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Old 06-22-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Split stays: Annoying or Awesome?

I can't decide between two great resorts: AKL and BWI. I have gotten some great advice/feedback/opinions, none of which has helped me decide because they both sound so great. I am going to talk to my husband about (he's sometimes good at talking me out of things) but wondering about a split stay. I didn't even realize it was possible until I came on these boards. It seems sort of annoying in a way because you gotta pack up all of your stuff and can't settle into your room. But it's nice that they take all of your luggage for you and move it.

So I am wondering what everyone's experiences are with these kinds of stays.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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I'm about to take the plunge on this.

Looking at a Poly/BC split in mid December (haven't booked the resorts yet, hoping for discounts).

My plan for minimizing the inconvenience of changing resorts is to move on a day we visit Epcot. Basically, the plan is to pack our stuff the night before, have bell services pick it up early the next morning (except what we bring into the park, which will include swim wear), head over to Captain Cook's for a quick bite, then jump on the Epcot monorail.

Then, after about 5-6 hours at EP (which will include a sit-down lunch), we head over to the BC around 3 pm to check in (since we'll have our swim wear, we can hit SAB while waiting for our luggage).

Overall, I see this as a net convenience. We plan to do MVMCP one night and see Illuminations on another. The split allows us to have an easy commute back to our room on both nights (we can also see Wishes from the beach on all the rest of the nights we're at the Poly). And we only have to take buses on the day we go to AK (but we'd have to do that regardless of where we stay).

I've already booked all of our ADRs so that they're convenient to the resort where we'd be staying. Now I just have to wait on discounts
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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Split Stays

I personally think they are awesome. (see signature for my split stay pedigree ... lol)

If you pack accordingly, its not that big a deal. I arrange my suitcase so that I only remove the stuff I need for any given leg of a split and leave the rest intact. I found that bringing an extra empty duffle bag for the dirty clothes is helpful when its time to move .... after each night I put the dirty clothes in there ... that way its easy to pack up the main suitcase and transfer everything.

I generally don't recommend splits less than 3 nights at a given resort.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:41 PM   #4

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I'm a split stay fan. I've done it for the past 4 vacations. However, I am a carry on only kind of person and I don't need to unpack.

I've had 2 less than perfect luggage transfers so we now take a cab and move our own luggage.

The reason I like them is that we get to experience 2 resorts and we can arrange our meal reservations for convenience to the hotel. The extra time we take to check in to a hotel twice is more than offset by the saved time not traveling to meal reservations.
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We're thinking of doing a split stay on our next trip. Are there downsides? Besides the obvious having to pack and move. Can it affect discounts?
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:05 PM   #6
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We're fans of the split stay as well. We've done it about 2/3s of our trips. We've been able to experience more of the resorts Disney has to offer as a result. Additionally, becuase the resort itself is a huge portion of our vacation, it's new experiences with each split.
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We did our first split stay in May. BWV to BCV. Will definitely be doing this on our next trip. I would only do it for week stays or greater but bell services makes it so easy to do.

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Old 06-22-2012, 06:23 PM   #8
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We are also split stay fans. I agree that a minimum of 3 nights per resort is a good idea. We always rent a car so moving our luggage isn't a big deal. I am a super organized person. I pack two suitcases for the kids and me. One of them doesn't even get opened at the first resort, so packing to move doesn't take very long.

We started doing split stays in 2006 when airfare was higher than we anticipated and we had to stay at a moderate for part of the trip instead of deluxe for the whole trip to stay within our budget. Since then we have booked them by choice. It was a nice way to try several more resorts and never be "stuck" too long in a place we didn't like. I don't know if we'll do them anymore, as I am now pretty sure it's YC or stay home for me, but when we have done them it wasn't a big deal at all, and all of the "work" of it fell to me.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:52 PM   #9
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If you believe they are a hassle, then they will be. For me, I believe the fun of a new resort is worth it so I find them amazing.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:12 PM   #10
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I think split stays are fun, but I'd never do it again with kids. I'm probably not as organized as everyone else, but moving day for us was a nightmare. It felt as if I lost a day of vacation.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:25 PM   #11
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In the past I've been supportive of split stays but this last trip was not a good experience. Booked a last minute DVC stay and ended up with 2 nts Boardwalk Villas, followed by 2 nts Bay Lake Tower. Couldn't find 4 straight nights through DVC at any resort we wanted to stay at. At the last minute the chance for 4 nights at Beach Club came up. Should have snatched those up but DH said he was looking forward to staying at BLT for the first time. What made the split stay so hard was that we drove from Texas and before we made it to Orlando, we had already been away from home for 4 nights. We already had been to 2 other destinations and stayed 2 nights and moved, then stayed another 2 nights and moved. So it was moving every 2 nights FOUR times! We also had many random bags, a sleeping cot, snacks and drinks, things we purchased, etc and attempted to move ourselves and not through bell services. It put DH in a bad mood. We did finish up our Orlando stay with 7 nights at an off-site Marriott condo. If we attempt another split stay it would be for no less than 3 nights in one place and we would also pack better. If we had a car we would only take out what we needed, although just taking out what is needing for a family of 5 (3 kids) plus 2 extra adults still would have been a lot of stuff. One positive thing was that we were able to buy the dining plan for only 2 nights (first two nights). So we had dining credits that we used until our check in and until check out day at midnight.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:28 PM   #12
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For our 9 day trip in Sept 2013, we are planning our 1st split stay: AKV Studio Standard for 4 nights, and then live it up at BCV 1 BR for 5 nights. We are both excited about getting to experience 2 new DVC resorts and have an enjoyable relaxing end stay. We'll have our own car, so packing up and changing resorts won't be a problem at all. Now the wait for the 7 month window.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:47 PM   #13
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We did a split stay once and it wasn't a good experience. We were there for 9 days that trip, so fortunately, the fact that we ended up losing a whole day due to the fiasco we endured, was not a big deal.

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Old 06-22-2012, 09:02 PM   #14
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We do split stays on trips 10 days and over. This does give us a chance to settle in to each resort and experience it. On shorter trips I stay put.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:54 PM   #15
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For us, it is yes to both Was awesome when it was just the DW and I, but a lot more inconvenient with our 2 DD's. We drive so we take a LOT more stuff then we would if we had to fly, so packing it all up to move was a hassle. We would probably do it again if we ever stayed for like 14 days. It is nice to see 2 resorts in one trip though

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