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Pluto and Goofy must be excited.

Carlye Wisel
October 13, 2017

For the first time ever, Walt Disney World will allow hotel guests to bring dogs to four of its on-property resort hotels.

Starting Sunday, October 15, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort — Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort cabins will welcome four-pawed guests.

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As part of the new dog-friendly test program, Disney is ensuring all schnauzers, great danes, poodles, and very good dogs travel as comfortably as their owners with an amenity kit given upon check-in filled with puppy pads, dog walking maps, disposable bags, a pet ID tag, a mat and bowls for food and water. Guests will also be given a hotel room door tag to indicate that an animal is inside.

The Fido-friendly program will cost $75 per night at Disney’s Yacht Club and $50 per night at Disney’s other three participating resorts, with a limit of two dogs per room. (Nightly charges are intended to cover incurred cleaning costs.)

Dogs on property must be “well behaved, leashed in resort public areas and properly vaccinated,” and each of the four Disney resort hotels have also been updated to include convenient pet relief areas.

Until now, pets have never been allowed inside Walt Disney World hotel rooms, and dogs were only permitted at the campgrounds at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

This new service marks a huge change for how dog lovers will vacation at the Magic Kingdom and beyond, allowing guests to take waterfront walks with their beloved pets and pop out of Epcot’s World Showcase to hug their pups.

Previously, Disney World guests had limited options when it came to on-site dog care. Walt Disney World hosts a Best Friends Pet Care kennel, which boards both dogs and cats, with nightly per-dog rates starting at $44 per canine, with a $3 discount for Walt Disney World hotel resort guests. Don’t want to leave your four-legged family member alone in the hotel room all day? Best Friends Pet Care continues to offer daycare, so your family's best friend can have as good of a time at the parks as you do.

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