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Old 07-31-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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opinions on split-stays

Our first DVC trip is in November. We are doing a split stay, only because we couldn't get the first night at BCV.

Now, we're thinking we may like to do split-stays on some of our future trips, just so we can get to experience more of the resorts at a quicker pace than one resort a year. For those trips, we're thinking 3 night/4 night split, assuming we find availability.

So, for those of you who have done split-stays, is it a hassle, or no big deal?
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:39 PM   #2
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Our first DVC trip is in November. We are doing a split stay, only because we couldn't get the first night at BCV.

Now, we're thinking we may like to do split-stays on some of our future trips, just so we can get to experience more of the resorts at a quicker pace than one resort a year. For those trips, we're thinking 3 night/4 night split, assuming we find availability.

So, for those of you who have done split-stays, is it a hassle, or no big deal?
It wasn't a big deal for us. We spent 5 days at BWV and then 3 days at our home of SSR. Moving bags was done easily and we had no problems at all.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:58 PM   #3
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I'm on the side of too much hassle to be worth it. Packing/unpacking take time any you are either without stuff or s home for many hours.

It's really personal preference if it works for your family or not.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:17 PM   #4
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I think it all depends what your vacationing habits are. I did a split stay between OKW/BCV last week and wouldn't hesitate to do one again. I pack lightly and didn't mind spending roughly 20 minutes each packing and unpacking bags. We dropped our bags off at bell services in the morning, went to Epcot for a few hours, walked over to BCV and were checked in with our bags in the room by 3:00. I enjoyed it for a change of pace. OKW is a very nice laid-back resort, but I also enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Beach Club and Boardwalk in the evenings. Unless you have young children, you probably wouldn't regret it
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:42 PM   #5
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We haven't felt it's been a big hassle. You do need to budget for more Bell Services tips, because they'll either be moving your bags for you entirely (in which case you need to know that they will NOT be available until AFTER official checkin time, and plan accordingly) or, if you have a car, because they are holding your bags for you while you enjoy your day before you get your new room.

I feel like it lengthens our vacations, to start new in a new place. We fully unpack, too, and still, the extra packing and unpacking times doesn't put a damper on our (well, MY, since DH and DS leave it to me to do this (and that's OK with me!) fun or experience.

But you don't want to sit around and wait for the room to be available. Either go to the parks, or go souvenir shopping, or plan a pool day, etc...DO something so you're not just waiting around. And be sure you have what you need with you, especially if BS is actually moving your bags.
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:19 PM   #6
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we have done a lot of split stays from short stays of 1 to 3 nights per resort or more than 7 nights. It is a bit of hassle having to pack and unpack and more logistical concerns if you have groceries.

But, I do love to change locations. On our last trip back in May 2012, we have done the first 7 nights at BLT (in a lake view studio), then moved to BWV for a BWV view one bedroom for two nights. This way, we can concentrate on MK and then relax at Boardwalk area (and also Epcot).

We have done 3/3/3 stays as well; Treehouse Villas, Old Key West Grand Villas, and Boardwalk 2 bedroom.

You can simply call bell to have them pick up the luggage to transfer to another Disney resort. Easy.

In November, we will do 3 nights in a Boardwalk Grand villa, then onto a 4 night Disney cruise, then one night in a MK BLT Grand villa, then to a small 2 bedroom at VWL for two nights.
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:35 PM   #7
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Personally I don't care to do split stays unless that's my only option for the dates of my trip. I had this year's F & W trip all planned out & got all the nights I wanted at BWV. Turned out the event I was planning to attend was moved from the traditional dates to 2 weeks earlier so all I could get to cover the whole thing with the new dates was SSR. With a little tweaking here & there I can split my stay between SSR & BWV or BWV/SSR/BWV or BWV/VWL/BWV but I'm still missing 1 night that I need if I do the VWL one. I'd prefer the VWL option or would even do AKV if I could get dates that include the one I missing allowing me to give up the SSR ressie which is the only one that has the missing night. The missing night is currently wait-listed & I keep checking daily multiple times trying to find something that works. If I have to split I prefer to only have to move once.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:54 PM   #8
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We do them every summer and I like them. It allows me to stay at BWV and BLT and be within walking distance to 3 of the 4 parks. What I have done to make it easier on move day, I pack one suitcase for the first resort and one for the 2nd. I just unpack the first one and as we use things, they go back into the suitcase. I do laundry at the 2nd resort.

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Old 07-31-2012, 08:02 PM   #9
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I prefer doing split stays if we're on site for over 7 nights, after a week I'm ready to experience a new resort.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:09 PM   #10
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We unpack and settle in for our entire trip. No split stays for us. We'll be DVC members for a while yet and have already tried most of our favorites so no need to try to pack them all in at once. It's bad enough to be homeless on arrival until our villa is ready, but again during the same trip? No way.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:28 PM   #11
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We're doing our first split stay as DVC members this coming January...5 nights at BCV and 5 nights at BLT. Can't wait!
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:45 AM   #12
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one split stay was more than enough for me. got a terrible room at the second resort and didn't get in until after 5:00.
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:56 PM   #13
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I think it also depends on the number traveling in your party. When My husband and I did a split between BLT and BWV it was great because we went to MK while at BLT and the others while at BWV. It was easy because there were only two of us so we didn't have too much stuff, and we were on DDP so we didn't have any groceries to move. That being said, when we took a multi family trip (9 of us) and we stayed at THV (3 nts), BCV (3 nts), and BLT (4 nts) it was a nightmare. We had too many kids, groceries, and electronics to leave it to bell services and it was way too much of a hassle. Lesson well learned for us!

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Old 08-03-2012, 09:07 AM   #14
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I'm a big fan, but then I always have long trips so no segments < 5 nights and also we don't have kids in tow. I also have a wife who's excellent at packing, including segmenting cases so that helps
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:33 AM   #15
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We really like it. Our kids r older though so that helps. We start at BLT for MK walk, then BCV for SAB and EPCOT and DHS walk. Check out of BLT and hit SAB or a park for the afternoon. Bags show up by about 3 or 4. Simple.
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