4 Pet-Friendly Disney World Resorts You Didn’t Know About: FAQ Answered

If your pets feel more like family, it can be tough to enjoy your vacation without them. Luckily, thanks to Disney World’s new pet program, you don’t ever have to spend another Disney vacation away from your furry friends.

Because Disney is all about families, their pet program is specifically designed with your fur babies in mind.

Now, you can enjoy your vacation without the guilt of leaving your pets behind.

In this brief guide we break down which Disney World Resorts cater to your pooch and answer all your frequently asked questions.

So, without further ado, let’s dig in!

1. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Home to the best pools on Disney property, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort has all the amenities a pampered pooch could ask for. While pet-friendly rooms add an additional fee of $75 per dog (up to two dogs allowed), it’s a great way to celebrate your furry friend.

Your dog will love the New England Yacht Club vibe as they receive Pluto’s Welcome Kit completed with a collection of fun doggy gifts.  With certain floors designated for pet-friendly guests, your pooch will feel right at home — and may even make a friend or two.

Each room has pet-friendly sections specifically designed for your pooch to give them all the comforts of home. Not only that, but they also have pet-friendly green spaces where your dog can enjoy time outside.

Pug Dressed as Yoda for Halloween
Pug Dressed as Yoda for Halloween

2. Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

If your vacation vibe is less yacht club and more Bourbon Street, you’ll love Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. It has all the amenities to cater to your southern flare.

With pools inspired by Tom Sawyer, horse-drawn carriage excursions, movies under the stars, campfires on the Bayou, bike rentals, running paths, and more, your family will never run out of ways to have fun.

For only $50 a night extra, your furry family member will love the opportunity to join in on the fun with pet-friendly areas located around the resort.

3. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Earning a Traveler’s Choice Award from Tripadvisor in 2021, this resort boasts the largest pool on Disney campus! While your pup won’t be able to join in on the aquatic activities, they will love feeling right at home in their pet-friendly hotel room.

Another amenity that makes this resort special is its Skyliner transportation. High-flying gondolas provide breathtaking birds-eye views as you travel to EPCOT or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

Your pup will love the large family suites with room for six guests! Your dog will never lack running room and adventure while indoors. An extra fee of $50 per night is required for pet-friendly lodging.

4. Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

With over 750 acres of forest, your rugged family of adventurers will love all the best that the outdoors has to offer. Meanwhile, your pup will love the outdoor oasis that comes with staying at the only resort on Disney’s campus that is specifically designed for the adventurer at heart.

The outdoor recreational activities are virtually endless from pony rides, fishing, and kayak and canoe rentals to biking, basketball, and playgrounds. It’s fun for the whole family — pup included!

Pet-friendly lodging starts at $50 per night, per dog (up to 2 dogs). 

Frequently Asked Questions

Chances are you probably have some questions. We’ve scoured the internet to find the most common questions pet-friendly Disney vacationers have:

Are dogs allowed at Disney World?

Only service animals are permitted in theme parks, Disney Springs, water parks, and common areas such as restaurants, pool areas, and recreation spaces.

Is there an extra charge for pet-friendly Disney Resort Guests?

Yes. There is an extra charge of $50 per night at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort has an extra charge of $75 per night.

Are there places at each pet-friendly resort for my dog to play?

Yes. Each pet-friendly resort has specific green spaces where dogs can run around, play, and go to the bathroom. Owners must clean up after their pooch.

Can I take advantage of onsite transportation with my dog?

Yes. Dogs have the luxury of onsite transportation at Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. Additionally, dogs are welcome to travel throughout the Disney World campus via Minnie Van Service.

Service animals may ride on motor coaches, monorails, and watercraft.

Can anyone watch my dog while I’m at the Disney World Theme Parks?

Yes! Best Friends Pet Hotel is a pet daycare facility and pup spa all rolled into one!

Your pooch will enjoy:

  • 17,000 square feet of indoor air-conditioned luxury
  • 10,00 square feet of outdoor, covered runs
  • 25,000 square foot dog park

There are several packages to choose from with varying amenities. We recommend you make a reservation ahead of time as they can only accommodate 300 furry friends.

Luxuries include:

  • indoor/outdoor playtime
  • Luxury bedding & bowls
  • Flat-screen televisions
  • Private outdoor patios
  • Bone broth popsicles
  • Petchatz webcam
  • Dog walks

It’s a dream-like vacation experience like no other for your furry family member.

Your Dog’s Dream Vacation Starts With You!

The only thing better than a Disney family vacation is one that includes your furry companion. So before you schedule your next Disney World vacation, make sure to check out these four pet-friendly Disney Hotels.

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