We have always been curious about the “Dog Friendly” elements of Walt Disney World, so we decided to check it out!
Once we completed our streamlined check-in via the “My Disney Experience” app, we stopped by the front desk to check-in with our Dog, Benji. You must do this to sign your doggie contract and get “Pluto’s Welcome Kit!” Yes, he was allowed in the lobby!
The Pluto’s Welcome kit included;
•2 Blue Disney Bowls
•”Pluto’s Pal” Tag
•Bag holder for leash
•Food and water mat
•Map of relief areas (the small dog relief area at the far end of resort has doggie bags and trash bin for your convenience!)
• A drawstring bag for all the items. (I utilized the bag all week).
(Note: All items in Pluto’s welcome kit subject to change)
Here was my experience with the overall check-in process:
Firstly, you will be asked for proof of up-to-date shots and will need to provide a crate for your puppy to stay in when you are at the parks. You will receive a door hanger to alert housekeeping and security staff that a dog is staying with you. They will complete “safety checks” of the rooms every day, so they’ll advise you to call front desk when you plan a longer walk for your dog. They may enter your room at that time.
Benji didn’t mind the process of check-in, he received plenty of attention from almost every cast member and other guests!
The Front desk will always provide detailed instructions at the check-in process, informing you on the most up to date policies.
Note: They asked us if our dog was “working” or “playing” as the protocols for service dogs differ. You can specify this at your initial check-in!
We walked a lot, enjoying the resort property with Benji. Your dog is allowed pretty much anywhere on property with the exception of recreational areas such as pools and tennis courts and wherever food is being served. He had genuine interest in all the colorful Holiday Decor and the amazing beauty of the Yacht Club!
Benji loved the puppy dog park/relief area adjacent to our section of the resort. When in the suite he then cuddled up in his crate (or as we call it, his “room”). Benji truly felt right at home with his family! After returning, we all settled in for a long winter’s nap and the next few days he really did seem relaxed, comfortable and at home!
With any stay there are rules to follow. Here are some important policies to note;
- Dogs are the only animal permitted on resort property. They are assigned specific rooms of the resort (2 dog maximum permitted per guest room)
- Guests are responsible for overall care, behavior and waste maintenance throughout resort.
- Your pets are not allowed on furniture.
- Your pet must remain on leash at all times when out of your guest room.
- No disruptive behavior allowed.
- Your pet cannot be left unattended in guest rooms for more than 7 hours at a time.
- Housekeeping and security checks must be scheduled when your dog is not in the room. you call and set this up with housekeeping.
- Hang the “room occupied” door hanger to alert housekeeping of dog presence!
- Dogs are not permitted in Theme Parks, Water Parks, ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex or Disney Springs.
There was a $75.00 fee per night for Benji’s stay at the Yacht Club. The fee is $50.00 per night at the other three Dog-Friendly Resorts; Disney’s Art of Animation, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort and Fort Wilderness Cabins! You can find out more info on your dog’s resort stay here on My Disney experience
I’d like to note that we did end up at Disney Springs during the week. It’s no secret that Disney Parks have upped their game in pet merchandise. We ended up visiting the Co-Op where they have a section called “Disney Tails.” There’s merchandise galore and they frequently add to the collection including Seasonal items, Haunted Mansion, Mandalorian and of course Mickey Mouse! We bought Benji a monorail and he carries it everywhere now!
Benji truly had a nice time relaxing while we went and did our thing in the parks. Our time spent with each other as a family made it that much more enjoyable!
If you are a dog lover and want to have a vacation including your dog, this was definitely an easy, enjoyable process and we felt the Disney magic with our fur baby!
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