Ok, I don’t say this often, but this is some game changing news. Starting October 15, select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels will begin allowing dogs to stay with you on your vacation. Four Walt Disney World hotels have been designated at dog friendly are going to allow no more than two of your fur babies per guestroom to visit with you.
The resorts that will offer dog friendly accomodations will include a pet-cleaning fee that must be paid per night of your stay. The following are the resorts available, plus the fee:
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort $50/night
- Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort $50/night
- Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort $75/night
Each Guest room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas.
In addition, Dog lovers will find plenty of Disney amenities and special touches for their four-legged friends that will be available to them. First, when you check in to your resort, you’ll receive Pluto’s Welcome Kit which will include a mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps.
There will also be a special Pluto-themed “Do Not Disturb” door hanger that will need to be used indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room. Keep in mind that housekeeping service in Guest rooms with dogs is only available when Guests are present. You will need to dial the Housekeeping button on your in-room telephone to schedule a cleaning time at your convenience.
Dogs should be supervised at all times while staying on Resort property and should not be left unattended in your room for more than 7 hours. Dogs that stay in Guest rooms will be expected to remain well behaved and if left unattended in your room, you will be called to address any noise complaints within 30 minutes.
Dogs must be leashed in all public resort areas and properly vaccinated; up-to-date vaccination records must be available upon request. Dogs are not allowed on furniture in public areas. Guests are responsible for the proper care, behavior and waste maintenance of their dogs throughout the Resort. Keep in mind that only licensed service animals are allowed in Food & Beverage locations, the Club Lounge, Pool Areas, Fitness Centers and other public Guest areas.
Guests with dogs will be allowed to use some Resort transportation services, including Disney’s Magical Express and the new Minnie Van service, however, dogs must remain in pet carriers for the duration of transit. All other Resort transportation are available to Guests with licensed service animals only.
In addition, Dogs are not permitted to join their owners in the theme parks, nor are they allowed at Disney Springs. Unless, of course, they are licensed service animals.
Also, unfortunately, only dogs will be allowed at the Walt Disney World resort hotels; so, I can’t bring my kitties with me. 🙁
Should you need to be away from your pet for a longer period of time, Disney does have a great kennel called the Best Friends Pet Care. This is an on-property full-service facility that can provide assistance with pet daycare and other pet services for a fee.
The opportunity is currently a trial, so it is currently only available to Guests with reservations from October 15, 2017 through October 15, 2018.