• On Apr 12, 2018
    Theresa from NM Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Have any of you had experience with service dog at parks. Our 18 year-old daughter has not taken her service dog to a place as jam packed as Disney and is considering leaving her home. Any input welcome. Daughter is deaf - this is not one of the pseudo ser

    Hi there, Theresa! 

    We would want nothing more than for your daughter to have an absolutely magical vacation at Walt Disney World, and I absolutely want you to know that if your daughter would feel more comfortable with her service dog by her side, then she should bring her.

    My husband is legally blind and had a service dog for years. We brought Lusi on two trips with us to Walt Disney World, and it really worked pretty well. For the most part, people know that your dog is working, and they give you a little space as you move around the park. Your dog can use any outdoor area for relief, as long as you clean up after her, and there are also special areas throughout the theme parks. It can get tricky with some of the attractions. Service dogs are permitted on some things, but either limited or completely restricted at others. You can use Rider Switch for those attractions, so everyone gets to ride. And portable water bowls are a must!

    I also want to mention Best Friends Pet Care. Located just outside of the Disney Springs area, they offer a day camp program, so if there is a day or two during your stay that you want to give your dog a break, you can look into the day camp option. 

    Disney also offers some additional services for guests with hearing disabilities. There may be something that will help make the trip easier for your daughter, with or without her dog.

    Wishing you an amazing and magical Walt Disney World vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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