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Trained service dogs are welcomed in most locations throughout Disney. Tasha (1) has been to all Disney destinations including sailing on board the Disney ships however there are some requirement that you should know before leaving for your Disney vacation.
Service dogs perform some of the functions and tasks that an individual with a disability cannot perform easily for him or herself. Service Dogs can be trained to assist with tasks and work related to a wide range of disabilities, including — but not limited to — deafness, blindness, autism, epilepsy, severely limiting psychiatric conditions, life-threatening allergies, mobility issues and much more. Some disabilities are invisible and may not be apparent to others.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a Service Animal as: any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.
The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.
Disney will not ask about the nature or extent of a guest’s disability, but may make two inquiries to determine whether your dog qualifies as a service dog. Disney may ask if the dog is required because of a disability and what work or task the dog has been trained to perform. Disney shall not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service dog. Generally, Disney may not make these inquiries about a service dog when it is readily apparent that an dog is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability (e.g., the dog is observed guiding an individual who is blind or has low vision, pulling a person’s wheelchair, or providing assistance with stability or balance to an individual with an observable mobility disability).
Disney may ask a service dog to leave if:
(1) The service dog is out of control and the animal’s owner does not take effective action to control it (for example, a dog that barks repeatedly during a movie)
(2) The service dog poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, is not housebroken and urinates or defecates inappropriately.
All service dogs must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times! Disney offers designated “break” ares for your dog, these areas are shown on park guides or you can ask any cast member. Any property damage or civil damage is the sole responsibility of the Service Dog’s owner. Service Dog owners are required to clean up after their animals.
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