by Rock Kelly
Do you ever grow tired of seeing tuckered-out 2-year-olds on leashes at Disney screaming about their ill-fitting Cinderella gowns? If you answered yes, then get ready for the butt-sniffing mania that will solve all your terrible toddler traumas.
On Saturday, Aug. 30, Walt Disney World hosted its fur-st ever Disney Side Dog’s Day at the Magic Kingdom Park. The event played host to 101 creatively dressed Danes, Dalmatians and dachshunds all sporting their favorite character’s signature garb. Pinschers dressed as Peter Pan and Labs dressed as Lady Tremaine all walked the green carpet down Main Street, U.S.A., kicking off the parade around the park led by Disney’s main four-legged friend, Goofy.
Disney Blogs first posted about the event encouraging pup parents to send in photos of their hounds dressed to the K-9's. The lucky 101 received an invitation to the VIP (Very Important Pup) event where they would walk down the green Astroturf carpet, appropriately lined with red fire hydrants, and participate in a doggy dance party with Disney's resident dogs Pluto, Goofy and Bolt.
The pooches presented themselves to the judges to see who could fetch the top honors during the “Show Your Disney Side” costume contest, with the win going to Cruella De Vil. Events from the day are to be included in an Animal Planet Disney Side edition of America’s Cutest Pet scheduled to premiere in October.
It has not been determined as of yet if there will be a second annual pooch-palooza; however, Disney will release its pet product line, "Disney Tails," in spring of 2015 so we expect to see more furry fun.
Here are a few more of our favorite shots from the day. You can see all the costumed pups in Disney's gallery of the event.