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Select Walt Disney World Resorts to allow Dogs to stay in Rooms with Guests

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Select Walt Disney World Resorts to allow Dogs to stay in Rooms with Guests

Walt Disney World is a magical place for human guests, now the magic will extend to dogs as well!  Dogs will soon be allowed to stay with guests at certain Disney World resorts with their human companion.  Here’s the details:


Beginning Sunday, October 15, 2017 guests will be able to stay with their dogs in one of four resorts for an additional fee to cover potential cleaning:

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort  – $50 per night
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort – $50 per night
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – $75 per night
  • Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort – $50 per night

The fee per room is required for each guest with a dog.  There will be a maximum of TWO dogs per guest room.  Guests will be provided access to pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas.

Disney will provide the following amenities for the dogs and their friends to help accommodate their needs.

  • At check-in, Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads, dog walking maps, and a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.
  • If you wish to board your dog during the day, Best Friends Pet Care will still be available for you to book for an additional fee.
  • Coming soon!  Pet merchandise .

Dogs will be expected to have good behavior and leashed while in public guest areas.  For additional information call  407-W-DISNEY. DVC Members should contact Member Services at 800-800-9800.

What do you think of this new offering?




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43 COMMENTS

  1. I would not be able to stay in a room that had housed a lab or similar animal. My allergies are so severe I wouldn’t be able to breathe. It has happened, only in response to certain breeds, where I have sudden sever coughing, shortness of breath and cough up large amounts of mucous. It can easily send me to the ER if I don’t have an inhaler (and I’m not an asthmatic, never have been).

  2. NOT at all happy about it! I agree that some dog owners are worse than the dogs themselves. Formerly abused dogs that lash out are given excuses and the person/child attacked by the dog is the problem. Animals are unpredictable. People with tiny dogs want to tote them around like live toys. People with large dogs will pose a space issue for people who are allergic or weary of the animal. Some dogs are not nearly disciplined as well as others. The noise factor, the soiled carpets, and the potential lawsuits will perhaps force this to be short-lived.

  3. You have well behaved lap dogs… and you love them. Good on you and hooray for your dogs. I love dogs… I don’t have one for lots of reasons and regardless of how great your dogs are I still don’t want to stay in a room that your dogs have lived in.
    And let’s say for the sake of debate that half of the dogs are like yours and the other half bark, growl, shed, poop, pee, and slobber. You won’t find me staying at a pet friendly hotel. Ever. And I love animals but I guess it’s a conditional kinda love. By the way… your comment about dogs being exponentially cleaner than most men.. I guess depending on where you live, not true and quite a sexist hung to say.
    Good day!

  4. Awful decision. My daughter is deathly afraid of dogs. We spend a lot of money for a vacation to Disney and don’t want to feel stressed out and uncomfortable by pets on the property. I booked a trip a long time before we knew of this policy at The Art of Animation. Now I don’t know if I want to go in January or not. Totally upset!

  5. Who makes these decisions. Are they out of their minds. People like me with allergies can’t stay in a room that has had a dog. You can’t clean those rooms well enough and I won’t take the chance of my vacation being ruined because I can’t breathe and have hives. So I won’t be staying at any of those resorts just to be safe. Also dogs bark. What about when people leave their dogs in the room while they go to the parks. Is Disney going to go and find them and make then come back to their rooms if their dogs are disturbing others. I don’t object to them making one of the resorts a dog resort, because then if you decide to stay there you know what to expect, but I can’t believe Disney thinks the majority of people will be happy about this.

  6. It appears that most people who have responded are completely against this decision. I love the Yacht Club and Riverside but I do not want to stay in a pet friendly room. Nor doi I want to see them running around the lobby or outside the resort. Dogs bark. Period. I love dogs but do not want to hear that on vacation. What was DIsney thinking with this new policy? Kenny, will only certain rooms on specific floors be alotted for pet owners? Or does that cleaning fee mean i can check into a room right after a family with a pet?

  7. I love my 2 dogs, but I would never expect someone else to have to put up w/them. I totally agree that it’s a good idea but maybe only for one certain hotel. And who would want to leave their dog in a strange environment all day so they could visit the parks. I also vote no, not a good idea.

  8. Don’t any of your dogs behave? I take 2 of my dogs with me. They’re 10 times cleaner than most men. They use potty pads and don’t miss. They don’t bark. My trips are awesome when I can come back snuggle with my 5lb Bella and my son grabs his dog, Mitzie. Makes the trip so much better

  9. My son was that way for a long time – if he had seen a dog there, that meant he wasn’t EVER going to go there again. Luckily, it’s gotten better – but, at 16, dogs are still a big problem in our world. Especially their owners who insist that they are under voice control and don’t need a leash. :/ Didn’t know that others had that problem too – thank you for sharing!

  10. Thank you for this list! Now, we know which hotels to stay away from for our next stay. With two children that are deathly afraid of dogs and a husband with horrible allergies, we always stay at hotels that say no pets. Thank you for the heads up that Disney’s policy has changed on this.

  11. I totally agree! We have stayed at Port Orleans Riverside and the Cabins and love them both but this has put a damper on our plans for our next trip to WDW! We don’t have pets but we are not against people loving their dogs but this is just a bad idea all around!

