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.

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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 lift 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 positive 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 features high positive g's.  Next, Mantis heads straight into its next inversion - a dive loop.  This is another fun element with high positive g's.  Following this comes a non-inverting, highly banked 360� turn, which I enjoyed a lot.

Following the 360� turn, Mantis leads into an inclined loop - a standard loop at a 45� angle.  From here, the ride makes an up-hand turn into the mid-course brakes.  At this 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.

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Mantis is a very good and enjoyable coaster.  Since 1996, taller and faster stand-ups have been built, but Mantis is still one of the best.   Mantis is a very fun stand-up coaster with cool elements and nice pacing.

 

Rating: 7/10  

Pros:

  • Pacing

  • High G-forces

  • Array of Elements

Cons:

  • Trim brake on the first drop

Stats


Style:

Stand-Up

Height:
145-feet

Speed:
60 MPH

Track Length:
3,900-feet

Inversions:
Four

Capacity:
1,800 Riders Per Hour

Height Restrictions:
Riders must be over 54" tall to ride

Designer:
Bolliger & Mabillard




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