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Clemson Bama Fan
09-04-2010, 06:02 AM
Should Disney offer some "pet friendly rooms" at their resorts? Our first trip to Orlando we stayed at the Poly. Very nice, but we had to board our dog. Ever since then we have stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal because our dog can stay in the room with us and we just make day trips to Disney parks when we are not at a Universal park. We would love to see Disney offer a few pet friendly rooms at some of their resorts as having our pet with us relieves any worry about our pet while we are on vacation and makes for a much better time. Not to mention our dog just loves it.

Pixiedust34
09-04-2010, 06:19 AM
WDW just opened a brand new state-of-the-art kennel. You can even get a VIP suite for your pet with a flat screen TV, private yard, and bedtime stories with milk & cookies. : )

I don't like pet friendly hotels, and hope WDW continues their no pet policy. We love our dog, but board her when we travel.

gillenkl
09-04-2010, 06:50 AM
WDW just opened a brand new state-of-the-art kennel. You can even get a VIP suite for your pet with a flat screen TV, private yard, and bedtime stories with milk & cookies. : )

I don't like pet friendly hotels, and hope WDW continues their no pet policy. We love our dog, but board her when we travel.
totally agree - with the new kennel I don't see a reason for pet friendly rooms.

airhead
09-04-2010, 06:57 AM
I travel with my dogs all the time to dog shows and my dogs stay in their softcrates with no problems. No barking no issues. But,my dogs are TRAINED early in their lives for travel. I don't think the average pet owner does this. I don't let my dogs get up on beds and furniture. I wouldn't like to stay in a room where some smelly dog was allowed to sleep on the bed or lounge on the chairs in a hotel room. That's not cool with me. For that reason,I say no dogs in WDW hotel rooms.

justplaingoofy
09-04-2010, 07:06 AM
We have 2 yellow labs and we LOVE animals!!! However....
We've been in "pet friendly" hotels where dogs are barking in rooms and I would not want to deal with that. Its bad enough at times having screaming kids next door let along a barking dog.

TheRatPack
09-04-2010, 07:07 AM
I said yes....or atleast have a hotel where there is a kennel onsite. The new kennel is AWESOME but it's going to be a nightmare to get to during the day. There are no buses that go anywhere near it, unless you go to the resort across the street and play frogger to walk across. So you'll have to get on a resort bus from the park and go all the way back to your resort, get in your car or your rental and then drive to the kennel...etc. Before if they were at the kennel at the main gate, you would just walk out and go visit them or feed them, walk them...etc and back to the parks.

pickles
09-04-2010, 07:38 AM
they should make a pet /people resort and they should include maybe crates in the room or even a boarding kennel on site, so when you go out during the day you can leave your pet on the kennel.

tho really, if you are at disney doing theme parks, why do you need your dog there? isnt like he will see you much anyway

Checkers
09-04-2010, 07:39 AM
I travel with my dogs all the time to dog shows and my dogs stay in their softcrates with no problems. No barking no issues. But,my dogs are TRAINED early in their lives for travel. I don't think the average pet owner does this. I don't let my dogs get up on beds and furniture. I wouldn't like to stay in a room where some smelly dog was allowed to sleep on the bed or lounge on the chairs in a hotel room. That's not cool with me. For that reason,I say no dogs in WDW hotel rooms.

Not to mention people who have allergies and let's face it, there would always be those who wouln't "pick up" after their dogs.

cinmell
09-04-2010, 07:46 AM
I don't like pet friendly hotels, and hope WDW continues their no pet policy.

Ditto!

nurse.darcy
09-04-2010, 07:47 AM
I am sorry, but is your pet truly happy staying in a motel/hotel room while you are out touring the parks? Do you come back every couple hours to walk them and take them out to potty? When you go for the day to a Disney Park do make arrangements for the dog to relieve themselves while you are out playing? I don't hold my bladder for 10 hrs nor would I expect my pet to do so.

