Let’s talk dogs at Disney World resorts – PREP155

It was recently announced that Disney will allow dogs at Disney World resorts. Let's discuss what to expect at the resorts that are now allowing dogs.

I also have a quick tip to help you keep track of your touring plans during your trip.


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Dogs at Disney World

Previously (and still currently) available for dogs at Disney World

  • Ft. Wilderness pet-friendly campsites
  • Best Friends Pet Care
  • Service animals

Now available

  • Art of Animation Resort
  • Port Orleans Riverside Resort
  • Yacht Club Resort
  • Cabins at Ft. Wilderness
  • Magical Express (must be in a carrier)
  • Minnie Vans (must be in a carrier)
  • Dogs at Disney World are not permitted in Disney Springs, theme parks, monorails, boats, pools, club lounges, dining areas, and fitness centers

Disney World dog policies

  • Max of 2 dogs per room (no breed or weight restrictions)
  • Can’t be left alone for more than 7 hours
  • If dogs make noise, you’ll be called to address it within 30 minutes
  • Must use the “Do Not Disturb” door hanger (housekeeping can only come in when guests are present)
  • Must have up-to-date vaccinations
  • Must be leashed in public areas

What to expect at Disney World resorts

  • Increased price ($50/night at Value and Moderates, $75/night at Deluxe)
  • Will receive Pluto’s Welcome Kit (includes a mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, disposable bags, puppy pads, dog walking maps, and Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger)
  • Pet merchandise coming to resort gift shops
  • Dog-specific floors or sections

Dog relief areas at Disney World resorts

Specific areas of the 4 resorts have been designated as dog relief areas. Check out the maps of where these are located at Yacht Club, Port Orleans Riverside, Ft. Wilderness, and Art of Animation.
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Best Friends Pet Care

Best Friends Pet Care can provide doggie day care, boarding, and grooming. Reservations can be made at BestFriendsPetCare.com.

Things to consider

  • Lots of hotels have been allowing dogs for years - Kimpton, some Four Seasons locations, Fairmont hotels, many Marriotts
  • "Demand is growing year-on-year, with a large proportion of hotels across the globe now not only accommodating for pets, but also advertising this key feature.” - Hotels.com
  • Consider using room requests or booking a resort that doesn’t allow dogs
  • Feedback can be emailed or called in to Disney - [email protected]

Quick tip of the day

Listener Brandyn emailed this tip:

“I was wanting everyone on our trip to have a copy of our daily plans so that I don’t feel like I’m having to direct everyone, but I wanted them off phones for ease.

I printed our daily plans on pocket-sized pieces of paper and then laminated them so they’ll be sweat and water resistant!

You can buy laminators for under $20, and I use it for a lot of other stuff. Or you could have them laminated at an office supply store.”

Laminated Disney World touring plans

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