Mantis Transforming into Rougarou in 2015

Yes you heard me right, it’s called Rougarou.

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Cedar Point has done something unprecedented in the coaster world: not only renaming and repainting a roller coaster, but giving it new trains that will completely change the ride experience.

Way back on September 2nd, Cedar Point announced that their B&M stand up coaster Mantis would be closing on October 19th. Enthusiasts promptly began to jump to conclusions as to what would happen to the 1996 roller coaster.

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For the 2015 season, Mantis will be going under the knife for some major cosmetic surgery, as it will get an all new paint job with rusty-orange track and dark teal supports, a brand new name, and most prestigious of all a brand new set of floorless trains.

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For those of you who are wondering what on earth Rougarou is, as it turns out it is the French version of the werewolf, which when considered fits very well with the intriguing new logo.

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At the end of the day, I’m excited to see one of Cedar Points less loved attractions get some love and a new lease on life. However, I will say that I’m sad to see one of the few strong stand up coasters fall as I for one actually enjoy the unique experience stand up coasters provide. With that said, I can’t wait to see what the floorless trains add to the already fantastic coaster.

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