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My family is planning a week trip to Orlando to visit DW, Epcot, etc.

We of course would like to take Chloe with us. This will be our first plane trip with her.

Can everyone who has done it please chime in and gives us advice on the following:

1. Which airline is small pet friendly?
2. Am I allowed to keep Chloe with me and put her on my lap?
3. Any problems going through TSA and security?
4. Do they have to put her through the full body scanner?
5. Any pet friendly hotels near DisneyWorld?

Thanks!:wub:
 

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Most domestic airlines allow dogs in the cabin for domestic flights. Last time I paid is was $150 each way for the dog.
The rules state the dog must stay in their bag under the seat. You may or may not have a flight that is more lenient. Personally, my dogs just sleep in the bag so I don't have any desire to take them out anyways.
You carry the dog through security out of the bag. The bag goes through the x-ray. At most airports you can simply pick a line without a body scanner. But no, the dog does not need to be scanned.
 

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1. Many of the airlines are petfriendly. You will just need to check the airline website.
2. You will have to have Chloe in a carrier that fits under your seat unless the flight attendant allows otherwise (which is not common)
3. When you arrive at screening, alert the closest TSA agent that you are traveling with a small dog, often they will allow you to go through the family line or will escort you through more quickly if possible. They are subject to search but I do not believe they are subject to full scanning - you might have to inquire with the airport.
4. Celabration Suites is pet friendly; I don't know the names of others but I do know they exist.
 

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I also think the Disney park itself has some sort of doggie daycare facility for while people are at the parks.
 

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good thread as i will be going to orlando myself in april n definitely taking dolce w me .
 

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We bring Queso to Florida to visit my mother in law and prefer Jet Blue. They are very pet friendly. She needs to be in a proper travel bag (not a purse) and has to go under the seat for take off and landing. We've had generally good luck allowing her to sit (sometimes in the bag) on our lap while in the air.

We bring a little kit with us for Queso, treats, a little dish for water and 2 disposable pads that we try to get her to use before getting on the plane. In a pinch, we've done it in the airplane bathroom (less fun).

A warning about dogs and Disney parks - they check your purse when you walk in and have a zero tolerance policy for fluffs. They make you check them into a kennel at the front gate. We knew this ahead of time so didn't have any trouble (left her at home), Just wanted to warn you.
 

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My family is planning a week trip to Orlando to visit DW, Epcot, etc.

We of course would like to take Chloe with us. This will be our first plane trip with her.

Can everyone who has done it please chime in and gives us advice on the following:

1. Which airline is small pet friendly? AMERICAN
2. Am I allowed to keep Chloe with me and put her on my lap? MAYBE NOT ON YOUR LAP BUT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE HER WITH YOU AS A CARRY ON. THE LAST TIME WE DID IT WAS 80.00 EACH WAY
3. Any problems going through TSA and security? I DID NOT HAVE A PROBLEM, THEY SCANNED HER BAG AND XRAYED HER
4. Do they have to put her through the full body scanner?
5. Any pet friendly hotels near DisneyWorld? CALL AHEAD AND FIND OUT A MALTESE IS NOT A PET, ITS A PLEASURE :HistericalSmiley::HistericalSmiley:

Thanks!:wub:
Hi:

Please see my replies right after your questions.
 

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Oh lucky you! Disney World is one of my favorite places to visit. Southwest Airlines flies from LAX to Orlando and I believe their pet fee is the cheapest at $75 each way. :aktion033: I've never traveled to Orlando with my dogs so I can't help you with pet friendly hotels. However, here is a great resource I always used for my Disney planning www.disboards.com. They may have a thread about traveling with pets.
 

