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Pet Friendly Hotels in Orlando, Florida

Vacations offer a special chance to get out and travel to new areas while escaping the same old routine. What better way to get away from the day-to-day obligations as well as jobs and school. So why not bring our pets along as well! Pet also enjoy a break from the routine! And it can be difficult as well as expensive to leave our pets behind when we head out on vacation.

Yet traveling with pets can be a wonderful and rewarding experience for you and your pets. If you're ready to hit the road with your pet, you can ease the process with a little proper preparation and that includes finding the best pet friendly rooms and places to stay in Orlando. Just remember, when researching the best pet friendly rooms and villas in Orlando, Florida, it’s important to call ahead and verify details for your pet. Let your pet friendly hotel know you are bringing your pet, verify details such as weight or breed limits or the number of pets allowed. Some hotels may also require your pet be fully vaccinated for rabies, bordetella, etc. When it comes to pet friendly stays, you can find a hotel room or even enjoy a luxurious villa near the theme parks, near International Drive, and close to Disney in Lake Buena Vista.

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Pet Friendly Tips for your Orlando Vacation

Pet Friendly Activities in Orlando, Florida

You can find a wide range of pet friendly areas and activities throughout the central Florida area.

Go on a Stroll Around Lake Eola Park – This beautiful lake area is a true gem and one of the most popular locations to take pets for a walk. Expect your pet to be making friends as you walk the approximate one mile path around this downtown lake and admire the many beautiful and iconic swans. You can also dine in one of the many exquisite restaurants or visit one of the various boutique shops nearby in the Downtown Orlando, Florida area.

Take Your Pets to Theme Parks, Seriously! – Because all of us in Orlando understand that family travel can include your furry pal as well, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando offer Pet Day Care and/or Kennel Services that will allow your dog(s) to have a Theme Park Vacation as well. Disney's pet care center in Lake Buena Vista, FL offers boarding, daycare, grooming and a long list of accommodations and activities. Your pet can enjoy a play group, special treats or even a movie. And you can spend time with your pet playing in a private dog park.

Enjoy a Day Full of Relaxation – Vacation travel is meant for relaxation! You'll find plenty of room at a local Pet Spa while you wash all your stress away in one of our tropical outdoor swimming pools or enjoy a massage at our award-winning Serenity Spa.

Paddle Board With Your Doggie - This one we will leave up to you! But it could be a cool experience if you and your dog are up for it. This pet friendly activity gives you an opportunity to not only bond with your little one, but also to soak in the sun and the incredible weather that Orlando, FL has to offer. You'll also find a number of pet friendly beaches along both of Florida's spectacular coasts.

Go on a Hike With Your Pet – Go on a nice and easy hike with your pet in Wekiwa Springs, where you will be able to admire Florida’s flora and fauna but also give your dog his daily walk in a fun and new environment. With more than 42,000 acres protected along a scenic river basin, the area offers plenty of hiking options for you and Fido.

Pet Friendly Packing Tips

During your Orlando trip, make sure to have everything that you might need to keep your pet happy, calm and entertained both in your room and out. This will allow you to have a worry-free vacation and help your pets enjoy this beautiful city! Here’s a list of essentials when traveling with your pet to Orlando, FL:

  • Vaccination Records
  • Tags
  • Collar and Leash
  • Water Dispenser & Food Bowl
  • Food & Water (lots of water!)
  • Bed
  • Treats
  • Toys
  • Pet Carrier or Seat belt
  • Prescription Medications
  • Pet Waste Bags
  • Paw Booties (in case the pavement is too hot)

Pet Friendly Travel Tips

  • Before your flight or road trip, we recommend that you take your dog for a walk and make sure he/she is well exercised to reduce excess energy. This will help your dog rest inside the crate.
  • Make sure your pet is in a cool environment while you are out. As you know, Florida weather can sometimes be too hot for your furry friends so we recommend keeping the AC on and never leaving them unattended inside a car.
  • Pets should be limited to the back seat and kept safe by utilizing a pet crate, carrier or harness.
  • Always keep your leash handy. Pets need to get out and stretch their legs, too. When stopping for gas or at a rest area or restaurant, be sure to leash your pet before opening doors. You'll also want to be careful when opening doors to your room or villa.
  • Pets get hungry during a trip. But it's best not to feed them in a moving vehicle. Offer up some light meals and a little water during your rest stops.
  • Plan ahead and let us know that you have a dog or cat so we can explain the Pet Policy. Once you are settled into your room, ask about the pet designated areas around the property.

