Mantis (roller coaster)
|Soft opening date||May 9, 1996|
|Opening date||May 11, 1996|
|Closing date||October 19, 2014|
|Type||Steel – Stand-up|
|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Model||Stand-up roller coaster|
|Lift/launch system||Chain lift hill|
|Height||145 ft (44 m)|
|Drop||137 ft (42 m)|
|Length||3,900 ft (1,200 m)|
|Speed||60 mph (97 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||52°|
|Capacity||1,800 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||54 in (137 cm)|
|Trains||3 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.|
Fast Lane available
|Mantis at RCDB
Pictures of Mantis at RCDB
Mantis is a stand-up roller coaster located at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. Designed and built by Bolliger & Mabillard, Mantis opened on May 11, 1996, setting several stand-up roller coaster records for height (145 feet (44 m)), speed (60 miles per hour (97 km/h)), and steepness (52°). The roller coaster was originally announced as Banshee, but due to negative publicity regarding the name, the ride was later renamed Mantis.
Cedar Point announced plans to build Banshee on September 8, 1995, as the tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up roller coaster in the world. Several days later, Cedar Point announced that the name would be changed due to negative connotations with the word Banshee. All "Banshee" stickers, pins and other promotional materials that had been released were recalled. Many of the original souvenirs and materials were burned or destroyed. Some t-shirts featuring the original Banshee logo can still be found, however. The shirts were sent out to season pass holders for 1996 who purchased their season passes early. On November 14, 1995, shortly after dropping the Banshee name, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company filed a trademark for the name Mantis, which became the official name for the new ride on November 17, 1995. As the coaster's name was changed, so was its logo, to a praying mantis. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom adopted the old Banshee logo for its hypercoaster, Steel Force, which opened in 1997. The "Banshee" name was later reused for an inverted roller coaster that opened at Kings Island in 2014.
Construction on the new roller coaster began in the off season and was completed on January 9, 1996. Cedar Point held a "Media Day" for Mantis on May 9, 1996, and the ride officially opened to the public on May 11, 1996. Trim brakes were added the following year in 1997 half way down on the first drop to lessen the positive G-force. The main entrance to Mantis was moved in 2000 when Millennium Force opened, due to the construction of a new entrance plaza. It was moved to the opposite side of the railroad tracks belonging to the Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad attraction. The ride's rails were originally unpainted, but they were later painted red for the 2003 season.
On September 2, 2014, after weeks of leaking clues that a major announcement was forthcoming, Cedar Point released a statement that Mantis will be closing on October 19, 2014. Since its debut, the roller coaster has given over 22 million rides.
On September 18, 2014, Cedar Point announced the transformation of Mantis into a floorless roller coaster with new trains, a new coat of paint, and a new name of "Rougarou" as of Spring 2015. 
Mantis is located at the end of Celebration Plaza. The entrance to Mantis used to be located in what is now the Millennium Force entrance plaza but when Millennium opened in 2000, the entrance was moved to the other side of the Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad tracks to where it is today. The ride travels over the Iron Dragon roller coaster and more than 20% of the ride is located over water.
The ride starts when the train makes its way up the 145-foot (44 m) lift hill. Once the train reaches the top, it makes a little dip, and then goes through a right-hand turnaround, leading into the first drop. Riders then drop 137 feet (42 m) at a 52 degree angle, reaching a top speed of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h). Coming out of the first drop, the train travels into the first inversion, a 119-foot (36 m) vertical loop. Next, Mantis heads into its next inversion — a 103-foot (31 m) diving loop. Following this, the train enters a non-inverting, highly banked 360 degree turn. Following the 360 degree turn, riders enter a 83-foot (25 m) inclined loop - a standard loop at a 45 degree angle. From here, the ride makes an up-hand turn into the mid-course brake run. At this point, riders drop straight into a Corkscrew, and finish off with a figure-eight. The train then enters the final brake run, and heads back into the station.
The steel track is approximately 3,900 feet (1,200 m) in length and the height of the lift is approximately 145 feet (44 m). When the coaster first opened, it was painted with purple supports, yellow and red track with unpainted rails. Mantis was repainted for the 2003 season and the rails were painted red. In 1997, a trim brake was added to the first drop.
Mantis currently operates with two steel and fiberglass trains. Each train has eight cars that have four seats in a single row for a total of 32 riders. Mantis originally operated with three trains but the park later reduced operation to two trains due to the trains "stacking" on the brake run. Riders are secured by an over the shoulder harness. Although Mantis is a stand-up roller coaster, there is a small bicycle seat riders can lean on.
Mantis set several records among stand-up roller coasters when it opened in 1996 including height at 145 feet (44 m), speed at 60 miles per hour (97 km/h), and steepness at 52°. It was also the first stand-up roller coaster to feature a diving loop. It preceded Dragon Khan, another B&M coaster, at PortAventura as having the tallest vertical loop in the world. Also, it was the first roller coaster in the world to feature an inclined loop.
|World's Tallest Vertical Loop
May 1996–April 1997
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