Cedar Point has announced that it is saying goodbye to the Mantis roller coaster.
The park posted a grainy video on YouTube at noon 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 tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up coaster in the world.
The lovefest quickly faded as parkgoers complained of an uncomfortable ride on the stand-up coaster.
The future of the Mantis has been the subject of speculation for some time.
There was a school of thought that the park would redo the ride with floorless coaster cars. It appears Cedar Point is going to start over.
The park has not announced what plans it has for the site where the Mantis now stands or what new attractions it has in the works.
With the 2013 opening of the Gatekeeper, a new major coaster in 2015 would put the park out of its usual five to seven-year coaster construction cycle.
That said, Cedar Point is Cedar Fair's signature park and one that prides itself on a high coaster count. So a new coaster is not out of the question particularly with its promise to name a coaster after LeBron James since he is returning to the Cavs.
Building a coaster from the ground up would allow the park to incorporate some basketball-like moves and theming and also forge a long-term partnership with the NBA, Cavs and James.
Fans of the Mantis will have until Oct. 19 to ride one last time.
The park is now only open weekends until Nov. 2.
Here is Cedar Point's press release:
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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