First of all I would like to apologize for posing this particular question because I know this topic has been discussed before and it’s not in any way a new phenomenon. But the various answers I have found on both this and other Disney World related forums are somewhat conflicting and making a wrong interpretation could turn into a very vital mistake while making my bookings and plans.
Previously I asked about what I could expect as far as FPP availability goes when having to deal with a 30 day FPP booking window due to staying off-site. Having read a bunch more on these forums (especially the latest topics from @profmatt) I’ve started considering booking a 1 night stay at a Disney hotel just to get the Magic Bands and especially a better FPP booking window. But because of said conflicting answers I’m unsure on what my FPP window would look like with just a 1 night Disney Resort stay and 8 days worth of Disney World park tickets. I know that @profmatt has finished his FPP bookings (thanks for all those informative threads) so maybe he could clear up this particular question for me !
So for our personal situation, me and my SO will be arriving at Orlando Airport on the 24th of November at the beginning of the evening and begin our park days on Sunday the 25th of November. The vast majority of our trip we will be staying off-site. But we would be willing to put in a 1 night Disney Resort booking if that would benefit us enough in terms of Disney related perks.
My plan right now is to have the following hotel bookings:
24/11: Disney’s Pop Century Resort
25/11: Best Western Convention Center
26/11: Best Western Convention Center
27/11: Best Western Convention Center
28/11: Best Western Convention Center
29/11: Best Western Convention Center
30/11: Best Western Convention Center
01/12: Best Western Convention Center
02/12: Best Western Convention Center
03/12: Best Western Convention Center
04/12: Best Western Convention Center
05/12: Best Western Convention Center
06/12: Best Western Convention Center
07/12: Driving South for Everglades + Keys
We will be going for 8 days of Disney World, 3 days of Universal Studios and using the bit of remaining time we have in Orlando that aren’t taken up by visiting theme parks to do some Disney Springs and generally recharge a bit from those busy park days. Now my questions is, how would this 1 night Disney Resort booking affect my FPP booking window. From reading @profmatt’s threads I kind of assume that I’ll be able to book my FPP’s for 25/11 on 26/09, the passes for 26/11 on 27/09, the 27/11 on 28/09 and so on and so forth. So basically the rolling 60 day window I’ve read about. But Best Western CC is obviously ineligible for the 60 days FPP window and I’m unsure if this would throw a spanner in the works.
On some other forums I’ve read the following answer concerning similar situations compared to mine, usually with people booking “throwaway” hotel stays or campsites at the Disney Resort. According to them I could book my FPP for 25/11 on 26/09, but from 26/11 forwards my booking window would revert back to 30 days because I’m no longer staying on-site. So that would mean my period to book FPP’s for 26/11 would be 27/10 at the earliest, for 27/11 on 28/10 and so on and so forth. Basically, they state that I’d get a 60 day window for the day(s) I both stay on-site and have park tickets and would be rolled back to the 30 days when I leave the on-site hotel for an off-site hotel even though I had an on-site hotel booking during the same park tickets period.
Just to make sure I’m explaining myself correctly. This would not involve a so-called “throwaway” booking where I would cancel the booking before the actual start of the vacation. I’m European and our terms & conditions regarding the cancellation of bookings is not nearly as generous as the US ones. So I would definitely show up and actually stay at the Disney Resort for this 1 night booking. Not sure whether this has any affect or not, but I could imagine cancelling the booking could lead to a different result.
Could anyone clarify this for me and please also tell me whether they know this from personal experience or just from hearsay? I know this is an extremely long block of text for such a simple question but planning this thing is making me kind of nervous because there seems to be so much I need to take into account. Thanks for any and all help provided!