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Old 06-04-2013, 06:32 PM   #16
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I did a three-way split stay two years ago - it was a 10 day trip; 5 nights at the Dolphin, 2 nights at Royal Pacific Resort, 2 nights at the Wilderness Lodge. I swore I'd never do it again. Having to repack and move twice was more of a big deal than I'd expected, and I thought I was super-organized about the whole thing, but I still ended up misplacing our Universal tickets, and had a few hours of panic over that. Just too stressful for me. I will do a split stay again- in fact this summer, 7 nights at Beach Club, 2 at Royal Pacific, but not a three-way. It was also too disruptive for the kids.
I am so with you on this! Even harder, when you're staying DVC, is that you have to pack up your kitchen as well!

We have a 9-night trip coming up. We'll stay at 2 DVC resorts. The first three nights will just be the two of us in a studio. The final 7 nights will be with my sister and her husband in a 2-bedroom unit. I won't be buying any groceries until we start that 7-night stay because I have no intentions of packing up groceries to move to another resort.

OP, I would keep the AKV reservation, but I would try to waitlist those nights for VWL so that you only need to move once. If your waitlist comes through, there will be plenty of opportunities to sample AKV on another visit when you will have more time to enjoy the resort itself.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:57 PM   #17
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I did a three-way split stay two years ago - it was a 10 day trip; 5 nights at the Dolphin, 2 nights at Royal Pacific Resort, 2 nights at the Wilderness Lodge. I swore I'd never do it again. Having to repack and move twice was more of a big deal than I'd expected, and I thought I was super-organized about the whole thing, but I still ended up misplacing our Universal tickets, and had a few hours of panic over that. Just too stressful for me. I will do a split stay again- in fact this summer, 7 nights at Beach Club, 2 at Royal Pacific, but not a three-way. It was also too disruptive for the kids.
That's what I was worried about. I am super type-A and would pack per resort and try to keep everything organized, but afraid I will be 10x more stressed with an extra move.
I waitlisted for VWL, hope it comes through. If not, I will make it work, but nervous about the stress and anxiety it will cause.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:07 PM   #18
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Too Funny. I just came back from a 3 hotel split stay. Originally it was two, but we added two days last minute because of the "monstrous all-nighter". We did one night at POP, 5 nights at Kidani and 4 nights at BWV. I actually had one carry on luggage with toiletries and 1 night clothes, them another carry on with 4 nights of clothes and one main luggage for everything else. I did bring a duffle bag to move our "kitchen" stuff between Kidani and BWV. I just had the Bell Hop move the luggage. I would have to say the hardest part was the "waiting" for the room when it wasn't ready yet. We just hung out at Community Hall or went to Epcot. I did handle the packing and "moving" so that the family and DH would not get upset by it. If this is one of your first times at WDW, I probably would not recommend it if you are a commando style tourer, but I would if you are not, and enjoy hanging out at the resort then go for it!

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Old 06-04-2013, 08:24 PM   #19
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I think if you pack an overnight bag for your first 2 nights of clothes and toiletries... you'd be fine

Over 12 nights, it seems like a fun plan!
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:36 PM   #20
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We like to unpack and "take care of business" like checking in/out at the beginning/end of our trips. Therefore, we would only consider split stays for 5 nights or longer. Just our own preference.

How much would you save on airfare to leave two days earlier? I am assuming it's substantial to add two room nights plus food? If it were only one day earlier, I'd suggest just staying at an airport hotel like the Hyatt, and then taking ME to your first resort.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:21 PM   #21
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So...Saratoga Springs or FW lodge are available. Which one shall I go for? I don't know much about either one, but basically looking to sit by a pool and have a relaxing 3 days, no parks involved.
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So...Saratoga Springs or FW lodge are available. Which one shall I go for? I don't know much about either one, but basically looking to sit by a pool and have a relaxing 3 days, no parks involved.
SSR is nice for a no parks trip since you have DTD so close. I think I would go crazy at the Wilderness Lodge and no parks,since MK is right there.

By the way, it's not Fort Wilderness Lodge, just Wilderness Lodge. Fort Wilderness refers to the campgrounds.
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... I would have to say the hardest part was the "waiting" for the room when it wasn't ready yet. We just hung out at Community Hall or went to Epcot. I did handle the packing and "moving" so that the family and DH would not get upset by it. If this is one of your first times at WDW, I probably would not recommend it if you are a commando style tourer, but I would if you are not, and enjoy hanging out at the resort then go for it!

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Old 06-05-2013, 11:26 AM   #24
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You will be fine. I've done two moves on a few long trips. Just pack smart on the two day stay and only open 1-2 suitcases not all of them.

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Old 06-05-2013, 11:38 AM   #25
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What we do is we take 4 outfits per person and our split stays are usually a maximum of 4 nights. I wash every day and as things are cleaned I repack them instead of putting them away. We pack the kitchen into our owners locker and take an insulated back and freezer packs for our perishables although I try and manage it so we are not moving perishables there are always a few things. We pack the night before, call bell services in the morning and just get on with our day until about 3pm when we can usually get I to our new room.
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SSR is nice for a no parks trip since you have DTD so close. I think I would go crazy at the Wilderness Lodge and no parks,since MK is right there.

By the way, it's not Fort Wilderness Lodge, just Wilderness Lodge. Fort Wilderness refers to the campgrounds.
Thankyou....I'm thinking of going with that...it looks great.
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