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  • On Jun 4, 2008
    Allison from LA Asked

    Are 2 resorts in 7 nts too much? Had decided to compromise so each fam member could get resort they wanted. Just read Erin's response that 4 resorts in 2 weeks is too many. H wants AKL; D wants WL or Poly. Is splitting resort stays in 1 wk easy to do?

    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 as you're suggesting, to get the best of two styles of resort. Changing hotels in mid-trip is not at all uncommon. Disney can even help you transfer your bags from your first resort to your second.

    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 three 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 schlepping 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. The hotels you mention are all among Disney's finest. They are wonderful, deluxe experiences. It could be great fun to compare and contrast. 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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