Megan Leigh loves Disney World, but before her service dog Nala came along, it was difficult for her to travel independently. Luckily, Nala also has a passion for the Happiest Place On Earth!
With their annual passes and matching mouse ears, the pair regularly visit the park – and their favorite characters!
“Her favorite part of Disney would be going to the Magic Kingdom,” Megan tells The Dodo. “She loves doing character meet-and-greets as her ‘Go say hi’ command is a fun reward for her. Meeting the princesses is a favorite!”
Some of the glamorous gals of Disney even know her by name!
“[The princesses] love her! Many of them recognize her because we are annual pass holders,” Megan says. “They always say, ‘Hi Nala! It’s so good to see you again!’”
But Nala’s trips to the park aren’t limited to laid back belly rubs. She is also open to a little action and adventure on her vacations.
Service dogs are welcome to accompany their handlers on any rides that do not have height requirements. Nala loves feeling the wind blow through her fur on the People Mover and the Nascar Speedway ride.
And don’t worry about the loud noises and flashing lights. As a trained service dog, Nala has no problem with fireworks or boisterous Disney shows.
Nala performs medical tasks for Megan, and also helps create a barrier between her and the bustling crowds.
“We are best friends and a team! She helps me, I help her,” Leigh said. “A balance is important in working dogs. That’s why I believe it’s so important that she gets to have fun at Disney, too.”
Nala may have a special place in her heart for the Disney princesses, but she also loves visiting with the other characters. She’s mingled with Chip and Dale, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, and even charmed the dreaded Kylo Ren!
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