I’m a dog lover. I leave my dog at home when I travel. Even though I love my pets, I’m not sure how I feel about today’s announcement from Walt Disney World. Here are my major concerns:
- I don’t want to worry about my pet while I’m out at the parks all day. I would find myself cutting my days short.
- Twitter is going crazy with allergy sufferers and/or parents of allergy sufferers up in arms worrying about whether or not they will find themselves staying in a room behind a dog.
- Irresponsible pet owners that don’t clean-up behind their pets
- Pets that bark and bark and bark. I have one of those. I wouldn’t subject other people to listening to him endlessly.
I’m sure there will be certain rooms set aside as “pet friendly” that won’t be used for non-pet families, however, that now makes the room availability pool much smaller.
Depending on the size of your dog, the price isn’t too high considering your pet will get a welcome package that includes mat, bowls, clean-up bags, etc.
Here is the full announcement from Disney:
Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels Starting Oct. 15
We have exciting news for Disney Parks fans who are also dog lovers. Beginning this Sunday, Oct. 15, for the first time ever, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome guests – and their dogs – to four of its resort properties!
Four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly. Each property’s per night/per room pet-cleaning rate is:
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort $50/night
- Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort $50/night
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort $75/night
- Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night
A maximum of two dogs per guest room can be accommodated. Each guest room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas.
Dog lovers will find plenty of Disney amenities and special touches for their four-legged friends.
- At check-in, Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Also included: a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.
- Disney enjoys a partnership with Best Friends Pet Care, an on-property full-service facility that can provide assistance with pet daycare and other pet services (fees apply).
- Pet merchandise is coming soon to participating resorts.
While dogs will be allowed to stay in guest rooms, they will be expected to be well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated. For more information about the new dog-friendly trial program, including other restrictions and policies, guests may contact 407-W-DISNEY. DVC Members should contact Member Services at 800-800-9800.
Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea – what do you think?