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Cinderella Castle, as seen at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

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Plaque over the entrance tunnels into Disneyland

The six Theme Park resorts owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company under the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts subsidiary, also known simply as Disney Parks. Their best-known attractions include state-of-the-art rides and shows based upon the Disney films, as well as spectacular parades, fireworks and other live performances. You want to make sure everyone knows you're going there.

Walt Disney 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, and remains so to this day.

    Disney Resorts 
  • Disneyland Resort: The original Disneyland Park opened on July 17, 1955 by invitation only, and the following day to the general public. Located in Anaheim, California, it's 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 Walt's personal touch. Its companion park, Disney California Adventure, opened in 2001. There are not as many resorts around this site because Disney did not have a lot of money when the park was built, and by the time the company became the Mega Corp. they are today, the city's property values had gone through the roof because of the tourism Disneyland brought in (Walt was not happy about this irony).
  • Walt Disney World Resort: The largest and most popular of the resorts opened in 1971, located in the cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista near Orlando, Florida. Includes four parks: Magic Kingdom (based largely on the original Disneyland), Epcot (devoted to science, technology, and cultures of the world; opened in 1982 as EPCOT Center), Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios [with a third name to be announced in the future] and focusing on movie/moviemaking-related attractions, 1989) and Disney's Animal Kingdom (combo of theme park and wildlife park, 1998), as well as two (formerly threenote ) 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 Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney among other past names).

    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, to avoid the property lockout seen in Anaheim. Another reason, and the company's official line, is that Walt Disney heard from families who could see the freeway congestion from the Skyway trams at Disneyland, and were leaving early to avoid Los Angeles' typical traffic. He developed Disney World so its parks would be as far separated from "reality" as possible, making it more likely that tourists and locals alike will stay longer.

    The property on which the resort sits on was bought by Roy O. Disney, Walt's older brother. Note also that this is the only park to have "Walt" in the title. Roy specifically wanted to name the park in honor of his brother rather than just the company. For his efforts to complete Walt's long-in-development Florida Magic Kingdom, there is a statue of him sitting with Minnie Mouse just past the entrance of that park, to complement the famous "Partners" statue at the main hub.
  • Tokyo Disney Resort: Opened in 1983 in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan (east of Tokyo), it is the first (and only) franchise Disney resort, owned and operated by the Oriental Land Company rather than by 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 Paris (formerly known as Euro Disney Resort and later Disneyland Resort Paris): Opened in 1992, and going for an even more elaborate look (as well as Darker and Edgier for some attractions). Located in the Parisian suburb of Marne-la-Vallée, it includes two theme parks; the original one is now known as Disneyland Park and a second opened in 2002, known as Walt Disney Studios Park. 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 hated by the French people, who opposed the poor (by French standards, anyway) working conditions there and viewed it as an example of American cultural imperialism. Despite the initial hostility, today the resort has some of the largest attendance numbers of any European tourist destination (but still loses money by the boatload due to shady financial montages that plague it since its debuts).
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Resort: Opened in 2005, its park is 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 embarked on a large expansion project that brought 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.... The expansion also includes a Toy Story themed land, which is themed to look like Andy's toys in the grass of his backyard, and a Lighter and Softer twist on The Haunted Mansion, set inside a Victorian-era mansion in the jungle belonging to Adventurer Archaeologist Lord Henry Mystic and his pet monkey, Albert. Lord Mystic's just gotten back from another archaeological expedition and brought back an enchanted music box. Then one day, Albert opens the music box and the artifacts in the mansion come to life...
  • Shanghai Disneyland Resort: 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 finally opened in 2016invoked. The resort is 2-3 times the size of the Hong Kong Resort with room for up to three parks, the first of which will, of course, be a version of the Magic Kingdom; the other two are expected to be ports of Epcot and Animal Kingdom. Aside from Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, the park is comprised of new lands that are variations on other themes. Mickey Avenue fuses Main Street and Toontown into a new entry zone, the hub is a new land unto itself known as the Gardens of Imagination, the Pirates of the Caribbean films become the new Treasure Cove area, and the mysterious Lost World of Adventure Isle is the home of a new Soarin' and a rapids ride home to a malevolent prehistoric beast known as Q'araq.

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 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.
  • Disney Vacation Club: Disney's take on timeshare ownership, and as you might hear about it while staying at WDW, The Best Kept Disney Secret. Members buy into a share of a DVC resort and get an annual allotment 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 against 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 amenities 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.

The parks are a rich well of Affectionate (or not) Parody Fuel, often in the form of Souvenir Land. Some of the most popular attractions have even been adapted into movies, with Pirates of the Caribbean being the most successful of them, but also including Tower of Terror, The Haunted Mansion, The Country Bears and Tomorrowland. There's also Escape from Tomorrow, a black-and-white indie horror film shot guerrilla-style at Disneyland and Disney World without the company's permission.

See also The Kingdom Keepers, a series of books by Ridley Pearson, that take place at Walt Disney World; Disney Kingdoms, a Marvel Comics imprint focused on stories based around the attractions; Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, a sci-fi novel set in 22nd century Disney World, and the Wasteland of the Epic Mickey video game is based on the "Magic Kingdom" parks.

Several other video games are based around the parks, including four that never left Japan. Also, two DVD sets in the Walt Disney Treasures line have been dedicated to the parks: "Disneyland, USA" and "Disneyland: Secrets, Stories, and Magic".

The Theme Parks are the Trope Namer for:


    Attractions with their own pages 
Note: Although all resorts include a Magic Kingdom park, in this list "Magic Kingdom" only refers to the one in Walt Disney World, Florida. The California Magic Kingdom is labeled as "Disneyland" and the Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai parks are referred to by their locations.


Tropes used in the parks include:

