In December 2016 when I was researching for Mouse Ears for Everyone: A Guide to Walt Disney World for Guests With Special Needs I double checked that emotional support animals were allowed in resorts and parks. THIS POLICY HAS CHANGED!
When the news about Disney’s new policy concerning pet dogs was announced I noticed the announcements used new language referring to service animals. I called the parks, and they double checked with a manager. Emotional Support Animals are no longer allowed in the parks.
DISNEY DEFINES A SERVICE ANIMAL AS A DOG OR MINIATURE HORSE THAT HAS A LICENSE AND A HARNESS.
If your emotional support animal is a dog, you have options for keeping them with you while in your room. Disney has a new policy for a one year trial allowing 4 of their resorts to welcome pet dogs. There are several regulations, and a nightly cleaning fee, but it would allow you to be with the dog while in your room.
DOGS ARE WELCOME AT
- Art of Animation $50/night
- Port Orleans Riverside $50/night
- Cabins at Fort Wilderness $50/night
- Yacht Club $75/night
The other pet policy regulations and details are listed in my post Doggone Crazy.
There is also the Best Friends Pet Care kennel on Walt Disney World property, they have daycare and full kennel services. They get great reviews!
Licensed service dogs and miniature horses are of course welcome and allowed anywhere the person they are assisting goes. There is no extra fee for a service dog.
Cast members will be checking much more carefully for paperwork because of the new pet policy. Just because you have done something a different way before – don’t count on it in the future.