There's always been a certain magic associated with theme parks. They are a gateway to a magical land that transports us from our everyday lives into a world full of wonder and amusement. In actuality, though, they're really nothing more than impressive mechanics run by pimply-faced teenagers. And here's the thing: the theme park employees all speak in a secret code. Sometimes it's to create the illusion of magic, other times it's to make fun of you behind your back. Either way, check out the list below to find out what code words theme park employees use and what they mean.
"White Powder Alert"
If you hear someone running through Disneyland shouting "White Powder Alert," what does it mean? Is it anthrax? Is it cocaine? Nope, it means someone is dumping the ashes of a loved one on a ride somewhere. Apparently this happens frequently enough to warrant its own code. A word of advice: don't do this. It's illegal and will just get swept up when the janitors come through. Honor your loved ones in a different way.
Previously referred to as a "Protein Shake," this code is a more pleasant way to say that someone yakked their stomach contents all over Disneyland's pristine walkways. It's to help parkgoers not be grossed out and ensures some smiley employee will quickly be there to clean it up. "Code V on Space Mountain" sounds much better than "Someone upchucked one of our $20 churros all over Splash Mountain."
"Code 101" and "Code 102"
Here's a little secret about Disneyland: we vastly outnumber the employees. If we wanted to, we could rise up and take the park from them and run it ourselves. Perhaps fearing riots and out-of-control mobs, Disneyland likes to say "Code 101" and "Code 102" in regards to ride malfunctions. "Code 101" signifies that the ride is shutting down due to technical difficulties and "Code 102" means it's back up and running.
Disneyland gets crowded. If you're not careful you will lose your group and become lost in a sea of aggressive tourists. If a child gets lost and an employee finds him or her, they do everything in their power to keep them calm. They use the term "Signal 70," which means lost parent. They never say "Lost Kid" out loud, as that might frighten the young child even more.