BREAKING: Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels for a Fee Beginning October 15th

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Beginning this Sunday, October 15th, for the first time ever, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome guests – and their dogs – to four of its resort hotels.

Four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly. Each property’s per night/per room pet-cleaning rate is:

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

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.

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

  • At check-in, Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Also included: a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.
  • 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 dogs will be allowed to stay in guest rooms, they 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.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.


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  • As a father , I’m imagining wheeling the suit cases to my room after a 16 hour drive , I’m beginning to sweat because I’m used to that northern climate , the kids are not helping because …. well there kids , and I see a patch of green grass that will save me both time and effort, surely the world won’t mind me cutting through on the grass , after all I did sell a kidney to get that moderate at riverside , and then with my first step ,well I plant my right flip-flop in a nice steamy pile of dog shit , this is goin to be a failure and I hope whomever the clown is that decided this gets canned.

  • I am looking forward to Disney expanding this policy to include cats. I have a 145lb Puma that would absolutely love to spend some time whizzing all over the carpet at the Yacht Club. I am certain that all the other guests, especially those with small children…say between 10-30 pounds…will absolutely love him! Until they allow cats, I suppose my 110lb Rottweiler will get to enjoy his time there instead. Don’t worry, his bark is much worse than his bite…I promise.

  • This is one decision that I have to disagree with Disney about. I am a dog owner. He is 61 lbs of jumping love and happiness. He doesn’t care what the time is, when he wants to play it’s play time. I dont think our neighbors would appreciate a soft crinckly stuffed animal hitting the wall followed by the sound of our dogs rear end hitting the door. Don’t even get me started on the owners who “forgot” to pick up the gifts. Well that’s my $0.20 worth. Hoping Disney will give theis some more thought and change this rule back. Disney you have opened too many negative gates that I have not even touched on!

    • I agree. My 70lb german shepard is a jumper too. Also it would not be fair for her to be stick in the room while i enjoy the parks. I also second what you said about people not picking up after their dogs.

  • They cant charge you of you have a medical note and reason. I recently went to Disney and stayed at one of through resorts bit when we checked out and went to Disney springs some sweeper gave us a hared time and called security saying my note for my emotional support animal which is a cat named Nala although the whole day even when we were shopping spending money in the shops none of the employees had an issue with us having her even children where coming up to pet her. But as we were leaving that’s where the problem began. And most of the time she was in her pet bag. Wow the happiest place on earth well I don’t believe that anymore its Universal all the way now they know what true customer service is. Disney has really let me down especially since we used to travel there as a family unit for over 30 years wow what a let down and a place with no compassion for someone with medical issues. No more naming my animals after Disney characters which has been something my family has been doing since the 80′ s. Disney has really lost their detail and quality too customer service 😢

    • Oh and all I got to say is Disney really stepped in it that day at Disney springs. Because when someone needs a pet fire medical reasons and an employee causes problems with that person with medical issues well all Im saying is they should be thanking god nothing medically happened from their employee causing confrontation although he did cause an anxiety attack and a brake down which should be cause for instant termination of that employee.

  • I am a dog lover..but i disagree with this for many reasons. First the only dogs that should be allowed at there are service dogs. Secondly it’s not fair to the dogs to be cooped in the hotel room while the owners are the hotel. Thirdly i agree with the issues with allergies. I’d never bring my dog to WDW. Pet dogs do not belong there. Either board them at the kennel there,get a family member/friend or board them at a kennel near where you live. Plain and Simple.

  • I do respect others more tgan you know but maybe its you who was raised not to respect people with disabilities, illness (not contagious), surgries, etc… So if you have a problem either stay off Disney property Hotels Im sure you would fit in perfectly. Or just don’t go too Disney at all. When it comes too needing a pet too help you live a less pain free, stressful, just too live a happier and longer life you should have no problem with that cause how would you feel if your loved one needed one. So get over yourself and obviously a hatred towards animals that have done nothing too you! Just god help you!