The How-To Guide for a Resort Split Stay at Walt Disney WorldResort Split Stay

by: Vicki Clark

vicki@royaltreatmenttravel.com

You are going to Walt Disney World with your family, but there are over 25 amazing resorts on property
choose from. Plus, each resort has its own unique theme and category level (Value, Moderate, Deluxe,
and Villas). How do you pick just one? Well, you don’t have to!  A Resort Split Stay lets you sample multiple
resorts in one vacation and Disney makes it easy!

1. First, there are a few things to know when planning a resort split stay at Disney World.

Two Reservations: You’ll have to make two separate reservations at the different resorts, with one or
both being a vacation package including tickets and the dining plan. This can get a little tricky
determining which configuration works best with your budget. Most people attach park admission
tickets to the first reservation, along with a dining plan to both reservations. Money-saving promotions
can also be applied to both reservations if available.

Two Sets of MagicBands: Disney provides resort guests with MagicBands for each resort reservation. So,
you’ll be shipped two sets of MagicBands. You can either keep both sets with customized colors, or
choose to cancel one set, keeping the other ‘active’ in the system. Active MagicBands will automatically
have your vacation reservations linked to them, even if you have multiple sets. MagicBands can be
managed through you My Disney Experience account.

Two Final Payment Dates: Since you will have two resort reservations, you will also have two final
payment due dates at 30 days before your arrival.
Two Advanced Dining Reservation and Fastpass Selection Dates: Depending on how your reservations
are configured, you may have to plan for different dates allowing you to book your dining reservations
(180 day before check-in) and Fastpasses (60 days before your check-in).
Magical Express: Resort guests will still be able to use the Magical Express, even during a resort split-
stay. However, you’ll want to notify the Magical Express services of your plans for an arrival at one
resort, and a pick up for departure at a different one.

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2. Once you arrive at Walt Disney World, here’s what to do next for a resort split stay:

Check into your first resort and start enjoying your family vacation.
On the day of check-out, leave your luggage at the resort’s Bell Services. Luggage tags will be
attached to your bags and transported to the new resort for you. You will be given a paper receipt
for your luggage. * Be sure to pack a day bag for the parks or pools.

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After enjoying your day, make you way to the new resort. If you’ve completed online check-in, you
will receive a text notifying you when your new room is ready. Or, check-in at the resort’s front desk
inside the main lobby.
Stop by Bell Services and give them your luggage receipt. You can pick up your luggage yourself, or
request they be delivered to your room. *Don’t forget to tip the baggage handlers if luggage is
delivered to your room.

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3. A few benefits to resort split stay vacations include:

-Enjoy two different resorts in one vacation
-Use the amenities (like the pools) at each resort
-Enjoy the best of both resort worlds by saving money at a Value resort, and experience the luxury
of a Deluxe resort, all in one vacation

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Split-stays allow guests the opportunity to enjoy more than one resort, but there is also more planning
involved to make it happen. Here’s the good news…Royal Treatment Travel’s team members are experts
in planning Disney vacations and can help you with the details of your next magical vacation. Contact us
for assistance with your next Disney split-stay vacation.