Got Pets? Let’s Talk About Off-Property Rental Homes for an Orlando Vacation

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Pets. They bring so much joy to our lives on a daily basis, but in terms of taking them on vacation, being a pet owner can be a real bummer. With the exception of service animals, no pets are allowed inside any of the theme parks in Orlando including the four Disney parks, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Sea World.

Each park has kennels where you can leave your pet while you play in the parks, but what can you do if you don’t want to leave your pet in a kennel?

Take them with you.

Rental houses all over Orlando allow pets. Now you may have to do a fair amount of searching to find them, but many, many homes allow pets. Once you find a rental you can afford, (rental homes can be less expensive per night than on property hotel rooms,) pack your bags and head off to see the Mouse.

We chose a rental in Reunion Resort, which apparently offers about 20 something pet friendly rentals in various neighborhoods. To see more information about Reunion and more pictures of the house itself, use this link.

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Here are the faces of dogs who can’t wait to drive nine hours to Florida…


Dogs love car rides! No hours sitting in a kennel here…

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One of the benefits of a rental house is a large, full-size kitchen where you can cook meals. Eating at “home” may not be as much fun as eating at the parks, but we save money this way, traveling with two adults and three teens who mostly eat like adults.

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save money on vacation by cooking at home

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Dogs love sharing meals on vacation.

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Our rental house had a lovely pool with an enclosure, and our dogs spent hours walking around outside in a safe space away from cars.

Reunion Resort rental house pool

Reunion Resort pool

Kids love pools…

Swimming at Reunion Resort in Orlando

But so do dogs, at least, hanging out by the pool.

rental pool at Reunion Resort

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I’m the usual dog walker in our family, so I spend a lot of time with them outdoors. Reunion has some beautiful landscaping; even the alleyways behind the homes and sidewalks connecting the neighborhoods are lovely.

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Reunion Resort

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Reunion Resort

One of the best thing about staying in Reunion was the amazing neighborhoods we walked through. Now dogs don’t care one bit about mansions and landscaping, but I do, which means I am motivated to walk them more often.

It’s interesting to look at what is being built and sold in the neighborhoods, which also makes me want to purchase some Fl. Lotto tickets.

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When you’ve worn yourself out from park hopping, who better to join you in a nap than dogs.

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Staying on Disney Resort property is ideal in many ways, but for taking your pets along with you, it may not get any better than a pet friendly rental at Reunion Resort.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you walking by with your dogs…

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