Taking your dog on vacation can be a great way to spend quality time with your furry friend and create new memories together. However, it’s important to plan ahead and take into consideration your dog’s needs and any restrictions at your destination.
Dogs are allowed on Walt Disney World property!
Service Dogs are the ONLY animals allowed in any of the 4 theme parks in Walt Disney World and Disney Springs. However, you can bring your family dog to many of the resorts on property!
Rules About Dogs in Walt Disney World
Disney World has specific rules and policies regarding dogs in their parks and resorts. Here are some of the key rules to keep in mind:
- Only service animals are allowed in most areas of the parks and resorts. These animals must be trained to perform specific tasks for individuals with disabilities.
- Emotional support animals and pets are not allowed in the parks, with the exception of a select few areas.
- Dogs are allowed at select Disney resorts, but only in designated dog-friendly rooms. There is an additional fee for bringing your dog, and certain restrictions apply, such as a limit on the number of dogs per room.
- Dogs must be well-behaved and leashed at all times in the designated dog relief areas. Owners must also clean up after their dogs.
- Dogs are not allowed on Disney transportation, such as buses and monorails, with the exception of service animals.
It’s important to note that Disney World’s rules and policies regarding dogs are subject to change, so it’s always a good idea to check the official website or contact Disney directly for the most up-to-date information.
Couldn’t find Fido a kennel or a dog sitter for the time during your vacation? Maybe you just couldn’t leave that adorable drooly face? Well you can bring your pet to Disney World!
There are of course rules.
- Check if your destination is dog-friendly: Before you plan your trip, make sure that your chosen destination allows dogs. Some hotels, beaches, and parks may have restrictions or require certain vaccinations.
- Pack essentials: Bring everything your dog needs, including food, water, toys, treats, medications, a leash, and a crate or bed. Make sure your dog has a comfortable place to sleep and access to fresh water at all times.
- Plan for transportation: If you’re traveling by car, make sure your dog is properly secured in a crate or with a seatbelt harness. If you’re flying, check with the airline for their specific pet policies and regulations.
- Consider your dog’s behavior: If your dog is anxious or prone to barking, consider whether they’ll be comfortable in a new environment. You may want to bring calming aids, such as a Thundershirt or CBD treats.
- Be respectful of others: Keep your dog on a leash and clean up after them. Respect other travelers and hotel guests by keeping your dog quiet and under control.
- Research local vets: In case of an emergency, research local veterinarians in the area before you travel. Make sure you have copies of your dog’s medical records and vaccinations.
By planning ahead and being mindful of your dog’s needs, you can have a fun and stress-free vacation with your furry friend.
Disney Resorts That Allow Pets
Disney World has several dog-friendly resorts where guests can bring their dogs for an additional fee. Here are the dog-friendly resorts at Disney World:
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
- Dogs are only allowed in designated dog-friendly rooms, which may be limited in number and location within the resort.
- There is an additional fee for bringing a dog, which varies by resort and length of stay.
- Dogs must be well-behaved, leashed in public areas, and properly vaccinated. Owners must also clean up after their dogs and properly dispose of waste.
- Guests must provide proof of up-to-date vaccinations and registration for their dog upon check-in.
- Certain resort amenities, such as pools and restaurants, may not be accessible to dogs.
PRO-TIP: It’s recommended to contact the specific resort directly for more information and to make a reservation for a dog-friendly room, as availability may be limited.
Service Dogs in Disney World
Taking a service dog to Disney World can be a great way to enjoy the parks while ensuring your needs are met.
Here are some tips for taking service dogs to Disney:
- Prepare your dog: Make sure your dog is well-trained and comfortable in crowded, noisy, and busy environments. You may want to gradually acclimate your dog to these types of environments before your trip.
- Check with Disney: While service animals are generally allowed in most areas of the parks and resorts, it’s a good idea to contact Disney directly ahead of time to confirm their policies and any specific guidelines for service animals. You can also inquire about any special accommodations that may be available.
- Bring necessary supplies: Make sure to bring all necessary supplies for your service dog, including food, water, bowls, medications, and waste bags. You may also want to bring a mat or blanket for your dog to rest on.
- Keep your dog under control: Your service dog should be under control at all times, whether on a leash or harness. Make sure your dog is not disrupting the experience of others, and be aware of any potential hazards or distractions that may be present.
- Use the designated relief areas: Disney World has designated relief areas for service dogs throughout the parks and resorts. Be sure to use these areas to avoid any accidents or disruptions.
- Be prepared for wait times: Lines and wait times can be long at Disney World, so make sure your service dog is comfortable and has access to water during any waits. You may also want to bring a collapsible bowl for easy access to water.
By following these tips and being prepared, you can have a great time at Disney World with your service dog.
Requirements to Bring Service Dogs in Disney World
While Disney World doesn’t require documentation or identification for service dogs, it is recommended to carry some form of proof or verification of your service dog’s status in case you are asked.
This can include:
- A copy of your dog’s certification as a service animal from a recognized organization.
- A doctor’s note stating that you require a service animal for a disability.
- A service dog ID card, which can be obtained from some service dog organizations.
- A vest or harness that identifies your dog as a service animal.
It’s important to note that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), businesses and organizations are allowed to ask only two questions to determine whether a dog is a service animal:
- Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
They are not allowed to ask for any further details about your disability or your dog’s training. It’s also important to note that emotional support animals and pets are not considered service animals under the ADA and may not be allowed in certain areas.
Doggie Relief Areas in Disney World for Service Dogs
Disney World has designated relief areas for service dogs throughout the parks and resorts.
Here are some of the areas where service dogs are allowed in the parks:
- Magic Kingdom: In the Magic Kingdom, there are relief areas located at the Main Entrance, between Adventureland and Frontierland, and in Storybook Circus.
- Epcot: At Epcot, service dogs are allowed on most attractions, but there are also designated relief areas located in Future World West, behind Spaceship Earth, and in the World Showcase, near the Germany pavilion.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are relief areas located near the entrance and exit of the park, as well as near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Toy Story Land.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: In Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are relief areas located near the entrance and exit of the park, as well as in Asia near the Kali River Rapids attraction.
It’s important to note that service dogs are generally allowed on most attractions at Disney World, but there may be some restrictions for certain attractions. It’s recommended to contact Disney directly or speak with a cast member at each attraction to confirm the accessibility for service dogs. Additionally, it’s important to follow proper etiquette and hygiene practices when using the relief areas and to dispose of waste properly.
Must Have Accessories for Service Dogs in Disney
Did you know that Disney World sells accessories for doggies?! You can actually buy matching outfits for you and your dog!
Disney sells matching spirit jerseys and Minnie Mouse ears for dogs and humans! That’s next-level doggie love!
Disney World also sells pet accessories, beds, clothing, leashes, and more. You can turn your fur baby into just as much of a Disney fan as you!
I am a mother of three that has refused to grow up. Adulting is for the birds, so I go to Disney World every chance I get for that magical escape from reality. I believe that Haunted Mansion is the best ride in all of the Disney Parks, and I am fervently in team Happily Ever After for fireworks spectaculars, (sorry, not sorry, Enchanted). Finally, I hope I never grow tired of skipping down Main Street, USA, and my dream come true would be “friends with” the Fairy Godmother in my old age.
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