Earl of Shrewsbury wrote:
Could someone please let me know what the opening procedure is this year for those without ERT?
Can you pass through the turnstiles without ERT from 9.30am - 10am (obviously without access to any rides)?
Or are those without ERT kept queuing at the turnstiles until 10am?
The only time I am aware of when Towers have operated a "rope-drop" (Disney term) at the bottom of Towers Street during ERT is during the Scottish school trips fortnight (typically the middle two weeks of June, but it can vary slightly by area). The school trips coaches often set off from Scotland very late at night and drive through the night to Towers, so you have them arriving at Towers well ahead of your average day visitor. It makes sense for Towers to admit the guests into Towers Street / open Towers Trading, Corner Coffee & any other food outlet they can as it's easy money for them. They have staff at the bottom of Towers Street with the rope that only people entitled to ERT will be allowed past, until 10am.
Whether they will do this again for 2018 remains to be seen, as cutbacks seem to be the order of the day. That said, as above the Scottish school trips are a captive audience to be relieved of money when they pull up at Towers early.