Jack Rabbit
Website: Seabreeze Amusement Park Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.6364
TPC Overall Rank: Rides need more than 25 reviews to be ranked.
Reviews: 14
Last Review: 12/23/2010 6:34:00 PM
In User Top 10: 5 times.
User Tracker Count: 34 times.

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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 12/23/2010 6:34:00 PM
Every coaster enthusiast knows what the oldest, currently-operating, wooden roller coaster in America is without any hesitation- Lakemont’s Leap the Dips. However, not all coaster enthusiasts are able to name the second oldest. What would be the answer? Look no further than Seabreeze’s classic and beloved Jack Rabbit. Certainly the 90 year old coaster is the park’s star attraction, as it has been there for several generations of park-goers. However, how does this antique attraction stack up to modern-day marvels? Quite well in fact.

Nestled in the eastern half of Seabreeze, the Jack Rabbit looks sensation despite its age. Sporting a beautiful, snow white paint scheme, the Jack Rabbit is clearly well maintained. Not only does the track look great, but the ride possesses an incredible classic station complete with a massive sign for the ride, which is a great touch. Additionally, while I know many enthusiasts are often less than enthused by Morgan trains, I personally love them. Not only do I think they are comfortable to ride in thanks to their bucket seats and simply lap bar restraint, but the trains themselves look great. The sleek red paint scheme really stands out and breaths new life into this classic attraction. Finally, the ride still employs skid brakes. Having never seen skid brakes in action before on a roller coaster, I was ecstatic to see them in action.

Being the park’s most popular attraction, one would expect long lines, especially since I visited on a Saturday. Much to my amazement, even with one train operations, I only waited 3 cycles at most for the Jack Rabbit. Ultimately, I got on in about 5-10 minutes for all of my rides, which is definitely worth it. Also, Seabreeze allows for riders to choose their seat, which is a definite plus. Personally, I found that all seats gave an almost identical ride, but the front was my favorite simply because of the view.

From the park, only the ride’s 75ft tall lift hill and tunnel can be seen, so almost all of the layout is completely hidden from view, which is a definite plus since it adds to the thrill in my opinion. After cresting the lift hill, I was treated to a delightful out-and-back coaster. The first drop provided a nice pop of air. Following that are two large hills that give small pops of air as well. Then comes the turnaround hill. While it may look small and innocent, this hill provides a nasty moment of ejector air that is augmented by the lack of seatbelts.

While the second half may lack the intensity of the first half, it is still very enjoyable in its own way. The Jack Rabbit’s second half begins with a rare double down. Despite not being taken at high speeds, this rare element is still really cool to experience. Following that are a few bunny hills through the woods. Unfortunately, no air is present due to the rather slow speeds that they are taken at; however, the sense of speed is still rather strong since there are trees all around. Next, there is a small helix that provides some laterals due to the lack of banking. Then comes both the finale and my favorite part of the ride- the tunnel. Coasting into the tunnel at relatively slow speeds, I was expecting to casually return to the station and hit the brakes. But boy to my amazement did the Jack Rabbit have one final trick up its sleeves. In the complete darkness of the tunnel was a drop. While not colossal by any means, it is definitely not miniscule in size. Despite lacking any air, the sheer surprise of the drop made it my favorite moment of the ride. Following that drop, the Jack Rabbit then returned to the station.

Don’t be fooled by its age, the Jack Rabbit is still a very enjoyable attraction. While it wasn’t my favorite attraction at Seabreeze (I enjoyed both Whirlwind and the Log Flume more), it was still one of my favorites. Additionally, it was one of the better wooden roller coasters that I have been on thanks to the perfect mixture of air-time, laterals, and quirkiness. Not only that, but the entire ride is glass smooth, which is a true testament to how well Seabreeze maintains this classic attraction. No visit to Seabreeze would be complete without a ride on the classic Jack Rabbit.

