I prefer park hopping, especially with little kids. Especially when staying at an Epcot area resort.
Hop to Epcot or DHS.
Bonus if doing am EMH or Rope Dropping EP or DHS.
Travel time is about 15 minutes to and from your room.
Most ppl can’t get to their car or bus stop in 15 minutes.
Costco pkg price makes Swan / Dolphin + Hoppers a no brainer for us.
Not sure I’d stay onsite or hop otherwise, but a great deal on an Ep area resort, is a no brainer, imo. Walking to 2 parks is a pretty great time saver. Time is at a premium on a WDW vacation. Nothing quite like leaving your room at 7:45am, and being through the IG tapstyles at 7:55am for AM emh. Or being IN YOUR ROOM with a scoop from Ample Hills 15 minutes after Illuminations.
Or, being in the pool 20 minutes after Fantasmic.
Also, one full day at a park? I’d rather do 1.5 days to see everything. Maybe 2.5. Doesn’t have to be all in one day, same day. And if a park gets crazy crowded for some reason, and you see that wait times at a different park are pretty low…might be worth it to have that liberty. I’ve never hopped for that reason, but I do plan my hopping. Usually an am emh followed by a chill afternoon at a different park to do easy attractions and working the fastpass system.
I don’t think “skipping park hopping” makes sense for everyone. I actually think it makes things MUCH easier if you plan it out right, and stay at a place where travel time is very low. Plus, I tend to like to go to parks more than one day, and fit in attractions like a jigsaw puzzle. We don’t like to wait in lines, this helps our cause. Headliners early during EMH, and chill and work the fastpass system later - usually at a different park.
The food, however, nail on the head. You really have to research to find a place that has decent enough quality to pay the premium (imo, Flame Tree’s Rib Platter is a very decent meal for the price, so that’s always a “go” for us.) Again, we’re usually at Swan / Dolphin where the restaurants have a pretty good rep for not being Disney priced, and surpassing Disney quality.
Walt knows what he’s doing with all of these prices. It’s gonna be expensive no matter what. Convenience comes into play a lot.