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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Did they die of heart(line) failure?
But then again, what do I know?
I recall a discussion on r.r-c many years ago which suggested that all B&M track is the same, and in fact one poster claimed to have seen cars from an inappropriate ride type running on an under-construction ride during a test phase as the new train wasn't ready yet.
True? I have no idea. But I did read it on the Internet, so, yeah.
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I think the dive machines have a wider gauge, but the others do seem pretty much the same. What is different is the shape of the ties, which I can't really explain.
As fun as it is to speculate, depending on how much re-use they wanted to get out of the trains, pulling off the "seats" and bolting on replacements doesn't seem entirely out of the realm of possibility. Heck, they could in theory reuse the release mechanisms embedded in the station track. I only assume they would not because the latest and greatest is a a new system in just the past few years.
Put us to work on this project. If we think about it hard enough I'm sure we can get Cedar Point to a nice renovation of this ride without having to spend a dime!
On other sites, however, we see absolute certain predictions that the park is converting the real estate to include every conceivable new roller coaster or attraction known to man. Wish lists are what they are, but I think Cedar Point is going to give us a "new" attraction, not a new one.
Heres hoping we see the first application of B&M's new restraints on a sitdown or floorless model as well (like Gatekeeper.) If they do that I hope it will start a trend towards most parks doing the same.
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