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Tips for Traveling to Walt Disney World With Your Pet

Pet-friendly travel is continuing to grow in popularity, and it is not uncommon to find Guests looking for tips on how they can bring their pets with them on a Walt Disney World vacation.

Since 2017, dog-friendly rooms have been available at four Disney Resorts, but planning a trip with your pet entails much more than just finding a place to stay.

Disney’s Dog-Friendly Resorts

Unfortunately for other pet parents, Disney’s pet-friendly resorts are limited to dogs and their humans. (Traveling with a cat, rabbit or the occasional other types of pet may be less common but it does happen, especially if their humans are staying overnight while moving to a new home, or if the pet has a medical issue.)

There are solutions for traveling with cats and other furry friends, but we’ll cover those in a bit. For dog parents, the following Walt Disney World Resort hotels have a number of dog-friendly rooms:

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort

Not every room at these resorts is dog-friendly, so these accommodations are very much based on availability. Dog-friendly room have easy access to outdoor areas and are located close to the resort’s pet relief areas.

Two dogs are allowed in each room, and they must be well-behaved, leashed while in public areas of the Resort, and current on all their vaccinations. Once at the resort, dogs are given a special welcome kit from Pluto!

While at the resort, remember that most public areas are not dog-friendly, including restaurants, pools, and recreational areas. Of course, this is the protocol specifically for pets. Service animals are allowed in public areas per ADA guidance.

To book a dog-friendly room, contact Disney at (407) 934-7639.

Best Friends Pet Care

Best Friends Pet Care

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Did you know there is a pet resort and daycare right on Disney property? If you are staying at a Resort that does not allow dogs, or if your pet is a cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, Best Friends Pet Care could be the easiest way for you to travel with your pet.

The facility includes 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space, so pets are comfortable and can enjoy space outside of their kennels, as well as a 25,000 square foot dog park.

Best Friends Pet Care offers overnight accommodations for pets, along with daycare and grooming services. The facility offers a variety of packages so your pet can be pampered when you’re out enjoying the parks, and you are welcome to visit your pet during their stay.

This location opens one hour before the earliest Disney Park opens and it stays open one hour after the parks close giving you time to stop for a quick “good morning” or “goodnight” during your stay.

What about pets who need medical care?

Best Friends Pet Care

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Best Friends Pet Care, while very qualified to take care of pets, does not administer medications or insulin shots for pets. If your pet needs additional care, the staff are happy to work with you and plan ways for you to come and administer medicine or shots to your pet yourself, but if more care is needed, they recommend boarding your pet at a veterinary facility instead.

Another option for a pet that needs daily medication or shots, would be to rent a pet-friendly vacation home or hotel room outside of Disney’s resorts. BringFido.com is a useful online directory that can help you find accommodations for you and your pet wherever you travel.

Learn more about Best Friends Pet Care on their website, and start planning your next Walt Disney World vacation with your pets at DisneyWorld.com.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."