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You win some, you lose some: Mantis to close next month, as Falcon's Fury opens officially

Robert Niles

By Robert Niles
Published: September 2, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Cedar Point announced this morning that its Bolliger & Mabillard stand-up coaster, Mantis, will close on Oct. 19.

Mantis opened in 1996 and featured a 137-foot initial drop and four inversions, including a 119-foot vertical loop. Note, though, that the press release video says that Mantis will be "squashed," suggesting that, like, Six Flags Magic Mountain's Colossus, the ride might not be completely torn down, but transformed in some way. The "take one last stand" might be the real tell. New trains and a new name, anyone?

Mantis

In the meantime, Busch Gardens Tampa announced this morning that, as of today, the Falcon's Fury drop ride is open officially, after a few weeks of start-and-stop soft openings, and a several-month delay for part fabrication and installation.

Initial reviews have been strong for the new ride, which featured a unique face-down rotation before the big drop.

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Monday Top 10: The best coaster parks in North America

Robert Niles

By Robert Niles
Published: September 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

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Food and Wine in a wheelchair? Here's how to navigate the Epcot festival

Daniel Etcheberry

By Daniel Etcheberry
Published: September 1, 2014 at 10:06 AM

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The Week Ahead: Disney and Universal schedules for September 1-7, 2014

Robert Niles

By Robert Niles
Published: August 31, 2014 at 4:33 PM

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The Rao Family Visits the Roller Coast: Part 5

James Rao

By James Rao
Published: August 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

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The Rao Family Visits the Roller Coast: Part 4

James Rao

By James Rao
Published: August 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM

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Vote of the Week: How many theme parks did you visit this summer?

Robert Niles

By Robert Niles
Published: August 29, 2014 at 12:13 PM

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The Rao Family Visits the Roller Coast: Part 3

James Rao

By James Rao
Published: August 28, 2014 at 9:15 PM

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Insider's Update: Look, up in the sky! It's the Disney drones!

Robert Niles

By Robert Niles
Published: August 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

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Halloween News: How to visit Knott's Scary Farm, plus, Michael Myers is coming to Orlando

Jacob Sundstrom

By Jacob Sundstrom
Published: August 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

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Steel re-tracks, Giant Loops, and a dark ride highlight Six Flags' 2015 new attractions announcement

Robert Niles

By Robert Niles
Published: August 28, 2014 at 10:01 AM

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The Rao Family Visits the Roller Coast: Part 2

James Rao

By James Rao
Published: August 27, 2014 at 10:24 PM

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Beyond CaliFlorida: Previewing tomorrow's Six Flags announcements

Jeff Elliott

By Jeff Elliott
Published: August 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM

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The Rao Family Visits the Roller Coast: Part 1

James Rao

By James Rao
Published: August 26, 2014 at 8:39 PM

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