Cedar Point introduces Mantis' replacement: Rougarou
Cedar Point has announced the name of its replacement for Mantis, the Bolliger & Mabillard stand-up coaster that will close
at the Ohio park next month.
Rougarou will replace Mantis' stand-up trains with new floorless cars. Themed to a werewolf-like creature from French folklore, the refurbished coaster will have a top speed of 60 miles per hour.
Concept image courtesy Cedar Point
"Rougarou is going to be a fantastic addition to our coaster lineup and our guests are going to love it," Cedar Point vice president and general manager Jason McClure said in a statement. "With the swampy waters below, the vibrant colors of the supports and track, lighting and other effects, it will be a ride like no other at the park."
The track stats? A 145-foot-tall first hill, a 180-degree turn to the right, then a 137-foot drop toward the water at a 52-degree angle. Then a 119-foot-tall vertical loop, a 103-foot-tall dive loop, a highly-banked 360-degree turn and the world's first inclined loop on a floorless coaster, angled at 45 degrees. The ride wraps up with a 360-degree flat spin, several turns, and a figure-eight finale. Here's the concept POV:
Rougarou will open next spring.
I'm impressed with a drop that tall, the lift hill at the start is only going to be 45 feet. :)
I actually liked Mantis as a stand up coaster, but I believe the decision to modify it to a floorless ride is a good one (another floorless coaster, SeaWorld's Kraken, is one of my all-time favorites). The layout is solid, the colors look good, and the mention of a special lighting package sounds interesting. Is this change compelling enough on its own to prompt the Rao Family to take another trip to CP? No, it's not. But I definitely look forward to taking a spin on Rougarou (not crazy about the name) some day.
Lift hill height fixed. My CMD-C aim is off yet again. :^(
Well now we all know Robert uses a Mac. :)
^Seems like the Iron Horse Treatment for Mean Streak might be a better "next" project.... then a dark ride or two would be most welcomed!
I can see that happening too. They used to have an indoor bobsled coaster that got torn down for Gatekeeper. They need dark rides and more indoor activities in general for when the weather turns bad.
It may be a great coaster, but I loathe that name. It desperately needs to be changed.
I admit that the name isn't the best, but this coaster has a history of name-changing. Actually, I can kind of understand it, considering that the loading station and part of it goes over the old inland lagoons of Cedar Point, and that at times the water does look a bit malarial. Perhaps some major waterscaping will be done to add to the theme. Also, one of the main outdoor haunts, "Blood on the Bayou" is held under the coaster during HalloWeekends. I know it's stretching a bit, but it's the best I can do.
So other than the floorless train, are any of the other stats new?
That's a good solid investment. Not a terrible amount of money to bring new life to what is already a good track. It was always the standup trains that kept this one from getting the kind of attention that many other coasters in the park did. I dig the fact that they are investing in some visuals too. However, the name...yikes. They might have been better off going through with the Lebron stunt instead.
My guess is that the "lighting effects" are nothing more than what Kings Island did with Banshee, which has an array of modern LED theatrical lights that alternate between the coaster's three primary colors at night. To me, this is a cheap investment, but sound move to extend the life of a coaster that was waning in popularity. Hopefully the money being saved here will be put towards the rumored dark ride that has been promised for Cedar Point for the past 2 years.
Hey I've ridden Mantis standing up, so I think it still counts as riding the coaster even if they change the trains. I would like to go back and try the sit down version. I am not a fan of stand up coasters.
I think they should have moved the mantis to kings island and brought back a new king cobra that would have been awesome since they brought back the bat
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