Originally published 10/13/17

For the families that aren’t complete without their pet pups, Disney now has a space for you! Four resorts are testing a pet friendly program. There is a nightly fee added to your room rate and there are several conditions, but they are welcome (and even get a goodie bag!). Disney has always allowed licensed service dogs, and they will continue to welcome them at no additional cost- but they are no longer allowing Emotional Support Animals in the resorts or the parks. 

The resorts with dog friendly rooms and their cleaning fees:

  • Disney’s Art of Animation $50/night
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside $50/night
  • Cabins at Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort $75/night

There is a 2 dog maximum per room. The dogs will need to be fully vaccinated. Please have vaccination records with you and be ready to show them if asked.

The pet friendly rooms will have access to relief areas. You will be provided with a kit at check-in including bowls, a pet ID, a mat, disposable plastic bags,  puppy pads and a map for dog walking.

Dogs must remain on a leash and be supervised while in public areas. They are not allowed in pool areas, food and beverage locations, fitness centers, and other restricted public areas. And just like at home they are asked to keep off the furniture.

They may not be left unattended in the room for more than 7 hours at a time. If there are any noise complaints you will be called to tend to your pet within 30 minutes.

Housekeeping will not service your room with an unsupervised dog. You may call the front desk when you are in the room to schedule a cleaning. There will be a Pluto door hanger provided to inform housekeeping that your fur baby is in the room.

The dogs are permitted on Disney’s Magical Express and the new Minnie Vans only if they are in a carrier.

Pets are not allowed in Disney Springs or the Parks. If you are planning a day that will not allow time for you to tend to your dog there is a kennel on property with a pet daycare. www.bestfriendspetcare.com

The new pet policy is on a one year trial period from October 17, 2017 to October 17, 2018.

Sorry- dogs are the only pets allowed. Cats and other furry or scaly friends will need to enjoy their vacations somewhere else.


In short- It doesn’t! Service animals are welcome everywhere at no extra charge. However, I spoke to a cast member and she said they will be checking more carefully for paperwork to make sure the policy isn’t being abused. Disney defines a service animal as a dog or miniature horse with a LICENSE and a harness.