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Cedar Point to squash Mantis roller coaster in October

September 3, 2014

The Akron Beacon Journal

Sept. 03--Cedar Point is removing the Mantis roller coaster.

The park posted a grainy video on YouTube on Tuesday depicting the Grim Reaper walking up to the stand-up coaster's ride platform. The video shows people crying and yelling "why."

The video ends by saying the Mantis will be squashed Oct. 19. The ride's logo with its signature Mantis then melts away.

When it opened in 1996, the Mantis was billed as the world's tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up coaster.

Designed by Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M), in Switzerland, the coaster has had more than 22 million riders in 18 years.

"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, in a statement. "But we're extremely excited about what the future holds here at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World."

Cedar Point said fans of the Mantis will have until 8 p.m. on Oct. 19 to ride the stand-up coaster one last time.

The park is now only open weekends until Nov. 2.

Some passengers have complained over the years that the restraints and standing ride were uncomfortable.

Amusement park enthusiasts had speculated that the park might try to redo the ride and add new floorless coaster cars.

The park has not announced what plans it has for the site where the Mantis now stands or what new attractions it has planned.

With the 2013 opening of the Gatekeeper, a new major coaster in 2015 at Cedar Point would put the park out of its usual five- to seven-year coaster construction cycle.

The park has yet to announce how it plans to honor its promise to name a coaster after LeBron James now that the Akron native has signed with the Cavs.


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