I can also verify that I saw a bunch turned away it held up the line but glad to see it enforced. Also sizable ticket booth line wonder how many of those people were turn away upgrading.I saw people without memberships being turned away.
Bgw has gone from pushing old members off the old cheap passes to just being absolutely rediculous with this. They are being super confusing and inconsistent. The whole situation is just being handled really poorly. If you want to exclude certain groups you need to A. Have a very good reason to do so for each and every group and B. Make it very clear in every publication that those groups are excluded. Every event and benefit for swo and bgt has fine print that is easily available to read. It will day weather you can bring friends and which passes and fun cards etc are valid.
Secondly the idea that other park passes are excluded from this is absolutely bonkers. The idea that in order to get access to all the parks for the whole year you need to buy each parks pass or membership is directly counter to the purpose of a platinum membership.
I don’t see this being resolved anytime soon but really they need to get their shit together.