My family had to stay at 3 different resorts during our 8-day trip to Disney World, and it wasn't worth all the effort

pop century resort at disney world, jill's kids slumped over bags at bells services, and jill in lobby of animal kingdom lodge
My family moved around between Pop Century, Disney's Wilderness Lodge, and Animal Kingdom Lodge.Jill Robbins
  • My family stayed at Pop Century, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Wilderness Lodge at Disney World.

  • We did the "triple stay" because of sparse hotel availability and last-minute changes to our trip.

  • We had fun and Disney makes moving between resorts easy, but I wouldn't plan my trip this way again.

Disney World is famously busy around the holidays and spring break, which can make it difficult to find a hotel room on the property.

When my family of four went to Disney World last Christmas, everything was so booked we ended up having to stay in three different resorts: Disney's Pop Century Resort, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Kidani Village), and Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

We spent one night in a room at Pop Century (a value resort), three nights in a one-bedroom villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge (a deluxe resort), and four nights in a one-bedroom villa at Wilderness Lodge (a deluxe resort). We've done split stays at Disney World in the past, but this was the first time we stayed at three different hotels on a single visit.

We initially planned a four-day stay at Wilderness Lodge and ended up adding on three days at Animal Kingdom Lodge because of changing flight schedules. We then added the first night at Pop Century because we ended up having to fly in a day early.

On our first night, we stayed in a simple room at Pop Century

standard room at pop century resort at disney world
Our standard room cost $305 a night.Jill Robbins

Our standard room with one queen bed and one Murphy bed at Pop Century was $305 for one night, which isn't exactly cheap, especially for a value resort. At less busy times of the year, rooms are typically in the $200 dollar range or lower.

But booking the extra night at the hotel ended up saving us more than it would've cost us to change our airfare.

Pop Century wasn't my favorite resort, but it definitely has its pros

It's unfair to compare a value resort like Pop Century to villas at deluxe resorts, but Pop Century was my least favorite of the three.

That doesn't mean I didn't like staying there though. The room was clean with generic Disney theming and the layout worked for us. My kids also really enjoyed the bold, splashy theming across the resort.

yoyo stairs at pop century resort at disney world
The theming at Pop Century is really fun.Jill Robbins

It's conveniently located on the Skyliner route (Disney's free gondola-style transportation) and has a pool that's great for relaxing after a long day at the parks.

If you're watching your budget and don't need a lot of amenities, Pop Century is a fun choice.

I liked staying in both of the deluxe villas

view of the one room villa at wilderness lodge at disney world
The deluxe villas had kitchens and living rooms.Jill Robbins

This wasn't my first time staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge or Wilderness Lodge, and I'd happily stay in either again. The one-bedroom villas at deluxe resorts cost about $900 a night on average.

I liked the villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge better than Wilderness Lodge because we had two full bathrooms. It was great that I didn't have to share with my 12- and 13-year-old sons.

view of the grounds at wilderness lodge in disney world
I love the cozy, mountain vibes at Wilderness Lodge.Jill Robbins

The lobby at Animal Kingdom Lodge is beautiful, and I love being able to see the roaming animals in the savanna outside. But I actually liked the cozy, mountain-lodge vibes of Wilderness Lodge better.

Moving from one resort to another at Disney World was pretty seamless

It's pretty easy to move between resorts at Disney World. We still had to adhere to regular check-in and check-out times, but Disney was able to move our luggage since we didn't have a car.

We just took our belongings down to bell services and filled out some bag tags to let them know where we wanted them to end up. We received a claim check and checked in with the bell services at the next resort to set up the delivery.

jills family's bags piled by the door at a villa in disney world
We didn't have to move our luggage ourselves.Jill Robbins

In both swaps, our bags were available at our new location by late afternoon/early evening. We had the option of going down to retrieve them or having them delivered to our room. We chose the latter and made sure to tip.

It was also helpful to have a day bag to carry the things we'd need in between switching resorts. When it was time to move, we just took the free resort bus to Disney Springs and caught another bus to our new resort from there.

Even though the moves weren't difficult, I didn't like repacking our stuff in the middle of a trip. We love the homelike atmosphere of the one-bedroom villas at Disney World and typically like to settle in and unpack, especially on longer stays.

Having to pack up and move hotel rooms twice in one visit was an annoyance, albeit a minor one.

We also ended up having to spend more on food than usual

mickey waffles and bacon on a plate at a restaurant in disney world
We typically cook a lot of our own food on Disney vacations.Jill Robbins

Having access to a kitchen and being able to order groceries is one of the easiest ways we save money at Disney World. We typically eat two meals a day in our villa and one meal out.

The logistics of having groceries delivered and making plans to use all the perishables when we were on the move seemed daunting, so we ate all of our meals in restaurants and spent more than we usually do.

In the past, we've had bell services transport nonperishable food items from resort to resort. I've never asked them to transport perishable food, but I ultimately wouldn't trust someone else to make sure my milk was kept refrigerated.

Even if it didn't ruin our vacation, I wouldn't want to go through the stress of moving around so much again

jills kids slumping on luggage in bell services at a disney world resort
It was kind of a hassle to unpack and repack for each hotel.Jill Robbins

Moving between three resorts went very smoothly for us, but I wouldn't plan a trip this way again.

Although getting to experience the themes of multiple resorts on a single trip was fun and a great way to see more of the property, I wasn't a fan of packing all our stuff up multiple times.

If we get caught in a similar situation and have to split any future stays, I'd definitely prefer to only have to go between two resorts.

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