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axavilez
11-10-2004, 07:44 PM
I am new to DVC and a proud new owner at BWV. I just reserved a 5 night stay for MLK weekend at BWV, my new home, and VWL. I wanted to stay at my new home during my first trip as a DVC member, but was also intrigued with VWL and decided to stay at both. How many people like to break up their stay at 2 or more resorts?

It seems that more frequent housekeeping (at no extra charge) is an added benefit of staying at multiple resorts. Plus, there is the change of scenery and excitement associated with staying someplace different.

Muushka
11-10-2004, 07:52 PM
We enjoy splitting our stay between 2 or sometimes 3 or rarely 4 resorts! We stay at a hotel in Lake Mary on our way in. Then we usually stay at USF for 2 nights then we go to VWL for 5 nights.

We do not mind in the least packing up and moving. We have 'annex' bags for the real short stays that are all ready to go and the really big bags for the extended stays. We really enjoy the change of scenery. We have not done it at the DVC resorts mainly because we can't seem to tear ourselves away from VWL. But there will come a day that we don't book in time and must switch. And that will be ok too!

Simba's Mom
11-10-2004, 08:07 PM
I've found I enjoy splitting my stay at 2 resorts. I especially like to spend one night at a "new" resort (when we joined DVC, they were all new to us), then the rest of the time at someplace I know I like. Then, if I really liked the one I stayed at for one night, it becomes the "long stay" resort for another trip. So far, I've liked every resort I've tried out for one night.

Dean
11-10-2004, 08:49 PM
I too like splitting stays but not for shorter trips. Our way of doing split stays is usually doing one resort on points during the week and then cash at another resort (frequently not a DVC resort) for the weekend.

DrTomorrow
11-10-2004, 09:10 PM
We're still new at this, but in all our years of vacationing, we do NOT like to split up our trips. We really like the feeling of settling into a place for the duration. Note: I'm willing to bet that, if we were staying somewhere for 10 -14 days, we'd consider splitting the stay over 2 resorts.

robinb
11-10-2004, 10:05 PM
I usually split my stay up between 2 resorts, although I don't like moving! I'm usually too cheap to pay for DVC weekends, so I stay at other WDW resorts. I'll be staying at AKL (because we love it) and BWV on our next trip :).

dbond
11-10-2004, 11:02 PM
Not me, I hate moving, it's a pain!

AnnaS
11-11-2004, 05:18 AM
I was willing to try splitting our stay last August - we went for 12 nights (two nights POR and 10 nights OKW). I really wanted to try BCV since we have not tried this resort since I bought. My family did not want to move. Normally, I would not want to move especially when kids are involved. More people, more work - packing clothes, food, souvenours, etc. I would split my stay if we were staying a minimum of three/four nights in each resort. Also depends, # of children and are they willing to move or you packing for them?

EmptyNester
11-11-2004, 06:00 AM
We have only split our stay once. 2 nights @ AKL (Concierge, so we could do the sunrise safari) followed by 6 nights @ OKW. While Disney definitely makes it "easy" to move, we probably wouldn't do it again unless it involved something special (like the sunrise safari) or a stay of two weeks or more.

DH & I pack very light - only one carry-on & one 24" bag each, but the packing/unpacking, checking in/out is just too much hassle (for us - YMMV)

- Sharon

idratherbeinwdw
11-11-2004, 06:51 AM
Put me down as another "nester", I like to dig in and unpack as soon as I arrive. The thought of repacking and moving halfway through a trip doesn't appeal to me at all.

However, I agree with the idea of wanting to check out other DVC resorts. So next trip this January I plan to tour all of the other WDW DVC resorts to see if one appeals to me enough to book a trip at some point.

:earsgirl: :wave: :smooth:

Tennesotans
11-11-2004, 07:22 AM
We split -- we do a "sampling" at a new resort and then "run home" to BWV. I'm just tooo curious to stay at only once DVC resort. I'm not sure what we will do when we've hit them all... my wife puts up with the move (and almost always likes BWV better than the "sampler").

Interesting question :)

MAC3
11-11-2004, 07:34 AM
We always split our stay and stay at a mod for a few days before vacation. It gives us the opportunity to experience more of Disney!

DisneyKidds
11-11-2004, 07:50 AM
We are big stay splitters!! Love it. Like two vacations in one. We love having part of the vacation that gives us direct access to the MK, and part that gives us direct access to Epcot/MGM. Last few trips it's been BCV/VWL. Moving is no big deal.

joepoe
11-11-2004, 08:09 AM
I enjoy staying at more then one resort per trip. I really enjoy the hassle of re-packing and then waiting for the next room to be ready and then unpacking.

