Cedar Point announced today that the Mantis roller coaster will shut down permanently on Sunday, October 19 at 8 p.m. The Mantis opened on May 11, 1996 and at the time was considered the tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up roller coaster in the world. The 2 minute and 40 second ride consists of a 145-foot climb, followed by a dive into a 119-foot giant loop, then a 103-foot tall dive loop, then an inclined loop and a flat spin maneuver.
The park released a video on their You Tube channel about the ride closure, and the video has left people with a lot of questions. Could this be the ride that is going to be renamed for Lebron James? Is the ride sticking around but getting a makeover? The questions are endless, but park officials aren't releasing too much information.
“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™.” Additional plans for Cedar Point's 2015 season will be announced at a later date.