Good to travel very early in the morning in order to beat the traffic and also enjoy the sun rise.
As we arrive, watch out on the guys selling pooja plates as you need to bargain. they begin with 1300 rs and can come down to 500 or less depending upon the items you want to present. In my opinion, even if you dont take any items, you will still be blessed :)
they have broken down the process by extending the time taken to take the tickets and then join the main que, this will reduce the crowd and you will get decent time to perfrom your pooja.
Enjoy and remember your reasons of goign to shirdi...once that is clear then all other small inconvenices will be irrelevant!