But then, I also like going to the dentist. :teeth:

goofynme
11-11-2004, 08:53 AM
We just returned on 11/5 from a split stay at the Contemporary and BCV. It was like 2 separate vactions and there are some great benefits to that. One downside to checking into DVC villas is you will most likely wait till 4pm, and the switch over day can be hectic (not a real big deal however). In talking our family has decided to stay at one resort in the future for the entire stay so we can settle in and not lose part of a day. With that being said if it works out in the future that a split stay makes the most sense we will still do it!! Bottom line is you are in WDW and it is hard to beat that anyway you slice it!

Mike
11-11-2004, 11:19 AM
We go for 2 weeks and we used to stay in one resort. Last year we split our stay between HIFS and WL and moving wasn't that bad. As others mentioned, it was like 2 separate vacations.
Now that we have joined DVC, we plan on 2 moves. Sun-Thurs at OKW (our home resort); Fri and Sat at a moderate; and then Sun - Thurs at a different DVC resort. This summer we are hoping to try BCV.
I honestly believe that having a washer/dryer in the room will make the moves even easier. Since we are on vacation, I volunteer to do the laundry for my wife but we always packed a lot of clothes because we weren't sure when I would be able to block off enough time. And finding an available machine (especially at HIFS) was always a feat in itself. I spent several nights doing laundry until the wee hours of the morning. Now that we have them in the room I can do a load everyday if need be so we can pack a lot less stuff.
Plus we drive so I will have my minivan to store the extra things we won't need for our weekend stay.

spiceycat
11-11-2004, 11:25 AM
oh I love to stay at different places - this time I am staying at 2 off site resorts -plus Pop (PC), OKW and VWL.....okay these are short trips for one night only - during things at MK that makes it easier to stay on-site.

i do waste money - because the offsite resorts are week stays - so I end up staying at both offsite and onsite resorts at the same time.

although it does solve the problem of losing your room for that afternoon.

Now if I didn't own DVC - I would never attempt this.

OKW would be costing me more than the offsite stays by itself for one night - I love my DVC!!!!

JimC
11-11-2004, 02:48 PM
axavilez - Congratulations and welcome to our little community on the DIS!

We have done the three, four or more property holidays on touring/driving vacations. But now try to minimize the moving around.

We do split stays but only in 4 night minimum increments and never more than two resorts per trip. We just don't like moving around that much. A normal stay is one week at one resort.

Our split WDW stays may be all DVC or DVC with another WDW resort, such as AKL. It may or may not be on points as we have mixed cash and point stays as well.

Lexxiefern
11-12-2004, 06:42 AM
I like the idea of switching and being able to check out different resorts.

However, I find it to be way too much of a hassle. We had to change rooms twice on our last trip (thanks hurricane Jeanne) and even though we stayed at BWV the whole time, it was still too much of a bother having to pack everything up - especially groceries.

I don't see us changing rooms/hotels again unless we are doing Universal.

Tagrel
11-12-2004, 06:42 AM
We love changing resorts - each is a vacation onto itself! :teeth:

We'll stay at VWL for 4 or 5 nights and focus on MK and maybe drive to AK or TL - then spend the weekend at Vero or maybe over to Universal and then return for our second week at BCV or BWV to enjoy Epcot and MGM as well as the great pools at those two resorts!

We have moving down to a science, and since we always have a rental car its really quite easy. On moving days we have either Pool or Park time preplanned so that we aren't bothered if we can't get into the room until late in the afternoon. We just drop the bags off with Bell Services, check in and off we go!

Organization REALLY helps with the moves. For the 2 night stays, we just pack everything we need in one bag and don't mess with the others.

Doug Wolfe
11-13-2004, 08:01 AM
I split my August trip between SSR & BCV. Both were great.

My big complaint was I felt we lost a day with the room change. Checked out of SSR at 11am, but could not get into BCV until around 4:30pm.

I tossed the kiddies in SAB...but my mom was with us and she is in her 70's and had to stay in the lobby to avoid the heat. So, I don't think I would ever book a trip again where I changed resorts.:sunny:

timC
11-13-2004, 08:13 AM
We've split our stay a few times, usually out of necessity, sometimes, just to tryout a new resort.

Once, we simply didn't want to leave, so we paid cash for a a few more nights. Another time, we had to use up some 'disney collection' points we got stuck with, so we stayed a few nights at YC, before transfering VWL... Still another time, we stayed a couple of nights at AKL (cash) the year it opened, just to try it out. Fabulous resort.

Next year we've got tentative plans for a 5night stay at BCV, followed by 3 nights at HHI... gee... I just realized I'm at my 7month window! I better get this firmed up!

