If pets are family for you, going on vacation while leaving them behind can put a damper on your big getaway. But if you've booked rooms at one of four Walt Disney World resorts, you're in luck. The company just announced a pilot program to accommodate dogs during your stay.
For an extra fee of $50 to $75 a night, guests can now bring up to two dogs to the Art of Animation Resort, the Port Orleans Riverside Resort, the Yacht Club Resort, and the Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. Given that these are luxury experiences, Disney is also providing a host of amenities for your pup, starting with the obvious — easy access to green spaces and walkways for relief and exercise. It doesn't stop there: Expect to see pet day care, merchandise, and supplies when you arrive at your room.
Of course, this isn't welcome news for every guest, which is evident in the announcement's comments section. Many people worry that allergies, phobias, and simple non-enthusiasm for dogs will ruin vacations booked 18 months in advance. Disney insists that the dog-friendly areas of the resorts will be limited and clearly marked. (For instance, a "do not disturb" door hanger featuring cartoon dog Pluto will announce whether a dog is inside the room.)
Dog owners aren't off the hook either. "Dogs that are allowed to stay in guest rooms will be expected to be well-behaved, leashed in public resort areas, and properly vaccinated," per the blog post. But if you're certain your furry friends need a vacation too, Disney wants dogs to be their guest.