Pet-Friendly - International Drive Resort Area Has Gone to the Dogs!

International Drive Resort Area Welcomes
Four-Legged Family Members with Open Paws
 
If you can't leave home without your four-legged family member, there are lots of choices in the International Drive Resort Area that will cater to your pet while you visit!
 
Orlando was recognized for its pet-friendly atmosphere when it was named among AAA's "Top 10 Most Accommodating Cities for Pet Travelers" and DogFriendly.com's "Top 10 Dog-Friendly Destinations in the U.S. and Canada." Not only do many I-Drive properties welcome your pet with open paws, they also offer amenities and services that make them feel at home.
 
The International Drive Resort Area, rolls out the welcome mat for pets and their animal-loving owners! There is something available for every budget from resorts to value-priced properties. Be sure to check specific accommodations for price and requirements when traveling with your pet.
 
The three Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando Resort offer the poplular “Loews Loves Pets” program at the Portofino Bay Hotel, the Royal Pacific Resort and the Hard Rock Hotel. Each pet is welcomed with a personal note from the hotel’s general manager which includes a listing of pet services available at the hotel including a map of the area with dog-walking routes highlighted, and information on veterinarians, pet shops, groomers, pet attractions and other resources. Amenities include special pet place mats with food and water bowls, toys and treats, and a “Do Not Disturb" sign that lets housekeeping know that a pet is in the room. Pet walking and pet sitting services are available through the hotels’ concierge desks. Finicky felines and hungry canines can choose from their own special room service menu that was designed to provide proper nutrition to help pets deal with travel stress including jet lag and altitude adjustments.
  
With many hotels providing accommodations for pets, it is important to confirm with the property at time of booking that they still accept pets as well as any restrictions that may be applied. Be sure to ask about deposits and if proof of current inoculations is required.
 
Heading to the theme parks?
SeaWorld Orlando Kennels are located just outside the main entrance and will board family pets for the day. Owners should provide food and are responsible for walking their pet throughout their stay at the park. The kennels are air conditioned and remain open half an hour after the park closes.
 
Universal Orlando Resort also offers daytime kennel boarding. Located in the parking structure, the kennel closes two hours after the last park shuts its door for the day. Guests must provide food and return periodically to walk their pet. Check here for details or call 407-224-9509.
 
Pet-friendly travel details
Find lots of helpful information, such as dog-friendly restaurants, dog parks, dog-friendly events and other details on traveling to Orlando with your pet: http://www.bringfido.com/destination/city/orlando_fl_us/
 
In addition to finding the right accommodations for you and your pet from among the many offered in the I-Drive area, the following tips will make traveling with your pet easy and enjoyable:
  • Check with specific accommodations to make sure they are “pet friendly.” Ask about extra charges for your pet to stay in your hotel room. Inquire about rules for leaving your pet alone during the day. Ask about areas for walking.
  • Visit the vet before your trip and pick up inoculation records. Many accommodations will require them. Ask your vet to recommend a vet in the area you will be traveling and make a note of the phone number.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing identification that includes: pet's name, your name and address and a phone number. Make sure it is a cell phone and not your home phone. 
  • Bring items that are familiar to your pet: a pet bed, blanket, favorite toy and their favorite treats to help them feel comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.
August 2014