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 Review of Mantis @ Cedar Point
0 Rating Posted by: khmaverick on 5/9/2009 3:07:00 PM
Mantis, for a stand-up coaster is actually really good. Built back in 1996, it took several stand-up records. Unfortunately, that covers almost all of Mantis' problems. It was built to break records (which were broken again soon after), but not to consistantly provide quality rides. That aside, Mantis is full of great elements.

Its slow lift hill builds up your anticipation, and the swooping curve way up in the air is exciting. The first drop would be awesome, but there is a very noticable trim brake on the way down. The loop has really great hangtime at the top and has good g-force. The dive loop and the elevated turn over the station are pretty good too. The tilted loop really doesn't provide any advantage over a normal loop, but it was still a fun element. Pretty much everything after that was horrible, though. It was rough and it hurt. The entire 'maze' idea was pretty bad.

The only reason I give mantis a four instead of a three is the sentimental value it has for me. Back in '04, my family went to the point. We waited about 45 minutes in line for Mantis. Right when we got to the station, my sister chickened out, and my angry mom never got to ride it. Me and my dad went on to ride in the front row. Last year, we returned to Cedar Point, and I made fun of my sister throughout the entire line. Ah, memories...
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