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  • On Sep 20, 2023
    David from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge for 2 nights and then Port Orleans for 3 nights. I want to make sure that it is still possible to have the first hotel transfer our bags to the second hotel so we can enjoy a park the day we switch hotels.

    Hi David, 

    Welcome to planDisney and thank you so much for asking us a question!

    You’ve picked two of my favourite Disney Resorts Collection hotels for your upcoming vacation: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter or Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - Riverside. Those two hotels couldn’t be more different, which I think is a really great way to visit the different “sides” of Walt Disney World Resorts. 

    You have several options for transferring your luggage from one resort to the other. I’m happy to say that it is absolutely still possible to have Bell Services transfer your luggage from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort (be sure to specify whether you’re staying at the French Quarter or Riverside) the morning that you’re moving over to the second hotel. You’ll them be free to go about your Disney Day, visit a Theme Park or Disney Springs and then take Disney Bus Transportation (or, if you’re at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World Water Transportation along the Sassagoula River) to your next hotel. 

    One small caveat: I’ve used this service several times and while my luggage has always made it to my second hotel, eventually, there are often delays associated with inter-Resort luggage transfers. I’ve unfortunately often had a pretty long wait for my luggage at the end of the night, which wasn’t ideal.  

    If you don’t mind doing the heavy lifting yourself and spending a few of your vacation dollars to have peace of mind, I think that Minnie Van Service would be your best option. Simply request a ride through the Lyft app, bring your luggage with you and ride in style over to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. You can then leave your luggage directly with Bell Services and then leave for the rest of your Disney Day, knowing that everything is already at your next hotel and that you won’t have to wait for your luggage to arrive at the end of the night. 

    I hope my answer helps you plan a smooth transition between your Resorts during your upcoming vacation. Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions! 

    Have a Magical Day, 

    Lynne
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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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