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A Doggone Good Primer to Disney’s Dog-Friendly Hotels

by on October 16, 2017
Filed under: Resorts, Walt Disney World (FL) 18 Comments


Is It Really Just for Dogs?

Sorry Figaro! At this time, the policy only applies to dogs–not cats, birds, ferrets, gerbils, snakes, miniature horses, potbellied pigs, or other pet members of families. There are no breed or weight restrictions when it comes to the dogs permitted, but only two dogs per room will be allowed in the special dog-friendly rooms.

This doesn’t mean that the entire resort is a dog-accessible area, however. Pools (and pool bars), gift shops, restaurants, recreational areas, and most other public spaces are still dog-free zones.

How Much Does This Cost and Where Is It Provided?

During the test period, only four hotels are offering this service and it does come at an added cost: Art of Animation ($50/night), The Cabins at Fort Wilderness ($50/night), Port Orleans Riverside ($50/night), and Yacht Club ($75/night).

What All Is Included?

The nightly cost covers the additional cleaning needed for a dog-friendly room, but you do get a few extras as well. At check-in you receive a mat, bowls, courtesy waste bags, puppy pads, walking maps (showing you where you can take your dogs at that resort), a pet ID tag, and a dog-specific Do Not Disturb sign.

 Does My Dog Need to be Leashed?

Yes–any time your dog is not in the room, the dog must be leashed or kept in a carrier. If your dog is off-leash, or if your dog is not well-behaved, your dog will not be allowed to stay.

What Paperwork/Vaccinations Do I Need for My Dog?

Although Disney will likely not check your dog’s paperwork at check in, they can ask for your paperwork at any time. Florida state law requires a current rabies certificate for each dog. In addition, if you are traveling in from another state, you MUST have an Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued no more than 30 days before your date of travel. You can get those from your current vet in your home state. Also, if you are traveling through other states on the way here, you’ll need to check each state’s requirements for documentation to bring your dog across state lines. For instance, some states require the certificate of inspection be issued no more than 10 days before your trip. Many people do not get this paperwork, and generally, nothing happens. However, if there is an incident for your dog and you do not have your paperwork in order, you may be fined or your dog may be seized for quarantine. It’s just a good idea to have the papers in order, even though you hopefully won’t need them.

If you are flying, you’ll want to check with the individual airline for the requirements for the transport of pets.

Aside from required papers and the rabies vaccine, Florida is currently in an H3N Canine Influenza outbreak–it is in your dog’s best interest to be vaccinated for that potentially deadly virus. I’d also recommend making sure that your dog has been vaccinated for parvo, as the parvo virus can last on surfaces for up to a year. Additionally, you’ll want to ask your vet about the kennel cough vaccine to see if that is a recommendation for your pooch. And if you’re coming from a place without mosquitoes, talk to your doctor about heartworm preventative for your dog if your dog is not already on it, as heartworms are a year-round issue in Florida.

Finally, if you have not had your dog microchipped, you’ll want to do that and make sure that your contact information is correct in the system in case your dog gets loose.

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SATURDAY SIX: 6 Reasons We Love HALLOWEEN at the Disneyland Resort

by on October 14, 2017
Filed under: Disneyland (CA), Halloween, Saturday Six

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Halloween at the Disneyland Resort! Here at the SATURDAY SIX HQ we are suckers for Mickey’s Not Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. Boo-To-You is one of our favorite parades, Happy HalloWishes is one of our all time favorite fireworks spectaculars, and – no matter how absurd it may technically be to “waste” your time doing it – picking up candy at the treat stations is a blast. This week though we are going across the country to see some of the Halloween offerings in Disneyland. With fun decorations, exclusive treats, and one of the most amazing top-to-bottom overlays of a land ever done, Disneyland truly brought it’s “A-game” this year and we’ll look at our favorite parts starting with…

# 6 – Haunted Mansion Holiday

In September, The Haunted Mansion began its annual transformation into Haunted Mansion Holiday. Inspired by Tim Burton’s 1993 stop-motion musical The Nightmare Before Christmas, this soup-to-nuts overlay features characters such as Jack Skellington, Sally, and Oogie Boogie cavorting among our favorite mansion haunts to music from Danny Elfman’s memorable score. Everything, and we mean EVERYTHING, at the Mansion has been tweaked for this special holiday version. The outside facade, the signage, the stretch room pre-show, and the entire ride is decked out with the Nightmare Before Christmas story, making it a completely different experience than the original attraction.

Jack Skellington welcomes guests to Haunted Mansion Holiday. (photo by Brian Pinsky)

Haunted Mansion Holiday. (photo by Brian Pinsky)

Haunted Mansion Holiday. (photo by Brian Pinsky)

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Candlelight Processional Narrators Announced for 2017

by on October 13, 2017
Filed under: Epcot, Holidays, Recent News

Candlelight Processional


The Candlelight Processional is one of the best holiday events that happens at Walt Disney World. There’s something so incredible about experiencing a mass choir, an orchestra, and a celebrity narrator performing a re-telling of the Christmas Story. This year, the Candlelight Processional will take place from November 24 through December 30 at the America Gardens Theatre found at the American Adventure Pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot.

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Dogs Now Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

by on October 13, 2017
Filed under: Recent News, Walt Disney World (FL) 52 Comments


Ok, I don’t say this often, but this is some game changing news. Starting October 15, select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels will begin allowing dogs to stay with you on your vacation. Four Walt Disney World hotels have been designated at dog friendly are going to allow no more than two of your fur babies per guestroom to visit with you.

