I am budget conscious, so when deciding whether to stay onsite or off-site, I take into account:
- 60 days FP
- Disney magic
And how much they are worth for me.
“Free” transportation and magic bands can be bought separately and added to the price of the off-site stay when comparing prices.
It used to be the case that 60 days FPs were not that valuable for short stays because at the 60 day mark FP availability won’t be so different from at the 30 day mark (FOP, SDD, 7DMT, morning FPs at busier rides will be gone either way, and a lot of extras will be available either way). (Tiers on DHS are bringing back a “only 60+2” days advantage, btw)
And EMH also weren’t as valuable, because since I won’t buy park hoppers it looks like it might be a good idea to avoid the extra crowds on a EMH park.
But the EEMH seem to create a really big advantage. Since they are equally available on 3 parks, you don’t have to chose an extra crowded park in order to take advantage of the benefit (and 3 hours on DHS is a lot of time). This benefit was enough to convince me to stay almost onsite (at a Disney Springs area hotel).
I am wondering if attracting budget-conscious guests to stay onsite was an intended effect (I bet that it is), if it worked on a lot of groups, and if Disney might make something similar permanent if the effect is big enough.