Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • On Jul 10, 2023
    Chris from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, I’m looking to plan a trip for early September and was curious about options regarding luggage transfers between resorts if we opted for a split stay. Any information on this topic would be greatly appreciated.

    Hi Chris! Welcome to planDisney. I'm happy to answer your question today!

    I'm a very big fan of split stays. There are so many fabulous Disney Resort Collection Hotels and I want to experience them all! I will often book two different resorts when I'm staying at the Walt Disney World Resort and I usually choose them strategically. For example, if I'm going to Magic Kingdom Park for a few days, I will choose a resort on the Walt Disney World Monorail line like Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Then, I'll move to a resort on Disney's BoardWalk when I'm going to be visiting EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Sometimes I'll go really crazy and then tack on a Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge reservation at the end to immerse myself in the whole animal experience while visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

    One of the reasons I love split stays so much is that Disney makes it really easy to transfer between their resorts. On the morning you check out of one hotel, you simply bring your luggage to Bell Services, tell them where you'll be checking in next, and they will transfer the luggage to that hotel. Then, when ready, you can pick up your luggage at that hotel's Bell Services desk later on in the day! Please note that they will not be able to transfer perishable items from resort to resort.

    The night before a transfer day, I start to pack up my belongings. I always make sure that I don't pack away anything I will need for the next day with the rest of my luggage. Instead, I take any necessities and put them in my park bag, especially any medications that I'll need readily available. The rest of my luggage goes to Bell Services and I head off to the parks! It really is very simple and convenient.

    My husband, however, would agree that it's simple and convenient, but he just doesn't like the idea of having to pack multiple times. He's of the mindset that once you check in to your resort while on vacation, you stay put. So just keep in mind that if you like the idea of only packing and unpacking once, split stays aren't for you. For us, we tend to rotate when we do a split stay and when we just stay put! But no matter what, you'll never get bored at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel. There's always so much to do and see!

    Chris, no matter what you decide, I hope you have a wonderful visit to the resort. Please feel free to reach out again if you have any other questions. We're always happy to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Matt, New Jersey

Well hello there! I'm Matt and I'm a Disney-loving husband, teacher, and uncle from New Jersey. You can often find me tasting my way around an EPCOT festival, rope-dropping Magic Kingdom Park, or conquering all of the Disney Mountains. I can't wait to help you reach out and find your happily ever after on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Matt

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