I've never been to the opening party before, i was assuming it would be busy by 2-3 in the flight club area as its the only time of the year you can truly party in the daytime under the sun!!
I agree that afternoons have lost their 'special atmosphere' of yesteryear since the new laws came out, but i still enjoy going for 2 hours or so and getting a pass out.
I went last year to we love in july and i went into space from 5.30pm to 7pm and it was great! there was enough people in the sunset terrace for it to have a decent atmopshere and it was refreshing being able to actually move around the dance floor.
oh well, no pass out for opening isnt the end of the world. i bought my ticket off here yesterday anyway, just going to hit bora bora at 12 (they can play music from 12 on opening weekend right?) then hold off going into space till about 4-5pm. I just hope i dont miss any of the huge names in the flight area!! Really want to see DeadmauS and Dubfire!