When Cedar Point announced this ride in 1995, it was named Banshee, the wailing female spirit whose cry foretold a death. After determining that this name could be offensive to some people, it was renamed Mantis prior to opening in 1996. It kept that name until 2014.
The proposed Banshee logo was later reused on the Steel Force coaster at Dorney Park, an amusement park owned by Cedar Fair, the company that also owns Cedar Point. 18 years later, the banshee theme was used on the Banshee inverted coaster at Kings Island, another park in the Cedar Fair chain.
©2017 by Joel A. Rogers.