Just took advantage of the MAP sale and bought a Premium Pass. Chose collection at resort option so the clock does not start ticking until the first day I visit.
What the confirmation email says nothing about is how to gain entry to the Park on day 1. I am assuming the pass is issued at the Alton Towers Box Office [inside the park]. There is no barcode on the email, or last digits of payment card used, so even presenting this + photo ID at the turnstiles does not meet the requirements in the T&C's (which state email, photo ID + payment card).
Does anyone know how things work on day 1 of a new annual pass @ Alton?
I am going to assume that as you've said "the clock doesn't start ticking" you won't be collecting your pass until the theme park opens. So in this case go to pre-booked/collections and present the email and that will have a booking number on. They will take this and all your details will pop up on there little computer screen, they will most likely also ask for ID and the card you paid with, this will be connected to the purchase hence why it's not on the email.
Then you will likely receive a ticket that will be one time use only and only able to be printed from the booking once. This will allow you through the turnstiles, giving you access to the Box office and the ability to collect your pass. Let the magic begin...Vote fun...oh wait that was so last season