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pedigot1
08-24-2007, 02:42 PM
I'vs seen on a lot of folks posts that they have split time for thier vacation between two different resorts. Would that not be a hassle to have to unpack, then pack up two or three days later and move, then unpack again and so on? :confused:

Taja
08-24-2007, 02:44 PM
I don't for the reasons you mention. However, we're splitting our stay in December so the first-timers in our group can experience both a deluxe resort and a value resort.

Many people do it to be able to stay at all of the resorts. Many of us can visit only every two or three years, so it's the only way we're likely to stay at all--or most of--the resorts!

pearlieq
08-24-2007, 02:46 PM
Not really. We generally leave most everything in the suitcase. It only takes 10-15 minutes to pack the toiletries back up. Not that big of a deal.

There can be lots of reasons to do it. Maybe you really like the feel of both resorts and want to enjoy both. Maybe you want to be close to MK and then stay by Epcot/MGM. Maybe the room rate changes sometime in your stay and you'd rather move resorts than pay $100 more a night for the same room. Maybe you have a crush on one of the check-in clerks and he works at both resorts.

There are as many reasons as there are people.

ADP
08-24-2007, 02:47 PM
We feel that it is worth the extra hassle. We love the different experiences of the different resorts. We feel like we've been transported to a different environment when we move to a different resort.

Disney makes it pretty easy to transition resorts. They will take your luggage from your room and send it to the next resort and bring it to your room. It's very convenient. As you said, you just have to pack and unpack it.

To us it feels like 2 totally different vacations.

soccer mom
08-24-2007, 02:50 PM
We did it once (with kids) and I didn't like it. At the first resort I kept us half packed and never felt settled until we got to the second resort. I like to unpack completely, hide the suitcases, and settle in. It did give us a chance to try a short stay at a coulple of resorts that I wasn't sure I was going to like, and I might try it again if just DH and I go. I want to try all of the deluxes, but the CR is at the very bottom of my list, so it might work out to split a stay just to try it for a couple of days and then move on.

jcpuppy.com
08-24-2007, 03:00 PM
I am glad we did a split stay on our one trip. We are pretty new and have been trying different resorts. We had a few days at vwl and the OKW, we did not like vwl..too dark and dreary for us..just the whole thing was unappealing. Like the boat rides and the pool was ok and the jacuzzi was really good, but the rom and overall feel just is not for us. Luckily our whole trip wasn't wasted there.

Our next trip we will try POR,BWV and CSR we are sans kids and simply want to scope out resorts fr future trips.
Some folks change around so they can afford a deluxe for a few days by balancing with a value

DisneyDotty
08-24-2007, 03:49 PM
I'm not sure I'd do a split stay for less than a week. Last summer we were at WDW 13 nights, so we split POR/Dolphin. We were able to really relax and check out the resorts during that time (only had 10 day PH passes), so having two resorts gave us double to explore!
My goal in life (well, one of my goals, anyway!) is to stay at every moderate and deluxe resort in WDW. I'll meet my goal quicker if we do split stays! :)

sherry8253
08-24-2007, 03:53 PM
We did it once a few years ago and I didn't really like it because I felt we never got settled in at either place. We were there for 9 nights. We got a fabulous rate at the Dolphin for 5 nights which allowed us to stay 4 nights CL at the AKL. We had been on the sunrise safari before and wanted to do it again so that made moving worth it.

princess-rn
08-24-2007, 03:56 PM
We are doing it for the first time this year. 5 days at POFQ (where we have always stayed) and 5 days at GF. It has long been a dream of mine to stay at the GF but at those room rates we would have to sacrifice alot of our "fun money" to stay there for 10 days. This way, we still get to do everything we want plus I get to make my dream come true and stay somewhere I've always wanted to.

As far as the packing and unpacking. We usually live out of the suitcase too. I will unpack our toiletries of course and if I unpack clothing it will just be 5 days worth. I know I won't mind the extra work b/c I will be so excited to actually be staying at the GF. (I don't know how DH and DS will feel about it..but hey..when Mom's happy everyone is happy right?! LOL)

sportears
08-24-2007, 04:44 PM
Might be worth it only if you stay 7+ nights, and can't afford to stay in one particular class of resort the entire stay. Otherwise, it doesn't seem like it would be worth the hassle.

time4Mickey
08-24-2007, 06:06 PM
We have never done it but are considering it on our next trip. We will stay the majority of our trip at WL over Dec 2008. We wanted to spend a couple of days a AKL but the only room available for our family size would be suite. I don't know if we would like staying at AKL the entire stay. We are now thinking we may fly into Orlando late(instead of early) staying an extra night there instead of at the airport.(which is 5 hrs from our home) So this could potentially mean 3 rooms in 8 nights. I am just not sure what to do. It all sounds a bit stressful.

