Okay, so please bear with me as this is probably a silly question . . . for some reason, I tend to get easily confused by the rules and calculations for booking FPs when you have onsite and/or split-stay reservations. It’s probably all for the best that I have no interest in leading reservations or throwaway rooms . . . I get too discombobulated with the numbers to have any hope of doing it right anyway! Usually, I’m solo and stay offsite to save $, so that makes booking FPs pretty straightforward. Split stays still confuse me, but that’s exactly what I’m looking at for this fall.
My sister and I are considering a trip in late Oct/early Nov so we’d like to have access to EMH and 60-day FPs. We might just stay at Disney Springs for the entire trip (easiest option) and stick with a hotel that has onsite perks, but we’re also considering possibly spending a couple nights on the Gulf Coast and/or moving onsite for a couple nights for the experience of being “in the bubble.” I’m unsure how that will impact our 60-day FP selections. Here are a couple potential scenarios:
Option 1: Stay in a Disney Springs Resort for start of trip (maybe 3-4 nights?), move to Gulf Coast condo for a couple of nights, then back to either DS or WDW resort for final few nights.
Option 2: Stay in DS for most of trip (5-6 nights) then move onsite for last 2-3 nights.
I guess my main question is this: If our stay is split between a DS hotel (that has onsite privileges) and an onsite hotel, will that mean that there will be no such thing as 60+5, 60+6, 60+7, etc. because they will be completely separate and unconnected reservations? And that the best we could get would be 60+3 or 4 (or however many nights we are at one place or the other) which kind of negates the entire point, since the harder-to-get FPs are not usually available until at least 60+4?
I’ve only stayed onsite once (also a split stay) at that was for two nights at the end of a trip. The other nights were offsite without any option for 60-day FPs, so I was only able to book at 60 + a couple of days. It did me no good, in terms of snagging the best FPs. (Which was fine, since I really only booked those nights for the experience rather than the perks, but with the timing of this visit and SWGE and all, the head start on FPs is a big factor in our choice of hotel.)