DVCNews Debates: Pets in Villas

DVCNews Debates

During Hurricane Irma, Disney lifted its usual restrictions and allowed resort guests to bring pets into their hotel rooms and villas.  A series of rules and restrictions were put in place, dictating that leashes be used at all times, certain areas were completely off limits (restaurants, lounges, pools), designated animal relief areas and a requirement that pets never be left unattended in guest rooms.  Nevertheless, outside of compliance with Federal ADA laws, this would seem to mark the first time that Disney resorts opened their doors to four-legged friends. 


 Topic:  Do you agree or disagree with the decision to permit pets in Disney resort rooms?  Should the pet restrictions be lifted entirely?
Reader Comments
Re: DVCNews Debates: Pets in Villas -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2017 Sep 18 09:10:48 AM
NEVER lift the ban on non service animals.

If Disney wants to build a Standalone Resort just for folks with pets, no problem, it will never affect my vacation.

I've spent a week next door to a couple that gamed the ADA Service Dog requirements and had to listen to their yapping dogs every time they went to the parks, pool or restaurants.

So the rules for the storm were never leave the dog unattended. That's relatively easy when the parks are closed and you're sorta housebound due to the weather. But this will be the most broken rule since since "Close Cover Before Striking Match" under normal circumstances. You think people will go to Disney just to sit in the room with Fido?
Re: DVCNews Debates: Pets in Villas -- wdrl
2017 Sep 18 09:47:04 AM
Given the extraordinary situation caused by Hurricane Irma, it is completely understandable that Disney allowed evacuees to seek shelter with their pets. In fact, to do otherwise during a natural disaster would be a rather cold hearted act on Disney's part.

However, there is no reason to change the "no-pets" rule during normal business operations. Frankly, I don't understand why anyone would go to Disney and bring along the family pet. Maybe they don't want to pay for kenneling their pet back home?
Re: DVCNews Debates: Pets in Villas -- denlo
2017 Sep 18 09:53:46 AM
Please do not change the no pet policy. Some of us are very allergic to pets. It was very considerate of Disney to allow pets in the rooms only during the Hurricane Irma. But pets should not have been allowed access to the lobby or any public areas other than the service dog potty area.
Leave the no pets policy in place, please -- cherylf
2017 Sep 18 10:05:32 AM
I have allergies and I don't go on vacation expecting to have my allergies acting up.
If there are special rooms or buildings, then fine, but otherwise keep the policy in place, please.
I certainly hope that after the hurricane, the rooms were THOROUGHLY cleaned to eliminate any reactions.
I was on a Disney Member Cruise where a teenage girl tied a purple ribbon around her pit bull's collar and called it a service dog.
You're kind of in a limited space and my allergies and someone else's allergies were acting up all week.
I asked her to please keep her dog away from me and her, her sister and her mother all screamed at me.
The other allergic person was nearby and said his allergies were also acting up.
I don't go on vacation to be miserable so I really appreciate this policy.
What's up with this? -- waltons
2017 Sep 18 12:29:58 PM
KNWVIKING 2.0 wrote:
NEVER lift the ban on non service animals.

If Disney wants to build a Standalone Resort just for folks with pets, no problem, it will never affect my vacation.

I've spent a week next door to a couple that gamed the ADA Service Dog requirements and had to listen to their yapping dogs every time they went to the parks, pool or restaurants.

So the rules for the storm were never leave the dog unattended. That's relatively easy when the parks are closed and you're sorta housebound due to the weather. But this will be the most broken rule since since "Close Cover Before Striking Match" under normal circumstances. You think people will go to Disney just to sit in the room with Fido?

I don't get this. I thought people with service animals needed them at all times, 24/7, either for physical or emotional reasons. So yes, it seems that those guests were abusing the ADA Service Animal Policy. Even if they needed the pet for physical reasons, such as opening doors or retrieving objects and then they don't exactly need the pet when they have another person who can do all those things for person, they should be respectful of their neighbors and still take the pet with them. I see service pets in the parks all the time and don't mind them there at all.

I have ADA issues myself (not ones that include Service Animals), so I don't mind legitimate Service Animals staying in villas or rooms provided Disney does a thorough cleaning afterwards. I also have family members that are very allergic to pet dander so really would need that thorough cleaning if we were following someone with service pets.

Don't know how this would work with the present DVC rules and regulations, but maybe if there was an additional cleaning fee for guests with pets, it would help eliminate guests abusing the Service Animal Policy. Also not exactly sure how that would work with present ADA rights for those who are legitimate users.

I commend Disney for having a heart and taking in guests pets during Irma with the rules they put into place. Not an ordinary circumstance. But, do not change the policy to allow pets in rooms or villas. If Disney wants to accept guests with pets (other than service), I agree, provide or build stand alone accommodations.

Wondering if there is enough traffic to afford Disney to build an ADA accessible DVC Resort that the whole resort would be geared for any kind of ADA issues. Including transportation to and from all the WDW venues.

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