Princess Amy
08-24-2007, 06:14 PM
We are doing a split stay this December between AKL and CSR. I have always wanted to stay at both, so we are doing 4 nights each. Could have stayed at AKL all 8 nights, but wanted to try CSR. I don't know when we will make it down to Disney again since I start nursing school next year. Hopefully, I can squeeze a small trip in, but if I can't...then I'm glad I stayed at both resorts.

We never unpack our suitcase except for toiletries. I see no problem with switching resorts. Especially since they handle all the luggage!!! What a lifesaver!!!

marivaid
08-24-2007, 06:28 PM
We do split stays to try several resorts in one trip and also to save a bit of $$.

For example in December spending our first 2 nights at ASMU instead of CSR will pay for our Christmas dinner. And we can stay an extra night.

To us it's not much trouble, the only thing I don't like is that we're room-less for several hours in the afternoon.

kim5678
08-24-2007, 08:09 PM
For our trip in April we will be splitting for the first time. 5 nights at CR and 5 nights at WL. We have stayed at the WL before and loved it, so I gues we are going to "get the best of both worlds" as my daughter would say!:rotfl:

emer95
08-24-2007, 08:16 PM
We just split our vacation at CSR and POP. We did it for a few reasons. I got such a terrific rate at POP, we couldn't not stay there, but I've always wanted to stay at CSR. I only wanted to do the dining plan for part of our trip because my girls and I eat like birds and I was afraid it would be way too much food for us (which it was). It wasn't a hassle at all. Disney handeled our luggage for us, and like a PP said, it was almost like having two vacations.

byoung
08-24-2007, 09:58 PM
We feel that it is worth the extra hassle. We love the different experiences of the different resorts. We feel like we've been transported to a different environment when we move to a different resort.

Disney makes it pretty easy to transition resorts. They will take your luggage from your room and send it to the next resort and bring it to your room. It's very convenient. As you said, you just have to pack and unpack it.

To us it feels like 2 totally different vacations.

Agree here.

MomOf2DisneyKids
08-24-2007, 10:30 PM
we've switched resorts on our last 2 trips, and it's been fine!
Why do we do it? Well, this time, we wanted to do WL CL but not for the whole trip, so we did 4 nights at Pop first...and it was great! No biggie to pack up in the middle, and they do a great job of moving your stuff for you!

mikesdisneymom
08-24-2007, 10:39 PM
We are doing a split stay this time, because mom wanted to try WL, and DS wanted to do POFQ again, after a lot of begging mom gave in, and decided to do a split stay.

jsmla
08-25-2007, 09:33 AM
We split whenever we rent points from a DVC member. The point rates for DVC on the weekends are much higher than Su-Th so we save by spending Friday and Saturday at a moderate.

Jennifer

HockeyMomR
08-25-2007, 10:20 AM
We go to Disney once a year for the past 7 years, splitting gives us a chance to try a new resort. Our vacations are usually between 7 - 9 nights, we like to stay part of the time at an old favorite and then a couple of nights at a new resort. We really like it, but our children are older and can help pack and unpack :thumbsup2

kimmar067
08-25-2007, 10:39 AM
....There can be lots of reasons to do it.....Maybe you have a crush on one of the check-in clerks and he works at both resorts...



.....:lmao: :rotfl2:

Wishes
08-25-2007, 11:24 AM
Can I ask you guys something? One time I think I read where if you want the dining plan for your entire stay you can't switch resorts in the middle of it. Is that correct?

Princess Amy
08-25-2007, 11:44 AM
You most certainly can have the dining plan. Like for instance we are staying at AKL Dec 1-5 and CSR Dec 5-9. We have the dining plan on our one package for 4 nights and the dining plan on our other package for 4 nights.

To do split stays you have to have two reservations. So you just add the dining plan to your first and your second reservation.

