It is a great time if you are willing to literally wait for hours to check out. They need to revise this process especially if you pay for an early entry ticket.
I've never waited more than 30 minutes or so to check out. The ladies there do a great job. Granted we go on the paid ticket days, but even when I went during the free days my wait was maybe 40-45 minutes. I think that's pretty reasonable for the amount of people and volume of sales.