About a year ago, Disney announced that they would be running a test pilot program allowing well-behaved dogs at select Disney resort hotels. Some people were upset about this fearing that owners wouldn’t properly care for their dogs and that they would run a muck at the hotels.
However, Disney requires that dogs are properly leashed while in public spaces and have all of their vaccinations. While I can’t find a record of this happening, I’m sure that Disney reserves the right to ask a dog and his/her owner to leave the premises if either one is misbehaving.
Dogs Now Welcome!
Now, Disney has announced that the pilot program will become a permanent fixture at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins. Each resort has a cleaning fee between $50 and $75 per night.
If the permanent program goes well, Disney could add more resorts later on, but at the moment every price level of resort is covered. If more hotels are added, only certain floors and/or sections of the resorts will be designated pet friendly so guests who don’t want to be around dogs can avoid them all together. Disney says that the majority of the hotel areas remain pet-free to accommodate anyone with allergies or other concerns. They also have a two-dog-per-room maximum.
Only service-animals will be allowed in the parks and water parks.
Rooms designated dog-friendly have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green space for pet relief, but you must clean up after your own dog. Failing to do so could get you kicked out of the hotel!
Upon check-in, guests with their four-legged friends in tow will receive Pluto’s Welcome Kit with a collection of dog-friendly items including a placemat, food and water bowls, a pet ID tag, plastic bags, puppy pads, and a map showing you where you can walk Pluto’s guests. Pet-friendly hotels also sell pet-themed merchandise in the stores including some incidentals as well as some fun things!
Disney also has a long-standing partnership with Best Friends Pet Care, which an on-property facility offering full-service salon and vet care plus a doggy daycare so your furry friend is safe while you’re having fun in the parks. Since this program is now permanent, Disney could extend their partnership with Best Friends Pet Care to offer in-room services like puppy play time or an afternoon walk to make sure that your doggy can live his best life while on vacation!
Dogs at Disney World Resorts: yes or no?