    Tropes A to M 
  • Aborted Arc:
    • 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. Camp Minnie-Mickey originally included leftovers of the scrapped land, including a dragon-shaped rock and a bridge that looks like the entrance to a castle. The park originally offered boat tours that passed by the den of an unseen dragon, but these features were closed within their first year. Also, to the confusion of many a guest, the park's logo prominently includes a large dragon. The concept of including mythological creatures into the park was eventually picked up by Expedition Everest's Yeti, and fully realized with Pandora - The World of Avatar.
    • Some of the Imagineers behind Beastly Kingdom went to work on Universal Studios' 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 Harry Potter 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.
    • The massive $1.1 billion redo of California Adventure that took place from 2007 to 2012 was intended to turn the park into Walt Disney's California, with each land representing a different decade of his life in the state. Over the five years of construction, this plan began to slip, and upon the project's completion, the only remnant was the hub's transformation into Buena Vista Street—California as it was when Disney arrived in the 1920s.
  • Ace Pilot: Real Life examples are shown in the queue for Soarin' Around the World, which features a pre-show area paying tribute to many a famous pilot and aircraft who've made a groundbreaking impact in aviation history. Among the icons shown are Amelia Earhart, Chuck Yeager, Howard Hughes and James Herman Banning.
  • Action Figure Speech: The character performers. Though more recently, costumes with functional mouths (and blinking eyes) have begun to be introduced for cases where they need to speak, such as the Mickey who appears at the opening of the Magic Kingdom and the Timon who emcees The Festival of the Lion King.
  • Adaptation Distillation: 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 Peter Pan 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.
  • Adjective Animal Alehouse: A sign for "The Green Dragon" can be seen in Disneyland's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • A lot of attraction backstories rely on promotional items and books on the parks to understand, and/or familiarity with their source material in the case of rides adapted from films, TV shows, etc.
    • Disney has 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 better understand Alien Encounter, you must watch the pre-shows.
    • To understand the backstory of Mystic Manor, you need to watch 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.
    • There is actually a backstory to the now gone nighttime parade Spectromagic, mainly for Mickey and the SpectroMen.
    The SpectroMen are keepers of light. They hold the parades magical light and transform it for you in the midst of the night. They come from a land called LightSpriation where everything is filled with rays of light and magical bursts of color. They were always afraid to come out of hiding and share their magical light, until one day, Mickey, the SpectroMen King, asked if they would join him in a nighttime festival of magic and light, and come and bring the magical light for everyone to see. Scared to confront people, they hesitated. After much consideration, the SpectroMen agreed. They brought along their magical SpectroBalls and Light-Trumpets to spread the joy of their magical light to everyone. Mickey controls the light they magically create and powers the parade through his Electro-ball, changing it from night to day, or crystal to multi-color.
    • Also, the four SpectroMen on the whirly balls are named Hyper-Chic, Lo-Ball, Rapper and Opera.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: This trope can be felt in the TV commercials for Splash Mountain when it first opened. They play "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" in the background and, of course, feature the huge climactic drop, but that's where the similarities end. The commercial for the ride at Disneyland (opened in 1989) has a very foreboding feel to it and features an announcer (that sounds very much like Don LaFontaine) who says ominously that "the only way out is a long. Way. Down!" By contrast, the commercial for the same ride at Tokyo Disneyland (opened in 1992) has a much more cheerful tone to it. The announcer (speaking in Japanese, of course) also sounds excited.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • At Disneyland's Main Street USA:
      • Several walkaround characters such as Alice and Mad Hatter are allowed to roam through the land despite not being from that period or location.
      • The Main Street Theater plays Mickey Mouse cartoons that wouldn't be released for twenty to thirty years after the land's early 1900s setting.
      • The Jolly Holiday Bakery, based on the movie Mary Poppins, is in the land a decade before the film took place.
      • Main Street's 2012 background music loop includes "Married Life" from Up, a film that begins in the 1930s. It is arranged in a turn-of-the-century style to match other music in the loop, however.
    • The DINOSAUR ride, despite being set in the Late Cretaceous period, mixes in several dinosaurs from different eras, including ones that go all the way back to the Late Jurassic era.
    • A minor example, but the final scene of Carousel of Progress set in The '90s 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.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Countries in the World Showcase at Epcot include Mexico, Japan, Italy, Norway... and Arendelle. It's sort of integrated with Norway, but still.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: The Minnie Mouse counterpart to the classic Mickey hat.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: The "Attractionistas" souvenir dolls are friends who wished to embody their favorite rides. They are:
    • Carrie (Fantasyland Carousel)
    • Pearl (Pirates of the Carribean
    • Maddie (Mad Tea Party)
    • Gracey (The Haunted Mansion)
    • Nellie (Jungle Cruise)
    • Celeste (Space Mountain)
    • Holly (The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror)
    • Briar (Splash Mountain)
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Some meet and greet characters such as Pluto and Marie, Toulouse, and Berlioz can now walk on two legs.
  • Apocalyptic Log: 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.
  • Arabian Nights/Days: Arabian Coast at DisneySea.
  • Arc Welding: Since the 90s, it has been common for attractions sharing a land to be woven together into a larger storyline for that area. In recent years though, the Imagineers have gotten more ambitious, taking the Society of Explorers and Adventurers storyline at Tokyo DisneySea and starting to tie it into almost every original attraction with pulp adventure and supernatural themes. Besides SEA's main home bases at Tokyo's Tower of Terror, Hong Kong's Mystic Manor, and Orlando's Miss Adventure Falls, the organization has ties to The Jungle Cruise, The Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain, and even the Indiana Jones franchise.
  • The Artifact:
    • The current scientific theme of the Imagination pavilion at Epcot is an artifact of its former Honey, I Shrunk the Audience film. The Magic Eye Theater has cycled through so many shows that even its name is a remnant of its original charter film, Magic Journeys.
    • The reason that Epcot's parking lot is so massive is because it was intended to be the location of a second, larger Transportation and Ticket Center. In the plans, the Epcot-to-Magic-Kingdom monorail loop would have been joined by two other loops - one that would have serviced the Epcot hotels, and another that would have taken guests to the Walt Disney World Village shopping center (now Downtown Disney).
    • If you've ever seen the Electrical Parade, most of the people around you were probably murmuring "Who is that?" when the Petes Dragon float came by. The Pete's Dragon float that is immediately followed by an America's Bicentennial float! The Electric Water Pageant also sports a Bicentennial-themed finale.
    • The aforementioned mythical creatures in the Animal Kingdom iconography.
    • Huge chunks of Disney's Hollywood Studios' acreage became this once it stopped operating as an actual film/animation studio, and the Studio Tour (downsized to a fraction of its former self) finally shuttered in 2014. These are set to become home to expansions based around Toy Story and Star Wars.
    • When Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland closed in the 1970s for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, much of the rockwork unaffected by the new attraction was left up. Cascade Falls was demolished in the 90s due to water damage, but much of the Living Desert's rockwork became a backdrop for Big Thunder Ranch's petting zoo and barbeque place. Some of this would be torn out for the Star Wars expansion, but other bits are apparently planned to be retained.
  • Artifact of Doom:
    • The Shiriki Utundu idol in DisneySea's Tower of Terror was powerful enough to possess the whole hotel and smack Harrison Hightower into another dimension. Also a mystic gem in the Indiana Jones sequence of the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios. And no matter what, DON'T LOOK INTO THE EYES OF MARA OR THE CRYSTAL SKULL. That could be dangerous. Very dangerous. And then there's the enchanted music box at Mystic Manor, which makes the artifacts come to life to try and kill Albert the Monkey and the guests, and wrecks the mansion.
  • Artifact Title: Disney California Adventure, which started out with a lot of California-themed attractions, has gradually lost them. Even the signature Soarin' Over California has been replaced with a world tour. Bountiful Farm, the winery, the tortilla factory, and the Golden Dreams film are all gone. Fans have nicknamed it PixarLand, and soon it will be gaining a MarvelLand.
  • Artificial Atmospheric Actions:
    • 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. However, there are rides that noticeably avert this—a great example is "it's a small world", where the foreign language announcements are very nice and fit the theme quite well. Radiator Springs Racers has Ramone give out the Spanish safety instructions, while Mater's Junkyard Jamboree's are bumbled by Larry the Cable Guy in-character as Mater.
    • The "Exit" signs in some attractions and Dark Rides can be like this, too...but really, there's no reason to not make them visible, or to have some way to fix the ride/rescue stuck people.
    • The Animatronics can also seem this way. When they fail, it's either quite hilarious at best or downright scary at worst.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The chanting in a made-up language in the Tapestry of Nations/Tapestry of Dreams parade was meant to evoke the feel of African or Native American languages to give it the world music feel it needed without being very specific of its origin.
  • Ascended Extra: Dr. Nigel Channing (played by Eric Idle) started off as one of the characters in Honey, I Shrunk The Audience, but was later then given a prominent role in the pre-show of Tokyo's version of the attraction, and later was made the star of the Journey into Imagination, expanding the universe HISTA is set in.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: 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.
  • Bat Scare: The first lift on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad leads through a cavern full of screeching bats.
  • Beneath the Earth: DisneySea's Journey to the Center of the Earth, the portion of Disneyland Paris' Phantom Manor where the Doombuggies are Buried Alive and you see a bunch of corpses rising from their underground graves.
  • Bears are Bad News:
    • 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 Beary Funny 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!"
  • Beary Funny: The Country Bear Jamboree.
  • Belly Dancer:
    • The World Showcase area in Epcot features the Moroccan Pavilion, designed to appear like a real-life Moroccan street, where tourists can catch belly dancing shows either in the courtyard or inside the Restaurant Marrakesh. The Souk-Al-Magreb shop also offers books that can teach its reader how to belly dance.
    • The Tokyo DisneySea park from Tokyo Disney Resort had a dinner show attraction called A Table is Waiting, which showcased different food dishes from cultures around the world. One of the countries shown was India, where performers dressed as belly dancers would sing about spice and curry with the song "Spice Up Your Life".
  • The Big Easy: New Orleans Square (Disneyland) and Port Orleans French Quarter Resort (Walt Disney World).
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The Matterhorn Bobsleds stars the Abominable Snowman, while Expedition Everest instead features the Yeti.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Prevalent in many parks, most notably in Animal Kingdom, where the African portion features signs in mostly accurate Swahili.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Happens occasionally on the Jungle Cruise.
