes, commercials for the attractions feature things that are not at all included in the actual attraction for obvious reasons other than for perhaps, dramatic effect.
* NiceGuy: Practically a prerequisite for working in a Disney park. It's incredibly hard to find someone working there who ''doesn't'' genuinely enjoy doing their job (or at least do a decent job of ''acting'' like it), from the costumed characters to the guys who walk around with brooms and dustpans who keep the place obsessively clean.
** This is a big part of Disney's corprate policy.
*** It should be noted that they certainly don't get paid extra to smile.
* NiceHat: Mainly (but not exclusively) the iconic mouse ears. It started with the classic Mouseketeer style and exploded from there. You can get one for practically any conceivable occasion or character now.
** AnimalEaredHeadband: The Minnie Mouse counterpart to the classic Mickey hat.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Pirate Zombie Robot part, anyway--audio-animatronic pirate skeletons on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
* NobleSavage and TheSavageIndian: Disneyland capitalized on the popularity of TheWestern with a full-blown Indian Village in the early days. TomSawyer Island featured a burning cabin and arrow-studded settler. As attitudes changed, the Indian Village closed in the 1970s and the burning cabin went through a series of new back stories -- river pirates, a moonshiner accident, and finally a careless settler [[GreenAesop endangering an eagle nest]] (seriously). The fire is finally out and the cabin is just a cabin.
** Furthermore, you hear the narrator of the Railway train ride tour blabber on and on about "the spirit of {{Pocahontas}}" as you pass through the remains of the Indian Village.
* ObviousBeta: Some criticisms seem to be merely because of maintenance and construction - "When I last went there; half the park was walled off", "*insert ride here* were closed so everybody swarmed Mullholland Madness/California Screamer/Soarin' over california/Other attraction here", "The halls are too narrow because it's all under construction." This gives the ''feel'' of an ObviousBeta but really; construction and maintenance has to happen ''sometime''.
** As for 2012, it looks a ''lot'' more complete. However, let's just say don't expect to get on the Cars Racers anytime soon.
* OfficialCosplayGear: One of the many things available as souvenirs.
* OldShame: Splash Mountain is based upon ''SongOfTheSouth'', a movie they otherwise don't like talking about. Rumor has it, however, is that people who are hired as [[InsistentTerminology Cast Members]] on the ride are shown the movie during training.
** As the parks have aged, {{Disney}} has begun talking more and more openly about old rides that didn't quite work out or simply didn't last for very long, such as Flying Saucers or the Viewliner, respectively. But certain attractions, such as the opening year's circus or the Rocket Rods will only ever be acknowledged once every blue moon.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Dreamfinder played one in the Tales of Terror sequence of the original ''Journey Into Imagination'' (the twist, though, was that since the section was about literature, the organ resembled something of a huge typewriter/computer). And don't forget the atmospheric music in the Haunted Mansion, which even has an actual pipe organ being played by a ghost in the ballroom scene (and is actually the same pipe organ from ''[[Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea]]'').
* OracularHead: Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion. Also the Shrunken Ned fortune telling machine at Disneyland's Adventureland.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: ''The Haunted Mansion'''s spirits are said to be from all over the world, with the Mansion itself serving as a supernatural boarding house/retirement center. But in the ''Tower of Terror'', the ghosts seem to be permanently stuck in the hotel as a result of the elevator accident. Then in ''Phantom Manor'', we've got the ghostly villain taking on three forms throughout while tormenting the bride into old age.
** In fairness, ''Tower of Terror'' (at the U.S. parks) is based on [[Series/TheTwilightZone an intellectual property]] that Disney had to license, so discrepancies could arise from that situation.
*** Lampshaded in the [[Film/TowerOfTerror movie]] where it states that the ghosts can't actually leave the hotel grounds due to the curse that caused the accident in the first place.
* OvenLogic: In the last part of the current version of ''Carousel of Progress'', though unintentional, the oven was programmed to automatically set the temperature if it hears numbers spoken aloud (that's one hell of a design flaw) and the father was talking about the Grandmother's score in a video game.
* PantomimeAnimal: Cast members in character costumes who roam the parks. (This doesn't include "face characters", like Alice or Snow White.)
* ParentalBonus: Disneyland has (or at least had) a few areas where parents could take a breather and enjoy some relatively tasteful atmosphere and fine dining, complete with (gasp!) alcoholic drinks. Oh, and the Submarine Lagoon used to have comely Mermaids in there to wave and smile at passing men. There also used to be a working Pharmacy and a shop selling women's underclothes.
** While Disney World's Magic Kingdom has a very, very strict "no alcohol, EVER" policy, said policy does not extend to the non-Magic Kingdom parks. As a matter of fact, "Drinking Around the World" (guests attempt to try the signature alcoholic beverage of each country in World Showcase) is a popular extra-curricular activity for some guests. They'll even would let you bring a margarita on Mexico's El Rio del Tiempo until it closed in 2007.
