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  • On Mar 12, 2024
    Samantha from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Im interested in doing a split stay. How do I go about getting that? Does it require separate reservations? Does it require more than 1 deposit?

    Hi, there!

     Welcome to planDisney, Samantha. We're just thrilled to see you! I'm even more thrilled to hear you're beginning to plan a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. I think the planning process is half the fun! Let's chat. 

     My family loves booking a split-stay for our Disney vacations. When we stay at two (or more!) Disney Resort hotels in a single vacation, we get the chance to enjoy the unique theming and amenities of the Disney Resorts Collection! You ask great questions about booking a split-stay for your upcoming vacation. Yes, you'll need to book two separate Disney Resort hotel reservations, and that means you'll have two separate deposits. If you plan on purchasing Theme Park Tickets as part of a Walt Disney World Vacation Package, you'll want to add those tickets to your first Disney Resort hotel reservation. I recommend adding enough days to your tickets to last through your entire split-stay. Your second Disney Resort hotel reservation will then be a room-only reservation, without tickets. The more days to add to your Theme Park Ticket, the less expensive it becomes day-by-day, so it makes sense to make one longer ticket purchase as part of a Walt Disney World Vacation Package than it does to make two shorter ticket purchases, one with each Disney Resort hotel reservation. Shew! Does that make sense? I'll give you an example of one of our recent split-stays, for reference. Our last Disney vacation was 7-days. We spent the first 4 days at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and had 5-day tickets (we don't visit the theme parks on our arrival or departure days). That stay and the tickets made a Walt Disney World Vacation Package that we paid a deposit for, with the remaining balance due 30-days before check-in. The second part of our split-stay was at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for 3 days. That was booked as a room-only reservation, with an initial deposit and a remaining balance due at the time of check-in. Even though our tickets were associated with the first Disney Resort hotel in our split-stay, we were able to continue using them while we were at our second Disney Resort hotel. 

     Our split-stays are usually between a Moderate Disney Resort hotel and a Deluxe Disney Resort hotel. We like to be intentional about booking the moderate hotel first and then the deluxe hotel. It makes for a plush ending to a magical vacation!

     I hope this was helpful, Samantha. Please let us know if you have any other questions about your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! We'd love to help you plan a magical stay.

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all-things-Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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