People with pets who want to visit Walt Disney World have to make a hard choice, leave them home or bring them with. Bringing them with has meant options for staying on property were very limited (overnight kennels or off-site hotels or vacation homes). But now the welcome mat is out for pups thanks to a pilot program at four Walt Disney World resorts.

Beginning this past weekend four resort hotels, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and the cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

The new service permits up to two dogs per guest room. Each resort also offers easy access to outdoor pet exercise areas 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 a 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.
  • Day care and other pet services are offered nearby at Best Friends, an on-property full-service pet care facility. Fees apply.
  • Coming soon – select pet merchandise at the four resort properties.

The resorts’ per night/per room pet-cleaning rates are:

  • 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

We are hearing that some guests have been calling Disney to ask to be moved from the new dog friendly resorts. This seems reasonable, if you have an allergy or fear of dogs and booked a hotel believing it would be dog free.

Even if you don’t want to bring your dog to your hotel, Disney still has a kennel. Although I don’t have a pet at the moment, I feel like Disney veered off course when they closed the kennels at the parks themselves. With kennels located near each park entrance a guest could pop out two or three times a day to walk their pet. Now they have to get to their car, drive to the kennel, or back to their hotel room, and then walk their pet.

For those worried about unwanted dog encounters. The rules state that dogs staying in a Disney resort rooms must be well behaved, leashed in resort public areas and properly vaccinated.

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