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Old 04-14-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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My family and I are looking into going to Disney World in July....Yeah I know we picked the bussiest time of the year. Unfortunately thats the only time we can go because of reserve duty and childrens summer vacation.
Ive never done it before, but I have been looking into Resort Hopping. We've always just stayed at one resort, usually one of the Value Resort's.
We wanted to try a Moderate, like the Port Orleans Resort. I love the price of the Values, but want to stretch the budget for something different.
So what are the Pro's and Con's of doing this? Its about a 5 day stay. How far would you stretch it? Such as 2 or 3 different Resorts.
Thanks in advance to all the Disney fans out there.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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If you're only there 5 days, I wouldn't do split stays. Just pick one resort and enjoy your trip. We have done split stays, but only on longer visits of 10 or more days. For a short stay you'll find it eats up too much vacay time, and you wont really get to experience much of any resort, you'll be too busy just checking in and out. But that's me.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:17 PM   #3
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My family and I are looking into going to Disney World in July....Yeah I know we picked the bussiest time of the year. Unfortunately thats the only time we can go because of reserve duty and childrens summer vacation.
Ive never done it before, but I have been looking into Resort Hopping. We've always just stayed at one resort, usually one of the Value Resort's.
We wanted to try a Moderate, like the Port Orleans Resort. I love the price of the Values, but want to stretch the budget for something different.
So what are the Pro's and Con's of doing this? Its about a 5 day stay. How far would you stretch it? Such as 2 or 3 different Resorts.
Thanks in advance to all the Disney fans out there.
If it were me, I would choose just one resort as 2 resorts is a lot for just 5 nights, IMO (and I definitely wouldn't split among 3 resorts for that short of a time). We did a 2/4 split once and it just wasn't worth it for the short time we were there. The first 2 nights went by very fast and by the time we were just getting settled at the second resort, it was time to pack up and go home. For a 5 night stay, I'd go with just 1 resort and enjoy the time there without having to pack up and move. But, that's just my preference as other people love split stays no matter how many nights they stay. Good luck.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:51 PM   #4
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I personally don't like the idea of a split stay, especially for a short 5 day trip.

One thing you might consider is that after around July 15th, the price of deluxes goes into their "value season" and with a good discount can become quite reasonable. We stayed CL at WL last July for $250/night.

Based on your mention of "reserve duty", I'm thinking military??? 40% off deluxe. That's what we did.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:45 PM   #5
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I haven't done a split stay yet, but I would.

Our fav resort is POFQ with the New Orleans theme. The food court has some New Orlean's type food.

The resort is smaller than the others, with a covered bus stop (compared to the values) and the pool is awesome.

If I were to hop between resorts, I'd do it on three nights at one and then two nights at the other.

Of course, a con would be having to repack/move luggage/check in and reacquaint yourself to a new location... not sure how long that would take.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:48 PM   #6
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We did it for a 9 day stay. 2 nights at AOA and 6 nights at Poly. It was really easy since we didn't unpack for the first two nights and our toiletries were all in one of those over the door shoe organizers. I just folded it into the suitcase. We took the bags down to bell services that morning and they transferred everything over for us. If you are an organized family and WANT to do it, go for it. However, a 4 night stay is pretty short and I'd stick with one resort.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:00 PM   #7
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If it were me, I would choose just one resort as 2 resorts is a lot for just 5 nights, IMO (and I definitely wouldn't split among 3 resorts for that short of a time). We did a 2/4 split once and it just wasn't worth it for the short time we were there. The first 2 nights went by very fast and by the time we were just getting settled at the second resort, it was time to pack up and go home. For a 5 night stay, I'd go with just 1 resort and enjoy the time there without having to pack up and move. But, that's just my preference as other people love split stays no matter how many nights they stay. Good luck.
Absolutely true.. : if you want to enjoy to enjoy you're 5 night vacation just stay in one resort (just my opinion)
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:01 PM   #8
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Even if you stay at just one resort, you can visit others by car or bus. We usually have a non-park day in the middle of our trip and use it to visit and check out different resorts. On our last trip we had lunch at WL and rented Sea Raycers there, and just spent some time relaxing on the veranda. We then took the boat to CR and we were then going to take the monorail to GF, but it was down. So we took the boat back to WL, and drove over to GF where we wandered around a bit and had a snack from their quick counter service. There's lots to enjoy at other resorts just by spending an hour or so, and parking is free. Just tell the guard that you're going for a meal or to check out the resort for a future visit, and don't even think about using another resort's pool
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:50 AM   #9
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That is too short for a split stay. We always do split stays but we only go every 5 years and we do a minimum of 10 days, so we have at least 5 days at each resort.

By the way, Riverside is awesome- you won't regret it!
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:56 AM   #10
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I love split stays. But if its for just 5 nights, that could be an issue. If you have your own car, then I say go for it. Otherwise, you have to get your bags to the next resort. If you let Disney move them, it can be early evening/late afternoon before you see those bags again. And if the next room isn't ready when you get to that resort, you now are roomless for a bit. And that can be a pain in the hot months. It's nice to go back to the room, relax and maybe have a nice swim. Hard to do if you don't have your bags and there is no room for you.

You could take your bags in a cab, and at least you would have them at the next resort, but in storage.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:22 PM   #11
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I wouldn't do it either. Even if it was a longer stay. We did split stay once on an 8 night trip and was really sorry we did. Unless it was a two week or more stay...then I might consider it.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:28 PM   #12
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Same here. I only split on 10 days or longer.

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