Are you heading to the Orlando theme parks this summer and wondering if your pet is allowed too?
Unfortunately, only costumed animals are allowed inside the gates of the major theme parks in Orlando – with the exception of service animals. But that doesn’t mean Fido has to stay behind – kennels are available at or near the entrances to each theme park, so it makes it easy for you to play in the park, and then also spend some time with your pet. Proof of vaccinations is required for each kennel.
Walt Disney World
Disney has five “Pet Care Kennels” on property – each run by Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. and belonging to the American Boarding Kennel Association. The kennels are all air-conditioned and are supervised during the day.
The five kennels are located adjacent to the entrances of Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. The closest kennel to the Magic Kingdom is located at the Ticket and Transportation Center. There is one additional kennel at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
Reservations aren’t required, but are recommended during high season. The fee includes two walks and two feeds a day at all locations except Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Overnight boarding is also available. Fees depend on size of animal, length of stay and whether you are a Disney resort guest or not. You can also pay extra for “cuddle time”, extra walks and special ice cream breaks!
Universal Orlando’s kennel is located in the large parking structure. The pet fee is $10 per pet and no overnight boarding is allowed. Pet walks and feeds are not included, so owners are required to return during the day to take care of their pets. The facility is partially air-conditioned and staffed during the day.
Sea World Orlando
Sea World’s kennel is located to the right of the main entrance. The facility is air-conditioned and staffed during the day. The cost is $8 per pet and pet owners must walk their pet during their stay. Overnight boarding is not permitted.
So even though pets aren’t allowed inside the theme parks (too bad – I think my dog would have a thing for roller coasters!), pets can still be brought with you on vacation. Just make sure to break yourself away from all the rides and the attractions, and spend some quality time with them also!