Resort Spotlight: Resort Split Stay at Walt Disney World
There are so many resorts at Disney World, it can get overwhelming trying to decide where to stay. Why not stay at multiple resorts on your trip? Well Disney makes it easy for you to do just that.
With a son and daughter helping us decide on rooms, they couldn’t agree so we let them each choose a resort for half of the trip. Our daughter wanted to see the Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation resort, and our son wanted to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and hopefully get a room with bunk beds and a view of the animals.
How did we make this manageable? We packaged our first resort (Art of Animation) with park tickets for our whole stay, and dining plan (only available for the nights we are at the first resort). Our second half of the stay we selected a room only reservation at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
So when we arrived we had room, tickets and a dining plan. Upon checkout from the first resort, you can leave your luggage at the front desk and the bellmen tag your items and make sure they get transferred over to your next resort, or you can transport them with you and check-in at your next resort stay.
With checkout being 11am and check-in at 3pm, it isn’t guaranteed your room will be available, so it’s best to plan a Disney Springs or water park day on your check out and check in day so you aren’t waiting around.
Currently packages are a $200 deposit and remaining balance due 30 days in advance and room only stays are 1 night rate deposit and balance due upon arrival. So you end up paying more up front for a split stay, but it is worth it to see two amazing resorts in one trip!