  12. I love my dog so i wouldn’t subject her to being locked in an unfamiliar place all day. Not everyone is on top of cleaning up after their pup after they do their business too..this would open a can of worms for sure. Not the best idea at all. They didn’t think this one through very well!

  13. Great idea to allow pets…travel with mine…never have had a problem or complaint and rooms and persons were always clean comfortable and wonderful…..if anti pet stay at another location…there are many many who will love and will come to the pet friendly accommodations…..and I am sure many say the same negative things about ill behaved , loud, rude, unattended , messy, spoiled children that are all about and wish they were not allowed as well…
    ….hmmmmm….

  14. We have already stayed off site at a hotel we’re dogs are allowed and the filth was disgusting! It’s like it never completely goes away… Disney is going to ruin its reputation for cleanliness.

  15. I have a dog, and love her enough to not subject her to sitting in a hotel room, alone, while I am at the parks, all day. If she was boarded, or staying with friends, she would at least be with other animals, and have attention, given to her.
    This is just terrible.

  16. Not a good idea. Service animals yes, pets no. The noise, smell, chance of finding dog poop when you are walking around the property. What about law suits and also people with dog allergies.

  17. Totally disgusted by this decision. I own a dog & for all of the above mentioned reasons would never consider subjecting my animal to this type of imprisonment, long car rides &/or flights. Dogs don’t like to be dragged everywhere. I will never stay in a Pet Friendly hotel, etc. I would never feel the room & especially the rugs were clean enough. And who wants to be exposed to dog hair, dandruff, fleas, ticks, worms & parasites. Large to medium sized dogs scare me, especially if they’re the least bit anxious or aggressive. I don’t want dogs sniffing me or going anywhere near pools, or eating & laundry areas.
    Port Orleans Riverside has been our favorite resort since it was Dixie Landings back in the 80’s – no longer. What a shame – even if rooms are designated pets only, I don’t want to deal with them anywhere at the resort. Other than service dogs, what possible good comes from this decision? Housekeeping must be very concerned. I see it as another money grabbing idea of Disney’s. We were actually planning to stay st Yacht or Beach Club this coming spring – guess that’s out too.

  18. I agree with everyone else. HORRIBLE idea (unless a service dog). I won’t be staying in these resorts on my next visit.

  19. Terrible idea on so many levels, noise being a big potential issue. Service dogs only should be allowed on properties. We can hear our neighbors dog barking in his house, while in our home. Can’t imagine all the issues they are inviting.
    Note: I am an animal lover but animals don’t belong everywhere at all times.

  20. I can’t say that I’m a fan of this. Many families spend extended periods of time in the park which leaves their pet in the room for long periods of time, potentially barking there or when taken out to relieve themselves. We live near barking dogs that I am thankful to get away from during vacation.

    I hope for those resorts that are now accepting pets that they designate certain rooms for those with pets as the allergens will be in those rooms.

    I will choose to stay at resorts that do not offer this option.

  21. So you’re going to bring a dog with so you can either board them at Disney’s facility or they stay in your room while you’re at the parks all day? Looks like I’m calling my Disney Travel Agent tonight to change my trip plans for Dec!

    Should just have 1 option of resort. Don’t make all the non pet families deal with the barking, potential accidents, potential for bites, bathroom issues (in room & owners that don’t pick up after them), pet hair/dander in rooms etc

  22. Terrible! I won’t stay at these resorts. People need to keep their animals at home. I don’t want to vacation with someone’s dog.

  23. Glad there are no DVC resorts. Sometimes if we have to add on a non-DVC night before our points stay, I’ll add on the Yacht Club. I love my greyhound but no way do I want a room where dogs have been staying.

  24. Walls are thin, I don’t need to hear barking every time someone walks by dogs door
    I’ll be asking for a new room if my room smells like dog or I have to listen to one

  25. Ooh, I’m not a fan of this decision. I can see this helping families who have a hard time leaving their dog behind, but to me it makes more sense to leave your dog at doggy day care being cared for all day than locked in a hotel room. And what about kids like mine who are terrified of dogs or kids like my clients who have Autism and won’t go to a public place where they have ever seen a dog? Going on vacation is already so challenging for them, and intense fear of dogs is very common. Also I can’t imagine the rooms not getting damaged and not getting smelly over time with dogs staying in them. Sure, there are many well behaved dogs, but there may be equally as many untrained ones being dragged along on family vacations.

  26. HORRIBLE!! I just hope they confine the dog rooms to a certain block and they aren’t picked at random. People already have issues with bed bugs at Disney and now they are going to add potential fleas to the mix and dog hair.

  27. Awful. As someone with Lyme disease I am always worried about ticks. Now there could be a chance there are stray ticks leftover from a previous dog. Also who is caring for these dogs while their owners are in the parks 8+ hours a day?

  28. Its a stupid decision! Unless for a service dog why would anyone want to go to Disney with a dog? What is the animal going to do while the humans are off to the parks? Stay in the room all day, bark, and ruin the neighbors vacation? Will they be allowed to bring them to the food court, in the pool, etc.?

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