You win some, you lose some: Mantis to close next month, as Falcon's Fury opens officially
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?
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.
It is being converted to a floorless coaster.
Stand up coasters are uncomfortable, and they inflate load times due to the cumbersome loading seats. Nothing but a good change in my opinion.
I'm happy to see Falon's Fury finally open...Busch Gardens has really gotten burned by drop towers. I can't wait to try the new one out in late October!!
If Mantis gets re-theme into Sonic the Hedgehog-themed ride, Well, it's ok. I Think?
Yep, that's a rebrand. Doesn't mean that CP is done announcing things though..
I enjoyed Mantis a lot when we visited CP in August. It marked the first time I rode a stand up coaster and was not entirely uncomfortable. However, I am all for making it a floorless coaster because then it will be more like Kraken, one of my favorite B&M rides.
I went to Busch Gardens today to ride Falcon's Fury and be there on Opening Day. Well, the park had few people in it, the parking lot only filled to tram stop 1, there were no special anything for this opening day. I guess BGT knew not to waste time and effort on this long delayed day, one day after "summer" season ended.
Why Mantis? Burn down the piece of crappie Mean Streak!
Mr. Duda, why looking south is so-so? By looking south don't you see downtown Tampa?
I think he had mentioned that it might be because you're looking into the sun.
Daniel, yes, Tampa is far to the right when facing south and it is a collection of tall buildings while everything is flat. But, as you rise, the first thing you see is a large parking lot behind Desert Grill. Very non-pretty. North was my non-glasses ride, so blurry view but nice with the college (USF) near-by. I saw a guy with a leg cast and wheelchair get loaded, very easy to do with the set-up they have. Once locked in, there is no wiggle-room. I fit in end seats very well (where single riders always get seated).
Will it go to MI ADVENTURE? they could add a quicker path and demolish the train for it. green is a real mantis color.
I absolutely LOVE the floorless conversion idea for Mantis! Do up some floorless trains, put the same type of restraints in that they use on the Gatekeeper and Banshee or even Maverick, and it'd be golden. No more coming off the ride in pain from having your ears bashed in or having to worry about your "parts" ...and it would still maintain all the things I absolutely LOVE about the Mantis like the turnaround first hill, the giant vertical loop and first few elements, and make the parts that killed me enjoyable!
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