Mom And Son Running through park; RunDisney; incredibles shirt
  • On May 16, 2009
    Victor from RI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Our first time. We have a 3 year old boy. I was thinking about staying one night at Animal kingdom and one at Contemporary and one at Carribean beach or Polynisian. Would we have to check in and out and haul luggage etc.....

    I think everyone on this Panel, including me, has switched resorts during a WDW vacation. There are many reasons people do this: to save money by spending part of the trip at a less expensive hotel, lack of availability at a favorite hotel, or to get the best of different styles of resort. Changing hotels in mid-trip is not at all uncommon. You will have to check in and out of each hotel, but can even help you transfer your bags for you.

    I personally am not a big fan of the mid-trip switch, mostly because of the extra work it involves for me as THE MOM. Hubby does many great things for the family, but packing and organizing the trip essentials for the kids is not one of them. Each time we move hotels it's several hours of work for me on both ends to re-pack and unpack all the favorite blankets, barrettes, coloring books, pin collections, must-keep-forever Mickey stickers, swim goggles, Chip & Dale pretzels, and lots and lots of little girl clothing. Inevitably something that's mission-critical gets lost or the clean socks get mixed up with the dirty socks and it's all my fault :-)  When I'm on vacation, I want to be as on vacation as possible, and extra shlepping does not help me with this. One other thing to consider is whether you'll be purchasing a vacation package. If you are, then sometimes when there is a hotel switch, you'll have to work with two different sets of dining plans or other benefits, which could be complicated. You'll want to discuss the specifics of your plan with Disney reservations at 407-W-DISNEY.

    That being said, there are many people who love bopping from resort to resort. To me three hotels in the three nights would be way too much. But if you're less neurotic that I am -- and really, who isn't :-) -- then I say go for it with the switch.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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