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I don't know about the air travel but I wouldn't plan on leaving Chloe at the Disney Kennels. My family traveled to Disney with my first Maltese Gracie and I made arrangements for her to stay at the Disney Kennels. I figured that Disney would have a wonderful set up for pets since they really cater to their guests. When we got there I was horrified to find out that Gracie would be spending her day in a very tiny kennel with lots of other dogs around her barking and whining. I was so broken hearted having to leave her there while we were at the park. She only stayed for one day and I found a very nice pet hotel a few miles away where she spend the rest of the vacation days. They had really nice runs for each pup to have room to play, sleep, a potty.
 

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I've flown recently on both Southwest ($75 for pet in cabin) and United ($125 for pet in cabin). None of the airports had full body scanners so I'll be interested, too, in what the procedure is for that. The airports I flew from with dogs had just the standard x-ray machines. The dog carrier goes through the x-ray machine and the dog is carried through with you. My dogs/puppies never make a peep on the plane, they stay in their carriers, and I've had no problems.

I don't want to sound like the "Grinch" here but I would encourage everyone flying with a dog in cabin to follow airline rules. On ALL airlines a dog in cabin (except for a legitimate service dog) is supposed to stay in its carrier under the seat and most flight attendants enforce this rule. Please abide by the rules so that all of us who fly regularly with dogs will not be prevented from doing so in the future.
 

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I don't know about the air travel but I wouldn't plan on leaving Chloe at the Disney Kennels. My family traveled to Disney with my first Maltese Gracie and I made arrangements for her to stay at the Disney Kennels. I figured that Disney would have a wonderful set up for pets since they really cater to their guests. When we got there I was horrified to find out that Gracie would be spending her day in a very tiny kennel with lots of other dogs around her barking and whining. I was so broken hearted having to leave her there while we were at the park. She only stayed for one day and I found a very nice pet hotel a few miles away where she spend the rest of the vacation days. They had really nice runs for each pup to have room to play, sleep, a potty.
Disney just opened a new luxury pet resort on property... so maybe things have improved since you've been there. Here's the link:

Luxury Pet Resort Opens at Walt Disney World Resort Disney Parks Blog
 

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When we so the Disney parks we are gone all day. We never bring the dogs because we'll just leave them alone all day. They are happier and less stressed at home. When we go go the beach where they hang out with us all day we bring them.
 

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I just brought Cozette back from Orlando to Los Angeles in December. I flew United, since they were the only ones of those I checked that would allow her in first class-- I wanted the extra legroom and none of the airlines I am aware of allow dog carriers in the bulkhead or exit row seats. I paid $125. I know Virgin America allows pets in the main cabin, but not first. But Virgin's main cabin is quite roomy and I think I would opt for them in the future. All my experiences with Virgin America have been far superior to other domestic airlines other than Southwest and JetBlue.

I was allowed to take Cozette out very very briefly to just check on her and give her some Nutrical. You will need to contact the airline to arrange in advance to bring your dog in the cabin with you since many airlines will limit the number of pets allowed on-board. Getting that reservation is a must, and I'd advise you do it as early as possible.

Please be aware and plan for the fact that the floor of the airplane is EXTREMELY cold. I wasn't aware of that until I brought Cozette home and was shocked at the freezing cold bottom of the carrier the first time I checked on her. Fortunately I always bring my own snugli type blanket and ended up wrapping Cozette up in that. Since she is so tiny and the carrier was so roomy, it worked well and she stayed warm that way. I would definitely check on your dog at least once an hour to make sure it is warm and comfortable.

As far as going through security, I took Cozette out of the carrier and walked through the metal detector. All the security people were fascinated by her and ooohing and aaaahing and I breezed right through. Easiest security check I've been through LOL.

I stayed at a Residence Inn near the airport. Here is a list of dog-friendly hotels: DogFriendly.com's City Guide: Orlando, Florida It's always smart to call the hotel in advance or check on the website in case they've changed their pet policy, but this is a good place to start.
 

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Regarding full body scanner---TSA rep. told me in Jan. that dogs are NOT allowed in the full scanner! That is a TSA rule & not particular airlines rule.
 
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