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Guests with Special Needs Discuss First trip with my service dog in the Vacation Planning forums; I'm planning on going to Disney alone, with my service dog. I love love love going in late June. That's my absolute favorite weather. However, my dog won't be able ...
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    First trip with my service dog

    I'm planning on going to Disney alone, with my service dog.
    I love love love going in late June. That's my absolute favorite weather. However, my dog won't be able to do it. I could never ask him to be outside in the Florida heat all day. I was thinking late January 2008. What sort of weather would January likely have? It's been many years since I lived in Florida, so I cannot remember.
    Secondly, I'm finding it challenging in that travelling with my service dog is a bit like travelling with a child. When I go to Disney for a week I am doing something all day, everyday and half the night. I run myself tired, and then keep going. I made this mistake the first time I travelled with my dog (a three day convention), and by the third day ended up with a fairly cranky and very tired dog.
    Any suggestions on keeping his energy level up? We aren't a good team when I'm worn down and he's cranky and half asleep.
    Oh, and my last and most important question is can we get out picture taken with characters? I love doing that, will they let me with my dog?
    Thanks if anyone has any ideas or answers.

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    well lets see what i can answer for you.

    january is a good time to go as far as keeping your dog out of the hot weather. the pavement wouldn't be too bad and even if the doggy's paws got hot, you can always splash some water on them. theres also lots of places you can sit in the shade for a bit so both you and the dog can rest and cool down. when we were there in febuary racer (our dog) was fine.

    the characters are more than willing to take pictures with the you and the dog. we got a great one with racer and tigger nose to nose. racer was a little nervous with the characters the first time around but he was fine once he gave them a thorough sniff.

    at guest services, you can get a pamphlet (or however you spell it) that will give you a list of rides the dog can't go on, and where there's potty spots. the CMs are very helpful and will typically escort you backstage to let the dog relieve itself.

    if theres anything else i can answer please let me know! i have to say you are right when you say its like traveling with a child. but once you get the hang of it, things should be fine.

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    Any tips on airplanes? He's a psych service dog, so I don't look disabled. When I tried to make my airline reservations last time they said yeah sure, service dog. When I got to the airport, they had no clue what I was on about and said I should have said something when I booked my ticket (even though I was telling them my dog wasn't coming). grr.
    When he is on the plane, will he have to stay in his carrier? I'd really rather him be on my lap so if something happens or something he can wake me up.
    I don't know if you fly down, but if you do suggestions would be appreciated.
    I've gotten the hang of having him for short trips. He's gone to a few conventions with my friends and I- my friends love to have him along. They think he's great. First time I travelled (only a few hours away) I packed him his own suitcase, then realized he didn't need all that for a weekend. Hehe. Live and learn I guess.
    How did Racer handle rides his first time? I'm worried Pi might get over-stimulated.
    I didn't know they had those pamphlets (I can't spell it either). That sounds helpful. I thought I'd have to spend the whole time kind of guessing. Which would be kind of confusing.
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    some airlines can be weird about their puppy policies. as long as you have something that says Pi is a certified service animal, they can't do anything about it. you don't have to pay more, he can't be stored as "cargo", you don't have to buy another seat. if they try that, ask to speak to a supervisor. we were asked twice for Racer's certification and then they were just fine with it.
    I don't know what they'll say with him on the plane though, Racer is a big guy so we've never had to worry about a carrier. it's something to ask about. i figure they'll either want Pi in a carrier maybe during takeoff and landing or they might want you to have him lay on the floor.
    racer did good on the rides. a couple he got a little...not freaked out..but like "hey whats goin on? i've never seen this before". typically he'd just lay down and be fine, but at some loud noises he sat up to see what was going on. other than that he didn't really react to a lot. he liked the TTA, the boatride at the land, and small world.

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