  • Blatant Lies: "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 started, for example, with pirates chasing women, implying potential sexual assault. Then the women were given food so that would be what the pirates were after. Then the pirates were given the food instead and the women chased them to get it back. Somewhat Truth in Television, 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.
    • Animal Kingdom got a taste of this before it even opened. Kilimanjaro Safaris originally had the visible corpse of Big Red after she is killed by poachers, and the dragon cave on the Discovery River Boats originally had the dead knights lying around it. Both were removed after they received extremely negative response during the park's employee previews.
    • After the death of a toddler at the maw of a local alligator, Walt Disney World briefly removed all references to crocodilians in their theme parks, including a now unfortunate one-off line from the Jungle Cruise saying to "Watch your children, or the crocodiles will…" and even removing Tick-Tock Croc from appearances, including the Electrical Water Pageant. These references gradually returned, with the exception of the Jungle Cruise line.
  • Bright Castle: The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle (or Cinderella Castle, if you're in Florida or Tokyo) 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 received independence in 1961.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • 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 indefinitely 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 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.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: So far Thumper and Miss Bunny are one of the only Disney rabbits that play this trope straight during meet and greets.
  • The Cameo:
  • Captain Ersatz: The alien from The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter was one for, well, the Xenomorph from Alien. Apparently, it was originally planned to be a Xenomorph, and an actual Xenomorph shows up on The Great Movie Ride.
  • Captain Obvious:
    • 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! H2O... Two hydrogen atoms bonded to a single oxygen atom."
    • 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)
  • Chef of Iron: At the full-service dining restaurants in Disney's parks and resorts, the chefs who work there have to be a specific type of culinary badass. In addition to all of the usual stresses of being a professional chef, these guys face crowds that would make chefs in restaurants in the outside world cringe in fear. They have to be on the ball, quick, and precise to a level that is rarely seen outside of such an environment. To give you an idea, consider that in an average restaurant, a dinner service that sees 1000 customers is considered a one-in-a-million oddity that was very likely a near-disaster for the restaurant that likely came close to running out of food. Now consider that 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort averages 1500 people per dinner service, and isn't considered unusually busy until it hits around 3000 customers in a single night. It's not even on the list of Top 10 Busiest Disney Restaurants.
  • 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.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: 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 Flower, Doug Funnie and Patti Mayonnaise, Oliver and Dodger, and a whole lot more...
  • Collectible Card Game: 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.
  • Composite Ride: The 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea ride combined elements from Verne's novel, such as the presence of Atlantis, the trip under the Ice Cap and the Graveyard of Lost Ships, which weren't in the movie, but were in the book. As well as that, the Indiana Jones Adventure ride in California takes place in India and is clearly an Expy of the Temple Of Doom, from it taking place in 1935 India, to having an Indian influence in the architecture, a (malfunctioning) Descending Ceiling and a Hindu deity, while Tokyo's has it in South America. But the boulder from the first movie shows up, and some rooms are similar to the Temple in the Last Crusade.
  • Compressed Adaptation:
    • A few newer dark rides such as The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure have eschewed the Adaptation Distillation approach of earlier dark rides and instead just retell the movies scene-for-scene with animatronics.
    • California Adventure features a breakneck-paced 40-minute stage show version of Aladdin.
  • Content Warnings: 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).
  • Cool Old Guy: Dreamfinder, Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain in "The American Adventure", and the Sage of Time from Tapestry of Nations.
  • Cool Boat:
    • The Mark Twain Steamboat seen in the Rivers of America.
    • Captain Hook's Pirate Ship in Fantasmic!.
  • Cool Ship: Dreamfinder's Zeppelin.
  • Cool Starship:
    • The StarSpeeder 3000 from Star Tours as well as its forerunner, the StarSpeeder 1000 from Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Also, various Star Wars ships have appeared throughout the ride's history, including the X-Wing, the Naboo N-1 fighter, Boba Fett's Slave 1 and the Falcon.
    • The "Rockets" on Space Mountain and the Astro-Oribter.
  • Cool Train:
    • Walt Disney was always keen on trains, alongside animators Ward Kimball and Ollie Johnston, and has been quoted saying that Disneyland "will all be surrounded by a train" inspired by his Carolwood Pacific backyard railroad. So he and Disney proto-Imagineer Roger E. Broggie built two replicas of Walt's Lilly Belle miniature train for the park and got the Santa Fe Railroad to sponsor it, leading to the Disneyland Railroad.
    • There are also other cool trains at the Disney parks as well, from the ever-iconic Monorails in Anaheim and Orlando as well as the now-defunct Viewliner and People Mover.
  • Cosmetically Advanced Prequel: Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (2011-Present) is set in the Star Wars universe roughly a year or two before the events of A New Hope whereas the original Star Tours (1987-2010) took place sometime shortly after Return of the Jedi. Various technologies and the overall look of the attraction appear slightly more advanced and sleeker than its predecessor. You might say this is because the ride is now set at a time when the Star Tours spaceline was in its prime whereas in the original attraction, the company, like the rest of the galaxy, may have undergone some wear-and-tear after constant Imperial oppression. On a side note, Captain Rex (RX-24), the original ride's Starspeeder pilot droid, is now seen in the Sector 2 area of the queue 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:
  • Counting to Potato: At the entrance to Toontown in Disneyland, there's a population counter which is constantly cycling through numbers...and screws, stars, dumbbells, TNT, and various other random things.
  • Crapsaccharine World: 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) 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 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 physically abusive to the children she teaches (that last one, unfortunately, could be considered accurate for the time period Main Street is set in). It's all Played for Laughs, but when you think about it too hard...
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Upon hearing that the WTC and the Pentagon had been attacked on 9/11, all parks in both California and Florida parks were immediately shut down out of fear that they would be attacked as well. Cast members (including the ones in costume) evacuated all six parks in ten minutes.note  However, the Indy Ploy 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.
  • Cultural Translation:
    • The parks are an interesting case of this trope. While Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland are similar to the American parks thanks to Disney's sizable audience in those regions, Disneyland Paris and Shanghai Disneyland both adapt to the cultural standards of their respective regions, shaking things up considerably.
      • Paris dedicates more space to Frontierland due to France's love for the Western genre (even locating its version of the Haunted Mansion there); Tomorrowland becomes the Steam Punk inspired Discoveryland, inspired by European thinkers like Leonardo da Vinci and Jules Verne.
      • Shanghai eschews all of the typical lands associated with Disney's "castle" parks except for Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. For example, the entrance is "Mickey Avenue", while the hub is based on the Chinese Zodiac and is known as the "Gardens of Imagination". Even Tomorrowland lacks the iconic Space Mountain, instead having a high-tech TRON Lightcycle Power Run coaster take its place.
    • The Haunted Mansion becomes the darker, Western-themed Phantom Manor in Paris, and the more whimsical ghost-free Mystic Manor in Hong Kong.
    • Soarin' Around the World, while mostly sharing the same ride film between regions, adapts its setting to the park. The US version at California Adventure and Epcot is presented as an airport-style terminal, while Shanghai's version (located in Adventure Isle) takes place in the observatory of the fictional Arbori tribe and involves shamans casting a spell of flight. There's also a Tokyo DisneySea version in the works, located in the Mediterranean Harbor; the hang gliders resemble Leonardo da Vinci's proposed flying machines. In addition, the final scene has unique footage for each park, showcasing the region it's located in.
  • Cute Kitten: While there aren't that many cute Disney cat characters, Marie along with her brothers Toulouse and Berlioz pretty much fit this trope.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Magic Kingdom's former The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter was far more adult-oriented than the other attractions in the park, being about a blood-thirsty alien getting unleashed among an audience of guests, with the attraction even giving the illusion of it licking you. The original Snow White's Adventures ride was pretty dark, too.
    • Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland's Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy Halloween overlay is much darker than the normal attraction, as it depicts you getting chased by an evil cosmic entity that makes some particularly hellish-sounding moans and growls, complete with a more horror-themed soundtrack. The monster falls under the Celestial Body trope, but since the graphic used is a salmon-orange, it looks like a skinless ghoul.
    • Hong Kong Disneyland's Haunted Halloween event, while not reaching a Halloween Horror Nights-level of scary, certainly pushes boundaries of what you would expect from Disney, as it has featured several haunted houses and scare zones that have delivered some pretty solid scares.
    • The Villains Unleashed event at Disney's Hollywood Studios featured a show called Oogie Boogie's Freaky Funhouse, which attracted some controversy from parents, as it featured things like some rather provocative fire dancing, wild sword swallowing, horror-themed crossbow shooting, and even some sexual innuendos.
    • The storyline in Phantom Manor could somewhat be considered slightly darker than its American Haunted Mansion counterparts.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every boat ride operator in the Jungle Cruise is this, by design. Most of the fun of the ride comes not from the animatronics or the jungle atmosphere, but from the boat's operator.
    "Now if you look off to your left, way out in the distance there, you will see absolutely nothing."
  • Death Mountain: Big Thunder Mountain, the Matterhorn, and Expedition Everest's Forbidden Mountain fit the role pretty well.
  • Dem Bones: 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.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • Disney California Adventure: A California theme park...themed after California. This was one of many complaints guests made during its opening in 2001.
    • Fritz, from the Enchanted Tiki Room:
    Fritz: Ach, ja! And a wunderbar birdmobile! Which has birds on it, and it goes round and round! That's why we call it a birdmobile!
    • From the Honey, I Shrunk the Audience preshow: "But please, do not put on the safety goggles [3D glasses] until you are safely seated safely inside the theater safely."
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Some straight from the movies, and some unique to the parks:
    • The Heffalump and Woozle room on the Winnie-the-Pooh attractions.
    • 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...
    • The "Tomorrow's Child" sequence from the Walter Cronkite version of Spaceship Earth
