Taking Pets to Disney World

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

Disney Kennel Club
••• Kennel Club at Epcot. © The Walt Disney Company

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).

Not only that, your pet is in for a special treat if you are camping at a Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground campsite. Special "pet designated" sites are available. Simply request* a pet site when making reservations.

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 be 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 43 locations in 18 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 407/W-DISNEY for information or reservations.

Camping Requirements

Pets are allowed in Premium, Preferred and Full-Hookup campsites and will be assigned a site in either loop 1600 through 1900, 300, 700 or 800. Pets may be walked within your assigned loop, but campers are expected to pick up after their pets in all areas. Waste collection bags and receptacles for pet waste are located at each of the entrances/exits to each loop. Pets must be kept in those areas unless walking to and from the leash-free Waggin' Trails Dog Park. A charge of $5.00 per night will apply to pets camping at Fort Wilderness with their families. Reservations may be made by calling 407-W-DISNEY.

  • *When making reservations for a campsite at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, you may make a "request" for a "pet designated" campsite. Please know that this is just a request and not a guarantee that you will be assigned a pet designated campsite. While Disney World makes every effort to accommodate special requests, they are not guaranteed. If there are no pet designated campsites available at the time you check in, you will be required to board your pet at the Best Friends Pet Care facility.