Gate Opening Times for 8 am Open

What time have gates been opening on crowed days when it is an 8 am open? (March Break Easter Crowds) I have read quite a few 7:45 responses but a few earlier. I feel like we would be rushed trying to get through the gate up to the castle in just 10 minutes. We’d like to be near the front without just standing around if they don’t let people in until 7:45. Any observations from regulars? Thanks!