Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 3, 2012
    Rosa Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    For a four day first trip with 8 year old, possibly concentrating on Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, what do you think about changing resorts after 2 nights, partly to try more than one and partly to be closer to the park we'd be visiting that day?

    Hi Rosa,

    Switching Disney resorts mid-vacation is fairly common. 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 two styles of resort.

    If you decide to resort-hop, Disney can help you with your luggage transfer. The morning of your check-out from resort A, bring your bags down to the bell services desk there. Explain that you would like your bags transferred to another WDW hotel. The bell services cast will tag your bags and get some basic information from you (your name, where the bags are going, etc.). Then you're done and can go off and have fun in the parks for the day. Behind the scenes, staff will arrange for your bags to be sent to your second resort. You should be aware that many other guests are having bags transferred at well, so the process does take a while, often until late afternoon. After your day in the parks, just go straight to your second hotel. When you get to hotel B, check-in there and tell them that you have bags that were sent over from hotel A. The bags should be waiting for you at the bell services desk B. From there you can arrange to have them brought to your room or you can do this yourself.

    While switching resorts is fairly easy, are two things to think about. First, there may be ramifications if you choose to purchase the Disney Dining Plan. Your plan credits will not transfer over from one hotel stay to the next. Second, while the transfer itself is not a problem. You will have to unpack, pack, and repack more than once. Depending on your habits, this can be a time-consuming process that you might want to avoid.

    Good luck with your planning. Please let us know if you have additional questions. 

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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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