LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., June 24, 2010 – Pet lovers visiting Walt Disney World Resort
can now plan to board the family pet in fun, luxurious new accommodations. Reservations
are being accepted for pet boarding stays beginning August 27, 2010 for the new Best Friends
Pet Care Resort.
The one-of-a-kind resort comprises more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space,
including 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space, 10,000 square feet of covered
outdoor runs and play areas, and an expansive private dog park exclusively for the use of pet
resort clients and their dogs.
The facility will accommodate up to 270 dogs and 30 cats for both daytime and overnight
boarding. A wide selection of suite choices for dogs includes air-conditioned indoor rooms,
48-square-foot indoor-outdoor suites, and four expansive VIP (very important pet) suites with
television, raised bedding and private outdoor yards.
Feline guests will spend their visit in the separate “Kitty City” pavilion -- away from the dogs
-- in two and four-room condos. All suites and condos are designed to provide comfort and
privacy and will be cleaned daily with hospital-grade disinfectants.
“Best Friends has long been the industry leader for boarding, and this will be our crown jewel.
We’ve taken the ‘best of breed’ in every category to create the perfect environment for pets,”
said Dennis Dolan, President and CEO of Best Friends Pet Care. “Our goal is to ensure that
pets staying with us have a fun, action-packed vacation – just like their families vacationing at
Walt Disney World.”
The resort’s exclusive dog park features a fenced walking trail bordering the natural wetlands
around the park. Inside the trail, guests can choose from a variety of different play areas,
including a 3,300 square-foot area covered in artificial turf, a 4,500 square-foot area with
shade trees, and a 1,300 square-foot “canines only” water park. There are several large areas
for owners to sit, relax and watch their dogs play. The entire park is secured from outsiders
and is illuminated for use after dark.
Other features of the resort include: a grooming salon, which will provide go-home-fresh
baths and haircuts for pets; two 1,100 square-foot “camp rooms” for play group and doggy
day camp, each opening onto an outdoor play-yard; and a special facility for the boarding of
“pocket pets,” such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets.
Pet parents can choose from a wide range of a la carte activities for pet guests from one-on-one playtimes and social playgroup with other doggy guests, to cuddle time and bedtime stories with staff. Additional amenities and upgrades include Ice Cream Treats, Bottled Water and Premium/Orthopedic Bedding. Feline guests can also enjoy private playtimes, activity toys in their suites, and treats such as Cookies and Milk or Tuna on a Ritz.
The pet resort is located across from the Port Orleans Resort at 2510 Bonnet Creek Parkway in Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Pricing and other details are available at wdw.bestfriendspetcare.com or by calling 877-4-WDW-PETS.
About Best Friend Pet Care
Best Friends Pet Care Inc. (www.bestfriendspetcare.com) is a long-time leader in the U.S. pet hospitality industry, providing high-quality boarding for dogs and cats as well as day care, grooming, training and related services. Founded in 1991, the Company redefined pet boarding in 1996 with the opening of its first full-service pet resort in Norwalk, Conn. Since that time, Best Friends has expanded to more than 40 pet care centers in 18 states, always innovating and providing new offerings based upon the needs of pets and feedback from clients. The company currently operates the five boarding kennels at Walt Disney World Resort, which will be phased out with the opening of the new pet resort