** As for Disneyland, you'll probably have to head for California Adventure, unless if you're lucky enough to have a membership in the uber-exclusive [[http://www.disneylandclub33.com/ Club 33]]. There, you'll find the more complete bar in any Disney Park.
** Animal Kingdom has its own [[http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/29/3165 beer]]
** In the Disney/{{Aladdin}} play, Genie's lines.
** A former band of holiday-themed street performers in the Hollywood Studios park in Florida performed a song about what they would build the perfect gingerbread man out of. After singing an overly-long description of how he bites the gingerbread man's arm off, a rather effeminate man completes his portion with the line "and a gummy thong!"
* ParodyRetcon: The ''Jungle Cruise'' was supposed to be an African safari ride, with animatronics replacing the inconvenient live animals. Nobody took it seriously, so Disney switched to the PlayedForLaughs version we have today.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Pretty much any attraction with a historical setting, although ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' and ''The Hall of Presidents'' are major offenders. Upper management seems to think that people don't come to theme parks to be disturbed or have their consciences bothered, and they're probably right.
** POTC is noticeable for once containing scenes that were considered less politically correct (pirates chasing wenches, a naked girl hiding in a barrel) that have since been replaced by "family friendly" versions (women chasing pirates away with brooms, Jack Sparrow hiding in a barrel).
** Averted with the now-defunct ''Golden Dreams'' in California Adventure. The show didn't pull any punches regarding the treatment of native Indians by the conquistadors, the dangerous circumstances under which Chinese railroad laborers had to work during the Gold Rush, the overt racism against the Japanese (especially "picture brides") during the early part of the 20th century, or the hardship and borderline hostility towards migrants from Oklahoma and Arkansas during the Dust Bowl. (It often played to near-empty houses and has been closed and replaced by a dark ride themed to ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.) ''Golden Dreams'' was intended as the SpiritualSuccessor to Epcot's still-running ''The American Adventure'', a retrospective on U.S. history through WorldWarII that does take a few moments to point out that women, blacks, and Native Americans often got the short end of the stick compared to white males.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: ''The Enchanted Tiki Room''.
* PoisonousFriend: Disneyland's very first employee, C.B. Wood, is viewed as this by the company. He started out as a researcher for the Stanford Institute (who helped Disney locate the land for the park) and shortly after joined Disney full-time, becoming something of an unsung hero of the park's development. He was the guy who made sure that everything was running on schedule (the park only had a year to be built, so this was insanely important) and he also made many little deals with outside companies to help sponsor the park, and in doing so is credited as helping make the park a reality. Then, three months after Disneyland was opened, Roy Disney discovered that Wood was embezzling money from the park. He was very quickly fired from Disney... and then almost immediately afterwards set up his own amusement park development company with many of the people who had helped build Disneyland, and built many different Disneyland-esque parks around the United States, including the very first SixFlags.
* PropRecycling: Various animatronics from closed rides. Dozens and dozens of ''America Sings'' characters were moved to ''Splash Mountain'', and various bits of ''World of Motion'' have shown up in everything from Pirates to just hanging around the California Adventure backlot section for atmosphere. It was necessary in Splash Mountain's case to do a lot of reprogramming to make the America Sings animatronics "forget" their old routines.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: The Back. Side. Of. Water!
* RandomlyGeneratedLevels: ''Star Tours 2.0''
* RattlingOffLegal: Parodied in ''Star Tours: The Adventures Continue'', where the disclaimer for all the astronomical incidents the agency will not cover lasts for almost ''half a minute''. It is the EvilEmpire 's reign, after all...
* RaygunGothic: Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World. Tomorrowland at Disneyland ("updated" in the 90s to wild indifference) and Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris are more SteamPunk.
* {{Retraux}}: The 2008 Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough at Disneyland uses all kinds of special effects to recreate a mid-50s attraction. Meanwhile, Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln utilizes audio from a 1964 World's Fair exhibit with an advanced audio-animatronic.
* RhymesOnADime: The Dreamseekers from ''Tapestry of Dreams''
* RibcageRidge: The T-Rex skeleton at ''Big Thunder Mountain''
* RightOnQueue: The lines at especially popular attractions range into the truly absurd, especially for newer rides. Various methods have been attempted to combat this, like adding interesting things to look at during the wait including puzzles (The Indiana Jones ride has old hieroglyphs you can decode), short films that [[AllThereInTheManual help set up the plot]], and finally the Fast Pass system.
** The longest ride queue to date occurred in Walt Disney World Christmas day (one of the busiest days for the park) in 2009, when one of the theaters for Soarin' Over California broke down. The resulting line from fans of the ride soon grew to '''SEVEN HOURS'''! For those keeping score at home, a flight from Orlando International Airport to LAX is only five hours.
