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Old 07-22-2014, 03:24 PM   #16
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I do split stays, but I do it quite different. I do a split stay for 1-3 days at a Universal Hotel before moving down to Disney for the remainder of the trip. This upcoming trip in September we will be staying at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort for 2 nights then heading over to CSR for 8 nights. I prefer to do it this way because I get the best of both worlds. I love Disney, but I also love Universal. So getting to stay onsite at both resorts is great for us. If I was just doing a Disney trip and had no plans of visiting Universal, I would not do a split stay. I would splurge a little bit and get at least a moderate. I hate the values and refuse to stay there. Renting DVC points is another option to save some money and stay in a nicer resort.
This is what we are thinking of doing. We want to do all things Harry Potter and I've read it's easier if you stay at a Universal property. We could do that for our first day and then move to Disney after that. We will have a car so that is easier.
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A few years ago we did 2 night Universal, 5 nights WDW!

Did on site Universal for 2 nights a few years ago and then moved over to on site WDW!

Just love that front of the line access at Universal! Stayed at the Royal Pacific and had a GREAT TIME!

Enjoy your split stay everyone!
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:43 PM   #18
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3- Personally, I don't like it though we've done it twice. The only thing that I would suggest is doing your value resort stay FIRST, then move to the moderate. Going down a step can be a real bummer. We did a week at Boardwalk, then 3 nights at POP- really wish we would've finished at the Boardwalk!
So true about how "going down a step" can be a bummer. We've done that for 1 night during our last trip (we've visited 3 different hotels in a 5 nights trip) and altough it was just for 1 night, it was a real turn off.

I'm okay with split stays since I'm the one who wants to "try it all" all the time.

We never really unpack. The clothing stays in the suitcases and we usually keep a little bag (for hygiene) in the bathroom that we can pick up in 30 seconds. It never takes us more than 5 minutes to pick up our stuff and move.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:30 PM   #19
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This is what we are thinking of doing. We want to do all things Harry Potter and I've read it's easier if you stay at a Universal property. We could do that for our first day and then move to Disney after that. We will have a car so that is easier.
Universal is a great resort to visit and to stay onsite at. Most people do not realize that Universal is relatively small and the entire complex is within walking distance with the exception of the Wet N' Wild water park. There are 4 onsite hotels, 3 of which are classified as deluxe and 1 value/moderate. All of the onsite hotels (as well as numerous partner hotels) provide Early Park Entry to both WWHOP Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. The 3 deluxes include free unlimited Universal Express Pass for each person staying in the room. I am staying at Cabana Bay which is their value/moderate resort just to save a little bit of money. I will lose out on the EP, but I have never needed them in the past as we travel in September. You should definately consider a split stay at Universal and Disney.
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Universal is a great resort to visit and to stay onsite at. Most people do not realize that Universal is relatively small and the entire complex is within walking distance with the exception of the Wet N' Wild water park. There are 4 onsite hotels, 3 of which are classified as deluxe and 1 value/moderate. All of the onsite hotels (as well as numerous partner hotels) provide Early Park Entry to both WWHOP Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. The 3 deluxes include free unlimited Universal Express Pass for each person staying in the room. I am staying at Cabana Bay which is their value/moderate resort just to save a little bit of money. I will lose out on the EP, but I have never needed them in the past as we travel in September. You should definately consider a split stay at Universal and Disney.
I agree. There is nothing like staying on site.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:20 PM   #21
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Universal is a great resort to visit and to stay onsite at. Most people do not realize that Universal is relatively small and the entire complex is within walking distance with the exception of the Wet N' Wild water park. There are 4 onsite hotels, 3 of which are classified as deluxe and 1 value/moderate. All of the onsite hotels (as well as numerous partner hotels) provide Early Park Entry to both WWHOP Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. The 3 deluxes include free unlimited Universal Express Pass for each person staying in the room. I am staying at Cabana Bay which is their value/moderate resort just to save a little bit of money. I will lose out on the EP, but I have never needed them in the past as we travel in September. You should definately consider a split stay at Universal and Disney.
If we go, it will probably be mid-October. We don't really plan on doing much else at Universal, but I'm saying that without doing any research on Universal at all :D. Is it worth doing Cabana Bay and skipping the EP or will we need that for the Harry Potter attractions?
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If we go, it will probably be mid-October. We don't really plan on doing much else at Universal, but I'm saying that without doing any research on Universal at all :D. Is it worth doing Cabana Bay and skipping the EP or will we need that for the Harry Potter attractions?
The main Harry Potter attractions are NOT included in Express Pass so staying at a deluxe would not be beneficial to you if you don't care about the other attractions. However, Universal has a lot of good rides other than Harry Potter.
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