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Old 10-19-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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Split stay worth it?

So we are not anywhere near booking our next trip seeing how we just got back from our last one but I'm just getting ideas. I'm thinking of doing a split stay but I would like to know the pros and cons. My thinking is do 8 days and 4 days stay at AOA and those days be our DHS and AK (probably do DHS 2 days) one day for also for pool time and downtown disney and then the remainder of our trip be MK and EPCOT staying at The Contemporary utilizing the walking distance and monorail service. Looking at going either end of August or end of Sept.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:13 AM   #2
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So we are not anywhere near booking our next trip seeing how we just got back from our last one but I'm just getting ideas. I'm thinking of doing a split stay but I would like to know the pros and cons. My thinking is do 8 days and 4 days stay at AOA and those days be our DHS and AK (probably do DHS 2 days) one day for also for pool time and downtown disney and then the remainder of our trip be MK and EPCOT staying at The Contemporary utilizing the walking distance and monorail service. Looking at going either end of August or end of Sept.
Some will say yes, some will say no.

For us, we don't do them because 1) DH is very much against "moving" while on vacation. 2) we really like the idea of having a home base on vacation. Our WDW vacations are 11 days long and we like to unpack, get settled and really get a good feel for the resort.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:27 AM   #3
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I agree with previous poster. We are doing a split stay this time as our first time ever. We will be at ASMovies for one night the transferring to WL. We are flying in a day early since flights on the WL arrival day were only later in the day. Down side is you have to check out and check in again, get your bags transferred (kind of a pain). You also run into issues with packages that include park tickets and dining plan. For example I could not extend our free dining to our ASMovies night since it is a separate reservation. I can however pick up our park tickets early if I wanted. If you ask me it is a bit more of a hassle but there are plenty who do it and enjoy it.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:10 PM   #4
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Some will say yes, some will say no.

For us, we don't do them because 1) DH is very much against "moving" while on vacation. 2) we really like the idea of having a home base on vacation. Our WDW vacations are 11 days long and we like to unpack, get settled and really get a good feel for the resort.
Agree as well, we also just like to unpack once & be done with it. That being said there are alot of folks who love doing Split Stays. To Each Their Own.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:13 PM   #5
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I'm on the other side. I almost always do split stays. Different experiences different conveniences. Also if you split between value/mod and deluxe you can significantly reduce your cost.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:36 PM   #6
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We would never do it for the hassle. I like to unpack and relax. Seems like we'd lose too much time packing, moving, unpacking etc. I want to be in the Disney bubble and not think about such practical things. I would rather have less conveniences at various times of our trip rather than move. With that said, I feel like your trip plans make lots of sense.

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Old 10-19-2013, 12:43 PM   #7
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I usually wouldn't consider it because I do prefer to jut unpack and relax, but my next trip I'm considering it for my next trip because I want to stay deluxe for my wedding night and do a mod or value for the rest of the trip. Definitely to each their own. If you don't mind packing and changing resorts, go for it!
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:52 PM   #8
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We have done split stays. They can be fun and help save some money etc. They can also be a real hassle. I would not move more then once. I would not move if I had tiny children. I would not bother for a short trip (less then 6 nights).
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:58 PM   #9
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We had the best split stay vacation this past August...we did BC for the first half and CR for the second half. Saw Epcot and DHS from BC, and then MK from CR. It was fun, it felt like two vacations.

It was about 8 park days long, which would probably be my personal limit...any shorter, I'm not sure I would do a split stay, at least with kids lol.

Anyway, I think with your length of stay, you will enjoy it!
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:13 PM   #10
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I usually wouldn't consider it because I do prefer to jut unpack and relax, but my next trip I'm considering it for my next trip because I want to stay deluxe for my wedding night and do a mod or value for the rest of the trip. Definitely to each their own. If you don't mind packing and changing resorts, go for it!
I think if it were two adults, it wouldn't be that big of a deal. We have a few little ones and I just can't even imagine. Makes sense for your wedding night too! Congrats!
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:15 PM   #11
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I LOVE split stays! I almost never stay in one resort for the entire vacation unless it is less than 6 days long. My personal minimum stay is 3 nights per resort.

We like the convenience of staying by the MK and then moving to an Epcot resort. SOmetimes when we arrive really late at night we will crash in an All Star resort (or any value) without unpacking and then move to the luxury resort as soon as we get up in the morning. This has the benefit of saving $$ and giving you a better chance of getting the room request that is important to you.

I don't unpack very much (love packing cubes) and have a routine for packing/unpacking so it only takes me a few minutes to throw my stuff in a bag. Then I give the bag to bell services and head into a park. Later, I go check in to my next hotel, have a break and settle in, then go back to the parks. It never feels like a hassle to me and I love seeing a new hotel/area. Every hotel has its own unique advantages/disadvantages. This way you get to experience the plus sides of 2 places and if you don't particularly care for one resort or room that you have, you aren't stuck with it for the entire trip.

Some people don't like moving, though, and that's fine too. It's all about your own personal travel style.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:27 PM   #12
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I am a huge fan of split stays. We like to stay close to where we stay. In august we did 16 nights where we had 9 at Treehouse villas 2 at AKV and 6 at BLT. I don't find moving hassle at all and it feels like a whole new holiday when you move. So worth it to be close to the parks
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:05 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the info! I can say when we were there in September and when we were in MK my husband really liked the idea of being so close to MK and I did to! But to stay in a deluxe for a week would put us over our budget...the moving part wouldn't bother us much only because we don't bring a whole lot but I am worried about park tickets and dining plan disruptions split stays can sometimes cause. Is that a regular occurrence? I love the idea of it feeling like 2 vacations!
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:01 PM   #14
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Hi! We're doing our first split stay in February. Our trip is 7 nights; 4 nights at Art of Animation (for the kids) and 3 nights in a deluxe near MK! I'm really excited! I'm planning a down day for our transfer day...if we decide to go to the parks after we get settled at the new resort then that's great! If not, I just want to have time to explore the other resort.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:26 PM   #15
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Our trips are 10 - 14 days. Sometimes we do split stays, sometimes not. It can be a good way to save money. We will sometimes do half at a mod, and half at a deluxe. Last August I wanted to try GF, so we did 2 days at GF, then 12 at YC.
This January we are staying all 10 nights at POFQ. I also enjoy unpacking and staying at 1 resort. But I travel with my adult daughter, so I only have to pack for me. If I had young ones to pack up I'd never do a split stay
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