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Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

We have exciting news for Disney Parks fans who are also dog lovers. Beginning this Sunday, Oct. 15, for the first time ever, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome guests – and their dogs – to four of its resort properties!

As part of this new dog-friendly pilot program, four out of the 26 Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly. Each property’s per night/per room pet-cleaning rate is:

A maximum of two dogs per guest room can be accommodated. Each guest room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas.

We will also designate certain floors or sections of a hotel as dog-friendly, while the majority of areas will remain canine-free to accommodate Guests with allergies or other concerns.

Dog lovers will find plenty of Disney amenities and special touches for their four-legged friends.

  • At check-in, guests receive Pluto’s Welcome Kit which includes a collection of dog-friendly items.
  • Disney enjoys a partnership with Best Friends Pet Care, an on-property full-service facility that can provide assistance with pet daycare and other pet services (fees apply).
  • Pet merchandise is coming soon to participating resorts.
  • While there are no in-room services available at this time, Best Friends Pet Care does provide services like doggie day care at its nearby facility on Disney property.

Dogs that are allowed to stay in guest rooms will be expected to be well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated. For more information about the new dog-friendly trial program, including other restrictions and policies, guests may contact 407-W-DISNEY. DVC Members should contact Member Services at 800-800-9800.

Comments

  • I love my dog. But I don’t see this working out well. There might be rules in place, but seriously, who is going to enforce the rules? And to the commenters comparing children to barking dogs…stop. My children are grown, my husband and I go several times a year. We expect kids to be kids. Honestly it’s the adults that are usually more disruptive! 🙂

  • This is AWESOME news! We’re FL residents and would love to take more short trips over to Disney, but the dog arrangements always seem to throw a kink in our plans. This makes things so much easier–we’ll definitely be renewing annual passes and plan to spend many more weekend getaways at Disney!

  • I am so happy and excited to see this. I have a quiet well trained and travel ready 7 year old dog. We love how pet friendly Florida is when we are there. He is better behaved than some children. I know some people have awful allergies but it does say specific rooms will be for pet parents and designated areas so I wouldn’t think it would be a problem. I hope not. Usually I stay at pet friendly Universal studios resorts but I am looking forward to finally going to Disney.

  • Awesome!! I most definitely will be bringing my little guy to 1 of the participating Hotels above. It is very unfortunate reading these negative comments. I live in the Orlando area and I’ve noticed a lot of tourist do not like dog’s. Very unfriendly people. Disney is a magical place but I guess it has never accured to some tourists That Real Residents Live & Work In Orlando. You are going to see us with Dogs. Orlando is known for the Capital of hotels. You have other options but, guess what?? your are going to see Dog’s at various Hotels on the Coach & 1st class Airplanes. Heck you or your children may even be seated next to a dog on the plane. When you arrive to our airport you are going to see Dog’s, Cats etc. Some are there to protect you and your family.Rental cars allow dogs in their vehicles. The Ritz Carlton are very Dog friendly as well. If you or your children are allergic to animals, don’t like animals very simple solution.. Stay away from these four hotels, Airplanes, Restaurants, Stores, and other public places that allow animals, etc etc

  • I’m a dog lover and owner, but don’t quite understand why anyone would want to bring their dog on a Disney vacation. The whole point of going to Disney and staying on property is to take advantage of all the amazing parks and entertainment, all of which are designed for humans to enjoy. Who wants to have the hassle of going back/forth to your room during the day for dog care?! Besides, a kennel or pet sitter is probably cheaper than the resort fee.

    As for the people who are worried about barking, I know that any hotel I’ve ever stayed at with barking dogs will call the owner to come back to the room if it’s an issue (it happened to me and other family members on different trips/places in fact).

    The allergy part also seems like something Disney would be able to handle quickly and professionally. They go above and beyond for food allergies, and I expect they would also move your room if you suspected a pet allergy issue. Just call them, they’re always really understanding.

