Thanks for the advice and perspective everyone!
TTC today was a completely different story. I was nervous about rope drop, since yesterday took so long at a much earlier time.
We arrived at TTC security today at 8am, and decided that since we’d gotten so much done yesterday, we wouldn’t stress if it took forever to get through, and we’d just do an easy first few rides.
Completely the opposite of yesterday!
Walked up to security right at 8am. Zero wait, only the time it took me to unzip the sides of my bag. Walked up toward the monorail, and a CM directed us to the ferry, saying it would be faster then. Walked on, quick ride, and in the park with plenty of time for our own pics, photopass and magic shots, and time to be in the front of the space mountain rope drop. Probably 25 minutes total, car door to Main Street.
The big differences I noticed-
1)Yesterday, huge backup at security. HUGE. Maybe I hit at a fluke time, but it seemed like they weren’t ready for many people that early. And I don’t remember seeing a no bag line that early. No one really directing people, just a big blob of people with few security searching.
- No one directing people to monorail. Just get through security and figure it out, even though the only monorail line open said to resorts.
3)Today, several CMs directing people as we boarded the monorail. Yesterday, I saw the CM leave and, and it left a bunch of people standing and blocking, not boarding the monorail even though we could have. It was the perfect example of why it takes a village to make WDW run smoothly. Because I won’t say it was chaos without, but it was a cluster of wasted time for sure.