We have all seen service dogs at Disney World. Disney is required to allow them in the parks because of the ADA. However, one guest recently took having a service animal to a whole new level. A few months ago a woman was turned away from entering Disney’s Hollywood Studios for attempting to bring in a “service ferret”. The cast members at the gate said that the ferret didn’t not comply with their service animal requirements and did not allow them to enter the park.
According to Disney’s website, “At Walt Disney World Resort, a service animal is a dog or miniature horse that is trained to do work or perform tasks for, and to assist, an individual with a disability.” The website clearly states guests can bring a dog or miniature horse as a service animal. There is no mention of ferrets or other animals anywhere on the site.
The woman has just filed a lawsuit against Disney for failing to allow her to enter the park with her service ferret. Her attorney claims this is a violation of the ADA and is suing for emotional damage.
It is not clear under what grounds Disney refused her entrance to the park. It is possible the ferret did not meet one of many requirements for service animals or Disney just doesn’t allow animals aside from dogs and miniature horses as service animals. We have reached out to Disney for a comment, but have not heard back.
This is by far one of the strangest stories we have reported on. What do you think? Should people be able to bring other service animals than dogs and miniature horses?
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