Saturday, February 8, 2020

Seabreeze Amusement Park's Classic Jack Rabbit Coaster Celebrates 100 Years

© Seabreeze Amusement Park
The Jack Rabbit wooden roller coaster at New York's Seabreeze Amusement Park is celebrating an amazing 100 years during the 2020 season.

Having opened in 1920, it is now one of only a handful of coasters that have hit the exclusive 100 year mark, and the park is obviously quite proud of that fact.  They are finalizing details on their plans, but the park will celebrate the milestone throughout the season with special events.  The park is also proud to note that the coaster is the oldest continually operating one in America.

© Seabreeze Amusement Park
The Jack Rabbit was designed by John A. Miller and constructed by Harry Baker.  According to Seabreeze, the ride was the first to utilize under friction wheels, which John A. Miller had received the patent for just one year prior to the Jack Rabbit opening.  The design improvement allowed the coaster to feature more dramatic hills, drops and turns.

The ride's top speed of 42 miles per hour may not seem like much today, however the ride was the fastest in the world when it first opened!

© Seabreeze Amusement Park
The Jack Rabbit starts with a 60 foot plunge and features an out and back layout with a bit of a surprise at the end, a drop inside a tunnel that first time riders do not expect.  Granted the ride isn't the tallest and longest, but to make it to 100 years is quote an achievement!  Make sure to drop by Seabreeze this summer and take a spin on the Jack Rabbit - or if you can't enjoy the point of view video from the park below!