Walt Disney World Opens Posh Pet Resort
(Photo courtesy of Best Friends Pet Care)
Families traveling to the Magic Kingdom in Florida can now bring pets along for Fantasyland fun.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — Summer’s here and many families are hitting the road. And often that means Fluffy and Fido have to stay behind in a kennel. But for families heading to Walt Disney World, there’s now another option. On August 27th, Disney will open a brand new luxury pet resort.
“The facility, both indoor and outdoor is more than 50,000 square feet. Inside we have more than 17,000 square feet of air conditioned indoor space,” said Debra Bennetts of Best Friends Pet Care, which operates the resort.
The facility will accommodate up to 270 dogs and 30 cats for both daytime and overnight boarding and there will also be a special room for pocket pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits. Canines will spend their time in the Doggy Village, which offers a wide selection of choices.
“It’s very much like staying at a hotel,” Bennetts said. “You can get a very simple standard room which includes a bedroom area and a small outdoor patio. There are larger rooms called vacation villas and we have four huge VIP suites, which are equipped with televisions, raised bedding and a large, private outdoor patio,” she said.
Dogs also have many options when it comes to play time. The resort offers a number of different play areas, including a 3,300 square-foot area covered in artificial turf, a 4,500 square-foot area with shade trees, and a dogs-only water park.
“Not all dogs are comfortable in group settings, so we offer a variety of alternatives including one-on-one playtime with a staff member,” Bennetts said. “For older dogs we offer something called cuddle time where the staff member will sit with your dog and give him a belly rub, scratch his back and give him some treats,” she said.
But that’s not all dogs can enjoy.
“We offer something that makes a lot of people laugh called bedtime stories where we literally read a story to the dog before bedtime,” Bennetts said. “This was a service that was actually suggested by a longtime client of ours at another Best Friends location. It has become a surprisingly popular offering,” she said.
Pet parents can drop their dogs off for just the day or overnight boarding and can visit any time they want.
“People are encouraged to come back during the day, at the end of the day and take their dog out to the park to let them romp,” Bennetts said.
Cats will have their own space in the “Kitty City” pavilion, which features two and four room condos. They can enjoy private playtimes and activity toys in their suites. Cats can also receive treats such as cookies and milk or tuna on a Ritz.
Regardless of whether it’s a dog, cat or hamster, Bennetts says Disney’s new luxury pet resort is responding to the needs of pet parents.
“Pets are family members. We have them with us whatever we’re doing and when they’re not with us we want to make sure they’re getting the same level of attention and care that they receive at home.”
Overnight stays for dogs begin at $37 per night ($34 for resort guests). For cats prices start at $23 ($21 for resort guests). For more information about day care and other amenities, visit Best Friends’ website at wdw.bestfriendspetcare.com.
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4 years ago
Awesome! Great idea Disney! We go to Disney at least once a year. Now my dog and kids can enjoy our family vacations! Great job Disney! The price sounds great too and I love that they read to the pets before bedtime! We usually stay at www.swandolphin.com/home.html
4 years ago
Awesome! Great idea Disney! We go to www.zootoo.com/petnews/waltdisneyworldopensposhpetres-1644 at least once a year. Now my dog and kids can enjoy our family vacations! Great job Disney!
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