Cats Will Get Luxury Treatment at Walt Disney World

Company plans to revamp kennel facilities at the Magic Kingdom.

Posted: December 6 2007 2 a.m. EDT

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Pets that visit Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., already receive top treatment when they stay at one of the resort’s five kennels. Beginning in January, those kennels will be operated by Best Friends Pet Care Inc. The company plans to enhance existing facilities with a state-of-the-art boarding center designed to pamper cats and dogs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

“We will be able to provide wonderful experiences for pets,” Dennis Dolan, president and CEO of Best Friends Pet Care Inc., said. Plans for the new boarding center include two-room suites with patios, equipped with elevated sleeping platforms. In the cat area, aquariums will provide entertainment for feline guests. Televisions will be available for viewing, too.

“A lot of people leave their televisions or radios on at home during the day to keep their pets company,” Debra Bennetts, Best Friends spokeswoman, said. “What we provide is luxury suites. It’s really for that person who wants to make sure that their pet is being pampered the way they get pampered at home.”

Best Friends Pet Care Inc. currently operates 44 boarding centers across the country. Most of the existing centers provide luxury services, including:

  • Obstacle courses and exercise rooms
  • Bottled water
  • Special bedding
  • Supervised socializing with other pets
  • Scheduled cuddle time

Current boarding rates at Walt Disney World range from $10 to $15 per night, depending on the pet. New rates will go into effect when Best Friends Pet Care Inc. takes over in January.

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Sue    Azle, TX

4/7/2009 7:45:23 AM


My name is Sue Szczuc. My hubby and I had our son Casper for 5 years now and I think this is purrrffect. Ahem anyways, we will be moving to Florida in a couple of years and we truly love this idea. Now there probably would be one problem. Put Casper there and I am afraid he wouldn't want to leave. I am all for this idea and can't wait to take our cat there. Is there anyway I could look at a website on this? Thank you so much.


Casper, Sue & Ed Szczuc

ME    ME, ME

5/30/2008 11:09:55 AM

We need more of these resorts that are cat-friendly all over the country

Char    Elmore, MN

1/1/2008 6:53:51 AM

I liked this article. I think it's great that places are making room for family pets.

R.B    B.A., OK

12/6/2007 9:34:41 AM

I go to Disney World alot and I never knew they had this.

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