What is a split stay? A split stay is when, during a single vacation, you stay at more than one Walt Disney World Resort hotel.
Why would you do a split stay? There are multiple reasons why you might consider a split stay. One big reason is experiencing more than one resort. Maybe you have always wanted to try out Port Orleans French Quarter but the Polynesian is really calling your name. Cost is another big factor, the deluxe resorts can be expensive and to still get the experience of staying there without committing to the entire vacation you can spread out the costs by staying for a few nights. Pro tip: always go from less expensive to most expensive in order of stay. So if you are staying at Pop Century and Contemporary make sure the Contemporary portion is the last part of your stay. It will be really hard to go from the Polynesian to All Star Sports.
How does a split stay work with tickets? The easiest way is to make your first room reservation include the tickets for the length of your entire visit. This will save you money and save you the headache of linking multiple tickets. Any additional resort reservations will be room only.
How does a split stay work with FastPass? This does not affect FastPass because it is linked to number of days on a park ticket.
How does a split stay work with MagicBands? You will get a MagicBand for each room reservation you make. You can choose to customize each reservation and get a MagicBand for each member of your party. Or you can also choose to decline a set of MagicBands, meaning you will only get one MagicBand for your entire stay.
How does a split stay work with the dining plan? The dining plan expires at midnight the day you check out so you will need to use any credits at the end of each stay. If you do a split stay you will have the book the dining plan for each room reservation or package.
How do I get from one resort to the next? You will want to call Bell Services and ask to have your bags picked up and moved to your next resort. If you only have Disney transportation you will go one of the theme parks and from there you can either enjoy your day at the park, or if you want to go right to your new resort hop on the Disney transportation to the new resort to check in. Your bags will be unavailable for at least 4 hours, so be sure that anything you need right away or within the next 6 hours that you have with you. Alternatively, you can check any bags yourself such as carry on luggage or backpacks at luggage services at the new resort.