Cedar Point to retire roller coaster

The Mantis first opened in 1996.

SANDUSKY, Ohio (WANE)  What was once billed as the tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up roller coaster is being retired.  Cedar Point announced Tuesday that after 18 years and more than 22 million rides, the Mantis will cease to operate after the 2014 season which ends on October 19.

“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™.”

Mantis debuted on May 11, 1996 and was built by the same company that manufactured the Raptor.


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