*** Hard mode: leave the end of the broken-down Soarin' line in Florida, hop on a ''real'' plane to LAX and arrive in Anaheim to get in line for ''their'' Soarin' Over California before you would've gotten to go on the Florida version.
** The Radiator Springs racers in California Adventure park - quite literally ''every single knows this''.
* TheRoaringTwenties: Buena Vista Street, the revamped entry plaza to California Adventure, is themed to Los Angeles at the time Walt Disney first arrived there on the cusp of the GoldenAgeOfHollywood.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Well, what else would you call the costumed versions of Mickey, Minnie, etc?
* SceneryPorn: No shit! Some look very artificial... but many of the resorts and rides are ''very'' SceneryPorn. Special mention goes to Storybook Land in Anaheim - Those plants you see in there? There's a good reason they look so realistic - they ''are'' real.
** Also, there are herbs growing throughout the parks in Anaheim, but there's a lot in Tomorrowland. There are herbs growing such as lavender, sage, and basil; fruits such as bananas, grapes, pomegranate, and oranges, and even peppers and coffee beans. All selected based on an "Agrifuture" concept for the area's landscaping.
** In the Animal Kingdom park, the designers even made sure the streetlights and power poles looked correct for the regions of the world the park sections represent. And the entry rainforest contains plants from every continent.
* {{Scotireland}}: Anecdotal evidence suggests more than a few [[Film/{{Brave}} Merida]] face characters don't know the difference between a Scottish and Irish accent.
* ScriptWank: ''Ellen's Energy Adventure''. The original Universe of Energy spent a lot of time discussing alternate energy sources, such as the solar panels on the attraction itself. The new version may well be titled "I love fossil fuels".
* SeriousBusiness: Ah, pin trading... Just to name one thing.
* SexySilhouette: Naturally Ms. Toonservice herself, [[HelloNurse Jessica Rabbit]] makes one in the queue to ''Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin''.
* SigilSpam: The Mickey symbol is everywhere.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: ''The Matterhorn'', ''Expedition Everest'' and the ''Blizzard Beach'' water park.
* SouvenirLand: Parodied by ''Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama'', though the area itself would grow to be hated by park fans.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Haunted Mansion'' is easily this to ''Adventure Thru Inner Space''. Both are Omnimover "Doom Buggy" type dark rides narrated by legendary voice actor, Paul Frees.
** ''The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror'' to ''The Haunted Mansion'': two classic, popular, dark, horror-themed, Disney attractions set within haunted venues narrated by [[TheVoice disembodied voices]].
** The ''Indiana Jones Adventure'' to ''Star Tours'' and ,by extension, ''Captain EO''; since they're all adventure-themed collaborations of Disney and GeorgeLucas. Many a fan have even described Indy as "[[XMeetsY basically Han Solo as an archeologist]]".
-->While we're on ''Star Tours'', it was often compared to EPCOT's beloved ''Body Wars''. The interior of the Bravo 229 vessel mimics that of the Starspeeder so much, you couldn't help but automatically think that you're on "''Star Tours'' only inside the human body". Even the instructional video was a clone.
** ''Luigi's Flying Tires'' and ''Radiator Springs Racers'' of California Adventure's Cars Land to ''Flying Saucers'' (1961-1966) and ''Test Track'', respectively.
* TheStarscream: The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game shakes things up and has Maleficent play this part to Hades, who serves as the BigBad. Jafar and Ursula are also trying to take the [[MacGuffin Crystal of the Magic Kingdom]] pieces for themselves or shake off Hades' leadership.
* StuffBlowingUp: Mostly in shows, and not just fireworks displays.
* TakeThatUs: The park staff often makes pot shots to "It's a Small World After All". It's somewhat of a whipping boy.
* TheTalk - Yes, "The Making of Me" was real. While [[http://waltdatedworld.bravepages.com/id233.htm this site]] does not include the film, it does have a photo of the hilarious disclaimer outside the theater. Still to be answered: Is the middle of an already overstimulating Disney World vacation ''really'' the best time to have this subject brought up; possibly for the first time for some kids? That said, Martin Short actually handled it pretty well.
* TempleOfDoom: The ''IndianaJones'' attractions. At Disney Sea, it's complimented by the ''Raging Spirits'' coaster.
* {{Thememobile}}: The ''Disney Stars and Motorcars'' parade at Disney-Hollywood Studios featured popular Disney characters (and characters licensed by Disney for the parks) riding in themed cars.
* ThemeParkVersion - TropeMaker. The characters were already ThemeParkVersion 's of the original stories, and then they go through an additional layer of this when they're actually put into the theme park...
* TitleDrop: Ugh, just too many to list really. Below are some examples to name a few.
