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Now you can bring your dog to Walt Disney World resorts

For families who want to head to the Magic Kingdom but just can’t bear to leave their cutest members behind, there’s some good news: Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will now allow dogs at four of its resorts.

Disney has made some of its hotels dog-friendly. Image by Catherine Delahaye/Getty Images

Starting on Sunday, the famous theme park launched a new dog-friendly pilot program for travellers. Four resorts have been designated as dog-friendly, and guests will be able to pay a pet-cleaning fee to bring their pup along for the trip. The four resorts are: Disney’s Art of Animal Resort ($50/night), Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort ($50/night), Disney’s Yacht Club Resort ($75/night), and Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort ($50/night). Each guest room will be allowed to have a maximum of two dogs, and they will have access to outdoor pet walkways and green spaces with pet relief area. While certain floors and sections will be dog-friendly, the majority of areas will still be free of dogs to make sure any guests with allergies will still be able to enjoy their stay.

Disney characters perform in front of the Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida USA Image by Blaine Harrington III/Getty Images

Since Disney World is known as a magical place, there will be a number of perks for guests and their pups. At check-in, guests with dogs will get “Pluto’s Welcome Kit,” which will include a mat, bowls, pet ID tags, dog walking maps and more. There will also be a full-service facility on site that can help will pet daycare and other services. There is also going to be merchandise coming to participating resorts so you can always remember your holiday with your family and pets. Naturally, there are some rules that come with the privilege of bringing a dog along. They must be well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated.

If you don’t have your own pooch to bring on holiday, there are a number of hotels where you can get close to some canines. A hotel in Melbourne just introduced its newest staff member, an adorable dog named Mr Walker who is raising awareness for Guide Dogs Victoria. If you want to get even more interactive with pups, a hotel in Faro allows visitors to swim with Portuguese water dogs while on holiday.