Mantis is a standup coaster at Cedar Point. When it opened in 1996 people said that it would be the largest standup ever made. They were wrong when Chang opened in 1997 at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and Riddler’s Revenge opened in 1998 at Six Flags Magic Mountain. First of all let me say that standup coasters are probably my least favorite types of coasters. They don’t have the most comfortable seats, they are kind of like bicycle seats but a bit wider.
Mantis begins with a 145 foot tall lift hill, at the top we take a turn to the right and then drop. A Vertical Loop follows this, it is kind of uncomfortable because of all the pressure on your legs. A Dive Loop is next, this is my favorite element of the ride because it wasn’t too painful. Around weirdly shaped turn we go and into an Inclined Loop. Some more turns follow this before we jump up onto the mid-course trim brakes. A dive off of the brake run leads us to the final inversion, a corkscrew. The train rides around a figure eight before the final brakes.
Mantis wasn’t very fun because it put tons of pressure on my legs and it also made me feel sick. I am giving it a 4 out of 10.
Have you been on Mantis? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading.