For the First Time Ever, Disney Welcomes Dogs to Stay at Its Hotels

Oct 14, 2017

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Disney fans with pets… rejoice! Dog owners who want to bring their pooches with them to hotels at Walt Disney World will have several options starting this Sunday. In a blog entry posted on Friday, Disney confirms that — “for the first time ever” — the Orlando theme park resort will welcome dogs at four of its hotel properties.

There will be a nightly “pet cleaning” fee in order for your dog to be able to stay with you. This rate varies depending on the hotel:

  • 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

Up to two dogs will be able to stay in each room for the same pet fee. But, Disney notes that dogs must be “well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated” to be allowed to stay with you in your guest room.

At check-in, dogs will be welcomed with a Pluto’s Welcome Kit, which will include “mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps.” And, if your dog isn’t a fan of visitors, you’ll be able to hang a special Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger to indicate that a pet is in the room.

Unfortunately, the company isn’t rolling out an in-room pet service with this announcement. However, it notes that its on-site Best Friends Pet Care provides doggie day care services for your furry companion.

For those with pet allergies or who might not be comfortable around dogs, each of the four resorts will have certain designated floors or sections that will be dog-friendly. Meanwhile, according to Disney, “the majority of areas will remain canine-free to accommodate Guests with allergies or other concerns.”

If you’re interested in participating in this “dog-friendly trial program,” Disney directs guests to call (407) W-DISNEY. Disney Vacation Club members should contact Member Services at (800) 800-9800.

Featured image by Disney Parks via Getty Images.

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