also, the most popular premium lightning lanes (like sw rise of resistance) go
on sale first thing in the morning only to guests at the wdw resorts. they could all be potentially sold by the time they open it up to guests not staying at a wdw resort. So unless you stay at a WDW resort and pay 3x as much for your hotel as you would off site, you have minimal chance of booking a ride like star wars rise of resistance, and would have to the standby line, which is often like 2 hours.
So wdw doing everything they can to make money by making all the best experiences only available if you stay at their super expensive hotels. they do early morning entry, first access to the premium lightning lanes, and an extra 2 hours in the parks after it closes to everyone else.
Not a vacation option for those on minimal budgets. But I understand it, its a premium vacation service, and charging more for the services is the only way to keep the demand in check.
I'm actually going over spring break, and my mega wealthy sister might go with us for a day, and will be willing to pay the VIP tour, so that will make up for us missing out on these premium services.