What You Need to Know About Service Animals at Walt Disney World – Part Two

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Earlier this week we talked about the attractions that service animals can board at Walt Disney World. We also covered the basic information of Disney’s guidelines and practices pertaining to service animals. Now, let’s talk about the service animal break area locations as well as tips on what to pack for your service animal.

Service Animal Relief Area at Africa Outpost

What to Pack for Your Service Animal at Walt Disney World

If you have never been to a theme park with a service animal, you’ll want to pack for them as you do for yourself. Florida weather can be extreme and unpredictable on an average day. You can check your favorite weather app before you go (and you should), but plan for it to change, too. This may mean a raincoat or poncho for wet days, booties or socks for hot pavement, or sweaters and jackets for those few really chilly days.

Service Animal with Rain Gear at Magic Kingdom

It is also imperative that you pack a travel-friendly set of bowls for food and water. You can obtain cups of water from any Disney quick service location, but that can mean waiting in line to retrieve it. And while Disney does have First Aid and Baby Care Centers, there are no supplies for animals.

Service Animal with Packable Water Bowl at Magic Kingdom

Some guests may prefer to have a second leash set as well. Depending on your normal day to day interactions with your service animal, you may not be used to walking with your animal for the amount of hours you will spend at Disney. Having a second leash set may help with any fatigue in your hands or elsewhere.

Service Animal at Magic Kingdom

Break Areas / Relief Areas for Service Animals at Walt Disney World

Each Disney World theme park has multiple break or relief areas for your service animal. These locations are generally backstage, and are marked with a sign. However, Disney’s website does state that service animals may use any outdoor area as long as the owner picks up after them.

These relief areas are marked on the map, and offer designated patches of grass and nearby trash cans.

Magic Kingdom

  • Adventureland: adjacent to the Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Frontierland: near the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Liberty Square: behind the Liberty Tree Tavern
  • Fantasyland: near the Walt Disney World Railroad (Storybook Circus)
  • Tomorrowland: By Space Mountain Restrooms
Service Animal Relief Area at Storybook Circus
Service Animal Relief Area at Liberty Square

EPCOT

  • Future World East: next to the restrooms behind MouseGear
  • Future World West: next to the Imagination! restrooms
  • United Kingdom: right of restrooms
  • The space between the Outpost and Germany Pavilion
Imagination Pavilion
Service Animal Relief Area at Imagination Pavilion
Service Animal Relief Area at Future World East
Service Animal Relief Area at Africa Outpost
Service Animal Relief Area at United Kingdom Pavilion

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • In the courtyard of First Aid
  • Across from Baseline Tap House
  • Toy Story Land: near Alien Swirling Saucers
  • At the entrance to Toy Story Land
Across from Baseline Tap House
Across from Baseline Tap House
At the entrance to Toy Story Land
Service Animal Relief Area – Toy Story Land
Service Animal Relief Area – Near First Aid

Disney’s Animal Kingdom 

  • Discovery Island: near First Aid
  • DinoLand U.S.A.: next to the planter at the Restaurantosarus restrooms
  • Asia: right of the planter at Maharajah Jungle Trek restrooms
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch: right of the planter at Conservation Station entrance
  • Pandora: on path near the Satuʻli Canteen
Animal Kingdom Baby Care, First Aid, and Service Animal Area
Service Animal Relief Area at Discovery Island – Near First Aid
Service Animal Relief Area Near Pandora and Edge of Harambe Village
Service Animal Relief Area at Dinoland USA
Service Animal Relief Area at Majarajah Jungle Trek

For any questions in particular, guests are encouraged to contact Disney directly. The number listed on Disney’s website is (407) 560-2547 and the email is disability.services@disneyparks.com.

 Do you have any tips for traveling to Disney with a service animal? Let us know in the comments!

Dani

Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

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