That's another point I think most miss when they make the Patriot comparison. Apocalypse/Firebird is longer by 1000 feet, and 10mph faster. The ride experience, I think, will be better. I believe once people ride this, they'll see the conversion was more than worth it.
It's interesting to me that parks keep doing this. Mantis is the only converted standup I've ridden so far and something about it feels "off" to me. I don't think the standup to floorless heartlining is exactly the same because there were a few moments where Rougarou felt wonky. It also had more headbanging than I remember from Mantis. That shouldn't be a problem here as Iron Wolf wasn't intense to begin with.
I personally enjoyed Mantis overall but wasn't a fan of how much blood pooled in my legs during the intense second half. It's clear that Mantis was pushing the line of what acceptable force wise on riders even w/ the trim w/ standups. As someone said before Carowinds should really just remove Vortex if they're even considering this... the only cool moment on the ride is the heavy airtime you get over the station in the front row.
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