Matt'sMom
09-04-2010, 09:43 AM
I travel with my dogs all the time to dog shows and my dogs stay in their softcrates with no problems. No barking no issues. But,my dogs are TRAINED early in their lives for travel. I don't think the average pet owner does this. I don't let my dogs get up on beds and furniture. I wouldn't like to stay in a room where some smelly dog was allowed to sleep on the bed or lounge on the chairs in a hotel room. That's not cool with me. For that reason,I say no dogs in WDW hotel rooms.

As a fellow dog trainer and handler, I totally agree. :thumbsup2

I feel that a WDW vacation is a less than ideal situation for having pets in the resort rooms. Too many owners would be tempted to either leave the animal crated for over extended periods of time (while they tour the parks, etc.)... or alternatively might allow them free run of the room. Barking dogs, and the odors from elimination 'accidents' in a neighboring room or the hallway, are not something I personally want to experience during my WDW family vacation.

The new 'pet resort' style kennels are a much more appropriate solution for those who do wish to travel with their pets, but choose to stay on WDW property. They allow owners the opportunity to be able to travel with and enjoy time with their pet during vacation, without having any negative impact on other WDW guests.

NOLA_Tink
09-04-2010, 09:44 AM
We've boarded our dog at WDW & she was so much happier than she would have been if we had left her alone in the room all day. I LOVE our dog, but I don't want to sleep in a bed that may have had other people's pets sleeping in it. Plus, it would really be a shame if others tried to sneak their dogs/cats into a hotel that has pet friendly rooms w/o paying extra for a pet room. Sadly, some cheapos think that rules don't apply to them.

Allison
09-04-2010, 10:06 AM
No, they should not.

PiperMickey
09-04-2010, 10:20 AM
i travel with my dogs all the time to dog shows and my dogs stay in their softcrates with no problems. No barking no issues. But,my dogs are trained early in their lives for travel. I don't think the average pet owner does this. I don't let my dogs get up on beds and furniture. I wouldn't like to stay in a room where some smelly dog was allowed to sleep on the bed or lounge on the chairs in a hotel room. That's not cool with me. For that reason,i say no dogs in wdw hotel rooms.

+1

Disneydenise
09-04-2010, 10:29 AM
I love my dogs but they are not properly trained to travel. My older dog is so sweet but she likes to sleep at the foot of our bed. I would hate to think of someone who doesn't feel the same about dogs to be stuck with that issue with the mattress. I always get a pet sitter to stay at our home. The dogs miss us but at least they are in their own familar place. I think that they would bark or howle when we were gone. We rent a house at the shore in the summer and my younger dog came home with an eye infection. We didn't bring her crate because the owner told me we didn't need to if she was trained. I think she got the infection from sleeping on the rug. I would never stay in a resort hotel without crating. I won't ever go without a crate for my dog again.

dancer4life22
09-04-2010, 10:34 AM
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ElizabethB
09-04-2010, 11:02 AM
We just returned from PBH. We were in the West Wing. There was a pet designated room next to us. We heard a dog bark once during our 4-night stay. Having pet designated rooms seems like no big deal to us. I do not have a pet and am allergic to dogs and extremely allergic to cats.

Disney is way behind the curve on pets. Many upscale hotels permit pets in rooms these days. I guess that's why they built the fancy new kennel. An attempt to compete with Loews for pet lover business.

Planogirl
09-04-2010, 11:56 AM
The Loew's hotels seem to handle pets onsite successfully as do La Quintas. I'm on the fence because I realize that allergies and phobias are an issue for some people. Maybe they could open a pet resort or just have certain wings be pet friendly?

TagsMissy
09-04-2010, 12:17 PM
I don't like pet friendly hotels, and hope WDW continues their no pet policy. We love our dog, but board her when we travel.

:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 I am against Pet friendly rooms... in fact I think it's somewhat cruel to go to WDW leave your dog alone from morning to night while you have fun.

millie
09-04-2010, 12:38 PM
We went to Universal in June and stayed at PBH with our dog. During the day he was at doggie day care and in the evening he was with us in the room.