The resorts that will offer dog friendly accomodations will include a pet-cleaning fee that must be paid per night of your stay. The following are the resorts available, plus the fee:

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort $50/night
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort $50/night
  • Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort $75/night

Each Guest room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas.  Read the rest of this entry »

Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of October 14

by on October 13, 2017
Filed under: Disney Cruise Line, Weekly Preview

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of October 14th! I’m Brandon Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We’re back this week with a look at some of the exciting events coming to the high seas in the next few weeks.

Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)

Disney Fantasy

Disney Magic

  • 14 October – New York (73/68, 20%)
  • 15 October – At Sea
  • 16 October – At Sea
  • 17 October – Castaway Cay (85/78, 30%)
  • 18 October – Port Canaveral (81/73, 80%)
  • 19 October – At Sea
  • 20 October – At Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 14 October – Ensenada (79/66, 0%)
  • 15 October – San Diego (83/62, 0%)
  • 16 October – At Sea
  • 17 October – Cabo San Lucas (91/79, 0%)
  • 18 October – Mazatlan (89/76, 10%)
  • 19 October – Puerto Vallarta (91/74, 80%)
  • 20 October – At Sea

Enchanted Garden, Disney Fantasy

Disney Dream

  • 14 October – Nassau (87/78, 20%)
  • 15 October – Castaway Cay (86/77, 80%)
  • 16 October – Port Canaveral (84/75, 80%)
  • 17 October – Nassau (86/78, 20%)
  • 18 October – Castaway Cay (85/78, 80%)
  • 19 October – At Sea
  • 20 October – Port Canaveral (82,/75, 30%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 14 October – Port Canaveral (83/76, 60%)
  • 15 October – At Sea
  • 16 October – Cozumel (86/75, 50%)
  • 17 October – Grand Cayman (86/81, 20%)
  • 18 October – Falmouth (89/79, 50%)
  • 19 October – At Sea
  • 20 October – Castaway Cay (85/77, 50%)

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Disneyland Preview — Week of October 14

by on October 13, 2017
Filed under: Disney California Adventure, Disneyland (CA), Disneyland Park, Trip Planning, Uncategorized, Weather, Weekly Preview 1 Comment

So, the weekend approaches, and you’re thinking about a trip to Disneyland, right? Of course you are! Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Halloween season continues at Disneyland this week, with attraction overlays old and new, and a ton of Halloween-themed decor and treats. Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy are back, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout has received a monster-themed overlay that while not really Halloween-y per se, is different, a lot of fun, and definitely appropriate to the season. Specifically, Mission Breakout transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark in the evenings, where the Collector’s Palace is overrun with monsters. Snag a FastPass timed for the end of the night if you can, as lines can get long; the attraction will remain in its normal mode during the day. Read the rest of this entry »

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of October 13, 2017

by on October 13, 2017
Filed under: In Case You Missed It 4 Comments

In Case You Missed ItWell, today is Friday the 13 and so with that, I have a pressing question. Now, the saying is it’s bad luck for a black cat to cross your path on Friday the 13. How does that work if I have a black cat the crosses my path every day and is certain to cross my path today too? I think I’ll risk it. My cat, Professor Snape (yes, I did name my cat after a Harry Potter character and yes, Professor Snape is his actual full name) is pretty loving, you know…when he wants to be.

This week has been chock full of news! Take a look at a new patent that could signal a new attraction on the horizon, see which Disney film has been shelved, and find out which celebs you can see at Universal’s celebration of all things Harry Potter, plus so much more!

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors


Victoria & Albert’s received the number two spot in TripAdvisor’s top 10 fine dining restaurants in the United States. (Yep…that’s right, I said out of the entire U.S., not just Orlando, or Florida.)

This week, Disneyland had a very interesting and eerie looking backdrop thanks to those awful fires in California. We hope that those impacted are remaining safe.

A droid named Jake is currently being tested around Disneyland. Is the something we will see in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?   Read the rest of this entry »

Julia’s Best Week Ever, October 12, 2017: Mom’s Magical Morning

by on October 12, 2017
Filed under: Best Week Ever, Magic Kingdom 5 Comments

Last Friday, I got a note from my part-time job saying that they’d be closed Monday for the holiday. I checked my daughter’s school schedule–she had school. Then I contacted my full-time job, and asked them “Hey, um, I feel silly asking this, but do we have Monday off?” A handful of emails later, the staff realized that we did (although most people were planning to work during the day anyhow to avoid production falling behind, but as an hourly employee and not salary, that wasn’t an option for me). I checked with my husband–nope, he had to work.

I had a day off ….. by myself!

I hadn’t been to Magic Kingdom in ages, and that sounded like a great option for a quick solo trip. I dropped my daughter off at school at 8:30 and was pulling into the Simba section at 8:50. Ah, the local life! After a quick tram ride to a bus ride to a leisurely stroll, I was at the front entrance, which was surprisingly empty for a holiday.

Halloween decorations were all up, and I love the character that they have. It really does add something for the season.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of October 14

by on October 12, 2017
Filed under: Walt Disney World (FL), Weekly Preview

Another week, another Walt Disney World preview. Keep reading to see the latest!

Special Events

  • Reservations can now be made for Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise. Enjoy desserts and specialty beverages while experiencing Magic Kingdom fireworks…all from Seven Seas Lagoon! This cruise begins December 1st, so book now!
  • Dining discounts have been extended for Annual Passholders! Through December 23rd, Passholders will continue to receive a 20% discount at 45 select Walt Disney World restaurants. For a list of participating restaurants, check out Rikki’s article!

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of October 14

by on October 12, 2017
Filed under: Harry Potter, Uncategorized, Universal Orlando Resort, Weekly Preview

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So you survived Friday the 13th….sounds like you deserve some playtime!

Weekly Crowd Level

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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