In 1996, the world's
tallest, fastest, and steepest stand-up roller coaster opened at
Cedar Point. This huge B&M stand-up coaster features four
inversions, including a 119ft vertical loop, 103ft dive loop, 83ft
inclined loop, and a corkscrew. Also, standing at 145ft,
Mantis reaches a top speed of 60mph.
Mantis uses standard
four-across B&M stand-up trains. They are pretty
comfortable if you know how to stand in them properly. The
ride starts with a 145ft
hill. Once you reach the top,
the train makes a little dip, and then goes through a right-hand
turnaround, leading into the first drop. The first drop is
at a 52� angle and is very fun, but unfortunately has been weakened
by a trim brake mid way through. This trim brake was placed
there to lessen the
g-forces later in the ride.
Coming out of the
first drop, the ride flies into its first inversion, an 119ft
vertical loop. This is a cool inversion, and
g's. Next, Mantis
into its next
a dive loop. This is another fun
element with high positive g's. Following this comes a
turn, which I enjoyed a lot.
turn, Mantis leads into an inclined
a standard loop at a
here, the ride makes an up-hand turn into
the mid-course brakes.
point, we drop straight into a
corkscrew, and finish off with a high speed figure-eight. We
then hit the final brake run, and head back into the station.
is a very good
coaster. Since 1996, taller and faster
stand-ups have been built, but Mantis is still one of the
Mantis is a very fun stand-up
coaster with cool elements and nice pacing.