Walt Disney World to allow dogs at four of its resort hotels

PHOENIX - Pluto will have a few more friends to play with at Walt Disney World now that the Florida amusement park is testing a new program to allow dogs to stay at some of its resort hotels.

Walt Disney World announced via its official blog, Disney Parks Blog, and social media accounts Friday that beginning Sunday, Oct. 15, dogs would be allowed to stay at four of its resort hotels.

Those hotels are Disney's Art of Animation, Port Orleans Riverside, Yacht Club and Ft. Wilderness.

The "pet-cleaning" fee is $50 or $75 per room per night, depending on where you stay.

According to the blog, up to two dogs are allowed in a guest room. Those rooms will have "easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas."

Disney said dogs will be expected to be well-behaved, leashed in public areas and up-to-date on vaccinations. At check-in, furry friends will receive "Pluto's Welcome Kit" with dog-friendly essentials: mat, food and water bowls, waste bags and puppy pads.

The post did not mention any changes to Disney's pet policy within the amusement parks. Right now, service dogs are the only animals allowed into the parks.

After the news, some expressed concerns about how the hotels would handle those guests with severe animal allergies in light of the new policy. ABC15 has reached out to Disney for comment.

For those in California, Disneyland Resort Hotels do not allow pets in their rooms aside from "trained service animals."

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