Universal Orlando Resort vacations are frogtastic—you don’t have to tell us twice! Hanging with the family, hopping through Hogsmeade and getting a thrill (or two) from the many amazing attractions the park offers are just some of our favorite things. But sometimes it seems something is missing when you arrive back at your hotel room ... could it be your furry friend?
We know the feeling of missing a pet while on vacation. Don’t fret, though! If you’re planning a trip to Universal Orlando and staying at one of its fabulous on-site hotels, your furry friends are welcome, too. Here we’ve laid out some of the groundwork and tips for traveling with your pets at Universal Orlando.
Tips For Having Pets at Universal Orlando Resort
Pack any favorite toys, treats and food
Just like when packing for the tadpoles, you'll want to pack a favorite toy or item of your pets to keep them busy and comfortable while you're gone for the day exploring Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. If they sleep on their own specific bed, it would be wise to pack that as well. It's especially important to remember any medications, food or necessary items while you're on vacation. Furry friends have necessities, too!
Make a "Pet List" when you're making your own list for vacation packing. This way you're able to avoid forgetting any necessities and can check things off as you pack. Of course, you can always pick things up at local stores that you forget, but some things are more difficult (and expensive) to find (like medications, special food, etc.).
If you're pet happens to be a dog, and he has a lot of excess energy, it might be wise to give him a good exercise before leaving on the trip! Take him for a nice walk or jog or even play a favorite game (like fetch). This could help burn off his excess energy so he isn't as panicked or wound up during the traveling portion of your trip. And if you're flying, be sure to check out the airline's policy on pets well beforehand!
Stay with your pet at a Universal hotel
There are five hotels on Universal Orlando property—Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Loews Royal Pacific Hotel, Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, Universal's Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. With the exception of Cabana Bay, all hotels on Universal Orlando property are pet-friendly. The hotels offer the Loews Loves Pets program, which provides amenities (for a fee) made especially for our four-legged friends. Some of these amenities include:
- Specialized bedding, leashes, collars and litter boxes with litter and scoopers
- Special treats
- Pet walking and sitting services
- Water bowls, place mats, dog-walking route maps and much more
You can even request a gourmet room service menu for both cats and dogs if you really want to take it to the next level! You should be aware, though, that you cannot leave your pets unattended in your room while you spend the day at the parks (more on this in a bit). Ask for a map of the dog-friendly walking trails located on Universal Orlando Resort property so you can enjoy an evening walk with your furry pal.
Check out our tour of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando!
If you aren't staying on-site, there are other pet-friendly hotels in the Orlando area. You'll just need to verify their pet policies with them. You can check out (and book) more Orlando hotels with us here!
Keep pets at the on-site kennel at Universal Orlando Resort while you're at the parks
There are kennels located on-property for $15 per pet, per day. You can't reserve a spot; the kennels operate on a first-come, first-served basis. We chatted with the kennel, and they say that they rarely fill up. Still, if you're visiting over a busy weekend or holiday, we suggest getting there right as they open at 8 a.m every day! You must also return once during the day to take your furry friend for a walk; you're welcome to leave blankets, toys or any other comforting objects with your pet to make them feel at home!
Make sure you also bring proof of vaccinations; these are required for your pets to stay at the kennels. Oh, and the kennels are only for dogs and cats. No exotic pets! (Here's looking at you Bearded Dragon Lizard owners!)
Options For Off-Property Guests
If you're not staying on property at Universal Orlando, you may still board your pet at the Universal Orlando Resort. If that doesn't work, then you can try a local pet resort. Also consider a sitter! Through sites like Rover.com, you could find a nearby sitter and have your pal stay in a house rather than in a cage for a few hours.
Do you take your funny friends on your theme park visits? What are your tips for having pets at Universal Orlando Resort? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!