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chirurgeon
06-13-2011, 09:52 PM
I have booked POFQ for ten days for Disapalooza. Originally for my December trip I was going to stay at the Dolphin. But since it doesn't count for the party, I decided on POFQ. It is just finishing a rehab, so it will still be sparklely new when I get there in December. And I have always loved this resort.

Of course, I am never happy just letting things be. Especially when I have almost six months to make changes to my plans.

So what do you think about making it a split stay? Opinions please.

Kim

mommy2allgirls
06-13-2011, 09:57 PM
This past December we did a split stay and personally I rather just stay in one place. My dh missed out on part of our day having to make sure things got transferred and it just kind of put a damper in things and I hated unpacking and packing in the middle of my trip. For me I enjoy it just staying at one place

*NikkiBell*
06-13-2011, 10:00 PM
I am 100% not a fan of split stays. I rather get comfortable in my room and resort than have to move. Some guests like it, but it is just not for me. I rather focus on having fun that packing and unpacking.

disprincessatheart
06-13-2011, 10:29 PM
I like the idea of trying out 2 hotels in one trip but i've never actually done it and think I would be annoyed at the wasted time and effort. Heck I get upset when dh wants to do a no park day :lmao: if you've got tons of time and have a good reason then go for it (like to save $ or to be in a specific location for an event ) but I wouldn't do it just for the heck of it.

dansyr2514
06-13-2011, 10:31 PM
I love split stays! But, only if you're staying for a week or more. We've done it the past couple years and it works for us. Gives us 2 totally different experiences. Last yr it was CSR and BCV. Helped us decide we had to be in the boardwalk area for F&W this yr. This it will be BWV and AKL. It can be a hassle to pack everything and move it but we do pretty well, now that we've gotten some practice. It also helps that we rent a car. Stuff we don't need can stay packed in the car and we don't have to rely on someone else to move our bags.

NC Belle
06-13-2011, 10:48 PM
I like split stays for longer trips...but, we are trying to not do 3 resorts in one stay again.

WaltD4Me
06-14-2011, 12:09 AM
Maybe for a 10 day stay it would be okay, but I'm not a fan of moving. I like to get settled in and not think about packing and suitcases until I absolutely have to. To me packing and moving is just an unnecessary hassle that I avoid.

roomthreeseventeen
06-14-2011, 10:03 AM
We did a split stay over a weekend last fall and it was awesome. We're a little paranoid about putting our stuff in the drawers at any hotel, so there wasn't any packing or unpacking to deal with. The ride from AKL to BWI took all of 10 minutes, and since we did online check in for both resorts, it was easy as pie.

baby1disney
06-14-2011, 10:08 AM
I like split stays for longer trips...but, we are trying to not do 3 resorts in one stay again.

:scared1:OOOOWEEE!!! LOL may I ask why so many resorts in one stay??? Was it exhausting???

Cherinva
06-14-2011, 10:32 AM
I've never done a split stay, and not sure I would want to....but who knows what the future will bring.

I like to get settled and stay put....gives me more time to enjoy the parks.

Stacy's a freak
06-14-2011, 11:42 AM
I've never done a split stay beacuse I only go for 5-7 nights per trip. I prefer to drop my crap in the room and use it only as a shower and a bed. If only I could schedule a longer trip to give myself to enjoy the resort more ...

parrotheadlois
06-14-2011, 11:44 AM
I'm not a fan of split stays either. Once I drop my stuff in a room - I don't want to have to pick it all up and move it somewhere else.

kaligal
06-14-2011, 11:52 AM
Ugh.

The split stay is far less fun and way more work while you're on vacation than it sounds like at home. But there are people who say they just love it. One man's meat.

If you must do it, plan time to pack up into your schedule. Packing at Disney is much less fun than it was at home. At home, you're excited about leaving and all that jazz. On vacation, it is just work. Bring something (plastic garbage bags work nicely) for stuff that is wet and for stuff that is dry, but dirty. If you can, pack two separate bags for the two different hotels. That would help some. :)

Remember that you may have nowhere to go until 3 p.m. (in rare instances, later) on the day you're changing hotels. Have an idea of where you'd like to go if the day turns out to be too hot, cold or rainy and you have no room.

If you do the split stay, let us know how you liked it...and good luck!

roomthreeseventeen
06-14-2011, 11:53 AM
I'm so confused by people who think that split stays are a big deal. Ours literally took a total of 20 minutes, from being in our room at AKL to in our room at BWI.

kaligal
06-14-2011, 11:56 AM
I'm so confused by people who think that split stays are a big deal. Ours literally took a total of 20 minutes, from being in our room at AKL to in our room at BWI.You packed up all your stuff, went to the car or bus, drove over to BWI, checked in and walked to your room in 20 minutes?!

Color me impressed. And jealous - I've waited longer than 20 minutes just to get to the check-in counter.

roomthreeseventeen
06-14-2011, 11:57 AM
You packed up all your stuff, went to the car or bus, driven over to BWI, checked in and walked to your room in 20 minutes?!

Color me impressed. And jealous - I've waited longer than 20 minutes just to get to the check-in counter.

We don't pack or unpack. We do suitcase living on vacation. But yes, we took a taxi and did online check in. It took less than 20 minutes.

