When I was researching Mouse Ears for Everyone: A Guide to Walt Disney World for Guests with Special Needs I double checked in December that Disney allowed emotional support animals in the resorts and parks. THIS POLICY HAS CHANGED!
While I was researching the new pet friendly resort policies I noticed new language referring to service dogs. I called the parks today and they double checked with a manager: emotional support animals are no longer allowed in the parks.
Disney defines a service animal as a dog or miniature horse that has a license and harness.
If your emotional support animal is a dog, you have some options for keeping them with you while in the room. Disney has just announced a policy allowing 4 of their resorts to allow pet dogs. There are several regulations and a nightly cleaning fee, but it would allow you to be with the dog in your room.
Dogs are welcome at
- Art of Animation $50/night
- Port Orleans Riverside $50/night
- Cabins at Fort Wilderness $50/night
- Yacht Club$75/night
There is also the Best Friends Pet Care kennel on Walt Disney World property, they have day care and full kennel services, and they get great reviews.
Licensed service dogs and miniature horses are of course welcome and allowed anywhere the person they are assisting goes. There is no extra fee for the room with a service dog.
Cast Members will be checking much more carefully for paperwork because of the new pet policy. Just because you have done something a different way before- don't count on it in the future.