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Walt Disney World Opens its Gates to Dogs with Pet Friendly Resorts

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Good news, dog lovers! Pluto and Goofy aren’t the only dogs at Disney World anymore. This week, Disney is offering a warm welcome to your favorite four-legged companion! Now, you don’t have to leave the canine members of your family home anymore! Take everyone to the resorts and make your family vacation complete.

Although, your dogs still aren’t allowed into the theme parks themselves, you can now bring your dog to four of Disney’s magical resorts! Of course, there are some general restrictions, so be sure to pay attention to the rules before you bring your pooch.

Wondering how to get your dog into Disney’s resorts? It’s easy! Read on to learn more about the new (and much improved) Disney World pet policy.

Dog-Friendly Disney Resorts

Until now, pet owners who brought along their dogs could not stay overnight with them at a Disney hotel. Disney does have a Walt Disney World Resort Kennel, where dogs can take a nice vacation near their owners.

The Disney pet resort is spacious and created for the ultimate pet pampering. However, dropping off the pooch with strangers just isn’t the same as keeping them with you at your hotel. As of October 15, though, everything is changing! If you decide to bring Fido, you can stay at one of the four Disney hotels with your dog!

The Art of Animation Resort, the Yacht Club Resort, Port Orleans Riverside Resort and Ft. Wilderness Resort are welcoming dogs into their guest rooms. The most pet-travel savvy among us will likely point out that the Ft. Wilderness Resort has offered pet-friendly accommodations for a long time now. However, pets will no longer be limited to just the campground area! You can now bring your pet into a cabin for a cozier and comfier stay.

It’s worth mentioning that some rooms in these hotels are off-limits to pets, so be sure to call ahead and check to make sure you have a pet-friendly room before packing up your dog’s bed and toys.
Walt Disney World Art Of Animation Resort Dog Friendly
Fees and Details

As you might expect, it does cost more to bring along your dog. There is an extra cleaning fee for dogs who stay in the hotels. For the Art of Animation Resort, the Ft. Wilderness Resort, and the Port Orleans Riverside Resort, the fee is $50. For the Yacht Club Resort, you’ll pay a $75 fee.

This might sound like a hefty price, but it’s a whole lot less stressful than leaving your dog at a boarding facility, and it’s just about the same price. Besides, you’ll even get some special treats for your pup! Disney provides food and water bowls for canine guests, as well as maps of walking areas and clean-up bags. You’ll even get a Disney collar ID tag!
Disney World Pet Friendly Resorts
The Rules

Like any other public place, Walt Disney World‘s four dog-friendly resorts have rules in place to keep pets and people safe.

Of course, you need to keep your pet leashed at all times when in the public areas of the resorts. Your dog should also be able to behave with a reasonable level of decorum in public. Also, dogs need to be up on their vaccinations. Be sure to get your dog fully vaccinated before heading off on your Disney adventure!

There’s also a pet limit. There are only two dogs allowed per room. If you’re a pet parent of three or more dogs, you’ll have to leave some at home or travel with another two-legged friend and book an additional room.
Disney World Resorts Dog Friendly Leash
Is This Bad News for Allergy Sufferers?

As wonderful as this news is to dog lovers, the announcement has been met with concern by other Disney fans. After all, many people suffer from dog allergies. And pet dander is not easy to get out of bedding or carpet. However, it’s good to keep in mind that only four of the many Disney resorts are allowing dogs. All of the other resorts will still be pet-free and only allow service animals.
Pet Friendly Resorts Allergies
Why is Disney Allowing Dogs in Their Hotels?

Although some may question Disney’s willingness to deal with animals and all the shedding, droppings, and messes they leave behind, this is actually a great business move! Pets have always been an important part of family life, and they are just becoming more so. Many young couples choose to raise puppies rather than children for several years, so marketing to pets will market specifically to this demographic.

Pet travel is also popular these days. Although traveling with pets does take extra work and planning, it can be less stressful than leaving pets with boarders or pet sitters. It can also be cheaper!

And with the pet Instagram craze, it’s safe to say that the chance to snap a photo of a cute pooch with Pluto himself is very tempting.
Walt Disney World Resorts Dog Friendly Travel
So What’s Next?

You better believe that if Disney does this with success, the trend will catch on. Of course, there are many other hotels and resorts that allowed pets long before Disney did. But if you’ve ever tried traveling with a dog, you know this is the exception rather than the rule!

Is the dog-friendly trend going to continue in the wonderful world of Disney? Will cats be allowed soon? Traveling pet owners certainly hope so! Perhaps the other Disney resorts will offer dog friendly rooms as well. Or perhaps the Disney parks will let up on their pet restrictions! Who knows, it might not be too long before your dog gets explore Goofy’s house with you.
Walt Disney Resorts Pet Friendly
What do you think about the new dog-friendly policies in these four Disney resorts? Do you think it will catch on, and if so, is that a good thing? Would you like to bring your dog on a Disney vacation? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Michael Zeno
    October 28, 2017 - 2:48 am

    Great to hear it. Last year when me and my family visited Disney, we had to keep Diamond (our four legged companion 😉 ) at home. My neighbor was kind enough to keep Diamond with him. Though it was an amazing experience we knew one family member was missing. I’m wondering how Diamond will react when he’s in Disney.

  2. Rachael Mills
    October 28, 2017 - 10:39 am

    I think it’s a good policy to adopt, I also think it will catch on as there are several dog owning families around these days but what about their policy on other pets such as cats. I for instance have a cat and not a dog

  3. Cait
    October 29, 2017 - 9:53 pm

    Wow! Only a few years ago my mom snuck her tiny Chihuahua into the hotels when they visited Disneyland. The two of them are inseparable and I’m glad that Disney is getting the memo! I’m a cat owner and I really don’t think my cats would enjoy travelling with me anywhere beyond the bed, but dogs are much more social and adventurous (and leash trainable) so I think it’s great they’re being included!

  4. Vicky
    October 30, 2017 - 11:29 am

    As a pet lover, it would be nice to know that I can go along with my pet ‘Lucky’ to Disney world. Though I’m not sure of the availability of pet food when Lucky is hungry. Nice post actually.

  5. Richard G.
    October 30, 2017 - 7:20 pm

    I love dogs. But the thought of staying in a room that has had dogs in it night after night kind of grosses me out. I know Disney does a good job of cleaning, but pet messes are a whole other ball game.

  6. Maryabn
    December 30, 2017 - 9:19 am

    No, I am upset that Disney is allowing dogs tô stay. It is bad enough that we have trouble sleeping with noises from our neighbors, let alone a dog running around when we are trying to sleep. I am afraid I am one of those people who will call the front desk to complain about noise. So get ready, Disney, you will hear from a lot of people. Dogs need to stay home.


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