    • The entirety of the original Journey Into Imagination ride.
    • Disneyland's Alice in Wonderland ride.
    • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin.
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: You looked into the eyes of the Crystal Skull/Mara? In that case, please stay in your transport while the god attempts to blow up a bridge, send undead warriors/dart-shooting skulls and a giant snake demon after you, plus a rolling boulder.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: The ride vehicles on The Haunted Mansion are called "Doombuggies."
    • The scary part of the Indiana Jones Adventure begins at the "Gates of Doom."
  • Downer Ending: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride ends with the vehicle colliding with an oncoming train, then being sent to Hell.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty:
  • Drives Like Crazy: Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Disney's done this with whole rides. The Sleeping Beauty Castle walkthrough at Disneyland opened several years before the movie, It's Tough to be a Bug opened a few months before A Bug's Life, 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).
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Disneyland had a circus?
    • From 1957 to 1961, there was an area within Disneyland park called Holidayland that was only accessible from outside the park's gates. It had its own separate admission and featured playgrounds, picnic tables, a baseball field, horseshoe rings, and volleyball nets, among other recreational activities - and unlike Disneyland, the area actually sold beer. After four years it was torn up in order to make room for New Orleans Square, annexing the land back into the park.
    • The backstage tour at the Disney-MGM Studios was originally two hours long and consisted of a tram tour, a walking tour, a film portion and various restaurants and shops along the way. The tram portion was shortened significantly a few months after the park opened when New York Street (now the Streets of America) was made accessible to guests who were not on the tour, and the singular tour itself was broken up into several smaller individual tours in 1991. Eventually these smaller tours were closed and most were replaced with rides; the last remaining individual tour, the tram tour, closed for good in 2014.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the old Tokyo DisneySea show 'Over the Waves' the main characters, Tonio and Maria, seem to get this.
  • Easing into the Adventure: The purpose of Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom parks is to give guests something cozy and relaxing to enjoy before presenting them with the more exotic environments of Adventureland, Tomorrowland, etc. This was especially important when Disneyland opened, as no one had ever seen anything like it before.
  • Easter Egg:
    • 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.
    • In Disney's Hollywood Studios]], if one looks up at the Tower of Terror from the Fantasmic queue area, they can see a silhouette in one of the windows.
    • In The Haunted Mansion, a strange light can be seen moving through the mansion at night, as if someone was walking through it holding a candle.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Dreamfinder was this to Figment until the attraction was updated to remove him.
  • Ego Polis:
    • Does this trope really need explanation? 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.
      • Same with Tokyo DisneySea’s Tower of Terror and fellow explorer Harrison Hightower, except due to Hightower's mysterious disappearance, the New York Preservation Society handles tours of his former hotel.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect: Each park has a certain landmark that's used to represent it:note  Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty Castle for all "Magic Kingdom"-style parks, Spaceship Earth for Epcot, the Hollywood Tower Hotel for Disney's Hollywood Studios,note  the Tree of Life for Animal Kingdom, Mount Prometheus for Tokyo DisneySea, and the Carthay Circle Theatre for California Adventurenote . 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 (which can be very important, as many rides have exits nowhere near their entrances).
  • Elaborate Underground Base: As anyone who's been backstage at a Disney park can tell you, the backstage area has lots of dressing rooms, props, and parade floats, often just barely out of sight. Disney hides these by putting up large walls, having secret doors, and even a massive maze of underground tunnels that allow the cast members to quickly get from one place in the park to another.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: 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
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs:
    • 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 animal in question should be a dinosaur!
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: They were all over the place, especially shows and parades, even before the Disney Princess line started.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: "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...
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: A lot of rides are all about spinning around, with the most famous example being the Mad Tea Party.
  • Everything Is Trying to Kill You: 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.
  • Evil Brit: S.I.R. in the long-dead Alien Encounter attraction.
  • Evil Elevator: They call it the Tower of Terror for a reason.
  • Expansion Pack: Disneyland alone has had New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Toontown, Downtown Disney, California Adventure, and Star Wars Land added since its inception. This is 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.
  • Expy: Some of the original park characters bear a striking resemblance to each other.
    • The dogs in Living with the Land, Carousel of Progress, Horizons, and the dog holding the keys in Pirates of the Caribbean all look identical.
    • The caretaker in The Haunted Mansion and one of the men getting poked by the rhino on the Jungle Cruise both share the same face.
    • The lava monster in Journey to the Center of the Earth and the alien in The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter both look very similar aside from different skin colors and the former not having wings.
    • Starting from 2015, Tokyo Disney Sea's "Villains Halloween" event has introduced expies of famous Disney Villains note  as their lackeys.
  • Facial Profiling: Averted on "it's a small world." The same mold is used to make the faces for all the dolls, regardless of ethnicity. This is of course entirely deliberate, since the idea being promoted by the ride is that humans are all essentially the same no matter where they come from.
  • Fan Convention: The Disney parks actually played host to a few of them.
  • Fanservice: Usually unintentional (it's Disney after all), but some of the female parade dancers wear pretty short skirts for being in a Disney Theme Park, especially the parade dancers in Europe. This equally goes for some of the male actors portraying musclebound, open-shirted characters.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Body Wars. Was taken further in Adventure Thru Inner Space, which went down to an atomic scale.
  • Fantasy Ghetto: 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.
  • Far East: China & Japan at Epcot's World Showcase and Asia at the Animal Kingdom.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Several examples:
    • The giant cobra on the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland (named, in fact, Fluffy).
    • The dragon used for Maleficent's transformation in Fantasmic! is called Murphy.
    • Harold the Yeti on the Matterhorn.
    • Space Mountain has a temporary overlay for Halloween, called "Ghost Galaxy." Its star is the charming fellow seen in this photo. His name is Bob.
    • The Yeti at Expedition Everest is named Betty.
  • Forced Perspective: Many of the structures utilize different scales on multiple layers to create the illusion of depth or great height.
    • One example is the portrait corridor in The Anaheim Haunted Mansion which shrinks as you move toward the loading area, but it looks like a much longer hallway.
    • The buildings in Main Street USA use this for the upper halves of their facades.
    • The Matterhorn at Disneyland give the appearances of a much bigger mountain when the structure itself is only 1/100 of the real mountain in the Swiss Alps.
  • Foreign Remake:
    • Phantom Manor is the French version of The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Paris (in a house awfully reminiscent to Bates Manor in Psycho) and is set to an original backstory integrated with the themed Frontierland it's located in.
    • Similarly, Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland is a take on the Mansion that has no happy haunts at all, due to Chinese culture revering the dead. The ride instead involves antiquities that come to life after a monkey named Albert plays with an enchanted music box.
    • Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea has no affiliation whatsoever with The Twilight Zone—it's themed to "Hotel Hightower" in 1890s New York instead of 1930s Hollywood.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: A recurring theme of several rides; Rule of Funny is mostly in effect, but scarier rides such as the Tower of Terror and Alien Encounter play the Fridge Horror for all it's worth.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: Too many to count; hardly any are successful. A lot of people only saw the Theme Park Version 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.
  • Fun with Acronyms: 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", "Employee Paychecks Cut On Thursday", or "Experimental Polyester Costumes Of Torture".
  • Fur Against Fang: The theme of 2012's Halloween Celebration at Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • Gag Nose: On The Mad Hatter and Captain Hook.
  • Gangplank Galleon: Pirates of the Caribbean.
    • With Bubblegloop Swamp in the form of the Blue Bayou portion in California, Tokyo and Paris.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: In the vein of the original movie, the Aladdin stage show keeps its pop-culture references up to date.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • In Anette's Diner in Disneyland Paris, every once in a while the waiting staff jumps on the counter and dances to "Greased Lightnin'". It's the uncensored version which says "pussy wagon".
    • The bar painting of a pirate lass in "Pirates of the Caribbean" at Disneyland is topless with just a few wisps of Godiva Hair.
    • You can now find Starbucks coffee shops around Walt Disney World. In general, that doesn't qualify for this trope. However, the one on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom uses the original, topless Starbucks logo.
    • The Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland is a replica of a Western saloon, complete with red lanterns hung outside.
  • Ghost in the Machine: The premise of Cranium Command.
  • Giant Eye of Doom: The iconic "back on visual" eye from Adventure Thru Inner Space.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The construction of Disneyland Anaheim created a land value boom across the city, transforming it from a quiet rural community to the tourist attraction of Southern California. This came at the dismay of Walt Disney, who was not only unable to expand his park, but also felt this new development detracted from the magical atmosphere his park was vying for. He kept this in mind when plotting out construction for Walt Disney World.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Became the standard plot twist of every Disney thrill ride after Star Tours opened in 1987.
    • 1955's Rocket to the Moon show (and its subsequent updates Flight to the Moon and Mission to Mars) would use this trope (via the ship getting damaged in some way) as a reason to force the guests to fly back to earth before being able to land on and explore the Moon/Mars.
    • 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 red hydraulic fluid from its head. From then on all figures were switched to clear fluid.
  • Green Aesop: Contained in Epcot's The Land pavilion and almost the entirety of the Animal Kingdom park.
  • Guide Dang It!: Some of the Hidden Mickeys are in very hidden locations. How do people find these without a guide like these?
  • Have a Gay Old Time: The Gran Fiesta Tour ends with a cut-down rendition of the Three Caballeros' theme. Despite being clearly a brand-new recording made specially for the ride, the line "three gay caballeros" was left intact.
  • Hell Hotel: The Hollywood Tower Hotel a.k.a The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Also, "Hotel Hightower" at Tokyo DisneySea.
