Staying off-property AND on-property in the same trip

Apologies for the long post…We’re traveling in December 2019 with the purpose of visiting the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions at Hollywood Studios.
We have access to a free! condo (off property) thanks to my in-laws’ timeshare. We will be staying in Orlando for 7 days, 6 nights. We will be buying 5-day, park hopper passes.
We have also been advised to stay in a Disney resort, at least for 2-3 nights in order to get privileges like Extra Magic Hours and Fast Passes.
Our plan is to arrive Saturday and get settled in as much as possible at the off-porperty condo, then check in to a WDW resort for 2-3 days (to hopefully gain as much access to Star Wars attractions as possible), then return to the condo for the rest of the week and visit other parks without Magic Hours and Fast Passes.
Will they be adding Extra Magic Hours outside of the standard Sunday hours for Hollywood Studios?
This is our second trip with our boys to WDW (first time was 6 years ago). We had such luck using TouringPlans on our first go-round, and are hoping for the same this time. But, it seems like there is A LOT more to consider for this trip due to the newness of Galaxy’s Edge.
Can anyone give us insight regarding our plan to stay part-time on-property and part-time off-property? Are there articles on this on the touring plans site?
TIA! We are so excited to visit the happiest place on earth again soon!

Nobody knows until it’s announced, but when Pandora opened and when Toy Story Land opened, there were EMH every morning for a few months. I think this will happen, others disagree and think there will be paid events.

There’s not much to know about staying offsite and onsite except that you can only book FPs for the onsite days at 60 days before and the other days will be at 30 from each individual day. You get onsite benefits for the whole of your check in and check out days including access to EMH.

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To be honest we don’t know yet about how Star Wars will be handled.

Likely this will be firmed up after it opens at DL. I would expect daily EMH for a while, probably until Christmas is over. FPs will be introduced eventually, but we don’t know when. It’s also been stated by different “insiders” elsewhere that they will have a virtual queue for the land itself (where you get a return time like the old FP system), although entry will still depend on there being room. And there will also be some kind of up-charge way to experience it too, almost certainly!

With 2 or 3 nights on property, you will get to book FPs from check-in to check-out day 60 days in advance, and use EMH on all those days. That FP booking window is unlikely to give you a chance at the SW rides though, FoP still needs 60+3 usually even now, two years after opening.

So until DL opens it’s Galaxy’s Edge, there’s not much we can tell you about that aspect unfortunately.

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