Beginning Oct. 15 this year, 2017 , guests will be allowed to bring dogs if they stay at select hotels at Walt Disney World There are limitations on two dogs per room, and dogs will be required to be leashed in public areas and have the proper vaccinations.
Guests who choose to bring their best friends will pay a $50 fee per night at three of the hotels (Art of Animation Resort, Port Orleans Riverside Resort and the cabins at Ft. Wilderness Resort) and $75 nightly fee at the Yacht Club Resort. The fee will go towards extra cleaning for the rooms.
With Disney having so many famous animated dogs and the increase in travel with dogs, this was almost inevitable!
101 Dalmatians, Pluto, Lady and the Tramp plenty of dogs in the Disney repertoire
To make dogs’ stay more comfortable, Disney provide amenities for their four-legged guests, including a mat, bowls for food and water, an ID tag and puppy pads. Guests will also receive plastic disposable bags and maps of green spaces for dogs to walk around. The rooms will also come with a specific “Do Not Disturb” sign to alert hotel staff if a dog is in the room.
The move was likely driven by Disney’s competition with other Orlando-area resorts. In particular, three on-site hotels at nearby Universal Studios which are pet-friendly with Orlando being one of the top destinations in the USA.
“For years, families have struggled with the decision whether to bring their four-legged companions along on vacation to the Most Magical Place on Earth,” Halliburton said. Previously, visitors who wanted to stay on Walt Disney World property could bring dogs to the campgrounds at its Ft. Wilderness Resort. Service dogs are also allowed in the parks, and there are pet rest stations throughout.
No surprises on the reaction. It was met with mixed reactions. Dog-lovers celebrated the change, while those with allergies and aversions to dogs were concerned about the implications.
The person who created this video below was offered a job by Disney. No wonder!