2024 Total Eclipse Event?

Anyone making early plans to view the 2024 Eclipse (April 8) from Sandusky? Looks like they will get 3.5+ minutes of totality. Not expecting to ride any rides that day (though that could be fun), but I can imagine some awesome coaster+eclipse pictures are in the making :)

You must be logged in to post


Would be great IF Cedar Point was open/operating in April.

Walt's avatar

I can see the potential of an off-season event. Contest, maybe something for charity.

I had a similar impulse for the 2017 eclipse, but after looking into it further, it is quite a challenge to pull off. First is solar position. There are various solar position calculators available online. I have not yet done the research for 2024 yet, but for 2017, the sun was just way too high in the sky to get good pictures of a coaster and the eclipse. Even if a great shot can be found, the next limitation is time. Three and a half minutes is not much. You are going to get one coaster picture setup, perhaps two if you absolutely haul across the park. And honestly, it is time that is better spent taking in the moment. I made it into totality for the 2017 eclipse, and I will tell everyone "accept no substitutes!" A total eclipse is mind-blowingly cool, but you have to be in 100% eclipse. 99.5% is not the same. 99.5% is a astronomical curiosity. At 100%... just WOW!. I live an hour outside of where totality was. Its two plus minutes was well worth the 4 hour traffic jam to get home.

The next limitation is weather. Let's face it. The weather in April in Ohio sucks. Even though I am planning on being there to be with family, already I am girding myself against disappointment. Even a single cloud can ruin an eclipse, and I am imagining rain or even snow. To schedule an event is a huge gamble. Though I'll take this opportunity to predict the new ride for 2024 will be named <something> Eclipse. B-)

XS NightClub's avatar

Monday might not be the best attended day for an event in the off season

The way this weather keeps getting warmer, they just might start opening earlier.

Thabto -

The issue isn't just weather, staffing is a big part of it. Most are college students. It would be hard to staff the park if they opened sooner.

Late Winter Chill Out?

POP Forums app ©2024, POP World Media, LLC - Terms of Service