When you are looking at the crowd calendar and early entries, what is the best plan?
In those cases I would still recommend avoiding the early entries. If the differences were a 3 and a 9 then it might be worth being behind the earlier guests, but not for 1 or 2 points of difference. With Disneyland, the time of day can mean a lot, especially on a weekday when the locals come after work. Being there for rope drop can get you pretty far ahead before the crowds even arrive.