Well, perhaps earlier park hopping will be back over time. After 2pm, APs no longer need to make reservations unless it's MK on a Saturday or something like that. Hopefully they continue to change policies going forward where they just flat out remove the 2pm bar for hopping over to another park if you come at park open no matter what ticket you have.I went on a relatively dead day and vq still sold out in like 3 seconds. I suspect before 1 the supply is just very low. I did buy a lightning lane for guardians but only because I was doing a single day and would have no way really to make the ride work with park hopping. I wish they would allow earlier park hopping again so I could ride it without paying.
It's possible they do that for APs, however with other passes, i'm not sure we'll see it removed since I think part of the point is that it forces you to spend a good amount of time in a certain park before going over to the other park, which I think is their way of sort of getting guests to continue to do 4-5 day stays. WDW can comfortably be done (with Genie+ of course at MK at least) in no longer than 4 days. Honestly, it'd probably be possible to do the 4 parks at WDW in 3 days and feel like you did pretty much everything, then spend 3 or so days at UOR.
Once Epic opens, I can easily see UOR becoming the 4 day resort and WDW becoming the 3 day resort and DAK simply getting chopped from a lot of people's vacations in terms of people who do split vacations.