  • What a senseless idea!
    People with allergies always thought of Disney when visiting the MK, Epcot, Studios, AKL as their primary choice because it was non pet friendly.
    Very disappointed. Every year, I stayed at Ft Wilderness Camping Cabins around the holidays. I booked my reservation months ago and now I received the notification. Sadly, this will be our last stay here.

  • This is such a poor decision on Disney’s part. I really don’t see how this benefits anyone except the few families with dogs. On the other hand, those thousands of people and children with allergies and/or that are scared of dogs are affected. As a person allergic to dog dander (getting weekly allergy shots as we speak) this would make me reconsider staying on Disney property for my next trip, which I have been thinking of doing anyway and this just tipped me that way.

  • Kudos Disney! Reading the above comments I have to giggle. For those with allergies, stay in one of the other resorts, that do not allow dogs. If children are afraid of dogs, stay in other resorts. I live inFlorida and love the fact I can bring my dog to stay with me at the resorts. She won’t be on a bus, which I doubt will be allowed. Most of these pets will be from in state visitors. Knowing how Disney approaches everything in their Resorts, I can only believe it will be handled with all guests in mind. I have stayed at Disney since it’s grand opening…can’t tell you how many times I have been awaken by a screaming kid…just saying that’s part of staying in resorts.

  • HI there,
    It seems that some people forget the genesis for Walt Disney creating his Magical Parks, children to have a fun, safe place for them.
    I think Disney missed the mark on this roll-out for dogs being allowed. You didn’t give fair warning to people with reservations that now are being advised that dogs are allowed at certain resorts. It would be akin to an all adult resort allowing children AFTER you have booked a vacation.
    It certainly alienates Guests with this lack of foresight.
    You seem to be lacking a faq page that goes into detail about the do’s and don’ts of pet owners either.
    And most importantly you do not from all that I have researched DO NOT REQUIRE MUZZLES AND LENGTH RESTRICTED LEASHES AT ALL TIMES OUTSIDE OF THE ROOM!

  • Mentioned to the kids that dogs will be on the busses and at the hotels. Do you want to go back to Disney World?
    NO.

  • Today the dogs next door woke me up at 5 am. Again. And then they barked ALL day. One of the things I’m so looking forward to w/regards to vacation is getting a break from some of the annoyances of everyday life. This is a real bummer.

  • Awesome news! Universal has been doing this for years and it has been very successful. Not sure why all the complaints, I’ve stayed at plenty pet friendly places and I RARELY hear dogs barking and the rooms are very clean. PLUS, I have allergies as well and still have to deal with the smokers all over the place. Good job Disney!

  • I love to see this! I’m sorry about all of those people that are so worried about this, but I absolutely love it! Kudos to Disney! I’ve wanted to bring my dog to Disney for some time now, and haven’t been able to. Disney is absolutely magical and I KNOW they’re going to be great about keeping it great for everyone. They’re charging a cleaning fee, so please, no one should be worried about allergies. I know Disney will clean up and keep them “quarantined” from concerned guests. And owners of dogs that are going to Disney are going to make sure that they will all be well behaved. I’ve heard noise from kids and families that would well exceed the noise created by one or two stressed out dogs in an entire property.

    I just had to jump to the defense of Disney on this one. I think this is amazing and I can’t WAIT to bring my fluffy baby to Disney with me! Thank you!!!

  • I’m disappointed to read this as we have dog allergies in our family. We were hoping to stay at Port Orleans Riverside or Art of Animation again. I’m sad that we will have to choose a different resort now.

  • Worst. Idea. Ever. Hope it doesn’t last.

  • 2 dogs of any size and any breed alone in a resort room for seven hours, barking for 30 minutes is not a good idea. It will burst the Disney Magic for anyone in the room next door.

  • Great Idea- Disney has been behind times on this. First off I have been at other places where they allow dogs (resorts and hotels) and people have picked up after these animals and they have bothered no-one. I have been at the same places where little kids have acted up so badly just standing and screaming or throwing sand on people and it is acceptable. Also when I was at these resorts I was shocked to find out they even had PETS staying at them because the dogs were nowhere in sight as they were not on my floor nor did I hear them barking when I was inside. Also these were not DISNEY and we all know how DISNEY takes care of stuff compared to others. I think people are acting to quickly and need to see how it works out.