Follow me? Or confused...:laughing:

DisneyMomx7
08-25-2007, 11:49 AM
I really like staying put in one place - however we have done lots of split trips. In fact our summer trips are usually always split trips because we stay for at least 2 weeks. For a short trip (7 days or less) I wouldn't split. This July we are doing 10 nights at GF and 5 nights at YC so we can have the best transportation to both MK and EPCOT and MGM. Also although the kids love GF they would definitely miss SAB in the summer.

DisneyBride'03
08-25-2007, 11:52 AM
Ahh...I would love GF/YC split:)
Next year we are planning to do a "split" with Vero Beach and either GF or YC...it all depends on our trip next week:) However I am leaning towards GF..it will be our 5 year FTW Anniv...and GF is where we stayed:) DH is thinking YC..close proximity to more things for our older kids....tough choices..lol...I am not complaining!

Wishes
08-25-2007, 12:21 PM
Thanks for the reply Princess Amy - I got it!:thumbsup2

GRUMPY PIRATE
08-25-2007, 12:32 PM
I am also interested in this, for those that have done it, how do you make the res on the web site. or is it better to call the res center? also, do you pay your account up when you check out of the first?

Pirate translation:
arrghh, how do ye get the scallywags to steer yer course without a'having to keehaul the lot of the landlubbers? arrrhhh arhhh.

DisneyBride'03
08-25-2007, 01:03 PM
:lmao: at pirate:

blanq
08-25-2007, 01:30 PM
I have always been in the camp that avoids a split stay, for the reasons you mention. This October, however, my family will have our first split stay. The DVC owner we are renting points from only had enough points for a one week stay, and after booking we decided to extend our vacation for a few days, resulting in the need to split our stay between two resorts (or staying at one, but having to check out and check back in). We are staying 2 nights at the Swan, and then moving over to AKV for a week. We will be at WDW for a total of 10 days. I have kind of gotten used to the idea, and am actually looking forward to it. I think it will be fun to spend a bit of time around the busy boardwalk area, being moving to the serene AK area. I think if I were staying for a week or less that I would not want to hassle with a split stay.

MomOf2DisneyKids
08-25-2007, 01:31 PM
You most certainly can have the dining plan. Like for instance we are staying at AKL Dec 1-5 and CSR Dec 5-9. We have the dining plan on our one package for 4 nights and the dining plan on our other package for 4 nights.

To do split stays you have to have two reservations. So you just add the dining plan to your first and your second reservation.

Follow me? Or confused...:laughing:

you do have to buy 2 separate packages though (which can be more $$)..... we did our package w/dining for the first part of the trip, and bought tickets long enough for our entire stay. Then we just did 'room only' for the stay at the second resort. I know that some people just buy a 1 day base ticket in order to get the second package, but it would have cost us much more money to do that than it would to just pay for meals for those few days. (I should add though that we are not super-fancy dining people....we're all about the character meals, LOL!)

karylrocks
08-25-2007, 02:06 PM
If you think you are only going on that one time "trip of a lifetime", like I did (planning our fifth trip now ;) ), you might want to see as much as you can including the resorts. We have always done split stays; we can't afford the deluxe for our whole stay but might splurge for a couple of nights. Next trip though, it's one resort and stay put! I am really looking forward to that.

Doc CW
08-25-2007, 04:49 PM
We did it b/c we wanted to see both resorts so we decided to do a split stay.

WDW Poly Princess
08-25-2007, 06:12 PM
In my case, the question is "Why split time between two resorts... when you can do three or four?"

princess brianas mom
08-25-2007, 06:28 PM
We're doing a split stay next month just so we could save some money but still experience the Poly, which will be our first deluxe!! (Thank you AP rates!)

idlewoman1
08-25-2007, 08:15 PM
We have been to DW 10x's plus and have liked dividing up our stay. We usually stayed a total of 8 days at WDW so we would split it. We loved the variety of not only the rooms but it gave the kids a chance to try out different swimming pools and food courts. If you can afford to stay 2-3 days at the higher end resorts it's nice to do so. Only takes 10 minutes to pack the suitcases and if you have a rental, load them up. If not they will shuttle you to the next resort. TRY IT. :banana:

Mr. Pig
08-25-2007, 09:06 PM
I am also interested in this, for those that have done it, how do you make the res on the web site. or is it better to call the res center? also, do you pay your account up when you check out of the first?