AJRitz
06-14-2011, 12:04 PM
We did a split stay (to avoid paying holiday weekend - and discount code not applying - rates at the Poly). It really wasn't a big deal. We had a rental car, which may have made it easier. We just packed up our things and loaded the car up in the morning before heading over to DHS. Then, when we left DHS for our afternoon break, we just drove over to the Swan and checked in there. Then it was back out to MK for MNSSHP.

That move saved us about $400 for just that one night, so it was well-worth it from a financial perspective. The extra hassle was minimal, and we discovered that we really liked the Swan a lot.

If you split between two different Disney resorts, it's even easier, as they'll transfer your luggage for you. It's also a good way to indulge in a Deluxe Dining Plan for just part of a trip (and enjoy signature dining for a few days) or save some cash by downgrading to a QSDP (or no dining plan at all).

TIGGERmetoo
06-14-2011, 12:43 PM
We've done a split stay and will do it again, BUT I would prefer NOT to. We do it to save on DVC points or if our 1st choice is only available for part of the vacation time. I like to unpack my things and then have to pack them up again. If I were you, I wouldn't do a split.

NancyIL
06-14-2011, 01:40 PM
In Dec. 2009 I stayed at Bonnet Creek for 3 nights, Disney Wonder cruise for 4 nights, then a split stay between AKL (2 nights) and WL (3 nights). I would've preferred all 5 nights at AKL, but my roommate wanted to try the WL - so we compromised. What I REALLY would've preferred was to stay at the Swan all 5 nights - where I usually stay.

To answer your question, moving from one resort to another was no big deal, but I'd prefer to stay in one place for a visit that's less than one week.

chirurgeon
06-14-2011, 02:38 PM
When I STARTED planning this trip I had said I didn't want a split stay. I have done several split stays. I think I'm going to just stay at POFQ. Skip is staying there and strangely enough another friend is staying there the same week. I think I am going to be her escape valve from DH and DGS :lmao: :lmao: I will whisk her away from family and I will have a companion for part of my solo trip.

mdvlprof
06-14-2011, 04:40 PM
With all of DS medical stuff, we don't do split stays. Also, DH packs heavy, and wouldn't want to move him.:rotfl:
Probably would if it were just DD and me. We pack happy.

Poohbug
06-14-2011, 04:57 PM
I have tried the split stay also.

If it is just me and the hubby - no problem. However, I would just rather plan a future trip to try out another hotel.

If I have to pack up the kids - it's not going to happen. It was just a pain and took at least half the day. (We did not have a car.)

Jillinwonderland
06-14-2011, 05:01 PM
I did my first split stay last year (2 @ POP/2 @ YC) for thanksgiving and while I love both resorts personally I wouldn't do a split stay again. Too much trouble to move everyone in the party and while wdw resorts will move your stuff we moved our own since we had a car to move as well.

OKW Lover
06-14-2011, 05:55 PM
I am 100% not a fan of split stays. I rather get comfortable in my room and resort than have to move. Some guests like it, but it is just not for me. I rather focus on having fun that packing and unpacking.

That's pretty much our view on it. But we have done it several times. Usually its just the day we arrive and stay off-property which you may or may-not consider a split stay.

Our problem with the split stay is

You go through the pack/un-pack cycle twice. And no, living out of a suitcase isn't an option. Things must be put away, hung up, pressed... :laundy:
You're "homeless" on the day you move. You have to be out of your first hotel long before you can actually get into your room at the second hotel. Makes afternoon naps a problem. :ssst:


Now if we could just :teleport:

HollyMac71
06-14-2011, 07:46 PM
I have booked POFQ for ten days for Disapalooza. Originally for my December trip I was going to stay at the Dolphin. But since it doesn't count for the party, I decided on POFQ. It is just finishing a rehab, so it will still be sparklely new when I get there in December. And I have always loved this resort.

Of course, I am never happy just letting things be. Especially when I have almost six months to make changes to my plans.

So what do you think about making it a split stay? Opinions please.

Kim

You will be in the happiest place on earth so you will have a good time. DH and I will be staying at POFQ also. Plus hearing about the refurb we are excited!

How many more days???

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tink2044
06-14-2011, 09:22 PM
I don't go to Disney for the hotels. It would be a bother to have to pack up and move. It would cut into my park time.

disprincessatheart
06-15-2011, 09:11 PM
Week, after I said I wouldn't really want a split stay, looks like we are doing one in 12 days :banana: dh got a new job and is taking a week off before he starts so we are squeezing in a quick trip. Unfortunately the dvc room optiions are limited and there isn't a dvc studio open in the 27th anywhere, so we are doing all stars our first night. We drive from NC so we never do a park that night anyway, even when we stay at Blt, so it shouldn't be too bad I hope! I'll pack a bag of clothes just for that night. Woo hoo - less than 2 weeks, guess I'd better start packing!!! Oh, and the 27th is my birthday too - never thought i would get dh to Disney on my birthday!

mel&me
06-15-2011, 10:42 PM
only time we have done split stays is if we added days and room was not available. prefer to get cozy in room and not have to waste time moving.

doconnor901
06-16-2011, 06:23 PM
My wife and I did POP and AKL in December of 2008, and it was a seamless transition. It was great being able to get at least a few nights at a deluxe resort and not go broke. We just brought down our luggage at POP in the morning of the switch and went to the park, when we got back to AKL in the afternoon our bags were already in the room.:banana: