Cedar Point had us thinking we would find out what was new for 2015 today, only to reveal what won't be around any longer next season! The park has announced that Mantis will have its "last stand" on October 19th 2014, closing to park guests after that date.
“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. “But we’re extremely excited about what the future holds here at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World™.”
The park created this somewhat creepy video to announce the ride's closure, complete with death walking up to Mantis to seal its fate. At one point death asks "Ever wonder why you're not supposed to step on a Mantis?" though no answer is ever given... hmm.
The coaster originally opened in 1996, and is one of Bolliger & Mabillard's stand-up designs. It has given over 22 million rides in the years since debut.
Worth noting is that the park has not clearly stated that the ride would be removed, just that it will close and be "squashed" before long. This allows for recent rumors of a rename/retheme along with potentially a new style of coaster trains for the ride to have perhaps a bit more credit. We will have to see exactly what the park has in store for the ride - Cedar Point promises to reveal more 2015 news in the coming weeks.