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|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Floorless|
|Model / product||Floorless Coaster (Custom)|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
Top speed60 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 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, which were then surpassed by Riddler's Revenge. The ride also includes the world's first inclined loop.
History[edit | edit source]
Mantis was officially announced in October 1995.
On May 17, 1996, the ride opened its gates to the public. 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 converted to a floorless coaster and was renamed Rougarou.
Design[edit | edit source]
Trains[edit | edit source]
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.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The ride was originally to be named Banshee, however this was changed quickly when the park realized the negative connotations of the word. The name has since been reused for the 2014 inverted coaster Banshee at Kings Island.
Images[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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|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
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|Present||Blue Streak • Cedar Creek Mine Ride • Corkscrew • GateKeeper • Gemini • Iron Dragon • Magnum XL-200 • Maverick • Millennium Force • Raptor • Rougarou • Steel Vengeance • Top Thrill Dragster • Valravn • Wicked Twister • Wilderness Run • Woodstock Express|
|Former||Broadway Trip • Cyclone • Dip the Dips Scenic Railway • Disaster Transport • High Frolics • Jumbo Jet • Leap the Dips • Loop the Loop • Mean Streak • Racer • Scamper • Super Coaster • Switchback Railway • Wild Mouse • Wild Cat • WildCat|