Our Pet Friendly Policy

Dog Friendly Policy:
Unless otherwise stated, most Westgate Resort locations are dog friendly. Please note that no other animal types are permitted on any Westgate property and is strictly enforced. Resort Management and/or Resort Security will strictly enforce this policy for the safety and enjoyment of all guests.
  1. Westgate Resorts will allow up to two (2) dogs per room/suite as “pets”, no other types of animals are permitted on property.

  2. A dog must not exceed 60 pounds, or in the case of 2 dogs, they must not exceed 60 pounds combined. Height and length restrictions apply: dogs can be no longer than 36 inches and no taller than 36 inches.

  3. A mandatory, non-refundable cleaning fee of $150 will be charged upon check in for dogs reported to Front Desk. An additional $100 penalty will be charged for dogs unreported and found in the room/suite.

  4. While the dog is in the room/suite, it is required to be supervised by the guest or crated at all times. At the time when Housekeeping services are provided, housekeeping will not service the room/suite if the dog is left unattended or is not properly crated.

  5. When the dog is out of the room/suite and on property, the dog is required to be on a leash and under the control of the handler.

  6. In the event the dog damages, soils/stains fabric or carpet beyond normal cleaning, additional charges will be assessed.

  7. Dog Relief Areas may be provided for the guest convenience. If not, guests are expected to take their dogs outside of the property’s public areas for any relief. Dogs will not be permitted in any guest public areas for relief.

  8. The handler is required to pick up and properly dispose of any dog deposits in the dog relief area.

  9. It is the guest’s responsibility to confirm with the Front Desk as to the locations outside of the guest’s room/suite where the dog is permitted. A dog is not allowed in public areas, including but not limited to: restaurants, spa/salon, pool areas, showrooms, convention spaces, casino, and/or common retail spaces.

  10. . Certain dog breeds have a reputation for being more aggressive than others. For the safety of all guests, these breeds are not allowed on property. Dog breeds may include, but are not limited to: Great Dane, Sharpei, Pit Bull, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Doberman Pinscher, Chow Chow and Presa Canario (other dog breeds at discretion of Management). Any dog, regardless of breed, that shows aggression will be asked to be removed from the property.

  11. A dog will not be permitted to disturb other guests. Aggressive behavior, even for breeds not listed as a Non-Permitted Dog Breed, will not be permitted to stay on property. Excessive barking will result in the owner of the pet needing to find proper accommodations for their dog, not on Westgate premises.

  12. . Any restrictions set forth herein including limitations on size, breed or amount of dogs an individual can have or a location where a dog can be present with its owner or handler referenced herein only apply to pets and not service animals.

  13. For Harbour Beach Resort Only: Harbour Beach Resort does not accept pets. No animals, pets or dogs are permitted on property. Service animals are permitted with strict pre-authorization from resort management. Emotional support animals are not considered service animals under ADA titles I and II and will not be permitted.

  14. Failure to comply with any and all items stated within the Dog Friendly Policy will result in the requirement for the guest to immediately remove any pet from the resort, up to and including immediate cancelation of reservation and forfeiture of Security Deposit. Furthermore, all penalty policies under the Westgate Resorts Terms & Conditions will apply.

Service Animal Policy:
  1. Dogs and certain miniature horses (height 24-34 inches, weight between 70 & 100 pounds) are eligible to be recognized as service animals under Titles II and III of the ADA.

  2. A service animal is a dog or a miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are visually impaired, alerting people who have hearing loss or are considered deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting or protecting a person having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a service animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support may not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

  3. Generally, Title II and Title III entities must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are normally allowed to go. For example, in the hotel it would be inappropriate to exclude a service animal from common areas such as dining rooms. However, it may be appropriate to exclude a service animal from kitchen areas where the animal’s presence may compromise a sanitary environment for food preparation.

  4. Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.

  5. When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Team members may ask two questions: (a) is the dog/miniature horse a service animal required because of a disability? and (b) what work or task has the dog/miniature horse been trained to perform? Team Members cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the service animal, or ask that the service animal demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task. Also, when the animal’s service is open and obvious, a Team Member should refrain from any inquiry.

  6. . A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove the service animal from property unless: (a) The service animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it. (b) When it is determined that the animal’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. (c) The service animal is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, team members must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain the goods or services without the animal’s presence.

  7. The mandatory cleaning fee is waived for service animals. Damage caused by a person with a disability or their service animal will be charged according to the hotel’s standard procedures.

  8. Team Members are not required to provide care or food for a service animal.

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