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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!