Latas, thanks for the feedback.
I wonder if persons on rainy days, when there are closures and longer lines, will rush to buy fast passes. I believe that I've read there is a daily quota for fast passes. If so, there may be an advantage to buying them online a day or two ahead of time, when weather forecasts are more firm.
I share your dislike of Mantis, but the roughness of stand-up coasters aren't my thing. Mean Steak also is very rough, but it's a great ride and has IMO the most beautiful view from wait lines in the park.
Did you ride the Gemini at night? It's now hard to believe it was the tallest and fastest in the world just less than four decades ago, but I still think it's a very fun ride, especially at night, and especially if both coasters are running. It offers IMO the "old-time" thrill ride experience, before computer design and maximum G's became the driving forces in new coaster development.
I'm curious. Despite the rain forecast, it sounds as if the park was fairly crowded. Is that accurate? Did it become more crowded in the evening, when the starlight-evening admission tickets kicked in?
Edited: 10:20 am, July 08, 2013