We drove from Philly and were able to make this trip a lot longer than usual because we could bring the dog as opposed to leaving him in a kennel for over a week or with a sitter which is very expensive. It actually cost less to bring him with us and pay for daycare and the hotel pet fees.

We never left him alone in the room which works at Universal because there isn't a lot of nighttime entertainment plus in was so hot we were pretty worn out by the end of the day and we knew that by bringing the dog back to the hotel each night we were limiting ourselves on what we could do in the evening but that is what everyone wanted to do. We chose Universal for this trip because we knew that we could bring the dog and just went to Epcot for one day to use our give a day passes. There were a lot of dogs at PBH and we never heard any of them, just saw them out walking or in the halls.

The new pet resort looks very nice but I do not plan on taking the dog when we stay at Disney as he cannot stay in the room. We normally only fly and stay 4 nights when we leave the dog at home with a sitter.

chyam
09-04-2010, 12:49 PM
It would be nice to have a small resort that has a kennel building onsite there, perhaps with using your room key to enter your animals kennel, that way people could visit and take care of their own pets...but I have to agree with others I don't think I would want to stay in a room where there had been pets with no manners! and I live with 9 cats. But it would be much more convenient for people who do like to travel with their pets. On a side note, I have often wondered why Disney did not put up a resort near The Wide World of Sports Complex much like dormatories for all of the sports teams that visit (like Pop Warner, the cheerleading and dance groups)

tony67
09-04-2010, 01:06 PM
There should be an option for those who are against it in general on this poll.
(I would be fine with one resort that allowed pets in all rooms)

I have stayed in the non-pet building at the RPR and that did not stop some people from having small dogs (2) in their room.
That is far more rude than someone refilling an old mug or parking at the Poly to go to the MK IMO. There are pet buildings use them, some people are alergic.
My guess is they did not want to pay the extra fee to clean the room.

It also did not stop me from hearing barking on occasion that went on for over an hour when I have stayed at the RPR another time.
If you pet is not trained, leave it at home.

And yes my kids can make more noise than pets, but I do not have the option of boarding my kids somewhere well I am in Disney.
To be fair I have lost more night’s sleep due to crying babies in the room next to me than dogs.


I also have read reports of rooms not being properly cleaned after a pet guest has left.
I can see it now,100 of posts about bed bugs and fleas in my room....

Evi
09-04-2010, 01:17 PM
As a pet owner who goes to Disney I leave my pet with relatives he is comfortable with, when we go away. Would I love to see him everyday on vacation of course but I don't see how being able to leave my pet in a hotel room while I'm at the park would be any better for my pet. I could see him totally freaking out when I left him in an unknown environment alone. Ideally it would be nice if Disney had a small pet friendly resort with a kennel and would require people to kennel during time not with pet in room. This would prevent pets sitting in rooms crying and barking and allow pet owners who cannot be without their pets to vacation with them. I think it would also be good for business. I'm sure they loose lots of people who will not part with their pets and it keeps pets from being sneaked in to regular resorts (I've read posts about this but never seen it myself). Would I stay in a pet friendly resort? Nope... my pup is better off staying home and not having to go through the stress of travel. Granted hes always a little mad at us when we get back but he gets over it quick.

lacrosse_lady72
09-04-2010, 01:22 PM
If anything, I think a single pet friendly resort would be OK (and I would try everything in my power to NOT stay there) but not pet friendly resort sections at all or many resorts would be just silly and annoying to other guests who want a peaceful resort.

I don't want to have to be worrying about stepping in urine or poo while walking around and I'm pretty sure I'd go postal if there was a dog barking (at all) in the room next to me at 1 in the morning.

goodfood4ursoul
09-04-2010, 02:10 PM
:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 I am against Pet friendly rooms... in fact I think it's somewhat cruel to go to WDW leave your dog alone from morning to night while you have fun.


