Disney goes to the dogs, cats, hamsters and rabbits
Leave it to the folks at Walt Disney World and Best Friends to come up with a perfect solution for owners to travel with their pets in worry-free style and comfort: the Best Friends Pet Care Center.
The new 50,000-square-foot facility, which officially opened today, is located across from the Port Orleans Riverside resort and can accommodate up to 300 dogs and cats with a variety of different rooms and services. Grooming, walking, playing in a water park, and “cuddling,” are just some of the activities four-legged guests can enjoy when they come for an extended stay or just come play for the day in “Doggie Day Camp.”
Have a particularly pampered pet? Check into one of the V.I.P. (Very Important Pet) suites that feature a raised platform bed, private balcony play place, flat screen T.V. (Lady and the Tramp was the favorite on Opening Day), a bedtime story and ice cream treat before bed. The $76 per night price tag may seem steep, but the suites are already sold out on weekends through Christmas.
Other rooms start at $34 for Disney resort guests and additional services are priced a la carte for both dogs and cats -- and unique to this Best Friends location -- even hamsters and rabbits. While the luxury spa doesn’t allow exotic, venomous pets or primates, humans are encouraged to come by and walk with their pets along a specially designed trail or play in the 1,300-square-foot “canines only Splash and Play water feature” after their day at the parks.
The kennels previously used on site will no longer be available, so be sure to get more information regarding requirements, reservations and pricing on their website and the next time your family visits the Magic Kingdom, your animal can be king for a day too.
~ Tracey Henry, the Suburban Diva
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