Beginning this Sunday, October 15th, dogs will now be welcome at select Walt Disney World resorts.
Your four-legged friend can stay with your during your stay for an extra fee at these four resorts:
- Art of Animation ($50 per night)
- Fort Wilderness Cabins ($50 per night)
- Port Orleans Riverside ($50 per night)
- Yacht Club ($75 per night)
While the added fee is more than most kennels, for some pet owners this is a small price to pay to have their fur babies with them each night during their vacation. The location of the rooms with have easy access to pet relief and walking areas. There is a two dog maximum per room.
Best Friends Pet Care offers doggy day care for your pet, in case you’ll be out for an extended part of the day or for the pet that needs more interaction. They also offer overnight boarding services. The facility is located on Disney property, closest to Port Orleans Riverside.
And Disney has thought of everything! When you check in you will receive a Pluto’s Welcome Kit that includes: bowls, disposable potty bags, map with pet friendly routes highlighted and a special Disney pet ID.
Dogs must be leashed at all times in public areas. Proof of vaccinations is also required. A well behaved (translate: quiet and calm) dog is preferred.
There is much chatter of various message boards, with mixed reactions. Some are thrilled that they will no longer have to leave their precious pet at home. Others, especially those with severe pet allergies, are concerned about the condition of their room. With an added fee per night, per dog, it is assumed that this will be used for an extra thorough cleaning of each room.
For those with dog allergies or even those of us that prefer to stay in a room without evidence of previous pets, you can call 404-W-DISNEY so they can accommodate your request.
This new policy begins a trial period Sunday, October 15th. Stay tuned to see if it is made a permanent feature of Walt Disney World resorts.