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Old 06-23-2012, 05:48 PM   #31
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We like split stays.

One trick is packing correctly. It is also a help if you have a car.

The downside is the time it takes. It always takes us some time, but it is still very doable.

One aspect with Disney is 'packages'. You are much better off doing the second stay as a room only booking. If you are attempting a split stay during free dining type promos- you kind of miss the free dining at the second resort. (You may however find a bigger % off deal).

We once did a split where our first night was room only, and the second part was apackage. It was great, except that we HAD to go to the second resort to get our tickets/meals credits. It forced me to take a relaxation day. Normally I'm eager to get to the parks.

The only other considerations are that if you have WDW transfer stuff then it won't arrive until after 3 or 4pm. Also, you can't really transfer perishable foods items or medicines- like anything you must keep in the fridge. (cookies would be fine) Your stuff stays in normal temps AC controlled areas- but not in a fridge. To get around the lugggage delay, you can stow things in the park lockers, but that's never appealed to me. You could also wear your bathing suits under your clothes all day.

I disagree about making it three nights. I find one night transfers to be quite worthwhile under the right circumstances. If you are just doing one night all you need is one msall overnight bag - more than that and you have to unpack. I've stayed one night at a value resort and the rest at a deluxe. We do that sometimes if we have a very late flight and a car. More than once, I was going to fly in on a Friday, but discovered we could go down Thursday night- stay at a value/offsite - and still save $$! The airfare was THAT much less. Sometimes we can stay that first night free using rewards points.

Another option for split stays- spend the last day super deluxe. It can be a 'budget' way to get the most out of a deluxe resort room view- or to take advantage of certain amenities- if it's not going to be a park day/rope drop day.

We've also done split stays where we drove to WDW. Spent one afternoon/night at the beach/recovering from the drive, then drove the next morning to WDW. It worked very well, but again we didn't unpack- just an overnight bag. If you stay at a place like Hampton Inn, which includes free breakfast, it's quite economical.

Oh - and let's not forget split stays to take advantage of the rest of Orlando. If you want to see almost anytign beyond the confines of WDW, a split offiste stay is a great way to go.

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Old 06-23-2012, 05:54 PM   #32
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We LOVE split stays!

We are DVC so we get to try 2 resorts. Split stays are not without challenges, and we have heard some frustrating stories, but for we follow a basic plan and so far no issues to date

We always bring 2 suitcases, so once we get there, we make sure we only unpack what we will nedd for the days we're at the 1st resort, put all the rest in one suitcase and put it away, ready to go.

Transfer day, we put majority of what we've used inbag night before, then finish it off first thing after breakfast. We then have our bags picked up and transferred by the hotel and we head to our park for the day.

I usually call later in the day (give it plenty of time before you call) to see if our bags have arrived safely

When we return to our resort that night, check in and have bags delivered to new room while we finish up checking in

We have done this the last 4 years, and so far no problems... (knock on wood)

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Old 02-25-2013, 04:45 PM   #33
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Resurrecting an older thread to see what people think about doing something like stay at a value or mod for like seven nights, and a deluxe for two. Using the last part to relax, swim, and enjoy a fancier place that we couldn't afford for the whole trip.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:17 PM   #34
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We usually start out the first few days at a moderate which usually pays for our CL upgrade at the deluxes for the remainder of the trip.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:23 PM   #35
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Doing a split stay at AKL and BWI this coming up summer my personal strategy is never fully unpack and have one extra bag for laundry.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:33 PM   #36
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Done lots of split stays, more tricky without car or if you have groceries...and I have rarely not had to wait for check in and that is not my happy place. So we will stay at BCV for the entire stay this time.

When we have moved resort to resort, much better to move from lesser resort to better resort, going the other way around is depressing!
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:39 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by artemis908 View Post
... 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.
I am not sure if you are aware that officially there is no spilt-stay in the eyes of Disney...just two reservations. So the details matter like room only vs package, park tickets, DDP, deposits, payments, etc. One of the reasons you want at least 3 nights is to cover package requirements and another is just to have one day where you are not checking in and another day checking out.

You do lose time the day you check out of the first resort and can be without a room the day you switch resorts, if the second resort room is not available. You also will spend x amount of time the night prior to your check-out of the first resort packing. DDP tickets from the 1st resort need to be used by the end of the day you check out of the first resort. We pack light and leave our goods in our luggage. The more you settle in or collect Disney goods the more details you have to manage on move days. We always moved our own luggage via rental car, but cold storage on move day is available.

Overall, spilt stays are fine if you want to stay in more than one resort or need to break up a stay due to budget constraints. We did them to try a few resorts we were not 100% on and now we just stay at one resort no matter the length of our Disney stay.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:22 PM   #38
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we are planning split stay this trip I have done them in the past but usually just for one night because of deciding to leave a day early. This trip has turned into 3different resorts, 1 offsite....we decided to leave a day early and won't be arriving in Orlando area til after midnight and really didnt want to pay for onsite hotel for just sleeping for a few hours so we can save $100 staying offsite. Then we will check in in to resort #2 for 2 nights because we really wanted to stay at AOA the whole time but only available for our last 4 nights.

Hoping it will work ok..we are DRIVING, not doing a package ROOM ONLY, planning on small bag for offsite 1 night, 1 suitcase for 2 nights, 1 suitcase for rest of week. Any bags we don't need will stay in car.

My plans are to pack up the night before and put in the car, all tolietries and night wear just take to car in the morning before we head to the park, we are planning on going to AK that day so we usually finish up there around 4 or 5 then the kids and I will take bus from AK and head to AOA and dh will take bus to other resort and get car and drive to AOA.

Or we could just drive straight to AK in the am and leave from there and head to AOA. We have always used disney transportation and never driven to the parks so I guess that would work better My kids love riding Disney buses its just another ride to them
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:20 PM   #39
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Awesome! We always split between two or three different resort areas and for my family it makes the trip much more fun. The hassle is minimal for us, and we don't rent a car -- we just let Bell Services move our luggage.

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Annoying! Did one, that was enough... Cured us of the hassle and lost day...
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:03 AM   #41
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We're doing a split stay for the first time in early June. DSis gave us her extra DVC points, so we are at AKV for 5 nights, then CS for three. I'd rather do it the other way around, but the AKV stay is in a lower season, so fewer points. Since we will have groceries to transfer, I think we'll take the luggage in a cab.
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We just decided on doing a split stay this upcoming May trip. We are staying 8 nights in YC (first time in Deluxe!) but we wanted to add a few more days on (to leave time for Universal) so we're tacking on 3 nights in POR (love the Royal Room!).
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Originally Posted by peabody58
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.
We are doing the same split in August.

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Old 02-26-2013, 01:15 PM   #44
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We have done split stays the last 4 out of 5 stays. We really like them and try to base our daily plans close to our resort. That way, in the evening, when everyone is tired, we are closer to "home." It's a great way to try different resorts too. We have two little ones and it's not been a hassle at all. We plan to be at the closest park to our new resort the day of the move. We work from only one suitcase the first stay and pack the night before the move. In the morning, we call bell services and head out to our chosen park. We eat lunch at that park and then head over to the resort to check in after lunch.

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Old 02-26-2013, 01:20 PM   #45
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We did a split stay during SWW. First we stayed at HRH and went to Universal then moved to AKL then moved to BC. We planned what we did based on where our room was so when we were at BC we did all of our HS and Epcot parks because we could walk. Also, make sure you pack your stuff separately if you are driving. We packed for each stay and only got those bags out at each stay. We packed all of our toiletries in a separate bag and took it to each location. We drove so this was nice not to pull everything out each time. We loved it because we got to experience several different places.
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