  • Really disappointed to see this as we’ve already booked a room at one of these resorts where dogs will be allowed. My 6 year old is afraid of dogs so this would not be a fun place for him to stay. Not to mention the smell in the rooms and barking. Now we are in a scramble to see if we can find another resort with a room left during the discounted season.

  • I am really disappointed in this. Speaking from experience, the rules to segregate dogs from people with allergies never work out well enough to protect those with severe allergies. Many dog owners tend to think of their pets as real people and put the rights of their animal above those of a person suffering from allergies. They don’t care that they are ruining someone else’s vacation so long as they can have their pet. The no-pet policy was one of our biggest reasons for staying at Disney Resorts. It was completely stress free! Art Of Animation used to be our favorite resort, too. We will not be returning until this pilot program is over.

  • Do not think this is a good idea. We have friends that are terribly allergic to dogs and many children and older adults are afraid of them. I would not stay in one of the pet friendly hotels (smell, dirt, noise) and if dogs are in transportation, restaurants, Disney Springs etc., we will stop our regular vacations at Disney. Love pets in a yard at home, not in a crowded vacation destination. The kennel at Disney is great….stay with that!

  • I follow several Disney related forums and have a reservation at Port Orleans Riverside in 2018. Concerns exist that this was implemented with short notice and policies are not finalized or well communicated to Cast Members. I have stayed at other pet friendly hotels in the Orlando area but I am allergic and am concerned. If implemented properly, this policy can be a win/win. If not, I lose.

  • I think that it is a great idea. Can’t wait to bring my baby. So many other resorts welcome our furry babies. We did not join DVC because of the no dog policy. I hope that some people don’t ruin it for everyone. Thank you, Disney for realizing that your rules were outdated.

  • This may be the worst idea Disney has ever had! Aside from being allergic to dogs, we are concerned about dogs barking all day if they’re left alone in the room. Or at night if the families stay in the parks until they close. Not to mention the smell! Our Disney vacation is booked at the Port Orleans Riverside arriving on Nov 6th. I called the reservations center and was told none of the rooms are designated as canine-free to accommodate guests with allergies or other concerns as stated in your newsletter above.
    We also have serious concerns about people not picking-up after their dogs as well as walking around the resort weaving around dogs.
    We live in New England and have enjoyed traveling to Disney World more than 20 times. This may be our last. Very disappointing!

  • I have many concerns about this- and I have 2 dogs myself.
    -As far as cleaning the rooms, I saw that chemicals will be used to ensure the rooms are cleaned afterwards. Every single thing? Dogs will be soiling carpets and chewing remotes and be on the beds….and there is no way every dog hair will be removed for the next ( potentially allergic) guest. And many people with allergies will be also sensitive to the cleaning chemicals.
    -Many people will be bringing their dogs to public areas- what happens when a dog gets loose or fights with another? Soils someplace when being walked by a kid? Jumps on an older person?
    -Can they go in elevators? Staircases? Lobbies? ME buses?
    -What happens when someone arrives with an unannounced dog? When all dog rooms are booked? Will they be turned away?
    -Will each dog need to be somehow marked so that its known that each one has been checked for shots and is properly registered? What about fleas???
    -What happens when dogs are barking when left alone for 7 hours? What happens when their people stay away for 12?
    -What happens when a dog is walked into a store or lobby?
    -There are many people with allergies and phobias to dogs, but these are also issues for everyone.
    I am absolutely against this idea!

  • This is GREAT! Thank you for allowing our entire family to be a part of the Disney experience. Our “Minne” is usually cramped in a kennel during our trips to WDW, and now she has the chance to be a part of our vacation. We live in a coastal town where obedient dogs are welcomed just about everywhere. And kids love dogs! Thank you WDW for this opportunity.