  • History Repeats: "It was shut down after a few years because it was prone to breakdowns, had a low hourly capacity and was difficult for guests to figure out how to use" is an apt description of either Disneyland's Flying Saucers or its Spiritual Successor attraction Luigi's Flying Tires built nearly fifty years later.
  • Hollywood Atlas: The pavillions themed around certain countries at EPCOT, as follows: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure, Japan, Morrocco, France, Britain, and Canada.
  • Hub Level: In the Magic Kingdom parks, the Central Plaza at the end of Main Street is a real-life example and possible Trope Maker.
  • Hula and Luaus:
    • The Enchanted Tiki Room and Walt Disney World's Polynesian Village Resort. Also, the long-gone Tahitian Terrace at Disneyland.
    • There's also Aulani, a Disney resort in Hawaii.
    • The Tribal Arts room of Hong Kong's Mystic Manor lifts elements directly from the Tiki Room.
  • Hurricane of Puns:
    • 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, Dr. Albert Falls."
    • Also noticeable in the Aladdin-based stage production in California Adventure.
    • Not to mention the extinct Kitchen Cabaret / Food Rocks show at The Land pavilion.
  • Ignored Expert: Poor Professor Dorje puts up all those nice displays in the Expedition Everest queue warning people of how dangerous the Yeti is and yet they still walk right by and get on the train headed into its sacred domain...
  • Improv: Turtle Talk with Crush, the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, and Stitch Encounter are all entirely this, as they involve digital puppeteers interacting with an audience in real-time. These shows do have brief scripted bits, however.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man:
    • A Bug's Land, a part of California Adventure themed to the movie A Bug's Life, 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.
    • Any Toy Story themed attraction also involves this, especially the dedicated Toy Story Playlands at various parks around the world. Themed to Andy's backyard at the scale of a toy, they include larger-than-life versions of classic toys like RC Car and Slinky Dog as attractions; bamboo shoots are used to represent blades of grass.
    • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 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.
    • In the long-gone Disneyland ride Adventure Thru Inner Space, riders were "shrunk" small enough to travel inside an atom.
  • Indian Burial Ground: Combined with Never Say "Die" in some versions of Big Thunder Mountain. There's a curse on the mountain due to it being a "sacred place" to the natives. The Haunted Mansion at Disney World is also said to built on one of these.
  • Insistent Terminology: Show-business terms are constantly used throughout the parks. Park employees are all known as "Cast Members", whether they're dancing on a stage or serving corn dogs; public areas are referred to as "on-stage", and restricted areas are referred to as "off-stage"; the guidelines employees follow are called "good show"; and so on.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover:
    • Walt Disney World's former Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management). The new management? Iago and Zazu. The Tokyo version is instead invaded by 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.
    • Occasionally, the walkaround Disney characters will interact with one another. For example, on YouTube you can find several videos of Alice and the Mad Hatter interacting with Peter Pan and Wendy.
    • The new stage show, Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire, is one that features Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of the gang interacting with characters from Disney's more recent movies, including The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen.
  • Internal Homage:
    • 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 Continuity Nod 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.
    • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in particular is packed with references to the original Submarine Voyage, which was based on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. From Atlantis to the Graveyard of Ships, to a trip into a cave evoking the trip to the bottom of the sea in Submarine Voyage, to the Angler Fish being an Expy of the terrifying Giant Squid in 20,000 Leagues, and even two rock formations that deliberately look like a Sea Serpent and a Mermaid... there's even an old diver's helmet that is another reference to 20,000 Leagues as well!
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons:
    • Disneyland Paris has an life-size animatronic dragon underneath its castle.
    • Also, the different versions of Fantasmic! each have their own dragon Maleficent.
    • The ever lovable Figment from Journey into Imagination adopts the form of a purple dragon.
  • Invisible Backup Band: Sonny Eclipse's Space Angels at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
  • Irony: Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life is built on an oil rig. Obviously, the structure isn't actively pumping oil, but rather, it was chosen to withstand hurricane-force winds.
  • It Will Never Catch On:
    • A running gag in the current version of Carousel of Progress, thanks to its Technology Marches On 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.
  • Jungle Japes: A major portion of Adventureland and Animal Kingdom, plus the African section of It's A Small world.
  • Kayfabe: Strictly enforced. As far as every "cast member" is concerned, that is Mickey Mouse, that is Cinderella. The characters never break character unless it's an absolute emergency, and they're quite careful to make sure you never see two Tinker Bells at once. note 
  • Keet: The Spectromen from Spectromagic all act very energetic and giggle a lot.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Marty Wazowski in Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, Mike's nephew who usually interacts with the youngest kids in the audience.
  • Large Ham: The non-speaking characters often make exaggerated gestures and do goofy things. Then there are the Spectromen from the now-gone nighttime parade Spectromagic at Walt Disney World.
  • LARP: The Legends of Frontierland game in Anaheim is one of these, right down to the standard convention of using Rock-Paper-Scissors to simulate a fight between players.
  • Legion of Doom:
    • 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. Hey, Frollo! I thought you didn't enjoy these kinds of festivals?!
    • Disneyland Paris has a similar Maleficious Halloween Party where various villains teach Doctor Facilier some evil skills (and Maleficent and Jafar appear to be an item).
  • Lighter and Softer: Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland is much lighter than its Haunted Mansion counterparts (and definitely much, much lighter than Phantom Manor), featuring an adorable little monkey, much brighter lighting, a musical score more adventurous than spooky (and by Danny Elfman, no less), a tone of general whimsy rather than dark comedy, and as a matter of fact, no ghosts whatsoever-just magic. Apparently, this was done due to Chinese cultural views regarding spirits of the dead; that is, they're deeply respected and revered, and certainly nothing to laugh at.
  • Light Gun Game: Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters and Toy Story Midway Mania are theme park ride versions of this.
  • Literal-Minded: Face characters will sometimes develop a severe case of this when asked for an autograph.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Well, of course. Some of them have become subject to Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, including Doug, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, and the Power Rangersnote . Some characters are exclusive to each park, such as Huey, Dewey and Louie along with Berlioz and Toulouse for Disneyland Paris, and Chef Louis for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea. In recent years, characters such as Clarice from "Two Chips And a Miss" and Marie later made appearances at Walt Disney World,Disneyland, and other parks starting in 2011 and 2012.
  • Looks Like Jesus: Dreamfinder according to one child.
  • Lost World: In Shanghai, Adventure Isle's Roaring Mountain is very much this, complete with mysterious isolated tribe and a Prehistoric Monster of a crocodile.
  • Mad Scientist:
    • The Timekeeper starred a robotic one voiced by Robin Williams.
    • Dr. Seeker from Dinosaur takes riders back in time minutes before the meteor that would eliminate the dinosaurs hits, despite the safety restriction imposed by Dr. Marsh. He thankfully has the sense to return the riders to present day before the meteor actually makes impact.
  • Magic Map: Disneyland's live show Mickey and the Magical Map.
  • Matrix Raining Code: Shows up in the current version of Spaceship Earth at the start of the descent. This probably wasn't meant to be unnerving, but...
  • Meaningful Name: Pretty much any other character in the park who isn't from a pre-existing Disney movie or TV show is named meaningfully or punnily. For example, the two talent agents from The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management are named William and Morris.
  • Mega Corp.:
    • Disney itself falls into this with the amount of power that they wield at Disney World. Just look up "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".
    • Root of All Evil declared Disney to be more evil than SCIENTOLOGY. Well, it is a whole lot bigger, wealthier, and influential, and thankfully hasn't caused anyone's death. Not on purpose, anyway. That we know of. Less litigious, too.
    • In terms of in-universe examples, there's X-S Tech in the now-gone Alien Encounter attraction at Magic Kingdom.
  • Merchandise-Driven:
    • 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 hotly debated.
    • Every ride built for the last several decades ends by dumping you right into the gift shop for that attraction. And some were actively remodeled to dump you into a gift shop when they didn't before, such as "it's a small world".
    • Snow globes were HUGE sellers for Disney World in the late 1990s/early 2000s. So much so that the Magic Kingdom's centerpiece for the 100 Years of Magic celebration (honoring Walt Disney's 100th birthday) in 2001 was the "Share a Dream Come True" parade, whose floats were nothing but giant snow globe set-pieces with popular Disney characters inside. This ended up happening at the worst possible time: the September 11th attacks took place a month before the parade debuted, which not only slowed tourism but also led airlines to make restrictions on what items flyers could take on planes, with snow globes being one of the first banned souvenirs. This effectively killed off the booming Disney World snow globe business, and the parade limped on for five years before it was reconfigured into the "Disney Dreams Come True" parade, which was the same parade as before but minus the snow globe tops on the floats.
  • Mickey Mousing: note 
    • California Screamin's music swells and falls alongside the coaster, especially when climbing the second lift hill, and when going over the smaller hills above the Midway.
    • Many parades sync the effects on the floats, as well as the movement of characters and dancers, to the soundtrack.
  • Mine Cart Madness: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
    • The Big Grizzly Mountain attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland.
    • And in the Magic Kingdom, there is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
  • Monster-Shaped Mountain: Grizzly Peak in California Adventure.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • 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 Happily Ever After."
    • Plus, the brilliant finale of SpectroMagic comes just after a scene devoted to Fantasia, whose last float depicts Bald Mountain, complete with Chernabog opening up and closing his wings periodically.
  • The Movie:
    • One is currently stuck in Development Hell, titled Magic Kingdom, directed by Jon Favreau, about a family that gets trapped in the park after dark a la Night at the Museum.
    • Escape from Tomorrow, a black-and-white "guerrilla movie" 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?
    • Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof have produced a sci-fi flick titled Tomorrowland starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. It featured the similarly named theme park area as a cover up for an alternate dimension inhabited by visionaries.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: As noted below, the burning shack on Tom Sawyer'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 Serious Business.
  • Mythology Gag: Several to the original source material of the rides featured at the parks. For example, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror contains props referencing the original series. Cars Land has a streetlight that blinks yellow, and every third blink is slightly slower.

