I have read through the posts, and I'm not sure I have seen a report whether being at the front of rope drop and leading the hoard actually puts you in a position of getting in the M&G without the wait, or whether there are already people in the park due to breakfasts that are able to line up before you.
Remembering the early days of the running of the bulls (nobody believes me that Test Track and Splash Mountain used to be 'the rides' that people would sprint too), The rope drop has become much more organized and you'll never remove the speed walking/jostling that will occur every morning.
My question is when did the M&G's become this crazy? I'm a child of the 80's you met the characters throughout the day as they strolled the park and at the character breakfast. As you get older meeting Mickey and crew takes a backseat I guess.