Kennywood To Give Away 100 Season Passes
Kennywood’s beloved Jack Rabbit roller coaster celebrates 100 years of double-dipping fun in 2020, and the park is celebrating this milestone with a major giveaway!
To celebrate the 100-year anniversary, Kennywood is holding a contest offering 100 season passes for the 100 best Jack Rabbit memories.
They’re asking for pictures or video from Kennywood fans and then judges will select the best 100 stories to be crowned winners of a season pass. They aren’t just looking for a photo, they are asking for vivid details that tug at the heartstrings! The more in-depth a story, the more it will make an impression on the judges!
Before you write that in depth story, take a virtual ride with us on the legendary Jack Rabbit right now!
Guests can see the full list of rules and ENTER THE CONTEST by clicking here.
The Jack Rabbit was designed and built by John A. Miller and Harry C. Baker. The ride opened in 1920, making it is one of the oldest roller coasters in the world still in operation, and it’s tied with Jack Rabbit at Seabreeze Amusement Park for being the oldest in the United States. The ride’s three trains were manufactured by Edward Vettel, Sr. in 1951 and contain three cars of six seats each. The aging cars are considered a part of the ride’s nostalgic experience but also lead to some young children being disallowed to enter the ride (42” is the minimum), due to the use of a small lap bar to hold in riders. A popular early feature of the ride was a tunnel which covered the turnaround section after the first drop, but this was removed in 1947 when the new cars were ordered. In 1991, the tunnel was restored, at a slightly shorter length.
The Jack Rabbit was built shortly after Miller patented a new track design in 1920 (which all wooden coasters built since have used). This design involved the use of wheels both under and over the track, which allowed Miller to create the then enormous 70-foot (21 m) drop that is the attraction’s largest. It is most well known for its double dip element following the lift hill. The double dip produces strong airtime that makes the rider feel that they will be thrown from the seat, and a feeling that the train leaves the track (it rises up but the upstop wheels keep it firmly on the rails).
In June of 2010, Jack Rabbit was designated as an “ACE Roller Coaster Landmark” by American Coaster Enthusiasts.
As one of only six existing roller coasters anywhere in the world to give a century’s worth of rides, the Jack Rabbit has created countless special memories for coaster fans.
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