For many people, Disney is the ultimate family vacation, and your pet is an essential part of your family!
When you’re heading off to your hotel, you need to know that your four-legged friend is in good hands. Luckily, the happiest place on Earth is pretty happy for your furry friends too!
Here are the best pet-friendly hotels in Disney:
1. Art Of Animation Resort
If you want the ultimate convenience of staying on Disney property with your pet, Disney’s Art Of Animation Resort is a perfect choice. The beautifully themed hotel offers family-sized suites and regular guest rooms, some of which allow animals.
Taking its inspiration from famous Disney animated movies, the Art of Animation Resort features larger-than-life, colorful décor, and enough amenities to satisfy every member of the family. There are no less than three swimming pools, a scenic jogging trail, arcade, kids’ playground, and free outdoor movies in the evenings.
There are plenty of dining options with an onsite pool bar, quick service food court-style restaurant and pizza delivery service. Guests may also benefit from free Disney transportation, including the shuttle buses and Skyliner, which depart from the resort itself.
Up to two dogs are permitted in pet-friendly rooms, and accommodations must get arranged in advance. Owners need to also bring up-to-date vaccination records for their pets. Dogs can be left unattended in guest rooms for a maximum of seven hours. Furry friends may use selected modes of complimentary Disney transportation as long as they are in a suitable pet carrier. Service dogs are also granted access to public areas including the Disney theme parks.
As an additional benefit, the pet-friendly rooms at this resort all have easy access to walkways and green spaces for pet relief and exercise. Dogs also receive a complimentary Pluto’s Welcome Kit on arrival.
Verdict: Great themed amenities and excellent perks for dogs.
2. The Cabins At Fort Wilderness Resort
If you’re looking for family and pet-friendly accommodations on Disney property but with a more relaxed ambiance, the Cabins At Fort Wilderness Resort are ideal. The lodging offers incredible comfort along with self-catering facilities in lodge-style cabins with enough room for up to six adults and two dogs.
The accommodation itself is fully-equipped and incredibly comfortable, with all modern conveniences such as a dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator as well as a private patio. Guests can enjoy all the resort amenities, including two pools with whirlpool spas and waterslides, archery, pony rides, kayak, canoe, and bike rentals as well as fishing on the lake.
There are also no less than six different dining options. Not only that, but guests may use Disney transportation free of charge and have access to Disney Magic Hours.
Canines are permitted to be left unattended in the cabins for up to seven hours and selected complimentary transportation as long as they’re in a pet carrier.
It is a great choice of lodging for pets and their owners’ thanks to the easy access to green spaces and the onsite dog park. Dogs also receive the complimentary Pluto’s Welcome Kit on arrival.
Verdict: Family-sized cabins. Onsite dog park.
3. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Near Disney
If you’d like to stay close to Disney and the Orlando-area attractions but want a more affordable choice than a Disney-owned property, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is ideal. Located in the attractive Lake Buena Vista area, the comfortable pet-friendly hotel is just a 10-minute drive from International Drive and its many attractions and only minutes from Disney World itself.
Perfect for families, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has a private lake and pool along with six restaurants, watersports, kids’ playground, and tennis courts. There is even a spa along with a golf course. The guest rooms themselves are well-appointed and fully equipped with in-room safes, balconies, iPod docking stations, and specialty toiletries.
Dogs may stay at the hotel with prior arrangement. The hotel allows one dog of up to 50 lbs or two dogs of up to 75 lbs combined weight can share a room with their owners at an extra fee (with an extra deep cleaning fee required for stays of seven nights or longer). The onsite nature trails are a wonderful place to exercise pets.
Verdict: Great location. Scenic natural trail dog walks.
4. The Maingate Kissimmee Hotel
The Maingate Kissimme Hotel enjoys a great location just three miles from Disney World itself on Highway 192 within easy reach of popular attractions, local stores, and restaurants. The comfortable double queen bed guest rooms have coffee makers, Wi-Fi access and refrigerators while the property boasts two swimming pools, tennis court, games room, two fitness centers, and a kids’ playground.
The Maingate Kissimme Hotel permits dogs or cats weighing up to 40 lbs. It costs an extra $20 per night per pet. Animals can be left unattended in guest rooms as long as they stay in a crate. There is also a relief area along with a waste station on the premise.
Verdict: Affordable price yet close to Disney World Resort. Both cats and dogs are accepted.
5. La Quinta Inn & Suites Orlando South
Close to all of Orlando’s top attractions, including Disney World, La Quinta Inn & Suites Orlando South boasts newly renovated rooms with free internet access, pillow-top super comfortable mattresses, and coffee makers. The property features an outdoor pool and serves a complimentary Bright Side Breakfast for guests every morning.
Both dogs and cats of all sizes are welcome and well-behaved pets can be left unattended in guest rooms. A grassed area is available onsite for pet relief, and, even better, there’s no additional fee for bringing your furry friend along on vacation!
Verdict: Affordably priced with no extra pet fee. Cats are welcome too.
Emotional Support Animals with USSA
Consider registering your pet as an ESA (Emotional Support Animal) with USSA (U.S. Service Animals).
Service animals offer unique comfort and support to those going through emotional or mental struggles and can help considerably with phobias, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression.
Contact USSA to find out more today.