Cabins at Fort Wilderness Will be First Pet-Friendly Disney Vacation Club Resort

Shannen Ace

Cabins at Fort Wilderness Will be First Pet-Friendly Disney Vacation Club Resort

Disney Vacation Club has filed new documents with the Orange County Comptroller that reveal information about the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and reference Palmetto Trust Association, Inc.

Cabins at Fort Wilderness to be Pet-Friendly

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According to DVC News, the documents mostly cover standard timeshare rules and disclosures. There is a 17-page “Bylaws of Palmetto Trust Association, Inc.” document. Disney Vacation Development registered the Trust in August 2023. It would allow future buyers to join a multi-resort Trust instead of purchasing deed ownership for a single resort.

The ground lease between Disney Vacation Development and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for the Cabins ends on January 31, 2075 — just over 50 years from its projected opening.

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The Cabins already existed and are currently being reimagined before they reopen in 2024 as new DVC accommodations. The Cabins were previously one of the few Walt Disney World Resort hotels to be pet dog-friendly and they will stay that way, making them the first pet-friendly DVC resort.

Up to two pet dogs will be allowed per cabin with no weight limit. The dogs must be fully trained and are not allowed on furniture anywhere on the resort property. When outside the cabin, dogs must be accompanied at all times and either on a leash or in a carrier. They are not allowed in food and beverage locations, lounges, pools, and other recreation areas. They can’t be left unattended for more than seven hours. Guests must contact housekeeping to schedule a room cleaning time when the dogs won’t be there and door hangers must be displayed on cabins where dogs are present.

There is a dog fee of $30 per night for owners and $50 per night for lessees, guests, invitees, licensees, and exchangers.

DVC states they have a right to evict a dog if they are disruptive to other guests, adjust fees in the future, and that members “should not purchase a Vacation Ownership Interest in reliance on the continued ability to bring dogs onto the Resort Property” because the perk is not guaranteed.


The other resorts at Walt Disney World that allow pet dogs are Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Other types of pets are not allowed at this time. Walt Disney World also has Best Friends Pet Hotel, “a resort for pets,” where guests can book their dogs, cats, and other small pets for daycare and overnight boarding.

Service dogs are allowed at all resorts and in areas, including theme parks, where pet dogs are not allowed.

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  • Shannen Ace

    Shannen has been a Disney Parks fan and lover of dogs since childhood, despite Pluto's attempt to eat Shannen's Minnie Mouse doll the first time they met. They've made up now. You can email Shannen at

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