Mantis (roller coaster)Edit

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119-foot (36 m) loop on Mantis

Cedar Point
Coordinates 41°28′57.75″N 82°41′12.75″WCoordinates: 41°28′57.75″N 82°41′12.75″W
Status Operating
Opening date May 11, 1996
Cost US$ 12,000,000
General Statistics
Type Steel - Stand-up
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Stand-up roller coaster
Track layout Twister roller coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 145 ft (44 m)
Drop 137 ft (42 m)
Length 3,900 ft (1,200 m)
Speed 60 mph (97 km/h)
Inversions 4
Duration 2:40
Max vertical angle 52°
Capacity 1,800 riders per hour
Height restriction 4 ft 6 in (137 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Mantis at RCDB

Pictures of Mantis at RCDB

Mantis is a steel stand-up roller coaster, manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. It set several stand-up coaster records when opened, including height 145 feet (44 m), speed 60 miles per hour (97 km/h), steepest 52°, and in the US, four inversions.

Mantis was originally designed to run three trains on its course. However, the complex trains have caused the loading times to be longer than anticipated. This caused the trains to "stack" on the brake runs. Stacking refers to guests waiting outside of the station on the brakes while waiting for a train to leave the station. To correct this problem, Mantis now runs only two trains, allowing quicker loading times. The other train is stored in the maintenance bay under the final brake run, visible from the queue.


Name controversyEdit

The original name for this ride was to be Banshee, but the name was quickly changed when Cedar Point realized the full negative connotations of the word banshee. All 'Banshee' stickers, pins and other promotional materials that had been released were recalled. Many of the original souvenirs and materials were burned or destroyed. Some t-shirts featuring the original Banshee logo can still be found. The shirts were sent out to season pass holders for 1996 who purchased their season passes early. Shortly after dropping the Banshee name, Cedar Point renamed the coaster to its current name of Mantis. As the coaster's name was changed, so was its logo, to a praying mantis. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom adopted the Banshee logo for its hypercoaster, Steel Force, which opened in 1997.[1]


  • [2] Track view of the corkscrew and the end of the twisted tracks.
  • [3] Mantis' vertical loop.
  • [4] Train rounding the turn between the diving loop and inclined loop.

Ride elementsEdit


  1. ^ "Coaster still mean, but it's no Banshee". 1995. Retrieved July 1, 2012.

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