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 Review of Mantis @ Cedar Point
2 Rating Posted by: CoastrGlxy on 7/17/2006 2:08:00 PM
I never thought Id see the day I give a B&M coaster such a low rating. I like, if not love, all of their installations. Well, now I have to say "almost all." The Mantis opens with a straight 130 foot drop. Next you enter a massive vertical loop that offers some gs, but nothing too intense. The dive loop is pretty smooth then you rise up and swoop back down for the inclined loop. Thats where things go wrong. The rest of the ride there was this pressure in my legs and feet that was pretty painful. Add to that some pretty substantial headbang on turns and in the last inversion (corkscrew). And basically for the last two-thirds of the ride I was just waiting for it to end. A feeling Ive never had on a B&M coaster. Even the older B&Ms and the standups like GA Scorcher and Vortex didnt beat me up or leave me with such a negative impression. Maybe a different seat wouldve offered a better ride, but this was by far my worst experience on a B&M. Luckily Scorcher and Chang make the case for fun standup coasters. Because after you feel that pain in your legs you wonder why they dont just through some sitdown trains on that track. The look of the ride, location, and the relatively fun opening third save Mantis from an inconceivable 3. Final Rating - 4.0 (Below Average)

Review Comments

Animan1 on 7/17/2006 7:54:03 PM said:
Wow, a 4 is indeed a low rating. I myself am not a big fan of Mantis either (or the other B&M across the park, for that matter), though I did rate it higher than you did. Still, your rating does not surprise me, and you certainly backed up your score with a detailed explanation. That doesnt mean that the CP fanboys still wont jump on you over this...
Danny on 7/18/2006 8:50:21 PM said:
"Or the other B&M across the park" - Shut up Animan I didnt feel any pressure on my legs, but I felt that the headbanging on this ride ruined the second half. Way to back up your rating :thumbsup:
Animan1 on 7/19/2006 10:14:05 AM said:
Hey, what can I say...CP has two of the worst B&Ms I have been on. And when the two coasters in question provide the majority of the loops in the park, things arent looking as good for the parks collection as the stats would have you believe.
Danny on 7/19/2006 11:52:13 AM said:
I see your point. I would be thrilled if the park got a real good floorless B&M, but I dont see that happening. I really like Raptor though, even if there are better inverts out there.
CoastrGlxy on 7/19/2006 3:32:06 PM said:
AniMan, the woodies are pretty weak there too. I had a feeling CP wouldnt quite live up to all the hype. For non-coaster enthusiasts and kids that realize 16 is a lot CP really IS the center of the coaster universe. But if youre a discerning park-goer like me thats been to a few parks, youre not as impressed. Most of the coasters I rode were subpar to average. I missed a few (TTD and Raptor, thanks to the weather), but the only standouts were Magnum and Millenium Force. Its a park full of Chevy Cobolts with two Camaros or Ford Focus with a few Mustangs and maybe a Thunderbird thrown in there. Id much rather go 2 hours away to BG Europe for four (soon to be five) Porsches.
Danny on 7/19/2006 5:31:34 PM said:
I agree, but still, I feel that any park with Magnum, MF, and TTD is automatically a great park. I think the park overall is a little better than BGE. I wouldnt call Nessie a Porsche. I can think of four coasters at Cedar Point that Id rather ride. (That being said, I still love Nessie)
Animan1 on 7/19/2006 9:09:01 PM said:
I too would rather visit BGW (I dont like the new names, so I wont use them, at least for now ) over CP. Easily.
papa1958 on 9/15/2006 3:41:46 PM said:
I am pleased that CoastrGlxy has the wisdom to dink this coaster. As he says, it is a rare B&M failure in my book.
tacoking on 9/17/2006 11:49:35 PM said:
Wow, a 4? If you give Mantis a 4 you must give Vortex (which by your profile you said you have been on) a -12.
CoastrGlxy on 9/18/2006 11:41:55 AM said:
I havent reviewed Vortex yet. But I remember that it was pretty short and there was some headbang. I dont remember it giving me as much pain in my legs as Mantis did. I dont care how cool the layout is, if youre in too much pain to enjoy the ride youre at least below average. The opening and the location in the lagoon saved it from a 3.
BobFunland on 9/18/2006 11:49:57 AM said:
I have to agree that Vortex is less painful than Mantis or Chang, but also much less thrilling.
tacoking on 9/19/2006 10:38:44 PM said:
Wow you people are nuts. Mantis was fine for me, but Vortex nearly killed me.
CoastrGlxy on 9/20/2006 1:07:19 PM said:
Maybe its gotten rougher over time. I see that your review is from 2004. I rode it in May of this year and the leg pain wasnt subtle it was pretty strong.
CoastrGlxy on 6/11/2007 1:05:01 PM said:
I guess now that Griffons open, Anonymous could do BGE in 40 minutes...
fergusonat on 6/11/2007 3:47:05 PM said:
Hahahahaha...I heart retarded anonymous people

And I just realized that this is my 666th post on TPC...maybe Im going to hell for all my ruthless n00b-pwning
ginzo on 6/11/2007 6:13:58 PM said:
I agree with giving Mantis a low rating. Its a really awful ride, perhaps the worst at Cedar Point. It beat the crap out of me. But, I have really bad luck with B&M stand ups. I pretty much hate the lot of them, even Riddlers.
millforce on 6/12/2007 4:52:49 AM said:
cool go do your boring bnm stuff, im just glad u wont b in line at cp like the rest of us!!!!!!!!!!
ginzo on 6/12/2007 1:14:14 PM said:
" cool go do your boring bnm stuff, im just glad u wont b in line at cp like the rest of us!!!!!!!!!!"

Is that English?
fergusonat on 6/14/2007 12:47:54 AM said:
Um, Cedar Point has two B&Ms, so I could in theory still do my "boring bnm stuff" while in line at "cp like the rest of [you]!!!!!!!!!!!"
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