Cedar Point announces that Mantis will be "squashed"

Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:04 PM | Contributed by Jeff

A teaser video says the stand-up roller coaster at Cedar Point will be squashed on October 19.

The following is the press release issued by the park:

It’s the “last stand” for one of Cedar Point’s steel scream machines. Earlier today, the park announced that the Mantis roller coaster will soon give its final rides.

Mantis was billed as the tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up roller coaster in the world when it opened on May 11, 1996. Featuring trains that secure guests in a standing position, Mantis provides its passengers with a unique ride experience. Mantis was built by the same legendary manufacturers that brought guests the Raptor and GateKeeper roller coasters – Bolliger and Mabillard (B & M), Monthey, Switzerland. In its 18-year history, Mantis has given more than 22 million thrilling rides.

“It’s time to say goodbye to one of the park’s coasters, and it’s certainly been a different kind of ride for our guests,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “But we’re extremely excited about what the future holds here at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World™.”

Guests still have time to give Mantis a “standing ovation” before it shuts down permanently on Sunday, October 19 at 8 p.m. Additional plans for the 2015 season will be announced at a later date.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:10 PM
Thabto's avatar

I think that was just part 1 of a multi-part announcement. There's gotta be more to it.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:13 PM
Aaronosmer's avatar

One thing is sure, PointBuzz is down for the count.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:14 PM
Thabto's avatar

It isn't quite down, but very slow.

Edit: And now it is down.

Last edited by Thabto, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:15 PM
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:16 PM
Jeff's avatar

Yeah, I just added memory. Should be OK in a moment or two. Can't wait for the bitching and moaning to begin!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:18 PM

And it already has, Jeff. *Sigh*...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:32 PM

Ah, good riddance.

If they convert this to a sit down, the restraints better damn well be like Banshee's (or better). But I don't think this is possible due to center of gravity issues?

I'm hoping they will build a better GCI woodie in its place. CP needs good wooden coasters.

I rode Goliath at Six Flags last Sunday for the first time, and I'm impressed. I couldn't catch my breath until the end, and it was intense. Not something I'd marathon all day on, but it was very good. Rocky Mountain Group has a promising future.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:40 PM

At least we know what Dorney Park is getting in 2016.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:47 PM

I am excited to see what comes of this... I know I won't really miss Mantis in its current form.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:57 PM

I didn't know Tony was a soprano!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:10 PM
waynethexplorer's avatar

I think it's pretty clear that "squashed" means reduced to a sit down. Thought it was kinda funny how the grim reaper was using the handrails to climb the stairs.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:13 PM
Walk-Off HBP's avatar

Very bad news for me and the 7 other people in the world who love B&M Standups.

Never has gravity been so uplifting.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:14 PM

Seems to me the Grim Reaper is becoming rather a mainstay for CF announcements involving ride removals/replacements. It works.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:32 PM
rollergator's avatar

Send it to Dorney...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:36 PM

Send it to MiA.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:44 PM

King James? lmao

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:50 PM
rollergator's avatar

^B&M is designing a sit-down coaster with thrones?

"Last stand" just SCREAMS....conversion. I wouldn't buy any other theory unless it came directly from CF/CP...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:53 PM
Bobbie1951's avatar

Walk-Off HBP said:

Very bad news for me and the 7 other people in the world who love B&M Standups.

Very good news for me and other people who can't ride standups for medical reasons.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014 2:24 PM
Jeff's avatar

Is having your balls squished a medical reason?

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 3:39 PM

It's worth noting that no B&M has been scrapped yet.

Will this be the first? I'm thinking no...


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