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How to Bring a Service Dog to Disneyland

How to Bring a Service Dog to Disneyland

Trained service dogs are more than welcome to join their handlers at Disneyland. In this guide, we’ll explain Disneyland’s policies and give practical advice for bringing a service dog to Disneyland for the first time. 

Disneyland’s Service Dog Policies

The Magic Kingdom is happy to welcome trained service dogs across most park locations! They kindly ask that guests with service dogs keep their furry companions securely on a leash or harness to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment. While cast members love to help out, they are unable to take control of service animals. 

Service dog handlers can follow the same guidelines for entering attractions as guests in wheelchairs. Should you encounter a ride where service dogs can’t accompany you, a cast member will be more than happy to discuss alternatives like the Rider Switch or using a portable kennel. 

Please be aware there are a few spots in the park where service dogs have restricted access.

Service Dog Verification at Disneyland 

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Disneyland staff can’t demand that you prove your dog is a service dog through documentation. Instead, they can ask two questions: 1. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?  and 2. What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

Disneyland staff can’t ask about the handler’s disability, require medical documentation, a special identification card, or training documents, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.

However, we strongly recommend equipping your service dog with a recognizable vest or harness that can help signal to staff and other guests that your dog is working. Carrying a service dog ID card or psychiatric service dog letter, though not required, can provide additional clarification and confidence.

A service dog wearing a service dog vest ready to visit Disneyland
When visiting Disneyland or any other public area, it’s best to clearly signal that your dog is indeed a trained service dog on duty.

Service Animal Relief Areas

Service dogs are welcome to use any open outdoor area for relief as long as the owner picks up after the animal and leaves the area clean. Relief areas can be found at the theme parks, Downtown Disney District, hotels, and other guest areas. You can find a complete list of relief areas at this link

Tips for Visiting Disneyland with a Service Dog 

Visiting Disneyland with your service dog can be a magical experience for both of you. Planning ahead, respecting park policies, and ensuring your dog is comfortable and identifiable as a service animal sets the stage for a day full of fun and adventure. 

Here are some additional tips for visiting Disneyland with your service dog: 

  • Identification: Ensure your dog has a vest, tag, or card identifying them as a service animal. It’s not required, but it’s a smart idea. 
  • Control: Keep your dog on a leash or harness, and always maintain control.
  • Hydration and Comfort: Carry water and a portable bowl, and plan for breaks in shaded areas to ensure your dog stays hydrated and comfortable.
  • Prepare for Attractions: Understand the park’s policy on attractions that may not accommodate service animals and explore alternative options provided by Disneyland.
  • Park Etiquette: Be considerate of other guests, keeping your service dog from blocking paths and entrances.
  • Relief Areas: Familiarize yourself with designated relief areas within the park.
  • Rest: Disneyland is fun but often crowded and bustling. Take frequent breaks in shaded or quiet areas to prevent overstimulation.
  • Clean-Up: Bring supplies to clean up after your dog.
  • Temperature: Monitor the weather and your dog’s comfort, especially on hot days.

About the Author: The writing team at Service Dog Certifications is made up of folks who really know their stuff when it comes to disability laws and assistance animals. Many of our writers and editors have service dogs themselves and share insights from their own experiences. All of us have a passion for disability rights and animals.

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