Cedar Point Announces Rougarou – A New Coaster For 2015
After months of rumors and speculation, Cedar Point has finally revealed their new addition for 2015! It’s the “last stand” for one of the parks steel scream machines.
Rumors have been flying the past few months about Mantis being converted to a floorless coaster. But today, the park confirmed Mantis will indeed get squashed and be re-designed into an all new floorless coaster called ROUGAROU!!
This afternoon, Cedar Point released some exciting news fulfilling rumors that they would be building a new coaster on the skeleton of the soon-to-be-defunct Mantis.
“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. Rougarou is going to be a fantastic addition to our coaster lineup and our guests are going to love it! With the swampy waters below, the vibrant colors of the supports and track, lighting and other effects, it will be a ride like no other at the park.”
Named after a terrifying werewolf-like creature in French folklore, Rougarou [roo-guh-roo] feeds on screams and lurks in and around the swampy lagoon at the center of the park, shared with other coasters like Iron Dragon and Top Thrill Dragster.
The new floorless trains will be manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, Monthey, Switzerland, the same team behind rides like Raptor and GateKeeper.
Rougarou will reach speeds of 60 mph as riders feet dangle just inches above the track and lagoon below. The ride begins with a climb to the top of the 145-foot-tall first hill, providing amazing views of the Cedar Point skyline. After reaching the apex, the trains will make a 180-degree turn to the right and plummet 137 feet, at a 52-degree angle, to within inches above the water.
Riders will then be flipped upside-down by a 119-foot-tall vertical loop, spun around a 103-foot-tall dive loop, whipped around a highly-banked 360-degree turn and then twisted upside-down again by the world’s only inclined loop on a floorless coaster, angled at a wicked 45 degrees.
Just when guests think the ride is over, the steel beast will take them through a 360-degree flat spin, tight and twisty turns and a figure-eight finale.
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Cedar Point’s massive stand-up coaster, Mantis, is closing for good on October 19. Guests still have time to give Mantis a “standing ovation” before it shuts down permanently on Sunday, October 19 at 8 p.m.
A new coaster experience isn’t the only thing Cedar Point has planned for 2015, The park is also completely refurbishing Hotel Breakers from the ground up. Located along the mile-long Cedar Point Beach, Hotel Breakers will complete its two-year transformation into the ultimate resort destination.
- 511 Rooms & Suites
- Complimentary Wi-FI
- Outdoor & Indoor Pool and Hot Tub
- Outdoor water play area
- Cedar Point Beach Access
- Full-service Starbucks
- Surf Lounge Rotunda Bar
- TGI Friday’s Restaurant and Bar
- Perkins Restaurant
- TOMO Hibachi Grill
- Pool Side Deli and Ice Cream Shop
- Hotel Breakers Store
- Concierge level with lounge
- Fitness Center
- Conference Center
Also in 2015 The park is opening a new lakeside pavilion to host groups, clubs, reunions and more.
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