Today, September 1, 2010, the Best Friends Pet Care Luxury Resort opened at Walt Disney World. Located on Bonnet Creek Parkway, across from Disney's Port Orleans Resort, this brand new, 50,000 sq ft state of the art complex is the cats meow. (Sorry, but I couldn't resist that.) Seriously, this new pet care center is like the Grand Floridian for pets.
For those of you who don't know, the five kennels on WDW property have been operated and staffed by Best Friends for the past two and a half years. Those five kennels will be closing very soon and afterward all "on property" pet care will be handled at this new facility.
This new pet resort offers over-night boarding, daycare, grooming services and doggy day camp. WDW resort guests can bring their dogs, cats and "pocket" pets (such as rabbits, hamsters, fish, etc.) to use the facilities. Unfortunately, no snakes, spiders, etc. will be accepted here.
This very large complex consists of the following:
- 17,000 sq ft of indoor air conditioned space
- 10,000 sq ft of covered outdoor patios and play areas
- 25,000 sq ft private dog park
- Two, 1,100 sq ft doggy day camp rooms
- Can accommodate 300 dogs, cats and pocket pets
I know you're interested in what this all costs. I will post the services and rates at the end of this blog. It's probably a good idea you get a feel for the place first.
Here's some pictures of the outside of the new Best Friends Pet Center:
Since this was the Grand Opening of the facility there was a brief ceremony to kick things off. Vanessa Rosas, WDW Ambassador, started by welcoming everyone to the new facility. She then introduced Phil Bernanrd, VP Operating Participants, Walt Disney World and he was followed by Dennis Dolan, CEO of Best Friends. Once everyone finished with their comments, Pluto joined everyone on the stage and counted down to the opening. Here's a video of that ceremony.
There were lots of media and Disney executives in attendance and everyone got a guided tour of the facility. To make things more manageable the tour groups were quite small. This worked out really good because some of the areas weren't very large. Anyway, I was fortunate to have Kristin Krumpe, VP Marketing for Best Friends as my tour guide. She had a great personality and was very, very knowledgeable. Also, there were dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and a fish in the facility today. However, none of them belonged to Disney guests; they were pets of either Disney Cast Members or Best Friends associates.
The first place we got to see was the 25,000 sq ft Dog Park. This park consists of the following:
- 600 ft walking trail
- 3,300 sq ft artificial turf play area
- 4,500 sq ft grassy knoll play area
- 1,300 sq ft "splash and play" area
- Two 1,400 sq ft areas where owners can sit and play with their pets
Here are some pictures of the Dog Park:
And of course there are rules that must be obeyed.
The top of the line accommodations for dogs are the VIP (Very Important Pets) Suites. There are four of these 226 sq ft luxury suites that feature a flat panel TV, raised platform bed and a private, covered outdoor play yard. By the way, the movie being shown today was Lady and The Tramp.
In addition to the VIP Suites there are 14 72 sq ft Vacation Villas that include flat panel TV, 28 sq ft private outdoor patio and raised platform bed. And 36 48 sq ft Indoor/Outdoor 2 Room Suites that include indoor bedroom with cot and an outdoor patio.
There is a large room for cats. Each kitty room has an adjacent litter box area that's separate from the sleeping area. Some of the kitty rooms have two levels and others just one level. I should mention that all the rooms in the facility are air conditioned.
The Pocket Pet area is basically shelves. If you want to bring a "pocket pet" here you must bring your own cage and food.
And finally, they do provide grooming services for your pet.
Vaccine Requirements: Dogs must be current on Rabies, DHPP and Bordetella. Cats must be current on Rabies and FVRCP. Written proof from a vet is required.
There are no veterinary services provided at this facility. They do have a number of outstanding local vets that could be called in if an emergency arose.
There are web cams so you can watch your pet as long as you have access to the internet.
OK, what does all this pampering and luxury cost? Well, here's the current pricing structure:
Includes two potty walks.
Resort Guest $34.00
Includes one potty walk.
Resort Guest $36.00
Includes one potty walk, playgroup, a flat screen TV & a turn-down biscuit.
Resort Guest $53.00
VIP Luxury Suites
Includes two potty walks, two playgroups, a flat screen TV, webcam,
bedtime story and a Go Home Fresh bath*
Resort Guest $69.00
*Go Home Fresh Bath requires a minimum 3 paid overnight
boarding stay and is limited to one pet in suite. Haircuts are extra.
a la carte
Playgroup $15 for 30 min
Playtime $8 for 10 min
Cuddletime $8 for 10 min
Walk & Explore $8 for 10 min
Bottled Water $5 per day
Bedtime Story $6 per story
Ice Cream Break $4 each
Holiday Meal $5 each
Premium Bed $5 per day
Cats - Two Level Condo
Resort Guest $21.00
Cats - Four Level Condo
Resort Guest $30.00
a la carte
Playtime $8 each
Cookies & Milk $3 each
Tuna on a Ritz $3 each
Activity Toy $3 per day
Deluxe Kitty Bed $5 per day
Standard Resort Guest
Small $12 $10
Medium $16 $14
Large $20 $18
X Large $23 $21
*2nd and 3rd pets sharing Standard suite will receive 30% off
**2nd and 3rd pets sharing Villa or Luxury suite will receive 50% off
Up to 6 Hours Over 6 Hours
Indoor $16 $27
Indoor/Outdoor $18 $30
Vacation Villas $30 $53
Super Suites $46 $69
Cats - Two Level $15 $18
Cats - Four Level $21 $26
Full Day $27
Value Point Packages (1pt = 1visit)
5 Point Packages $125
20 Point Packages $480
I was told that the VIP Suites are pretty much booked on the weekends this fall and that the weekdays are beginning to fill up. Disney guests love to pamper their pets and this is the place for them to do that.
This new facility is very impressive and should be extremely popular among pet lovers who come to visit Walt Disney World.
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