6 Simple Tips for Visiting Disney World with Your Dog

By: Sally Norton

Visiting Disney World is one of the most exciting ways to spend your vacation. From fantasy worlds and thrilling rides to various other attractions, there's something for every member of the family to enjoy! And while the whole family is looking forward to the trip, there might be one member that feels left out. That's right - you know who we're talking about. Like every good dog parent, you probably want your furry friend to accompany you on this magical adventure. The good news is this is now possible! Disney World welcomes dogs, so your beloved pet doesn't have to miss out on all the fun. However, there are some rules and limitations that you should be aware of before you pack your bags. With that in mind, we've prepared these valuable tips on visiting Disney World with your dog!

#1 Consider what's best for your dog

Although you are eager to take your faithful companion to one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world, it's crucial to keep your pet's needs and personality in mind. Not all dogs are the same, and your pet might not react well to the trip and new surroundings.

For example, if your dog is very old or has some health issues, leaving him at home might be a better idea. Also, if your pet is the most loving creature at home but doesn't react well to unfamiliar people or other dogs, taking him on this trip won't be very wise. Additionally, some dogs can feel anxiety in unfamiliar surroundings. If that's the case, new smells and sounds could upset your pet, and you certainly don't want that to happen.

On the other hand, if you are a proud owner of a happy, healthy, and friendly dog, you're in for one of the most memorable adventures of your life!

A woman holding her dog

If your dog is accustomed to traveling, you'll surely enjoy visiting Disney World together.

#2 Plan to spend some extra money on your pet

Another thing to consider when visiting Disney World with your dog is the family vacation budget. Whether you opt for a pet care facility or a pet-friendly resort, you'll have some extra expenses. The price of the pet care will depend on how long your dog stays there and the services you want. There's a cleaning fee per night in resorts, so ensure you take it into account when planning this exciting holiday.

#3 Stay at one of the resorts that allow dogs

The fact that dogs are welcome at some Disney World resorts makes it even more wonderful and enchanting! However, keep in mind that only select floors and rooms are available to pet owners. For that reason, it would be advisable to book your desired room in advance. Here are four excellent pet-friendly resorts you can choose from:

  • Disney's Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort
  • The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort

Pluto the Dog at Disney World

Pluto happily greets the guests and their pooches in Disney World.

#4 Follow the rules when visiting Disney World with your dog

To make Disney holidays pleasant for all guests in the resort, there are some rules. Here is everything you should know about having your furry baby with you at a pet-friendly resort:

  • Your dog should be vaccinated and more than four months old;
  • Only two dogs are allowed per room;
  • Your dog should be well-behaved;
  • The majority of common areas are off-limits for dogs, but walk trails and relief areas are close to dog-friendly rooms;
  •  You must keep your pet on a leash;
  • Even though your dog is staying with you at the resort, you can use Best Friends pet care facilities on-site;
  • You'll get a Pluto welcome kit (with a lot of adorable goodies for your doggo), but you should still bring food and other necessities.

#5 Arrange a little vacation for your furry friend during the day

While having your best companion at your side is great, there is one crucial question remaining. What to do with your pet when you want to explore theme parks or have fun at water parks? Your dog cannot accompany you there, but you certainly don't want to leave him alone in your room for long.

Instead, while you're experiencing the unique magic of Disney World, you can leave your pet at Best Friends pet care. This fantastic facility offers everything you can imagine and more! Your dog will have a lot of fun in the dog park, covered outdoor run and play areas, and air-conditioned indoor space. And if you want to pamper your fur baby, there are Vacation Villas and VIP Luxury Suites. Your puppy will have the best of vacations - playgroups, a turndown biscuit, flatscreen television, and even a bedtime story!

#6 Bring everything your pet might need

When preparing for this unforgettable trip, don't forget to bring everything to make your pet comfortable. Pack a bag of essentials for your dog - dog food and treats, disposable plastic bags, a sturdy leash, puppy pads, and all the medical and cleaning products you usually use.

Additionally, it's a good idea to bring your dog's food and water bowl, favorite toys, and dog bed. All of these will make your pup feel happy and content. Not to mention that having familiar items with familiar smells will help him to better adapt to new surroundings.

A dog surrounded by toys and treats

When visiting Disney World with your dog, make sure to bring all items to help your pet feel at home.

Don't miss out on other Orlando attractions!

While Orlando is most famous for Disney World, you can do so much more in this beautiful Florida city. Charming historic neighborhoods, fantastic restaurants, and high-end shopping attract many visitors. Don't miss out on exploring the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, SeaWorld, and many other attractions.

Many people fall in love with this enchanting city during their visit and decide to permanently settle here. If you decide to move to Orlando, make sure to find reliable, professional movers to help you with the relocation. While moving can be stressful, it will be worth it. You'll quickly realize that Orlando has a lot to offer - from great outdoor activities to a rich cultural scene.

Final tips for dog lovers

Now, you know what you and your furry friend can expect on a magical journey to the worlds of Walt Disney. If you're unsure what options are best for your pup, don't hesitate to contact an experienced travel agent to help you with the organization and planning. That way, you'll be able to make the most of visiting Disney World with your dog and enjoy its unique thrills and magic.