** "''It's A Small World'' after all".
** "Welcome, foolish mortals to ''The Haunted Mansion''".
** "I'll turn his dream into a nightmare ''Fantasmic''".
* ToonTown: One inspired by the TropeNamer, no less.
* ToyTime: Both ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory Midway Mania'' and ''[[BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin]]''[=/=]''Astro Blasters'''.
** As well as Hong Kong Disneyland's new themed world, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Toy Story Land]], which will open in November 2011.
* TronLines: They're going to be everywhere in the 2012 redo of Test Track.
** During the Halloween season, spooky light shows are projected on the outside of Disneyland's Space Mountain, including some that outline the entire cone with Tron Lines.
* UnderTheSea: The Submarine rides, the ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' attractions and ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' dark rides.
* UpdatedRerelease: Quite a few rides have been altered over the years. Although whether or not this is a good thing is up to debate, most have just received technical upgrades.
** This also helps keep some rides from getting too old, from getting too outdated not only because they're over fifty years old, but also for safety purposes.
** Among others, the ''Star Tours'' ride got [[ReTool retooled]] to include more scenes and characters from the entire ''Franchise/StarWars'' film saga uniting both the classic and prequel trilogies.
*** With Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm and the prospect of upcoming franchise installments, we're likely to see many updates to the ride in the years to come.
* VariableMix: Many of the rides with iconic theme music have that music change slightly from scene to scene, utilizing different instrumentation, rhythm, and even chords to provide the right atmosphere for the visuals. "It's a Small World" is the most famous example, but an even better one is "It's Fun to Be Free", the jaunty theme song from the now-defunct World of Motion attraction. You can sometimes catch it on [[http://mouseworldradio.com/ MouseWorld Radio]].
** Many of the parades do this. For example, the Main Street Electrical Parade has a unique theme for each float, and the sound system smoothly segues between them as the floats move down the route.
* VillainSong: The ''Hallowishes'' show.
** "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)"
** "''Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize...''"
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Quite a lot of unused concepts for attractions come up online. [[http://waltdatedworld.bravepages.com/id203.htm Have a look.]] and also [[http://www.theneverlandfiles.com/tnf/ Look Here]]
** According to the Haunted Mansion anniversary issue of Disney's "Twenty Four" magazine, plans were made and eventually scrapped for an indoor, perpetual-twilight (think Blue Bayou/Pirates Of The Caribbean) Disney park featuring at the end of their Main Street USA equivalent, not the familiar princess castle, but the Haunted Mansion on a hill. Crowning Hub Of Awesome!
* TheWildWest: Frontierland (and Westernland at Tokyo Disneyland).
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: This exact phrase is used in the recorded narration for the ''Sailing Ship Columbia'' attraction (a full-scale replica of the historical ship)
* WorldTree: The Tree of Life, the centerpiece of Disney's Animal Kingdom.
** The "Tree of Technology" in Anaheim's Innoventions attraction also seems to have a bit of this vibe.
* WriterRevolt: Done on the occasions when Imagineers are forced to tear down a ride to build a new one. They'll often sneak in a ShoutOut to the original version.
** Occasionally, the shout out will be in a totally different attraction. At the Magic Kingdom, a tombstone for Mr. Toad is in the Haunted Mansion queue. Also, references to Horizons and Submarine Voyage are in Space Mountain's post-show.
* XDaysSince: Used in the exit to ''Stitch's Great Escape''.
* {{Zeerust}}: Tomorrowland and EPCOT settled on this as a result of the problems of TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
** The former was originally how people in 1955 thought people would be living in 1980; the latter, how people in 1982 thought people would be living in 2000.
** Actually [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] and then [[ReconstructedTrope reconstructed]] in the old attraction ''Horizons'', which reminisced about some visions of the future that were off the mark, then goes ahead and made some slightly less absurd (at the time) predictions of its own.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Dreamfinder's CoolShip was one of these.
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* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: A recurring theme of several rides; mostly RuleOfFunny is in effect but the scarier rides play the FridgeHorror for all it's worth.
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* GiantEyeOfDoom: The infamous Back on visual [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/albaum/448665872/ eye]] from Adventure Thru Inner Space.

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* GiantEyeOfDoom: The infamous Back on visual eye from Adventure Thru Inner Space.
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* CentrifugalFarce: The ''Disneyland'' show episode "Man in Space", which was made in 1955, had a section on how astronauts would be trained, including being put on a centerfuge. Seeing how far the show predates the actual space program, it's remarkable how far ahead the scientists involved (who were consultants on the episode) were preparing.
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* ''TheTimekeeper''
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** The Big Grizzly Mountain attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland.
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** During the Halloween season, spooky light shows are projected on the outside of Disneyland's Space Mountain, including some that outline the entire cone with Tron Lines.
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