    Tropes N to Z 
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Q'araq in Shanghai's Roaring Rapids.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: 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.
  • Nice Guy: 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.
  • Nice Hat: 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.
    • Also some of the Spectromen in Spectromagic wear hats with big feathers.
  • Non-Ironic Clown:
    • When New Fantasyland first opened in 2012, they used to have a group of clowns outside of Dumbo's Storybook Circus called "Giggle Gang Clown Troupe" during its first few years.
    • Also, the clowns seen in the former 3D attraction "Magic Journeys" at Epcot's Imagination Pavilion.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The Spectromen from Spectromagic look a little out of place compared to the other Disney characters. There faces used to change color, act and move very energetically, and all their hair was fuzzed up. They later got redesigned in 2008 and became face characters.
  • Nightmare Face: Mara can now do this.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The Pirate Zombie Robot part, anyway—audio-animatronic pirate skeletons on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
  • Obvious Beta: Whenever the parks are undergoing major refurbishment, such as California Adventure from 2007 to 2012, Hollywood Studios from 2016 to 2019 and Epcot from 2017 to 2021, it can feel like you've stepped into one of these. California Adventure even earned the derisive nickname "Wall Street, USA" during its reconstruction.
  • Official Cosplay Gear: One of the many things available as souvenirs, with one of the most famous being the hats with the Mickey Mouse ears.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: 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). There's also the atmospheric music in the Haunted Mansion, which even has an actual pipe organ being played by a ghost in the ballroom scene (which, in California, is actually the same pipe organ from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea).
  • The Oner: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience is built around two long, continuous-appearing shots to pull off its premise (see the trope page for details).
  • Open Secret: Disneyland's Club 33. It's secret in theory and doesn't advertise, but it's not like Disney can prevent people from talking about it. Even if you never get to go (and most people won't—it is highly exclusive), you can learn as much as you want to know from various books and websites.
  • Oracular Head: Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion. Also the Shrunken Ned fortune telling machine at Disneyland's Adventureland.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Spaceship Earth, at night, is lit up blue at the top and orange at the bottom.
  • Original Generation: Many attractions around the different parks are original concepts not tied to pre-existing films, resulting in numerous original characters, prominent examples including Figment and Dreamfinder, the Orange Bird, the ghosts of the Haunted Mansion, the Country Bears, and the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.
  • Our Founder:
    • The iconic "Partners" statue of Walt and Mickey holding hands. There are also two companion statues: "Sharing the Magic" at Disney World features Roy O. Disney and Minnie Mouse sitting on a bench, and "Storytellers" at California Adventure depicts a younger Disney arriving in California, with the earlier pie-eyed Mickey standing on his luggage.
    • Cars Land also includes the statue of Radiator Springs' founder Stanley, as shown in the movie.
  • Our Ghosts are Different:
    • 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 an intellectual property that Disney had to license, so discrepancies could arise from that situation. The movie also states that the ghosts can't actually leave the hotel grounds due to the curse that caused the accident in the first place.
  • Out of Focus:
    • The first iteration of Epcot's Journey Into Imagination attraction took guests on a hypothetical journey through the human mind's creative process (hence the title). The second iteration kept guests mostly in a laboratory, and focused on how optical illusions tricked people into seeing things that aren't really there... in order to (somehow) make the guests more creative. The third iteration ditches the first-person guest narrative entirely and instead spends (or at least attempts to spend) most of its time discussing how the five senses can trigger the imagination.
    • The message of the attraction has changed with each iteration as well, and seems to match up with whatever message the park itself was trying to push at the time it was made. The message of the 1983 version has the very 1980s Epcot message that "imagination and science can work together to solve the world's problems", while the message of the 1999 version had the very 1990s Epcot message of "science is totally awesome, and it can be used to analyze the imagination", and the message of the 2003 version has the very 2000s Epcot message of "science is boring, but imagination is totally awesome and the two should be separate".
  • Oven Logic: 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.
  • Pantomime Animal: Cast members in character costumes who roam the parks. (This doesn't include "face characters", like Alice or Snow White.)
  • Parental Bonus:
    • 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, a tobacco store and a shop selling women's underclothes.
    • While Disney World's Magic Kingdom has a very, very strict "no alcohol, EVER" policy — in 2012 it was relaxed at one new venue, the Be Our Guest restaurant, and only at dinnertime — said policy does not extend to the non-Magic Kingdom parks. Animal Kingdom has its own beer, and "Drinking Around the World" (guests attempt to try the signature alcoholic beverage of each country in Epcot's World Showcase) is a popular extra-curricular activity for some guests. They even let you bring a margarita on Mexico's El Rio del Tiempo until it was replaced with the Gran Fiesta Tour in 2007. Combined with the rising popularity of the Epcot Food and Wine festival, seeing drunk people wandering around the World Showcase is more common than ever.
    • As for Disneyland, you'll probably have to head for California Adventure, unless you're lucky enough to have a membership to the uber-exclusive Club 33. There, you'll find the more complete bar in any Disney Park.
    • In the 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!"
    • Journey into Imagination with Figment includes a handful of references to older Disney films going back to the 60's and 70's, including The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.
  • Politically Correct History:
    • 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.
    • Pirates is noticeable for once containing scenes that were considered less politically correct (brides being sold, pirates chasing wenches, a naked girl hiding in a barrel) that have since been replaced by "family friendly" versions (townspeople forfeiting their belongings, 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 replaced by a dark ride themed to The Little Mermaid, though the film was also used as part of Disney's Youth Education Series of lesson plans.) Golden Dreams was intended as the Spiritual Successor to Epcot's still-running The American Adventure, a retrospective on U.S. history through World War II 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.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: The Enchanted Tiki Room.
  • Poisonous Friend: Disneyland's very first employee, C.V. 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 with 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 Six Flags.
  • The Power of the Sun: Parts of the design for Sage of Time from Tapestry of Nations were meant to evoke sun god imagery, particularly his headdress
  • Pretty in Mink: The cast members who are cast as a Disney Princess get warmer dresses in winter, with the collar and cuffs lined with white faux fur, and Belle's actresses getting a white fur shoulder cape.
  • Product Placement:
    • Attractions at the parks are occasionally sponsored by outside companies, which are prominently displayed on its signage. At Disneyland, this was due to financial issues at the park's opening date, so this is less often seen in the other parks.
    • A rendition of the song "Dear Old Donegal" that was sung at Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Theater swapped out the word "whiskey" for "Pepsi" in the lyrics. Given Walt Disney's somewhat cavalier attitude towards alcohol in his films and theme park attractions (despite refusing to sell it in the park), this was less Bowdlerization and more of a shout-out to the Theater's then-sponsor Pepsi-Cola.
    • The current version of Test Track at Epcot, besides having Chevrolet branding all around, also plugs the OnStar in-vehicle service. Both companies are owned by the same company, General Motors.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: The Back. Side. Of. Water!
  • Race Lift: At the Asian parks, even at their American- and European-themed areas, you’ll hardly find a non-Asian, non-character cast member.
  • Randomly Generated Levels: Star Tours: The Adventures Continue has several layers of this. The bulk of the ride consists of two randomly-selected destinations, which are divided by a randomly-selected intro sequence (where a "Rebel spy" is chosen from the audience) and a transmission from one of several different characters. In all, there are around 100 possible adventures.
  • Rattling Off Legal: 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 Evil Empire's reign, after all...
  • Raygun Gothic: Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Tomorrowland at Disneyland ("updated" in the '90s to wild indifference) is closer to Zeerust, and Tomorrowland at Shanghai Disneyland is more Tron-inspired Cyberpunk. Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris goes an entirely different direction and falls under Steam Punk.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: 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.
  • Recycled In Space: Space Mountain is pretty much The Matterhorn IN SPACE, sans monster (save for a spooky look for Halloween). This is even more apparent in Florida's version, where the vehicles only fit one rider per row, just like the Matterhorn.
    • Disneyland Paris' version of Space Mountain however is completely different. Featuring an outdoor load/unload area, an inclined launch up the side of the dome and even inversions! If it wasn't for the fact that it actually opened about half a decade prior, it would probably be more accurate to call it "Rock N' Roller Coaster IN SPACE"...
  • Retcon:
    • Attractions would be updated with new scenes or elements which become integrated into the storyline. This is typically done out of necessity for maintenance and/or to regain appeal. A notable example is the ghostly bride in the attic of The Haunted Mansion who got her own complex backstory in 2006 after decades of being an amorphous, nameless character. See also Updated Re-release below.
