Split stay - thoughts

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  1. microscopes

    microscopes Mouseketeer

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    We are staying at All-Star Sports and having a very hard time coming to grips with it. I see it as a great place for those who go more often than us. However, for families like us who go only once every 5 years or so I think it's probably better just to splurge on a nicer hotel. Or maybe im just a spoiled brat haha.

    Anyway, my question is - how many of you have done split stays? I'm considering doing 4 nights at Caribbean Beach and 3 nights at All Star Sports.

    1) Is it a pain in the butt moving hotels mid-week?

    2) Does Disney have a special bus that transfers guests with luggage to a different hotel or do you take a normal bus with people going to parks etc? Will Disney transfer the luggage for you?

    3) Having done a split stay, would you advise for it or against it?
     
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  3. Pirate4Ever

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    1- The only pain for us is having to pack up the night before the move. I hate packing and having to pack mid-vacation is not my idea of fun.

    2- moving is simple! Bell services will transport your luggage to your new resort for you. We drop them off in the morning, head to a park, then take a bus to our new resort when we take a midday break. They'll tell you that your luggage won't be available until after 1:00 or so- we've never arrived without our bags so it hasn't been an issue.

    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!
     
  4. Disneylover99

    Disneylover99 DIS Veteran

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    We are doing our first split stay next month.....6 days at Pop followed by 12 days at POFQ.

    The only reason I considered it was because we are staying for 18 days. I don't think I would consider a split stay if we were staying under two weeks. Moving after just 3 or 4 days would seem like a huge chore to me.
     
  5. scm200

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    as a DVC member I have found that split stays are part of my vacation plans, one thing I do is rent a car for that part of the trip and use it to transport anything I really care about via the car (my laptop, and other things of that type). The staying at value, then mod or deluxe is a very good idea. We are staying at Port Orleans, then Old Key West and finally Animal Kingdom Lodge DVC in 10 days....our Disney vacations are an adventure, but we are not "theme park commandos" and like spending time at the resorts too.:thumbsup2
     
  6. microscopes

    microscopes Mouseketeer

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    Interesting.

    I was considering doing the moderate FIRST and then going to value.

    Only because I thought we would be all excited to get to the moderate when we land!
     
  7. Aurora0427

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    Splurge on the nicer hotel. If you're accustomed to staying at nice hotels, you're going to be sorely disappointed by the all star sports. If you do a split stay, do the value first.
     
  8. jnscott4

    jnscott4 Huge Disney World Fan

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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.
     
  9. ksbean

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    1) Is it a pain in the butt moving hotels mid-week?

    Depends on what you like. We tried it once between AKL and YC when we had 40% off room only code. We thought it was a pain to pack up and move mid trip. It does take additional time to check into your second resort.

    2) Does Disney have a special bus that transfers guests with luggage to a different hotel or do you take a normal bus with people going to parks etc? Will Disney transfer the luggage for you?

    Disney will transfer your luggage for you but you use regular transportation or take a cab

    3) Having done a split stay, would you advise for it or against it?

    Personally it wasn't for us. But only you can make that decision. Some people love split stays. We're just not one of those. A typical stay for us is is 10-11 nights for the trip.
     
  10. Mynamewastaken

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    Last trip I did one and this trip too. I don't find it a pain. We never unpack from the suitcases. We leave everything in them- never use the drawers etc. We packed our bag, bell services moved it. Checked in at 4pm before dinner after being at the park and then moved into a room. Super easy. I too recommend doing the nicer resort at the end but if you can splurge on a nicer resort. I don't mind split stay at all because i love trying new resorts. Its an adventure for me :)
     
  11. mirage0306

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    We've done spilt stays several times. Definitely start with the value and then move to the moderate.

    We don't unpack either. Last time, we brought two big suitcases. I had clothes in one suitcase for the first part of the trip, and clothes for the second half in the other suitcase. We didn't really have to mess with that second suitcase much at all until we moved.

    Bell services will bring your bags over to the new resort. We found that the best thing to do is pack up, call bell services, check out of the first resort, go to a park, and then in the late afternoon go to the new resort, check in, receive the bags in the new room, and go out to a park again. :) Or explore the second resort!

    Switching is a great way to try different resorts and it gives you something ext a to look forward to after arrival. :)
     
  12. Collette

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    This is what I think, too.

    I love settling in somewhere for the duration of our trip. I've done a split stay twice, too, and avoid it if I can. I wouldn't want to do it for less than 4 nights at each resort. Some say it seems like two different vacations. To me it felt like two way too short vacations.

    Since you don't go often, I would splurge on a moderate resort and cut back somewhere else if you need to.

    If you do split, I would definitely do the value resort, 3 night stay first.
     
  13. Tigger's ally

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    You will just be excited to get to Disney period when you land. Then you will be excited to get to a moderate 4 days later! ;)

    We do splits all the time and always move up, not down. Experience says you never want to go from good to fair. :thumbsup2
     
  14. litlemermaid183

    litlemermaid183 Earning My Ears

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    We will be doing our 2nd split stay 2 nights at AoA - Little Mermaid Room, then 2 nights at AKL - Kidani Village. I'm going to try and keep our luggage simple and separate because after Disney World, then we end our vacation at beach, so that's moving to 3 different rooms, in a one week. But that's how we always do our vacation, a couple nights here and couple nights there. Works for us to try it all and afford it.
     
  15. jerseygal

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    Have done split stays before but have always had a car!

    First trip using DME, but this trip it is just the "two of us". At first, I was a little nervous about having the freedom of a car, but now I am looking forward to savings some $$$ and using the Disney transport system.

    CAN'T WAIT for our fun 5 day early December trip! WOW!:woohoo::santa:

    2 nights, Animal Kingdom Jambo, 2 nights VGF! A GREAT way to experience two resorts in one vaca!:banana:
     
  16. thelobstershanty

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    Split stays are a good way to experience different resorts. BUT please keep in mind that your new resort room may not be available until 3pm or 4pm (villas) and check out time at the 1st resort is 11 am....so you may very well be without a room for a big part of the change day. It takes time to turn over rooms. Please keep this in your traveling agenda and do not take it out on the CMs, at the 2nd resort who are checking you in. I have seen and heard complaints and outrage many times from guests at the front desk of the 2nd resort, and it is like...........really?? You MUST be kidding!!
     
  17. Happy Snowman

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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.
     
  18. jerseygal

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    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!:thumbsup2

    Enjoy your split stay everyone!:)
     
  19. mevelandry

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    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.
     
  20. jnscott4

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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.
     
  21. mevelandry

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    I agree. There is nothing like staying on site.
     

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