What fun can it be for dog to hang out in a hotel room all day? :confused3
We leave ours at home, in comfortable, familiar surroundings, where they are happy.
We have neighbors who we pay to come feed, water, and love on our dogs.
They have access to the outdoors at all times.

I do not want to deal with my pets when I am on vacation,
that's part of what makes it a vacation,
getting away from everyday life ;)
I feel for those who are allergic to pet dander.

so for me it would be a no...

I think it's nice to have the new pet resort available
for those who have nobody to pet sit for them,
but from some of the descriptions I've read
I think, just my opinion, it's a little over the top.
My dogs don't not think they are people and do not watch tv...:rotfl:
unlike my cat, who thinks he is a person,
but he doesn't watch tv either...
all of them would be completely bewildered by the whole pet resort experience... :upsidedow

goin' again!
09-04-2010, 02:54 PM
I didn't vote because I have no pets. I am severly allergic to pet dander (cats, dogs, birds...everything!) Speaking personally, It makes more sense to have one resort pet friendly. I know that even walking through a lobby of a hotel that was pet friendly could bring on an asthma attack and an allergic reaction.

I admire those pet owners who want to bring their pets with them to experience Disney magic...I'd just like them to not be in the hotel I'm at.

SarahKate
09-04-2010, 03:30 PM
The Drury hotels that we stay at in St. Louis a lot do allow pets in the room, but you have to sign a "pet waiver" with all of their rules. They do not allow you to leave the animal in your room for longer than 30 minutes and not allowed to take them in the public areas (the breakfast/snack area, for example). We've NEVER had a problem with hearing dogs barking.

I know people really, really LOVE their dogs. I love my dog too and have always been a dog lover. But I think sometimes dog owners think that their dogs have "human emotions." Yes, your dog wants to be with you. But is it really, really necessary to do all of that? Travel hundreds of miles, keeping them in a brand new place, etc. because you can't bear the thought of leaving the fella at home. Your dog does not share the same types of emotions that you have. I guess I could understand if you don't have a viable plan for your dog to be taken care of if you're gone.

For me, I've toyed around w/ the idea of bringing our little guy with us one day. BUT - it's vacation for me. And I am the one who has primary dog responsibility in our house.

plutolovr
09-04-2010, 05:54 PM
I always felt a great situation would be for Disney to allocate some of the Fort Wilderness Cabin loops as pet friendly. But in order to stay there with your pet you would have to bring it to the Ft. Wilderness Kennel anytime you will not be in the cabin. They can build in the fee for the kennel into the rental of the cabin. If you do go out and leave your pet alone you would be fined.

There is also lots of room there for Disney to put in a doggy play park and there is lots of room to walk your dogs also. Being the cabins are separated if your dog does bark once in a while you really won't disturb too many people.

TheRustyScupper
09-05-2010, 08:41 AM
Should Disney offer some "pet friendly rooms" at their resorts?

1) Absolutely not.
2) I do not want to stay in room with pet dander.
3) Let alone pet "mistakes".

EAR
09-05-2010, 08:43 AM
gonna check out the kennel

roliepolieoliefan
09-05-2010, 08:54 AM
I travel with my dogs all the time to dog shows and my dogs stay in their softcrates with no problems. No barking no issues. But,my dogs are TRAINED early in their lives for travel. I don't think the average pet owner does this. I don't let my dogs get up on beds and furniture. I wouldn't like to stay in a room where some smelly dog was allowed to sleep on the bed or lounge on the chairs in a hotel room. That's not cool with me. For that reason,I say no dogs in WDW hotel rooms.

You took the words right out of my mouth. Even with my trained show dogs , they have been startled at times and barked. People don't know what their animals do when they leave. You could leave your dog and he/shecould bark non-stop the whole time you're gone. If I was staying anywhere near you that would not making me a happy camper.
Love that new kennel at WDW. Looks better than some of the hotels I have stayed in with my dogs since they are getting harder and harder to find, due to many many iresponsible pet owners.