Times Ridden: 4
Favorite Seat: Front Row (1:1)
Best Part: Tunnel

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bmm124 on 6/29/2009 3:29:00 AM
Blahhh. Some Old Guy Named Tom Works There This Year... o_O Everytime I Go To Seabreeeze And Go On The Jackrabbit, He Stops Me And Is Like, Sorry. No Girls Wearing Hoodies Are Allowed (Cuz Im Always Wearing A Hoodie No Matter The Weather). Makes Me Anger. But The Ride Is Still Good! x]

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up BuschSchoe on 8/6/2008 1:35:00 PM
This coaster is a true classic.
The Jack Rabbit isn&#39.t thrilling, but sure fun! The tunnel at the end tops it off!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Timberman on 6/16/2008 8:10:00 PM
I'm certainly not here to bash this old survivor, but as much as I'm a sucker for nostalgia (and Jack Rabbit offers plenty of it), it just doesn't deliver for me in the ride department. On the plus side, the coaster looks great, and the skid brakes and giant, wooden operating handles obviously endear it to an old school stalwart like yours truly. The ride is also quite smooth and comfortable, even in the Morgan cars with their rather spartan padding. I'm not a big fan of Morgan trains, and all that garish red fiberglass on a coaster of this vintage is something like heresy. If ever a coaster could safely run PTCs with buzz bars, Jack Rabbit would be it, and a better train might well improve the ride. As things stand, the Morgan cars traverse a low-profile, terrain-hugging course that seems to offer several opportunities for high-spirited fun, but the ride remains notably forceless. Particularly disappointing is the double-down immediately following the turnaround that gives no airtime or even stomach-drop. The tunnel sequence is a nice way to wrap things up, although the variation it provides does not appreciably up the thrill quotient. "Nice," in fact, is a good adjective to describe this coaster. You can't really dislike it, and it seems eager to please. However, although the layout and ride quality top Rye Playland's Dragon Coaster, Jack Rabbit is similarly disappointing in that offers an impeccable pedigree and long history paired with a mismatched train and an anemic performance. Several generations of budding coaster enthusiasts undoubtedly graduated gently from kiddie rides to full-sized roller coasters with this old war horse, and for that alone it has earned its place among the respected and beloved old-timers. Still, even for this sentimental geezer, Jack Rabbit is a hare short of satisfying.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coaster05 on 7/31/2007 4:38:00 PM
My third favorite coaster at Seabreeze, although that is not really a knock, since I really enjoyed their eclectic line-up. APPEARANCE-9 Great classic coaster feel and I really liked the station. Ride looked pretty good. CAPACITY-7 One train operation with one op the day I was there led the train to load a little slow. The op was working hard and a second person would have been a great help checking the ride. RIDE QUALITY-6 Missing a little of everything I like. I realize it is older, but so are some of my favorites and this just doesnt have it. FUN-7 I had a nice time on it but no where close to the fun on Whirlwind or the Bobsleds. RERIDE-9 I would love to give it a couple more rides and will do so on my return visit in a couple years. OVERALL-36 AVG-7.2 So it will be a 7. I feel that is a good rating for what this coaster delivers.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 7/2/2006 2:06:00 AM
Im giving this coaster the benefit of the doubt to give it a 7 rating. In reality, I would say it is more of a 6.5. The tunnel drop is definitely the best part of this ride. Seeing the old style brake operations for this coaster, while waiting in the station adds a theatrical element to the experience. The ride is certainly well maintained and quite smooth, but nothing extraordinary.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 4/28/2006 5:12:00 AM
This coaster was built by Harry Baker and John Miller in 1920. Its 60 feet tall, has a 75 foot drop, and is 2,100 feet long. The finale features a great helix and a great tunnel. A true coaster classic that delivers air time, speed, tunnel, and a nice helix at the end. The best ride in this park IMO. It is fast, fun, rerideable, it has a large capacity, and a long duration.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Condor37 on 7/4/2005 7:21:00 PM - User's Top Ride #8
best ride in the park, no doubt. awesome air time!!! Painful first drop though. sweet tunnel at the end. i think it packs airtime in the front and back especially if you dont weigh too much.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Seabreezem on 3/2/2005 6:31:00 PM - User's Top Ride #18
This ride was awsome it may not be high but it is fast and smooth for such a old ride and the tunnel at the end of the ride is grate try to get on the ride at night.This is my second favorite wodden roller coaster behind the Comet

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up larrygator on 8/25/2004 2:30:00 PM
I love to see the old hand operated big wooden brakes. its a short ride so even with one train running the queue moves quickly. It takes about 40 seconds to get to the top of the lift hill and one minute to return. A nice out and back figure 8 woodie but it lacks speed, airtime or lats to warrant a higher rating. I only felt the airtime when finally rode in the first car as it crested over the hills so it actually had better airtime in the front. The tunnel is a pleasant surprise on the third oldest coaster in the US.

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