Mom and Son Shopping for Mickey Ears
  • On Aug 19, 2023
    Serena from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can I bring my ESA cat to the park if he stays in a backpack with me?

    Greetings to you, Serena, and welcome to planDisney!

    We're happy that you came to us with your question! My entire family are cat lovers, and as a veterinarian, I have seen some amazing cats who accompany their parents nearly everywhere. One of my friends recently took her cat on vacation with her and they both went on daily hikes together! Her cat was content to stay in a backpack with a large window so he could observe the world around him and they got some really cute pictures together.

    At this time, the Disneyland Resort only allows service animals on property. These are defined as any dog or miniature horse trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. An ESA (emotional support animal) would not fall under this category and would not be allowed, even if contained in a backpack. I'm sorry if that's not the answer you were hoping to hear. 

    When you're in the Parks and enjoying all the Holiday decorations, you can still involve your cuddly companion! Did you know that the caricature artist outside the exit of Pirates of the Caribbean can draw a portrait of your cat from a smartphone photo? They can even make a drawing of the both of you together, which would make a wonderful souvenir! You can also bring back a gift for your cat as well. I have seen some absolutely darling pet beds and bowls while shopping in the Parks and I love bringing something back for my animals!

    Serena, I wish you the best as you continue to plan your Disneyland Resort trip! If there is anything else that we can answer for you, please feel free to write again anytime. You're always welcome here at planDisney!

    Wishing You a Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow!
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Meet the Panelist: Al, California

Ahoy there from the heart of Steinbeck Country in central California! I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since childhood and fell in love with the sense of absolute immersion that the Imagineers have achieved. My favorite attraction is Pirates of the Caribbean because where else can you go from a California day to an evening boat ride in the bayou with "salty old pirates"? I'm a veterinarian and an all-around Disney geek and enthusiast. I'd love to help you plan your next Disneyland trip! Learn More About Al

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