We almost always do split stays but because we hate dealing transportation. Nothing beats being able to walk “home” in 10 mins, rather than waiting on a bus for 45 mins.
Our favorite trips are something like 4-5 days at BLT and then 4-5 days at BCV. 90% of the time, we walk to a park. Doesn’t cut out transportation entirely, but I figure the few hours it takes to pack and unpack is a lot shorter than all the bus waits. Once in a while we stay at AKL, which is all buses, but then we tend to spent a lot of time at the resort on those trips.
Yes, we are spoiled. I loved it even more this last trip with DGS and his stroller. Very little time spent lugging stroller onto buses. That activity is for you young whippersnappers!
As far as sending stuff over, we do keep DH meds with us. He takes a ton of pills over the course of a day and having a suitcase go missing would not be a good thing. Only once did anything go wrong and that was in 2006. We were leaving POP and going to BCV for our first DVC trip. We went on our merry way and hours later called for our suitcases. BCV didn’t have any for us. My DD was “but I need my suitcase, we only have one diaper left, all the other baby stuff is in the luggage” About an hour later, they found the suitcases were sent to CARIBBEAN BEACH, not Beach club.
Since then we have done split stays at least a doz times, and everything was fine. Even with groceries, the cold stuff was kept cold. And not just stuck in a fridge the last hr. I do things like have a stick of butter and if it’s messed up, I know it was allowed to get warm and then chilled.