• On Apr 21, 2019
    Linda from PA 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.

    What is WDW policy on emotional support dogs in parks being they aren’t service dogs? Thanks.

    Hi there, Linda! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thanks so much for reaching out and asking your Walt Disney World Resort question! 

    Walt Disney World Resort does an excellent job creating magical experiences for all of their Guests! This, of course, includes their Guests with disabilities. As someone with various medical conditions and mobility disabilities, I cannot express how important this has been for myself and my family! 

    Service animals also fall under accessibility while visiting Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney World Resort currently defines a service animal as a dog or miniature horse that has been trained to do work or perform tasks for, and to assist, an individual with a disability. Service animals are welcome at almost all areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort, with the exception being some potentially dangerous attractions. Service animals are just as important as any other medical device that assists an individual with a disability so it makes me so happy to know that Disney supports service animals and their handlers whenever they visit! 

    Emotional support animals are not currently given the same level of access as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Due to this, they are not allowed inside the parks or non-pet friendly areas. However, Guests can now stay at one of the pet-friendly Disney Resort hotels with their emotional support animals! Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - Riverside, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort all offer dog-friendly accommodations. Guests will need to provide proof of proper vaccinations records and be in control of their dogs in all public spaces throughout their stay. 

    I hope this information will assist you and your family in having a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Wyatt, Colorado

Hello! I'm Wyatt and I'm so very excited to provide you with all the best tips and tricks for getting the very most out of your Disney World vacations! I'm married to a fellow Disney enthusiast and, while we don't have any human children yet, we are delighted to be pet parents. Professionally, I work in private practice as a mental health counselor. I'm also knowledgable regarding disability services and accessibility at Disney World due to my own history of chronic illness.  Learn More About Wyatt

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