Cedar Point announces permanent closing of 'Mantis'

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Cedar Point announced Sept. 2 that one of its steel scream machines will close permanently.

Mantis, which was billed the tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up roller coaster in the world when it opened on May 11, 1996, will shut down permanently at 8 p.m. Oct. 19.

Mantis has provided more than 22 million unique rides for passengers secured in a standing position on trains.

“It’s time to say goodbye to one of the park’s coasters, and it’s certainly been a different kind of ride for our guests,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point.

Additional plans for the 2015 season will be announced a later date, according to the park.

— Associated Press

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