Even if your dog’s name is Pluto or Goofy, he’s still probably not getting into the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom only permit service animals to enter through their gates. The same goes for Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. However, you can find several nearby dog-friendly activities, outdoor restaurants, and pet services to make your dog’s vacation as much fun as possible.
Are Dogs Welcome in Disney Springs or on Disney Transportation?
Although the Walt Disney World Resort welcomes dogs at four of its hotels, pets are not allowed in the Disney Springs shopping and entertainment complex. Nor are dogs welcome to ride on the Disney Skyliner, buses or water taxis. Pets are also prohibited at all Disney shops and restaurants, as well as the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Only service animals are permitted in these areas.
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Where Can I Take My Dog While I Explore the Disney World Theme Parks?
Because dogs are not permitted in the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, water parks, or entertainment complexes, guests with pets should consider making a reservation for Doggy Day Camp at Best Friends Pet Hotel, located within the Walt Disney World Resort. While you have fun at the parks, your pups can play and make new friends at the 25,000-square-foot dog park and chow down on snacks. When canines need to beat the heat, there’s 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space for Fido to explore. In addition to Doggy Day Camp, Best Friends Pet Hotel also offers professional dog grooming services and overnight boarding services. All pets visiting Best Friends Pet Hotel must be up-to-date with vaccinations, and pet owners must provide written proof from their vet. Best Friends Pet Hotel conveniently opens an hour earlier than the theme parks and remains open until one hour after the last park closes for the day.
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Yes, You Can Bring Fido to Disney World!
Although pets aren’t allowed in most areas of the Walt Disney World Resort, you can still have a great time bringing Fido along on the family vacation at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort Riverside, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, or Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Guests can expect the same high standard of service that “The Most Magical Place on Earth” is known for, with the added perks for pups like Pluto’s Welcome Kit and nearby pet waste stations. While you explore the parks, Fido can play at Best Friends Pet Hotel.
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