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Disney World enjoys a reputation as the ultimate family destination… but if your family happens to include a pet, then you’ve been out of luck. Until now, that is! The Happiest Place on Earth just introduced a program to allow pets into the park’s resorts. Pluto, I’m sure, would approve. (And Goofy too, I guess? He might not be a pet, but he’s a dog, right?)

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Visitors at Port Orleans, the Art of Animation Resort and at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground can keep up to two pets in a room (or cabin) for a $50 fee, and the Yacht Club Resort will allow pets for a $75 charge. The price includes a welcome kit that comes with a mat, food and water bowls, a pet ID tag, plastic disposable bags (for you know what), and puppy pads. You’ll also get a map of green spaces, pet exercise areas, and dog walking paths. Of course, all dogs staying at the resort must be well-behaved, on a leash when outside, and have all of their vaccines. Pretty standard stuff.

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Since this is Disney, there are some not-so-standard offerings as well. Pet daycare services (which cost an additional fee) from their onsite Best Friends Pet Care boarding facility for example. There are also plans to add pet merchandise to Disney World’s souvenir shops. Even if your pet doesn’t come with you, you can bring something back for them. Previously, Disney’s pet option had been the pretty swanky-sounding Best Friends Pet Care. The VIP Luxury Suite for dogs includes a 226 square-foot suite package, 2 daily potty walks, 2 daily playgroups, a flat-screen television, webcam, bedtime story and, after a 3-day stay, a bath. Honestly, I’m kinda jealous of all of that! The Pet Care center is also still available as an option for your Disney trip. But, whether you choose that or to keep your fur baby in your room with you, your pet will have just as magical a time as you.

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