Disney World Opens New Pet Care Resort
A new luxury pet resort is opening its doors today (Sept. 1) across from Walt Disney World's Port Orleans Resort, Paw Nation reported.
The Best Friends Pet Care Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., boasts 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space (17,000 feet of it air conditioned), 10,000 square feet of covered outdoor play space and a dog park for the exclusive use of pet resort clients and their pets.
Overnight boarding rates for dogs begin at $37/day ($34 if you're a resort guest) and go up to $76 ($69) for the VIP suite. Cats are a little less pricey, starting at $23/day ($21) for overnight boarding in a two-level condo and going up to $32 ($30) for a four-level condo. The à la carte items vary: 10 minutes of playtime for your pup will run you $8 (but if he can play in a group, you can get 30 minutes for $15), while your kitty can get tuna on Ritz, cookies and milk or an activity toy for $3.
The resort houses up to 270 dogs and 30 cats, and also offers an area for pocket pets (like hamsters and guinea pigs). While the perks and amenities are sure to set plenty of tails wagging, not everyone is thrilled. People commenting at the Disney Parks Blog have been voicing their concerns about the fact that, because this new boarding facility is opening, all other Disney World kennels are closing.
According to Best Friends Pet Care's FAQs: "By centralizing the operations, we are able to offer more and better services to guests' pets." However, many Disney World veteran visitors are concerned. One big reason is that the price has increased, but another has more to do with just how accommodating these new pet accommodations are.
Those staying in RVs in Fort Wilderness — the only pet and human-friendly resort at Disney — no longer have a kennel they can walk their pets over to for the day while they enjoy the parks. Unless they've also brought a car along, they'd need to unhook their RVs to drop off and pick up their pets; no transportation services are being offered as of yet by Disney or Best Friends Pet Care.