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|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Floorless|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Top speed||60 mph|
|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard |
|Riders per train||32|
Rougarou is a steel Floorless Coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, USA. Formerly known as Mantis, it was a Stand-up model originally, built by Bolliger & Mabillard. When it first opened in 1996, it set several stand-up roller coaster records, including height, speed, length, and inversions. All of those records were later beaten by Chang at Kentucky Kingdom, which were then surpassed by Riddler's Revenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The ride also includes the world's first inclined loop.
Mantis was officially announced on September 8, 1995, when stand-up coasters were quite popular. The ride was originally to be named Banshee, but this was changed quickly when the park realized the negative connotations of the word. The name Banshee was used for the 2014 inverted coaster Banshee at Kings Island, however.
A media day was held on May 9, 1996 with Mantis opening to the public on the first day of the season, May 11. It became the world's tallest, fastest, and longest stand-up coaster, and featured the most inversions. The first ride to feature an inclined loop, it was the second Bolliger & Mabillard coaster at Cedar Point, following Raptor. All of the coaster's records were later taken by Kentucky Kingdom's Chang (now Green Lantern).
In 1997, trim brakes were added to the first drop.
On September 2, 2014, it was announced that Mantis would be "squashed" on October 19. The ride was considered by some to be rough and uncomfortable. Later that month on September 18, it was announced that the ride would be converted into a floorless coaster and renamed Rougarou.
As part of its transformation, Mantis was repainted by Baynum Painting. The color scheme was changed from red and yellow track with blue supports to orange with turquoise supports. The ride reopened on May 9, 2015.
As part of its transformation into Rougarou, the roller coaster received new trains. The front section of a former train was donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum. Portions of the trains were retained for parts while the rest was scrapped.
A Rougarou is a French werewolf-type monster from myth that lurks in swamps.
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- "Kings Island unveils plans for world record-breaking coaster Banshee". USA Today. https://eu.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/1/01/01/kings-island-unveils-plans-for-world-record-breaking-coaster-banshee/2634459/.
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- Clarke, Alex. "Squashing the Mantis". The Observer. https://observer.case.edu/squashing-the-mantis/.
- "145-foot-high Rougarou will replace the Mantis, the company announces". https://www.toledoblade.com/retail/2014/09/19/145-foot-high-rougarou-will-replace-the-mantis-the-company-announces.html.
- Coaster painters have close brush with ‘Rougarou’ - The Blade
- "Cedar Point’s new roller coaster Rougarou rises in place of Mantis". https://www.news-herald.com/2015/05/08/cedar-points-new-roller-coaster-rougarou-rises-in-place-of-mantis/amp/.
- Cedar Point removes Mantis coaster trains from attraction - Ohio.com
|The categories Rougarou and Mantis contain additional media.|
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
- on Wikipedia.
|Tallest vertical loop|
1996 - April 4, 1997
|Tallest vertical loop
1996 - April 4, 1997