The Disney Parks Blog announced in a post on Friday the 13th that as of Sunday, October 15th, dogs will be welcome guests at selected Walt Disney World Resort's properties. This is an unprecedented move at any of the Disney resorts.
Laws do already require hotels to allow animal declared to be service and support animals to be with their owners; however the new move also goes towards accommodations targeted for the canines.
At check-in, Pluto's Welcome Kit includes 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.
Disney enjoys a partnership with Best Friends Pet Care, an on-property full-service facility that can provide assistance with pet daycare and other pet services (fees apply).
Pet merchandise is coming soon to participating resorts.
Resorts will allow for a maximum of two dogs per guest room and each will will have ready access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and play and pet relief areas (but the owners are still responsible for cleaning up after their animals).
Beginning Sunday, four of the resort hotels have been designated as dog-friendly. The rates below are noted as the per night/per room pet-cleaning rate (it's not noted if that's per pet, or just per room; however it reads as per room):
- 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
The hotels are noted as dog friendly, however the dogs must be people friendly and well behaved. They have to be on-leash in all resort areas and must be up to date on their vaccines.
If the program goes well, it would not be surprising to see it expanded to Disneyland before long.