Pirate translation:
arrghh, how do ye get the scallywags to steer yer course without a'having to keehaul the lot of the landlubbers? arrrhhh arhhh.

Sorry I don't speak pirate but I understood your first part.

The reservations are two different reservations/packages so it doesn't matter which way you do it. This also means that down payments must be paid on each one. Actually the resorts don't even know that you just stayed at another resort or that you are moving on to another one. They will assist you in moving your luggage but you must call baggage service/valet and arrange it yourself. When you leave one resort you pay up the account for that one then start a new account at the next one.

We almost always do a split stay. Count me as another that doesn't fully unpack my suitcase. I would not do it if I stayed at a resort for less than four days. That would be a hassle and not leave enough time to settle in. Split stays make the vacation seem longer and more varied.

Another advantage is the dining plan. We do the dining plan but at just the first resort. Then at the second one we rent a car and spend some time offsite.

P.S. I lied - I do speak pirate ya skurvy mates. pirate:

RIGrandpa
08-25-2007, 09:07 PM
We tried the split stay several years ago, 4 days at Yacht Club nad 4 days at Poly. We were able to try different resorts and Disney does make it easy to move. However, it is just my wife and I and no kids so we found it pretty easy. In DEC 2007 we are staying 5 nights at POR and 2 nights at AKL. We always wanted to try AKL but the price for a full week was too high for us so we are going to try it for this trip.

diswed0407
08-25-2007, 09:18 PM
We were at Disney for our wedding in April and through the 2 weeks we were there, we ended up staying at All-Star Movies (1 night), Boardwalk (9 nights), Grand Floridian (1 night), Disney's Vero Beach (1 night), and Saratoga Springs (2 nights). Although I know this was a bit excessive, I don't think we will ever split a stay again.

GRUMPY PIRATE
08-26-2007, 01:02 AM
Sorry I don't speak pirate but I understood your first part.

The reservations are two different reservations/packages so it doesn't matter which way you do it. This also means that down payments must be paid on each one. Actually the resorts don't even know that you just stayed at another resort or that you are moving on to another one. They will assist you in moving your luggage but you must call baggage service/valet and arrange it yourself. When you leave one resort you pay up the account for that one then start a new account at the next one.

We almost always do a split stay. Count me as another that doesn't fully unpack my suitcase. I would not do it if I stayed at a resort for less than four days. That would be a hassle and not leave enough time to settle in. Split stays make the vacation seem longer and more varied.

Another advantage is the dining plan. We do the dining plan but at just the first resort. Then at the second one we rent a car and spend some time offsite.

P.S. I lied - I do speak pirate ya skurvy mates. pirate:

Arrhhh, ye be a clever lad, payin 'ta inkeep his due, then be scuttling out the portal 'afor the press gang find ye. An not unloadin yer Ditty bag fer to hasten threu the night be right clever 'o the lad.

I be used to scuttling 'fortwit no warrrrning when Ol' Grumpy use to fly the silver birrrd for me share o' the gold and fortune.

But alas my wench what I 'ha bought and married (an 'ha continued to pay for a'wit me sweat of brow) ha' sworn to stay and dine at the gran hall of Floridan. I find the seas flow'in and wind are becalmed of gale when Ol' Grumpy be a'minding what she be say'in.

Thake ye kindly matey fer the scuttlebutt on the double inn's stay. keep yer powder dry and yer cutless sharp. Arrrhhhh arrrh.

going2disney
08-26-2007, 09:47 AM
We will be doing a split stay next month, we will check-in for one night at POP, then head to BWV (Boardwalk view :cool1: ) for 5 nights then onto the Poly for 2 nights. We have never stayed at the Poly and I'm very excited to check it out. We were initally booked there for 8 nights but a BWV deal came along for our dates that we couldn't resist! We love the BW and don't think a chance for a Boardwalk View will come along again (during F&W no less :cool1: ). We will do the DP on our BWV ressie only, others are room only ressies. I'm excited to do the split stay and will just keep most things in my suitcase, and live out of a carry-on while at POP.

NeverlandPixie
08-26-2007, 11:05 AM
Hmmm, I've been contemplating a split stay for my next trip too. I'd probably do a 3-3 split, and I'm flying solo, so packing wouldn't be a problem. But is it worth it to split for 3-3?