• On Aug 3, 2020
    Stephanie from NC 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.

    Can my service dog be left alone in my room (crated) if I wish to go somewhere without him?

    Welcome to Disney Parks Moms Panel, Stephanie!

    Oh, boy, planning a visit to Walt Disney World is an extra-magical endeavor, so I'm glad that you sent your great question our way.

    First, take a look at this very informative link regarding Service Animals at Walt Disney World. There, you'll see lots of information regarding attractions that are restricted for Service Animals, and how you can go about using Rider Switch or a portable kennel while you enjoy the rides that are not suitable for your service dog.

    In addition, read through this post on Services for Guests with Disabilities where you'll find a paragraph on Service Animals, too. There, you'll see that service animals are welcome "at most locations throughout our theme parks and Resort hotels [...] Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animals at all times and should keep them on a leash or harness while visiting." As such, you could bring your service dog with you as you experience the magic each day.

    Disney goes so far to make all Guests welcome--including the four-legged, furry kind. In fact, several months ago, one of our cousins returned from a Disney Cruise Line vacation with her family and her beautiful service dog, and the photos--including those priceless professional pics--are spectacular. Big smiles and a happy pup throughout their journey: "We both had a blast!" 

    Keep in mind that while you cannot leave your service animal unattended in your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room, you have other options. For example, my cousin suggests that you opt to stay at one of Walt Disney World's Dog-Friendly Accommodations, where up to two dogs are permitted to stay for an additional nightly fee. When you look at specific Dog-Friendly Accommodations, you'll find a link to Dog Policies at Walt Disney World Resort where it states that "Dogs should not be left unattended in your Guest room for more than seven hours."  Should you need to leave your dog for longer periods of time, you can find the link for Best Friends Pet Care listed in the Dog-Friendly Accommodations pages as well! For more information, check out this post from Disney Parks Blog.

    Currently, the following Walt Disney World Resort hotels are pet-friendly:

    Disney's Art of Animation Resort
    Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
    Disney's Yacht Club Resort
    The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

    As you plan your visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth, Stephanie, be sure to send additional questions our way. We love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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