Walt Disney World launches pet-friendly pilot program

Beginning Sunday, October 15, 2017 four Walt Disney World resorts will welcome guests' dogs in hotel rooms.

Disney's Ft Wilderness Resort

A new offering at select Walt Disney World resorts allows guests to host up to 2 dogs in their hotel room throughout their stay.  Resorts included in this trial program are Disney’s Art of Animation ResortDisney’s Port Orleans Riverside ResortDisney’s Yacht Club Resort and Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort.  

Upon arrival guests will receive Pluto’s Welcome Kit which includes a mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. A Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger is also included, indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.

Outdoor pet exercise areas and "pet relief areas" will be established at each resort.  Dogs must have their vaccinations up to date, leashed in public areas and well-behaved both in guest rooms and in public.  

Room cleaning fees will be charged to all guests who bring their dogs.  The fee is $75 per day for guests staying at Disney's Yacht Club and $50 per day for all other supported locations. 

In September, Walt Disney World allowed Hurricane Irma evacuees to bring pets into its hotel rooms and villas.  

None of the Disney Vacation Club resorts are part of this initial pet friendly initiative, however all 4 of the pilot resorts can be booked using DVC points.  

 

DVCNews Reader Comments:
Re: Walt Disney World launches pet-friendly pilot program -- kazrak
2017 Oct 13 12:37:40 PM
It sounds like they're doing this in a reasonably intelligent way - there are (from the sound of it) separate rooms used for this, with easy access to outside areas. This should minimize the problems with allergies and noise affecting others.

I don't get why someone would want to bring their dog to the hotel, but hopefully this will cut down on the number of people claiming their pet is an assistance dog to get it into a hotel room that isn't set up to handle it.
Re: Walt Disney World launches pet-friendly pilot program -- TimK
2017 Oct 13 12:49:17 PM
My first thought: The way service animal laws are written today, there’s really nothing Disney can do to prohibit animals. At least now they are better equipped to deal with them. And the added fees will serve as a deterrent for some, while covering the expenses of those who simply cannot live without their furry friend.
Re: Walt Disney World launches pet-friendly pilot program -- twinklebug
2017 Oct 13 03:05:20 PM
TimK wrote:
My first thought: The way service animal laws are written today, there’s really nothing Disney can do to prohibit animals. At least now they are better equipped to deal with them. And the added fees will serve as a deterrent for some, while covering the expenses of those who simply cannot live without their furry friend.

From the ADA site: "Neither a deposit nor a surcharge may be imposed on an individual with a disability as a condition to allowing a service animal to accompany the individual with a disability, even if deposits are routinely required for pets."

This will do nothing to deter those who fake the service animal title.
Re: Walt Disney World launches pet-friendly pilot program -- athenna
2017 Oct 13 03:18:46 PM
I'm ok with it, I'm sure others wont be. i am a dog person, I love my dog more than anything, but she'd just be bored in the room. When we board her she has all the other dogs to run around and play with. And we'd never fly with her, she's too big to be on the plane with us.
Re: Walt Disney World launches pet-friendly pilot program -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2017 Oct 13 03:43:24 PM
twinklebug wrote:
This will do nothing to deter those who fake the service animal title.

Absolutely, 100% agree!!!

People who game the system already feel empowered and entitled to do as they please where they please. Do you really think they want to be in The Dog Building with all those other barking dogs? Heck NO!!!
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