    • The original Star Tours was continually updated with better graphics for a while before before being fully refurbished into Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. This was mainly to include references to the Star Wars prequel and sequel trilogies.
  • 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.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: The Dreamseekers from Tapestry of Dreams.
  • Ribcage Ridge: The T-Rex skeleton at Big Thunder Mountain.
  • Right on Queue:
    • The lines at especially popular attractions range into the truly absurd, especially for newer rides. The FastPass system is Disney's way of combatting this, which reduces the wait times to no more than 15 minutes. There are also several ways that they keep guests in the standby line entertained: videos to watch that set up the plot, details such as sight gags and puzzles to keep your eyes busy, and—more recently—interactive elements such as touch screen video games. This can backfire, though, since sometimes guests can be so invested in the queue that they forget to keep it moving!
    • 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 Epcot's Soarin' 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!)
    • Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park - quite literally every. single. rider. knows. this. Two-hour waits are quite common on the weekends, and fast passes for the entire day are gone by lunchtime. Couples will often get on the much shorter "single rider line"—when they get to the front they'll be split up to fill up the six-person cars, but with any luck they'll end up racing each other.
    • The queue time for Frozen Ever After at Epcot could get up to four hours long when it first opened due to the insane popularity of the source material.
  • The Roaring '20s: 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 Golden Age of Hollywood.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: Well, what else would you call the costumed versions of Mickey, Minnie, and other such characters?
  • Scaling the Summit: Every now and then, a group of climbers will ascend the Matterhorn, helping complete the Yodel Land theme. Though it's an artificial mountain, it's still a challenge and the climbers have to be certified before they are allowed on it.
  • Scenery Porn: Some scenery looks very artificial... but many of the resorts and rides are very elaborate.
    • 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.
  • Schmuck Bait: The only reason why Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye doesn't end sooner is because most, if not all, of the guests will look into Mara's eyes despite the warning.
  • Scotireland: Anecdotal evidence suggests more than a few Merida face characters don't know the difference between a Scottish and Irish accent.
  • Scrapbook Story/Story Breadcrumbs: Outside pre-shows and the occasional outside Manual is provided, all attraction backstories are generally conveyed through details scattered throughout their queues such as pictures, props, and documents that the observant can piece together into a greater whole.
  • Script Wank: 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 current version, which launched in 1996, may well be titled I Love Fossil Fuels.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • The park staff often takes pot shots at "it's a small world". It's somewhat of a whipping boy. The Lion King even lampshades this when Zazu sings the theme song to Scar, who reacts with disgust. Sonny Eclipse, Magic Kingdom Tomorrowland's resident alien musician, describes the song as being used on his planet "to break the enemy".
    • The Magic Kingdom park staff similarly used to take shots at The Hall of Presidents. The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management! had Iago mention he's heading to the Hall for a nap. This stopped after the implementation of the 2009 refurbishment, which made the show considerably less boring and preachy.
  • Serious Business:
    • Understandably, going into out of bounds areas or entering onto the abandoned sections of the park is not something taken lightly by the park staff, and they will mark you a trespasser and get you permanently banned from entering any of the parks. They have cameras everywhere, so don't think you won't get caught.
    • In the parks more conservative years, the staff had no tolerance for any image defacing or even parodying Mickey Mouse on a t-shirt. Cartoonist Scott Shaw recalled an incident in the 70's where a staffer threatened to eject him from the park without a refund for simply wearing a Mickey Rat T-shirt, but allowed him to stay if he bought an official Mickey Mouse t-shirt from the local gift shops. A similar but even more bizarre incident occurred in the 90's where staff who worked on Runaway Brain were not allowed to enter the park because they wore their crew shirts from working on the film, which had the monstrous Julius-Mickey depicted on front.
    • On a lighter note, pin trading is a booming business in every park, with multiple dedicated pin stalls and cast members always carrying at least a few on them.
  • Sexy Silhouette: Naturally Ms. Toonservice herself, Jessica Rabbit makes one in the queue to Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin.
  • The Shangri-La: The area around Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom.
  • Shown Their Work: In addition to most of the science in the Animal Kingdom being accurate, the scent pumped into the theater for It's Tough to Be a Bug's stink bug scene is actually what a real stink bug smells like.
  • Shrunken Head: The Jungle Cruise has a native witch doctor at the end holding a few of these, seemingly to sell to passing tourists. River guides at this point will usually insert an Incredibly Lame Pun.
  • Sigil Spam: The Mickey symbol is everywhere. Fans have raised finding all of them, no matter how small or subtle, to an art form.
  • Signs of Disrepair:
    • In Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!, as Wayne's hovering machine malfunctions, it slams into the neon sign reading "INVENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD", which knocks out some letters leaving only "NERD" before shorting out the sign entirely.
    • The Tower of Terror: The neon sign of the Hollywood Tower Hotel is left damaged from the lightning accident with one or two of the letters flickering when lit up at night. Also the lobby directory had several missing from the bulletin board...with the missing letters spelling out "evil tower u r doomed" at the bottom.
    • Another California Adventure example: A playground area themed to a decrepit boat named the S.S. Trustworthy...except that the initial T had fallen off.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: The Matterhorn, Expedition Everest and the Blizzard Beach water park.
  • Souvenir Land: Parodied by Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama, though the area itself would grow to be hated by park fans owing to its silly, carnival-style rides.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • New attractions will come up that replace and/or greatly remind you of a previous attraction that A: Are thematically similar, B: Utilize the very same or similar technology, C: Were produced with the involvement of notable creators from a previous attraction or D: Simply just have a multitude of attributes in common. These attractions may even exist in the same park, no less.
    • The Haunted Mansion is easily one to Adventure Thru Inner Space (in more ways than one, you might say). Both are Omnimover/"Doom Buggy"-type dark rides narrated by legendary voice actor Paul Frees, opened in the late 1960s.
    • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is seen as one to The Haunted Mansion: two classic, popular, dark, horror-themed, Disney attractions set within haunted venues and narrated by disembodied voices.
    • The Indiana Jones Adventure to Star Tours and, by extension, Captain EO since they're all adventure-themed collaborations of Disney and George Lucas.
      • While we're on Star Tours, consider 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. This is because Star Tours opened at Disneyland in 1987, but didn't arrive in Florida until December 1989 (Metropolitan Life, which sponsored Epcot's Wonders of Life where Body Wars was found, insisted on opening that ride first, which it did in October of 1989). Body Wars copied the technology and arrived shortly before the original did, at a different park — one that, at the time, was trying to plus up its image with kids via more exciting attractions.
    • Luigi's Flying Tires and Radiator Springs Racers of California Adventure's Cars Land to Disneyland's Flying Saucers (1961-1966) and Test Track (currently-running Epcot attraction), respectively. Radiator Springs Racers also brings to mind the short-lived Rocket Rods from the '90s.
    • Epcot's Future World is essentially a successor to Tomorrowland, taking its initial goal of displaying future technologies more seriously. Horizons was a grander version of the Carousel of Progress, and Mission: SPACE is one to the former attraction Mission to Mars at Tomorrowland, which was already one to Disneyland's former attraction Rocket to the Moon.
    • Animal Kingdom's Expedition Everest to Disneyland's own Matterhorn Bobsleds.
    • California Adventure's World of Color uses the water projection technology from the earlier Fantasmic!, only on a grander scale.
    • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin to Mad Tea Party a.k.a. "the Tea Cups".
    • Pandora: The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom appears to be one to the abandoned Beastly Kingdom, at least on the concept level of a land where imaginary animals live.
    • The entire concept of Animal Kingdom in of itself is one to not only Adventureland, but also to the Jungle Cruise, which Walt had initially considered to feature real animals until he opted to use audio-animatronics in their place.
  • Speaking Simlish: While the Spectromen from the nighttime parade Spectromagic do sometimes talk in English, they mostly communicate by singing or speaking with made up words.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Disney has recently been revamping large sections of the park to make room for a lot of new Star Wars attractions, even permanently closing down the Magic of Disney Animation Attraction and even parts of Frontierland forever to make room for them.
  • The Starscream: The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game shakes things up and has Maleficent play this part to Hades, who serves as the Big Bad. Jafar and Ursula are also trying to take the Crystal of the Magic Kingdom pieces for themselves or shake off Hades' leadership.
  • Steam Punk:
    • Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea is based on the works of Jules Verne, and clearly looks the part.
    • Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris also has this theme, and was inspired by Verne as well, with him being one of the most respected and famous writers in France.
  • Stock Dinosaurs:
