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Cedar Point to repurpose stand-up Mantis coaster to create a new floorless roller coaster

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SANDUSKY, Ohio — Ohio's Cedar Point says it plans to repurpose its 18-year-old Mantis roller coaster to create a new floorless coaster to open next year.

The Sandusky amusement park says the new ride will use the structure and track of the stand-up Mantis coaster. Park officials announced earlier this month that the Mantis would give its last rides in October.

The new roller coaster, named Rougarou (roo-GUH-roo) after a werewolf-like creature in French folklore, will feature floorless trains and a 145-foot first hill. The Rougarou will reach speeds of 60 mph and will include the world's only vertical loop on a floorless coaster.

Cedar Point says the Rougarou will open in the spring of 2015.

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