Taking Pets to Disney World

It Doesn't Have To Be a Small World for Family Pets

Best Friends Pet Care
Photo courtesy of Best Friends Pet Care 

If you're planning a trip to Disney World and find yourself singing Michael Jackson's, "Never Can Say Goodbye," to the family pet, there a couple of good reasons you don't have to. Disney World has a world-class boarding facility on property convenient to all the Disney resort hotels and theme parks.

A full-service luxury pet "resort"—Best Friends Pet Care—opened on the property in 2010 and replaced individual kennels located at each theme park, so while you are busy meeting Mickey or splashing in your resort's pool, Fido or Fluffy will be well taken care of at the Disney kennel. And, accommodations are available for other critters, such as rabbits, ferrets, small rodents, birds and non-venomous snakes (provided guests supply a carrying case).

A select few resorts allow dogs in their rooms for an extra nightly fee.

Best Friends Pet Care at Disney World

Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. operates a full-service luxury pet "resort" at Disney World. The one-of-a-kind facility caters to park and resort guests, as well as Disney World employees. A full range of pet hospitality services are available, including dog and cat boarding, grooming services and doggy day care.

Pet guests enjoy such amenities as luxury suites with television and raised bedding, activities such as nature walks and playgroups and are pampered with ice cream treats and bedtime stories.

The state-of-the-art facility is located on Bonnett Creek Parkway across from Port Orleans Riverside Resort.

Best Friends is a leading provider of pet hospitality in the United States, with 52 locations in 20 states. In 1996, the company introduced the concept of a "pet resort" to the industry, and has been responsible for the popularity of such care options as luxury suites and doggy day camp programs.

Kennel Requirements

As a member of the American Boarding Kennel Association, Disney World kennels require its furry boarders to have up-to-date vaccinations. Also, all cats and dogs must be at least eight weeks old to be kenneled. Rates and services vary depending on kennel location. Reservations are encouraged. Call (877) 493-9738 for information or reservations.

Resort Requirements

Dogs are currently allowed in four Disney resorts (Art of Animation, Port Orleans Riverside, Yacht Club and Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground). At check in you will receive the Pluto Welcome Kit with mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Guests will also recive a Pluto "Do Not Disturb" sign alerting hotel staff that there is a dog in the room. Up to two dogs are allowed per room. Pets must be well-behaved, leashed in public resort area. A cleaning charge of $50-75 per night will apply to rooms with a dog.

Reservations may be made by calling 407-W-DISNEY.