    • Disneyland's Primeval World diorama and EPCOT's Universe of Energy depicts, in order, Dimetrodon (not a dinosaur, but certainly a Stock Prehistoric Reptile-Like Thing), Apatosaurus, Pteranodon (see above parenthetical), Triceratops, Struthiomimus, Stegosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus. Most of them are none too accurate, but then the animatronics were built in the 1960s.
    • Fairly averted with Animal Kingdom's DINOSAUR: Countdown to Extinction which depicts a Styracosaurus, a Alioramus, Parasaurolophus (called a "Hadrosaur", which isn't inaccurate, but Hadrosaur is the family name and not the genus), a Velociraptor (called just "Raptor"), a "Saltasaurus" (called just "Sauropod"), the Pterosaur Cearadactylus, a Compsognathus, an Iguanodon, and of course the Carnotaurus, which is stock now but was not at the time of the ride. Most of them hold up pretty decently today. The Velociraptor lacks feathers but is the correct size.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Mostly in shows, and not just fireworks displays.
  • Stylistic Suck: Chester and Hester's Dino-rama, a Crappy Carnival full of cartoonish dinosaurs to juxtapose the serious and scientific Dino Institute down the road. As a point of fact, the parking lot it's built in is fake. There was never a real parking lot there.
  • Take That!: In The Great Movie Ride, upon preparing to enter the Nostromo, the gangster from The Public Enemy will often note it's getting horrific… and quip "Jersey?".
  • The Bus Came Back: Some Disney characters who haven't been seen in the parks for years such as Huey, Dewey and Louie and Mrs. Bianca and Bernard have returned to doing meet and greets. Unfortunately, they are only exclusive to Disneyland Paris or Tokyo Disney Resort. However Thumper did return to doing meet and greets at Animal Kingdom sometime in the late 2000's since he hasn't been seen at WDW or Disneyland since the 70's. Flik has also returned to doing meet and greets in Animal Kingdom.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Some of the characters that guests can meet including villains are a lot more nicer and not as mean or mischevious are they were in the original films they were in and depending on the character. For example, Marie is energetic, sweet and loves showing affection to guests, while in the film she debuted in would mostly act like a Spoiled Brat and arrogant around her brothers.
  • The Talk: Yes, Epcot's The Making of Me was real. While this site does not include the film, it does have a photo of the hilarious disclaimer outside the theater. Still to be answered: is 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.
  • Temple of Doom: The Indiana Jones attractions. At DisneySea, it's complimented by the Raging Spirits coaster.
  • Tempting Fate: Common in performances of Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular.
    Jafar: [...]we can't just sit around and wait for someone to burst into the palace, blow a trumpet, and announce that they've found the love of your life—
    Genie, blowing a trumpet: Burst! Presenting Prince Ali Ababwa, the love of Princess Jasmine's life!
  • Thememobile: The Disney Stars and Motorcars parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios featured popular Disney characters (and characters licensed by Disney for the parks) riding in themed cars.
  • Theme Park Version: Trope Maker. The characters were already Theme Park Versions of the original stories, and then they go through an additional layer of this when they're actually put into the theme park...
  • Time Marches On: The reason for the many changes in story as to how the settler's cabin on the banks of Disneyland's Rivers of America caught fire. In the original 1950s version, the settler had been ambushed by an "unfriendly Indian" who burned his cabin down and shot him with an arrow (complete with the settler's corpse splayed out on the ground with an arrow sticking out). In the 1970s this was changed to the less offensive story of the settler being ambushed and killed by river pirates (the corpse remained, but the arrow was removed). In the 1980s someone apparently decided that this was too depressing and the settler instead became a moonshiner whose still exploded and set his cabin on fire (the settler's body stayed but guests were assured that he wasn't dead, just passed out drunk from his own liquor). In the 1990s the settler became a careless moron who not only set fire to his own cabin by accident, but even worse, was threatening the home of the wildlife around him (his body by this point had been removed). As of the 2000s his cabin is no longer burning — stricter emission standards in California caused Disney to turn the flames off, and the cabin was turned into the home of Davy Crockett's friendly rival: Mike Fink, King of the River.
  • Title Drop: Every ride and parade will somehow try to work this in.
    • "it's a small world after all", "Welcome, foolish mortals to The Haunted Mansion", "I'll turn his dream into a nightmare Fantasmic", et cetera.
  • Toon Town: There's a land inspired by the Trope Namer at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, inspired by the trope namer Who Framed Roger Rabbit It's considered a children's area, even moreso than Fantasyland.
  • Totally Radical: In the late '90s and early 2000s, Disney was trying desperately hard to be "hip", which resulted in a number of controversial decisions (such as having The Enchanted Tiki Room in Florida be taken over by Iago and Zazu). However, the biggest offender was the initial version of California Adventure. This was a major complaint of park guests and led to a 5 year refurbishment to bring the park up to Disney's regular standards. For example, the "look-at-us-we're-cool" coaster Mulholland Madness was re-themed into Goofy's Sky School, now calling back to an old cartoon instead.
  • Toy Time: Obviously, any attraction where Toy Story is involved. This includes Toy Story Midway Mania and the Buzz Lightyear light gun rides, as well as the dedicated Toy Story Playlands.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Thanks to being sponsored by Dole and operating a snack stand on the edge of the waiting area, the Tiki Room is heavily associated with pineapple treats. There are even a couple pieces of Adventureland merchandise featuring the "Dole whip" pineapple frozen yogurt.
  • Treehouse of Fun: The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, which was replaced by Tarzan's Treehouse in Disneyland.
  • Tron Lines:
    • The 2012 redo of Test Track is about as close to a TRON attraction as you can get without actually being a TRON attraction.
    • 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.
    • Shanghai Disneyland's Tomorrowland is covered in these, but of course they're most prominent on its TRON Lightcycle Power Run coaster.
  • Under the Sea: The Submarine rides, the Finding Nemo attractions and The Little Mermaid dark rides.
  • Vague Age: The Spectromen appear to be fully grown adults. While it's easy to tell by their voices some of the Spectromen sound very young.
  • The Verse:
    • Many attractions at some of the parks will make references to other attractions, or even share a themed narrative suggesting they're all part of the same world. One example of this is Frontierland at Disneyland Paris, which has a large backstory integrating its version of Big Thunder Mountain with Phanton Manor into the same storyline.
    • Tokyo DisneySea also went to amazing lengths to do this for nearly every attraction in the park. Among other things, it introduced the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, an organization whose members tie together numerous attractions across the globe.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Some of the Spectromen have voices that won't match the appearance depending on the one you encounter.
  • Vocal Evolution: In the early years of Spectromagic from 1991 - 1995 the Spectromen used to have robotish voices but changed in 1996 to sound more easier to understand.
  • Updated Re-release:
    • 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, not only because they're over fifty years old, but also for safety purposes.
    • Among others, the Star Tours ride got retooled to include more scenes and characters from the entire Star Wars film saga. When The Force Awakens was released in 2015, a journey to Jakku and a transmission from BB-8 were added into the ride's potential show scenes.
  • Variable Mix:
    • 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 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.
  • Villain Song:
    • The Hallowishes show. Some of the Halloween parades as well.
    • "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)"
    • "Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize..."
  • Visual Pun: Being this is Toontown, it's practically a given, but one of the first scenes riders see in Disneyland's Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin is a Toon Bull working in a China Shop; the "Bullina China Shoppe" no less.
  • The Wild West: Frontierland (also, Westernland at Tokyo Disneyland and, to a lesser degree, Grizzly Gulch at Hong Kong Disneyland).
  • Wooden Ships and Iron Men: This exact phrase is used in the recorded narration for the Sailing Ship Columbia attraction (a full-scale replica of the historical ship)
  • World Tour:
    • It's a Small World takes guests through various countries around the world.
    • Epcot's World Showcase, which features scaled-down versions of famous countries around the world.
    • There was once a Circle-Vision show called Magic Carpet 'Round the World, which played only at Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland very early on in their respective lives.
    • Whereas the original Soarin' focused entirely on California, Soarin' Around the World takes passengers across the globe.
  • World Tree: 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.
  • Yodel Land: No, this isn't a new park area. Disneyland literally built a replica of the Matterhorn as one of their attractions, the Matterhorn Bobsleds. In addition to a thrilling ride to meet the Abominable Snowman, climbers frequently scale the mountain's sides and yodelers will entertain guests below.
  • Zeerust:
    • Tomorrowland and Epcot fell into this over time. 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. The Tomorrowlands were eventually overhauled to reflect "the future that never was", an invocation of this trope but with a more acceptably retro feel.
    • The revamp of Future World announced at D23 2017 appears to be abandoning the 20 Minutes into the Future premise altogether. Outside of Mission: SPACE and the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride, the sci-fi elements will be scaled back significantly, and Innoventions will be torn down in favor of redeveloping the central plaza with more greenspace. The end result shifts the philosophy of the park to a more holistic idea of "the future" that's more about celebrating progress made and embracing progress to come.
    • Actually Discussed and then 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.
  • Zeppelins from Another World: Dreamfinder's Cool Ship was one of these.


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