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Disney Kennel Boarding: Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World

Updated on November 16, 2014
Your pet can have its own special time at Walt Disney World.
Your pet can have its own special time at Walt Disney World. | Source

Some people need to travel with their pets when they go on vacation.

If you are coming to Walt Disney World you are probably wondering what to do with your pet while you visit the resort. Only service animals are allowed to stay in hotels or visit parks.

Disney has a new, state-of-the-art kennel designed to make your pet feel comfortable and keep it safe.

There are many options including different levels of overnight stays, daycare and even grooming. Find out what the best option is for your pet and how to make reservations.

What To Do Now

You will need to make boarding or daycare reservations ahead of your visit.

To reserve accommodations for your pet call (407) 209-3126.

You will also need to make sure that your pet is up-to-date on all of its vaccinations.

A hard copy of the pet's vaccination records will need to be brought with you.

You can even board your hamster at Walt Disney World!
You can even board your hamster at Walt Disney World! | Source

What Kind of Animals Can Be Boarded?

Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World offers boarding to the following types of pets:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Hamsters
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Rabbits
  • Ferrets

Boarding for other pets such a reptiles, venomous animals and primates is not accommodated at this time.

Boarding preference is based on availability so it is best to call as soon as you know your plans.

What Are The Boarding Rates?

Rates for boarding your pet varies based on the type of animal and the level of service that you need for your pet.

Some people feel comfortable with their pet in a very traditional kennel. If you have a high energy pet you might consider extra walks or a kennel that has an indoor/outdoor run.

Basically think about your pet's personality and how you can reduce stress and make them feel comfortable and safe.

Following is a table explaining rates, accommodations and types of pets.

Boarding Rates for 2013 Best Friends Kennel

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Type of Animal  
Type of Boarding  
Rate Overnight  
Resort Guest Discount/ Day Rate  
Indoor Dog Boarding: Two bathroom walks per day.
34.00/ 28.00
Indoor/Outdoor Dog Boarding: One bathroom walk
39.00/ 32.00
Vacation Villa: One bathroom walk, playgroup time, flat screen TV, bedtime treat
56.00/ 62.00
VIP Luxury Suite: Two bathroom walks, two playgroup meets, flat screen TV, webcam, bedtime story, shampoo service after three days,
72.00/ 79.00
Two Level Cat Condo
23.00/ 22.00
Four Level Cat Condo
32.00/ 31.00
Hamster, Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Ferret
Hamster, Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Ferret
Hamster, Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Ferret
Hamster, Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Ferret
Extra Large
Rates are subject to change.
Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter are very near the Walt Disney World kennel.
Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter are very near the Walt Disney World kennel. | Source

Are There Any Hotels Near the Walt Disney World Kennel Boarding?

Yes, you can find three hotels on the same road as the kennel. These hotels will allow you to be close to your pet.

  • Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter

This moderate Disney resort hotel offers the feel of the old south. A standard room runs around $200 dollars and night.

There is a pool, playground as well as bike rentals and fishing at the hotel.

The rooms are spacious and offer more luxury than the value resort rooms. There are even special "Princess and the Frog" themed rooms. You can ask about availability when you call to make your reservation.

Staying at Port Orleans is like a mini-vacation all on its own.

Old Key West truly makes you feel like you've stepped into the Florida Keys.
Old Key West truly makes you feel like you've stepped into the Florida Keys. | Source
  • Old Key West

Old Key West resort was originally built as a Disney Vacation Club resort. However, accommodations may also be reserved by non-DVC members.

The resort offers studios, up through 3 bedroom suites. These rooms come with refrigerators, kitchens (one bedroom and up) and plenty of extra space. There is also a washer and dryer which makes it extra handy.

OKW offers one large pool plus several quiet ones scattered across the property.

Each building is two stories and hidden among luscious palm trees and greenery.

It is also very close to the kennel so you will have quick and easy access to your pet.

What Other Options Are There For My Pet?

If you are not able to get a reservation at the Disney kennel or want to know what other options you have for boarding, here are some close boarding facilities.

Pet Boarding Near Walt Disney World

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Bass Pet Resort and Spa
(407) 396-6031
1043 S. Bass Road Kissimmee, FL 34746
VIPet Resort
(407) 931-4366
1923 John Henry Jones Blvd Kissimmee, Florida 34741
The DogMahall and Cats 2
(407) 812-9989
6457 Hazeltine National Drive, Suite 140, Orlando, FL 32822
This is not an endorsement of any mentioned kennel.

You can also choose to stay in a pet-friendly hotel in the Orlando/Kissimmee area.

Be aware that many hotels that are pet friendly charge upwards of $50.00 a night extra per pet for cleaning and service fees.

Here is a list of pet friendly hotels near Walt Disney World.

Pet Friendly Hotels Near Walt Disney World

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La Quinta Orlando International Drive
(407) 351-1660
Seralago Hotel & Suites
(407) 396-4488
Champions World Resort
(800) 638-7829
Orlando Vista Hotel
(407) 239-4646
Call for information and restrictions.

You don't have to leave your pet at home when you take a vacation to Walt Disney World resort.

While keeping your pet near you, on property, may be your desired goal, there are many options for cats and dogs and other pets on and around the theme park.

Decide what the best options are for you and your pet and then enjoy your vacation.


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      L C David 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Ceres and Stephanie. I was researching information about this for a friend and realized that putting together the information might be helpful for those who were wondering about their options. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      I had no idea that Disney offered pet boarding, and I'm sure it's a good option for some people. It does sound pretty expensive, though. Good job on researching, organizing and writing about the different options available for pet owners who are visiting Disney. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This is a really useful hub for those who are going to Walt Disney World with their pets. It also helps that you have tables and lists, which makes this hub even easier to read as people look for the information they need.

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      L C David 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Phoebe Pike! Hopefully it can help Walt Disney World travelers figure out the best options for their pet.

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      That's really awesome of you to post for pet owners. Great hub!