  • Thank you Disney! This is a wonderful idea and long waited for. Universal’s Lowes resorts have always allowed pets and now our favorite place on earth does, too. I hope this stays around. We just canceled our reservation at the Portofino and moved to the Art of Animation for our next trip. Our 3 pound special needs baby Pomeranian will be so happy to be at Disney with us. Thank you again.

  • I think this is a great idea to allow our furry babies to travel with us. We are AP and have wanted to rent the cabins at Ft. Wilderness and bring our Yorkies, but that was not an option in the past. Hopefully, the owners will be respectful and mind their furry babies and clean up after them so this pilot program can be made permanent.

  • “Jiminy Crickets Disney, be careful what you wish upon a star for, you just might be letting a Genie out of the bottle”

  • What a “GOOFY” idea, it makes me SO “GRUMPY” that my head spins so much that I see stars and even “PLUTO”

  • Muzzles and length control leashes should be 100% mandatory and 100% enforced, and yet your rules require neither!

  • Terrible idea. ‘Nuff said.

  • Designsted floors and rooms is a great idea. Just like any allergy or sensitivity just let Disney know ans they will make sure you are in a place that you will not be bothered. As for the dog poop…disney does not leave food or spills to walk in when kids make a mess in the parks so I doubt that they will allow dog poop to dot the landscape. I have had more miserable nights of sleep in hotels because of kids stomping on the floor, slamming doors and running up and down the hall then I have ever had because of dogs. I wish they would make an adult only hotel on site. I say welcome and I am sure all who are staying at hotels that are part of the program and that are upset just call Disney. I am sure they will find another property for you.

  • This is a fantastic idea. It has been a long time coming. Most of our society believes pets are family. Americans spend millions on their pets each year. I am glad Disney finally recognizes the importance of our furry buddies. It is nice to be able to take them with you on vacation.

    I have no worries that these pet rooms will be cleaned thoroughly after each use. Disney is known for its exceptional service and exceptionally clean parks and resorts.

    In the comments I have been reading there seems to be three main concerns. People who have allergies and are afraid of dogs, which seems to be a non issue since only certain parts and rooms of the hotels will be sectioned off for pets. Those who suffer allergies and fear of dogs never need to cross paths with these dogs. The third issue is noise. It is a Disney hotel. Which means lots of teens and lots of noisey kids. If noise isn’t your thing, Disney is not the place for you. From the resorts, to the pools, to the parks, and the fireworks; Disney is an amazing joyous celebration of noise.

  • I think this is a great idea. There are many people who travel often with their dogs – well behaved, clean dogs. And these people always pick up their dog’s poop. My dog competes in dog agility trials and we tend to stay in hotels with other dog agility people. All that I know are very responsible dog people. There have been times when several of us are in the same hotel – our dogs are quietly behaving in the room while children are running up and down the halls yelling. I know that some dog owners are irresponsible but so are some children’s parents. Some of these parents allow their children to make a mess of the hotel room yet these people are never charged a ‘child fee’. Just as some children are afraid of dogs – there are some dogs that are afraid of children. Thank you for considering those of us who enjoy traveling with our dogs.

  • Devastated. Ft wilderness cabins are my family’s favorite. And we are terribly allergic to pet dander… They just took away 2 of my favorite resorts… Please make it stop

  • While I understand that Disney is trying to capitalize on the booming pet industry and offer a new option for avid pet lovers, this is a horrible idea. I have a Nov/Dec reservation at Port Orleans Riverside. The last thing I want to hear are hear barking dogs during my Disney vacation. I do not want my family or myself approached by a dog whose owner allows them to roam on a retractable leash. I would not have made a reservation at POR had I know that dogs would be permitted. With this new policy in place we might be considering a hotel stay off the Disney property should we book another Disney vacation. I am a dog owner, but we make accommodations for our dog when we go to Disney. We are paying way too much to stay there to have the pleasure of dealing with irresponsible dog owners. Please revisit this misguided program.

  • Hmmmm, not a fan of this idea. So people will spend 12+ hours at a Disney park and leave their pet in a room unattended? Some people with dogs assume that EVERYONE likes dogs so they assume everyone thinks their doggie is cute and will live the barking, smell and licking. Please end this program!

