To stay or not split stay, that is the question...

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by poly princess, May 6, 2013.

  1. poly princess

    poly princess Mouseketeer

    Feb 5, 2010

    Prince charming and I will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary and my 40th birthday in September. We are torn between resorts. Can someone tell us about their experience on split stay? Any suggestions? We are thinking about staying Poly and Beach Club.

  2. melifeld

    melifeld Mouseketeer

    Jan 18, 2010
    Hi. I have only done split stay once. We stayed 2 nights at POP, then a week at CSR. We only really did this because the 2 nights at the beginning were an add-on afterthought.

    I have to say that I found it a bit of a bummer to have to move mid-stay. But I am a get there, unpack immediately type of person. While I like to try the different resorts, I don't think I would split stay again.
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  4. nkereina

    nkereina Last chance to lose your keys.

    Feb 11, 2009
    How long will you be at WDW? IMO, a split stay would only be worth it if you are staying 10 days or longer. I personally would not want to move mid stay, but if I were doing 5 days at one and 5 days at another, that's a decent time to justify unpacking some at each resort. I'm the type of person that wants to check-in and not take care of anymore business like that until check-out, so I think its more of a hassle than its worth, to me at least!
  5. bilzer

    bilzer Earning My Ears

    May 2, 2012
    I did a 3 way split stay with 1 night BC, 2 nights BLT, And last 7 at AKL savanna. It was challenging, but I was highly motivated to see all of those resorts. Despite my organization, packing and re-packing was not easy. Also, the dining plan was difficult to work. If I do it again, I would do 2 or 3 days and then 7. That would been fine and easy to do. Also consider the luggage takes most of the day to show up at the new resort. Like 6 hours at least.
  6. bilzer

    bilzer Earning My Ears

    May 2, 2012
    If just you and spouse should be easy, but I really would do one short and then one longer stay so you actually settle in somewhere. I was traveling with 4 people.
  7. CoolPool

    CoolPool DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2007
    We love split stays! We are doing a BC/CR split on our upcoming 7 night stay. Just as things become mundane at the first get something new to look at. We do not unpack. We take out what we need as we go and shove the dirty clothes in a bag. That way when it is time to change, you have all your clean stuff still packed nicely and you chuck the dirty clothes bag in and slam the case shut ang go...easy. And I do this with 2 kids along too...

    We also plan park days around where we are staying. When we are at BC we will concentrate on Epcot/DHS/AK with most meals at Epcot. When we switch to CR it will be Club Level with lots of MK.
  8. kreckl

    kreckl DIS Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    We LOVE doing split stays! There are so many great resorts, and each one has its perks. I think the two you picked are perfect. Two distinct and great locations.
    I always check touring for the crowd calendar, and decide which parks we will likely go to on which days ( if thats even a factor-sometimes it isn't). We plan dinner ressies based on where we are going to be and always try to remember to save some time to actually enjoy the resorts!
    On your switch day, your luggage will be transferred for you, but it takes a while to get there, so plan accordingly. We even pack for the switch. One suitcase for the first resort ( or one section of the suitcase, for shorter trips. I use these to organize by days, so I'm not opening everything up and having to pack it all in a few days.
    Have fun!
  9. gillenkl

    gillenkl DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2006
    On our trips of 10 nights or more we always do a split stay.
  10. weswife

    weswife DIS Veteran

    Feb 15, 2009
    I am a fan of split stays! Like someone said its a great way to experience resorts! I do not unpack, so its not that hard. In 2010 we stayed at WL for 7 nights then POP for 4 nights! I will admit the family was a bit down leaving the deluxe for a value but they survived! :rotfl: As a side note we did tit that way because we were celebrating our b-days at the WL. :) In 2012 we stayed at CR for a week then went on a DCL for 3 nights then 1 night at the Movies. This year we are staying at OKW for 4 nights and BWV for 6 nights. ( As a girls seceret we are going 1 day early and staying in a little mermaid room, LOL ) :thumbsup2
  11. mmmears

    mmmears DIS Veteran

    Nov 30, 2005
    We love split-stays! And if you don't overpack it's really not hard. For us, it's a treat to get to experience 2 resorts instead of one.

    As for Poly/BC I think it's a great choice since you will have great access to the MK, Epcot and DHS! I think you'll have a great time! :goodvibes
  12. Sue M

    Sue M DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2009
    I do split stays many times on trips of 10+ days. For a week I don't. So it would depend on how long the trip is wether I would split or not.
  13. catho72

    catho72 DIS Veteran

    Jan 17, 2008
    Split stays are easy peasy! What we do is unpack then put all of the dirty clothes into a suitcase as we dirty them. When you move resorts, one suitcase is already packed!

    Unpacking/packing/unpacking/packing isn't that big of a deal....really, it's not. We did a 4/2/2 split last summer and are doing a 4/4 split this summer. I say go for it!
  14. LoriZH

    LoriZH <font color=CC66CC>The GooGoo Dolls rock!!!!<br><f

    Oct 31, 1999
    I did a 3 way split once was SO EASY. It was going to be just a 2 way split, but we added a night and needed an extra room. They bring your luggage for you, they take care of everything, very easy!

    We're doing another split this time but only the last night since we're leaving at about 4:00 AM (our flight back to Boston is at 7:00 AM yikes!) so we're going to leave the Contemporary and move over to ASMu for the last night, why waste the 325 extra dollars? I mean that's a lot of souvenirs I can waste my money on lol. ;)

    Have a great trip and congrats on your anniversary and Happy Birthday!
  15. Rikkilee

    Rikkilee Disney Dreamer

    Aug 19, 2012

    We recently did a split stay at BC then changed over to AKL.

    We loved staying at 2 different resorts! Our next trip is including 3 different resorts!
    The change over was easy, we got up as usual, bell services took our bags and we headed out to a park, when we had enough we went to our new resort and checked in, it worked out fine!

    Highly recommend it! Gives you a chance to try different resorts too!

    Love Rikkilee from Aus! :goodvibes
  16. princessap

    princessap DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 2009
    we are debating a split stay as well. it would be poly/cr and then maybe an airport hotel if our flight is super early. wouldnt want to waste the money on cr tpv and leave at 4am :(

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