MK EMH Rope Drop


I know this is one of those questions that's been asked and answered a million times but I haven't seen anyone's recent experience so here I am, asking it again. I thought we were going to get away without trying to fit meeting A&E into our plans because we did it back in June and we're going to see them light the castle. But apparently this is still very high on my 4 year old's list. I am without FP for it because we didn't even book this trip until we were 45 days out so... I'm wondering if anyone has recent experience with the rope drop rush to A&E on an 8am EMH day? I was thinking this might be better than a regular open because there aren't any FP in that first hour to make the standby line even slower?