BCV23
11-13-2004, 08:15 AM
We never split stays until we bought at BCV and now we always do. Just not willing to pay those weekend points plus after so many stays at the Polynesian it is like home to us. My favorite way to split is 4 or 5 days at the Polynesian followed by 4 or 5 at BCV checking in on Sunday. One of these trips we will try OKW (actually stayed there 2 nights but it was just DS2 and me).

If our children were still small, I don't know that we would split though.

mbhoxsie
11-13-2004, 08:50 AM
We occaisonally split to see different resorts... Last year we tried PopC, CBR, or a cabin at FW... The year before that, splitting allowed us to spend a night at AKL with a Savannah view.... We almost always split to go to either VB or HHI...

While sometimes it can be a bit of a pain, we don't mind it too much...

Normally what we do is use the "moving" day for some other activity other than a park... Sometimes we'll go to DD for some shopping, othertimes, moving day is a swim day at the new resort... We check into the the new resort early, and get our keys... I then get the phone number for mousekeeping, and then call it every 2 hours or so from my cellphone to see if the room is ready yet... This way we are not constantly checking with the front desk, and the fun is not interrupted for the rest of the family. :earboy2:

Another motivation for splitting nights with the Disney Collection is that eventually those point charts will go up with inflation, and it will be too expensive to stay there. Might as well go now and enjoy it while we can...

CaptainMidnight
11-13-2004, 09:29 AM
This might not be what you mean, but we enjoy splitting our trip between Vero Beach and Beach Club Villa resorts. It is a wonderfu mix of parks and action with restful beach vacation. We usually take additional family with us to WDW llike grandparents, and then have the beach time just for us and the kids. Works out wonderfully.

MDonley
11-13-2004, 10:16 AM
We split. In January, we'll be at VWL before moving to VB. Usually, it's OKW before VB though. We're really getting excited about this trip! Woo-hoo!

rocketriter
11-13-2004, 11:07 AM
Nope. We're there to get out and have fun, not pack and move.

kellydizfan
11-13-2004, 02:22 PM
We did it in October BCV & SSR. It was a pain in a way that Housekeeping was knocking on the door before 9 a.m. wondering when we were leaving. I enjoyed staying at both resorts. It gave us a day to regroup as it rained the day we changed in the morning so that made us hang out at SSR and the Kids really enjoyed the pool and game room so it was a nice relaxing day but a hassle to wait for the room. I don't know if I would do it again as there were 6 of us to worry about.

db78
11-13-2004, 05:57 PM
Count us in as stay put vacationers. Once we get there and unpack, we don't want to move. We just try different resorts each stay. But we do pay cash for at least one weekend night to maximize our points.

kocar
11-14-2004, 02:04 PM
We spilt our first DVC trip in June between OKW and BCV. It wasn't much trouble moving mid trip (9 days total) but my dad had his van there. If you're renting a car, it probably wouldn't be much trouble for your either. I think I read that you can sometimes get the resort to provide a hospitality ride to the other resort, but am not sure. Until you find which DVC resort you like the best, our family has decided we want to stay at all of them at least once. Right now, our favorite is OKW, but we've stayed at only two resorts thus far!

Have fun either way - you're at Disney after all!
:earsgirl:

Disney Doll
11-14-2004, 05:30 PM
We love to split our stay! It's a great way to maximize ppoints and make it seem like we are having 2 vacations!

Usually what we do is arive on a Friday or Saturday, pay cash for the weekend for an on-property hotel which we have hopefully gotten a good rate for using some discount code or another, and then move to the DVC property for Monday through Friday.

Bonus-if you are doing a 1BR or larger unit, you have the washer/dryer thing, which allows you to pack less!

MinnieGi
11-14-2004, 05:51 PM
We split our stay between BWV and OKW last Feb. and really enjoyed it. We did BWV for a week and then moved to OKW for the weekend. We liked the relaxed feel of OKW to end our stay.

This time we are staying at AKL first (not on points) and then moving to BWV for the week. We're looking forward to it! :)

apulk
11-16-2004, 12:59 PM
We've split many times -- actually it has become the norm since we bought into the Vacation Club. It is not our favorite thing to do though -- fine the the wife and I but tough packing up our 4 kids. It's been fun though and has allowed us to visit -- a little embarrased to say -- just about every hotel on property.

We're doing the same next trip -- arriving on a Saturday night and stay in two rooms at Pop Century for one night. Sunday thru Wednesday we will be at the Beach Club Villas (first time here) then head to Vero Beach through Saturday (also the first time here). Others have already mentioned it already but I'll say too that the best thing we came up with was the plan to have overnight or "in-transit" luggage. This way you don't need to unpack as soon as you get there -- you can have that days stuff handy. One other negative -- and we had this this summer moving from a 2 bedroom to a Grand Villa mid week -- groceries. That was a pain moving those to the HHI front desk refrig. since the room wasn't ready yet.

Don't sweat it -- it will be fun.