i have a front load too and as long as it hasn't gotten to rinse or spin cycle i can open mine when i shut it off. i can't do it while it is running like with a top load of course but as long as i shut it off it will open. sometimes i don't get back in time and it gets to the rinse or spin and i just advance it to final spin to make it run through that cycle and get it to shut off. try washing a load and seeing if you can shut it off to get the door to open. otherwise i would say you may have to cross your fingers and do some praying. one good thing...it takes longer to felt in a front load so you will probably be okay. i haven't had anything that has felted in one cycle through the machine yet!