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 Review of Jack Rabbit @ Seabreeze Amusement Park
0 Rating Posted by: 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.
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