  • What a terrible idea. I hope this pilot program is short lived.

  • This is a really bad idea. I love dogs, want to own them but am so darn allergic to them, especially the long haired breeds, short haired for some reason not as bad.

  • I love dogs, but I am not happy about this. Poop in the grass and walkways. As well as you can clean a room you can still smell an animal has been in it. So many people think their dog is well behaved and they may be at home with the people they know but it is often not the case when they are at a strange place with strange people, especially running and excited children. Barking oh geezer the barking and wining when they see another animal, strangers and their own family. The thought of keeping a fog in the room all day and or night is horrible. Then there is the tiny dog that mommies just can’t be without getting snuck into the resort eateries, pool areas and parks. Service animals are completely different that will be with their handler at all times and are much better behaved.
    I think mandatory boarding is the answer. You can visit the pup when you want but they stay in the boarding areas and maybe a dog park for excersise than back into the boarding areas for the night. That is the harsh reality of traveling with a pet.

  • This may be the worst Disney idea ever! Aside from being allergic to dogs, we were subjected to having an adjoining room this summer to guests with a dog. When the owners left, the dog cried, whimpered, and barked the entire time. Upon their return they played fetch with the dog in the room. As our Oct. 30 arrival nears, our 40th stay at the Yacht Club, we have serious concerns.

  • I’m allergic to pet dander so this is pretty awful news.

  • Thank you for this amazing news! We are huge Disney fans and have been to DisneyWorld over 53 times but have never become season pass holders because of the no pet policy. Our dog has traveled world wide with us and is a true member of our family. We are so thankful that Disney has made this option available. I believe that most pet owners are responsible and caring of their pet especially if they take them along on vacations.

  • Finally!!! There are so many hotels – especially on west coast – that permit pets. I’ve stayed in them (without my pets) and never heard them. If owners follow the guidelines Disney has set up, there should be no threat to others. They have made it clear that only certain rooms will be designated so if a child has a fear, then parents should let management know to place them elsewhere. How many times have we experienced noisy kids in a resort and they are permitted? Not to mention loud adults. This is wonderful – I can now visit Disney World and enjoy the park during the day – yes, I’d put them into daycare – but have them with me at night.

  • Love that Disney is going to to a test trial on allowing dogs at a few resorts. Make us proud and enforce the policy consistently as there are many on social media who want to see this policy fail .

  • Please do not expand this trial to DVC or other resorts. I have to deal with barking dogs everyday at home and do not want to be bothered during my vacation at WDW. Just because dogs are on a leash does not mean they are not impacting other guests. If all pet owners followed the rules it might be OK for some but they do not and often feel that their pets bad habits are cute and adorable.

  • I am a bit happy to see this to a point and unsure of it at the same time. I understand pets being allowed at Ft. Wilderness… they have been allowed there for years. The thing about this is that Dogs have been allowed in every resort for just about as long in the form of service animals… in specific rooms at the resorts to contain allergies and such. Now that it has been announced people have a problem with it? Let me just say that if you never noticed a dog at your resort all the times you have stayed there then you wont notice them now. Even though you didn’t see them they were there.

  • Ugh I hate this. My 5 year old daughter is deathly afraid of dogs, and we have our trip booked December of this year at AOA where the dog trial is planned to be. I don’t like that guests have an option for the doggy daycare because it also leaves them the choice to leave their pets in their room all day. I can just imagine how bad the barking and smells will be. I feel like this was a BAD move for Disney, since I can’t imagine that there was a huge demand for people who want to bring their pets with them on vaca. They still offer the overnight doggy daycare, why provide an option for guests to leave their animals couped up in a room unmonitored for 12+ hours. I’m sure there will be many responsible dog owners, but there will also be those who aren’t. And I don’t think it’s right for Disney to make a change like this that could affect non-pet owners who are visiting.

  • Love dogs but think this is truly terrible idea.

  • Great, now my young kids (who are terrified of dogs, despite my best efforts) can be scared to walk around our resort!

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