Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels Starting Oct. 15

October 15th, 2017

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We have exciting news for Disney Parks fans who are also dog lovers. Beginning this Sunday, Oct. 15, for the first time ever, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome guests – and their dogs – to four of its resort properties!

Four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly. Each property’s per night/per room pet-cleaning rate is:

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort $50/night
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort $50/night
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort $75/night
Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night

A maximum of two dogs per guest room can be accommodated. Each guest room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas.

We will also designate certain floors or sections of a hotel as dog-friendly, while the majority of areas will remain canine-free to accommodate Guests with allergies or other concerns.

Dog lovers will find plenty of Disney amenities and special touches for their four-legged friends.

At check-in, Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Also included: a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.
Disney enjoys a partnership with Best Friends Pet Care, an on-property full-service facility that can provide assistance with pet daycare and other pet services (fees apply).
Pet merchandise is coming soon to participating resorts.
While there are no in-room services available at this time, Best Friends Pet Care does provide services like doggie day care at its nearby facility on Disney property.

Dogs that are allowed to stay in guest rooms will be expected to be well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated. For more information about the new dog-friendly trial program, including other restrictions and policies, guests may contact 407-W-DISNEY. DVC Members should contact Member Services at 800-800-9800.

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No pet left behind. Royal Caribbean comes to the rescue for 4-legged stranded by storm

September 17th, 2017

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St. Martin – One of the heartbreaking aspects of any evacuation is everything that must be left behind. And in the wake of Hurricane Irma, people across the Caribbean were being asked to make a singularly painful sacrifice: evacuate without their pets.
For many, it wasn’t a choice at all. After Hurricane Irma left St. Martin in shambles, Jack Schultz, 38, said he had to turn down two military evacuation flights and the offer of a boat ride because they wouldn’t let him take his mutts, Tillie and Corbin, with him.
That changed, however, as Miami-based Royal Caribbean International began offering an exit, pets included. The Majesty of the Seas — occupancy 2,767 two-legged guests — was rerouted to pick up evacuees in the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Martin, the shared Dutch-French island in the Caribbean.

Read the whole story at the Miami Herald…

As Hurricane Irma hit, this hotel opened its doors — and sheltered nearly 1,000 dogs

September 17th, 2017

As many Floridians prepared to evacuate their homes in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, some dog owners didn’t know what to do with their furry friends at first.

But thanks to one hotel in Orlando, they didn’t have to make a tough decision.
Over 800 dogs became temporary guests at the Hyatt Regency Orlando last weekend as Irma, then a Category 5 storm with viciously fast wind speeds, barreled toward the state, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Aside from the high volume of pups, it’s nothing new for the hotel.

“We’re always dog-friendly,” hotel manager Kevin Kennedy said to the Sentinel.

There were some attractions for the human guests, as well, including a multipurpose room with a pool table, games and movies.
In an email to The Dodo, a marketing manager for the hotel wrote that the cleaning fee for guests with pets was lowered from $150 to just $50 as Irma neared Florida. “We proudly welcomed over 4,500 guests and over 900 dogs during Hurricane Irma,” wrote Katie Satava, the marketing manager.

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