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SANDUSKY -- Cedar Point says it will "squash" the stand-up Mantis roller coaster in a few weeks.

Thrillseekers will have their last opportunity to give Mantis a "standing ovation" before it shuts down permanently on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.

"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," says Jason McClure, vice president and general manager at Cedar Point. "But we're extremely excited about what the future holds here at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World."

Sept. 2, 2014: Take a front-seat ride on the stand-up Mantis roller coaster. It will close forever on Sunday, Oct. 19. Cedar Point officials have not released any further details about what may go in its place. Cedar Point

In a short YouTube video released at noon Tuesday, the grim reaper is seen walking toward Mantis as riders shriek in fear. After 60 seconds, the black-and-white video ends with the words: "Mantis gets squashed October 19."

Additional plans for 2015 will be revealed at a later date.

This still leaves coaster fans with a lot of unanswered questions. Will the Mantis track remain in place as the coaster itself becomes a sit-down, floorless coaster with a different name? Will it become the "King James" ride in honor of LeBron's return to Cleveland? Could Mantis be removed entirely to make space for a future attraction?

It remains to be seen...

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When Mantis was first unleashed in May 1996, it was the tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up roller coaster in the world. Throughout its 18 years, Mantis has given more than 22 million rides.

Mantis was constructed by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M).

Before it debuted, Mantis was originally going to be dubbed Banshee. That name was quickly erased from the plans due to the negative connotation and Mantis was chosen instead. Ironically, Kings Island opened a coaster named Banshee earlier this year.

Sept. 2, 2014: Cedar Point has announced they will "squash" the stand-up Mantis roller coaster as it closes forever on Sunday, Oct. 19. Check out this off-ride footage of Mantis in action. WKYC-TV

Cedar Point fans have been speculating for months that a big change would be coming soon for Mantis. The fire was fueled in recent weeks when the park started passing out thousands of free Mantis buttons unexpectedly. In addition, park fans noticed a green swath of paint across a small section of track, which ignited rumors that the coaster would be repainted and converted into a sit-down, floorless coaster.

Cedar Fair, the parent company of Cedar Point, filed trademarks for two words not attached to any parks within their company -- Centurion and Rougarou. Could one of these names have something to do with plans for 2015?

That, too, is unclear. Here's what we do know about each trademark:

  • Centurion -- filing date: Oct. 18, 2013. Definition: The commander of a century in the Roman army.
  • Rougarou -- filing date: June 23, 2014. Definition: A legendary creature in Laurentian French communities linked to European notions of the werewolf.

Cedar Point is currently preparing to unleash its 18th HalloWeekends, which screams to life Friday, Sept. 12. The annual Halloween event welcomes several new haunted attractions -- Hexed and Tombstone Terror-Tory -- along with a special live show featuring the macabre minds of Midnight Syndicate.

Sept. 2, 2014: Check out aerial footage of Cedar Point's stand-up roller coaster -- Mantis. The ride will close forever on Oct. 19. Cedar Point has not released any further details. Cedar Point

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