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  • On Apr 29, 2020
    James david from Lancs Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    If I book a split stay, how do I get to my 2nd Resort Hotel from my 1st? Also, what is the procedure for your MagicBand and refillable Mug to accommodate both Resorts? Thank you Moms!

    Greetings James David! It's wonderful to see you again at the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I'd be delighted to discuss a split-stay holiday with you. 

    Enjoying two different Walt Disney World Resort Hotels in one vacation is my family's favorite way to experience a variety of unique resort activities and amenities during our visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. For us, here are just too many fantastic choices to pick just one resort per trip! Fortunately, Disney makes the split-stay process quite simple, so Hakuna Matata, you're in good hands. 

    To travel from your first resort to your second, you have a few options. If you would like to visit a theme park on your "moving day," simply leave your luggage with Bell Services at your original resort on your way out, and inform them of your transfer. They will take care of moving your bags to your second resort where you will retrieve them at Bell Services upon arrival. I make sure to pack the bare necessities in a day bag, as I don't expect to have access to my luggage until late afternoon. If you go this route, you will want to take Resort Transportation between the resorts and theme parks. 

    If you would prefer to go directly to your new home before heading to the theme parks, you will want to take a taxi, rideshare, or Disney Minnie Van™ Service Connected by Lyft to your second resort. In this case, you could either carry your luggage with you and have Bell Services at your second resort hold your luggage until your room is ready, or you can have Bell Services at your first resort take care of luggage transfer. I always prefer to have Disney handle my luggage to make the entire process as carefree as possible. 

    You are eligible to receive MagicBands for each of your resort stays; however, you can also decline the set for your second stay as the MagicBands for your first stay will work for the duration of your holiday. I have accumulated quite the collection of MagicBands over the years, so if I am trying to reduce the amount of items I bring home from vacation, I choose to decline a subsequent set of MagicBands. My children on the other hand, enjoy selecting multiple colors, and they always want another set to better accessorize for a trip. If you would like a second set, you will be able to pick those up from the front desk upon check-in at resort number two. Conveniently, any active MagicBand linked to your My Disney Experience account will work just fine for resort room access, charging, FastPass+ redemption, and theme park entry.

    Selecting our refillable mugs is one of my family's priorities when we arrive at our resort hotel. A self-proclaimed Diet Coke® addict, I find a Rapid Refill Resort Mug to be a cute AND valuable souvenEAR. Once activated, the mugs may be used for the length of your stay or up to 14-days. As long as your stay is fewer than 14-days, you’ll be able to enjoy the mugs at your second resort as well. Happy sipping!

    I hope this answers all of your questions regarding a split-stay. If there is anything else we can help you with as your adventure approaches, please come back and see us again.

    See ya real soon!
    Betsy
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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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