Stand up and scream on Mantis, Cedar Point's only stand-up roller coaster!
This Bolliger and Mabillard beauty was opened in 1996 and was designed by the great Werner Stengel, a German roller coaster designer that also worked on fellow Cedar Point coasters like Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster, and Maverick. The ride features a 119-foot tall vertical loop, diving loop, and the first ever inclined loop. Trains on Mantis travel up 145 feet in the air, before being dropped back down to earth 137 feet at 60 miles per hour. Since the ride opened, due to stack issues, the operation cycle has been cut from three trains to two trains, and trim breaks have been added to the first hill.
When it was first announced, Mantis was to be named Banshee. Promotional items displaying the name "Banshee" with a logo were released to people who preordered their 1996 Cedar Point season pass in 1995. Shirts, pins, postcards, and more were passed out, but were soon recalled once representatives at Cedar Point had negative reception to the name of the incoming ride. Banshee was quickly renamed Mantis, and all of the excess promotional items were destroyed.
Mantis held many records for stand up roller coasters when it opened, including fastest and tallest stand up roller coaster, and the steepest drop and most inversions in a stand up coaster.
Details on Mantis
Height: 119 feet
Speed: 60 miles per hour
Height Requirement: 54 inches
Thrill Level: ★★★★★
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