In its over 45 years of existence, one things that Walt Disney World has never been is pet friendly. Though accommodations have been made for service animals over the years, guests wanting to bring their four-legged friends with them on a Walt Disney World vacation have been out of luck. However, that is all about to change.

Beginning this week, Walt Disney World Resort will begin allowing dogs to stay at four of the resort’s on-property 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. And while Disney will not be designating specific rooms for dogs, they will be setting aside specific blocks of each resort for guests with pets.

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And though this is a very new development (potentially inspired by the brief amount of time pets were allowed to stay at Walt Disney World during hurricane Irma), there are some pretty big restrictions guests wanting to bring their pets to the resort should know about before they pack Fido up in the car and head for these Disney resorts...

1. Pet owners will need to take some extra steps at check-in

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When guests with dogs check-in, they will need to pick up a special Pluto’s Welcome Kit, which includes a mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Guests will also need to display a special Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room. Guests will of course be responsible for ensuring their pet’s waste is cleaned up both in their room and outside in the designated pet walking areas as well.

2. Pet owners will have to pay an additional fee 

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Guests who are staying in a pet friendly room with a dog will be assessed an additional nightly fee for housekeeping services. These fees vary by resort and are broken down as following:

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


I'm quite concerned about this. You mention the "allergy concerns with cats". I have an allergy concern with dogs unfortunately. I stayed in a hotel recently that did not differentiate between a pet friendly room and a regular room and I ended up sick the entire time. I understand people think pets are their children and treat them as such and even get offended when others mention they're allergic, but sorry. I really don't want to have to take Benadryl every day when I'm on vacation because you couldn't leave your pet home.

I LOVE this. Not being a to bring my dogs is the reason we have shortened our stays from 7 to 3 days.

I love the idea as we can't always find someone to take care of our dog when we go and hate the idea of leaving him at a doggy daycare where we don't know how he'll be treated. Now if only I can convince hubby to make a trip before the trial period ends, lol.

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