Solar Eclipse Event

Does anyone else think that this event is grossly over priced for what they are offering? $120 for a meal and a few rides?

And a high probability of clouds. To me that is the problem - I don't want to feel like I am tied down to a specific location in the even there is cloud cover. If clouds are predicted in my area, I plan on jumping in my car (of course with a full gas tank) and head somewhere that I can actually see the eclipse.

I flew to Nashville for the day with a friend for the 2017 eclipse. We planned it all of about a week before. Stupid me, I never gave a thought about it being cloudy. Various locations were having eclipse events. Zoo had one. Grand Ole Opry had an event. We ended up just staying at the airport. About thirty minutes before the eclipse started, we went to roof of a parking garage. About 10-15 minutes before the eclipse started, a cloud appeared in the sky and seemed to be on a path toward the sun. But it somehow stayed away and we had a perfect view. Somewhere, that was not the case and that cloud caused problems.

Being mobile may be an advantage. Or it may be mostly/totally cloudy and you would need a plane to get to a location with clear skies. There is a Delta flight from Austin, Texas to Detroit in the path of totality as an opportunity to fly above the clouds.

Some people may look at it going to Cedar Point as a hedge against cloud cover. If its a cloudy day (historically speaking, its more likely than not it will be cloudy), you can ride some rides, eat and watch the festivities. It will get dark quickly and you can experience the Point after dark for a bit. A lot of schools are closed that day. Some people may find value in that. Not all will though. But that can still work out for the park if enough do.

The best value, IMO, was actually the most expensive VIP package that sold out in just a few minutes. For the same price as the sunrise Valravn experience in the regular season you get to do that same experience during the eclipse plus food and any other giveaways. Not saying it's a value per say, but if it's an experience you had ever been interested in in this was a way to get bonus extras with it.

FloridaPointFan, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But that said, I personally don’t have an issue with the price. This seems like it will be a really neat and exciting event; (not many people can say they saw a Solar Eclipse at Cedar Point or on the Lake Erie Shores & Islands). Plus those who have tickets will get to be at the park and ride rides in April. Also remember the park is hoping to make money, and the more money they brings in = more money to hopefully spend on park improvements/updates along with future construction projects and the like.

not trying to be negative nancy, but just saying.

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Jake Padden
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11-CP & LE Railroad Platform; Cedar Creek Mine Ride; Tiques/Wave Swinger

Jeff's avatar

$120 is a steal for an event like that.

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I personally do not find the value in this event to fork over $120 for admission, parking, select boardwalk rides, and a single meal voucher when I paid $49.99 with the holiday bundle that includes the exact same things but the entire park will be in operation (assuming maintenance and operations improve this year 🀞🏼). If it included accommodations for the night, then I’d say yes. I just hope the weather cooperates for this event.

Many places in the Sandusky area are charging $75 to $100 just to park your car. No extras included! I'd say $120 is a good deal.

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TwistedWicker77, Sawmill Creek & Castaway Bay will both be open Solar Eclipse Weekend and are both offering 40% off on accommodations. Check out the events page and keep scrolling down past the grand pavilion part.

Jake Padden
13-Tiques/Wave Swinger
12-Camp Snoopy; Tiques/Wave Swinger
11-CP & LE Railroad Platform; Cedar Creek Mine Ride; Tiques/Wave Swinger

@Shades - Good point about the clouds. For the 2017 Eclipse, my son and I had originally planned on driving an hour north of our home (at that time, we lived in Kansas) to get into the path of totality. When the forecast started looking iffy the day before, we got in the car and kept driving east... We stopped to check the forecast every few hours and ended up in Kentucky before we found an area where we were reasonably confident that we'd actually get to see the eclipse. We found someone offering their backyard as a campsite... pitched our tent and had a great view the next day.

Getting back was a nightmare though. Between Carbondale and Mount Vernon, IL it took us four hours to go 45 miles, due to the fact that that Carbondale had the longest duration of totality (So it drew bigger crowds)... and it was also where everyone from Chicago apparently ended up.

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For those who haven't yet seen the list elsewhere, here are the rides scheduled to be open for this event:

Wild Mouse
Giant Wheel
Kiddy Kingdom Carousel
Sky Fighters
Dune Buggies
Roto Whip


For a month before Opening Day that's pretty great. I honestly thought it would be Wild Mouse, Scrambler, Himalaya and maybe Giant Wheel. The fact that they are going to get that many rides commissioned by the state and enough crew trained to work a one day event that far out from Opening Day is a commitment.

Cousin Eddy's avatar

Anyone here going? That would be a great time....memorable for sure...

That there Clark is an RV.....

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Does anybody know what canned beer will be available? I don't want to spend $18 a beer that day, i'll likely just stop at the Sandusky Kroger and purchase a sixer of whatever they have, then smuggle it into the point, saving myself a cool $100.

Sit tight fellas ;)

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Pitter Patter, Let's Get At'er.

Cousin Eddy, I’m going & definitely excited, so much that I have an Official Countdown going until the Eclipse, and also of course April 20th & May 4thπŸŽ’πŸŽ‘πŸŽ β˜€οΈπŸŒŠπŸŒ•πŸŒ–πŸŒ—πŸŒ˜πŸŒ‘πŸŒ’πŸŒ“πŸŒ”

Official Countdown:

Easter: 25 days

Total Solar Eclipse: 23 days

KI Opening Day: 35 days

CP Opening Day: 49 days

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Jake Padden
13-Tiques/Wave Swinger
12-Camp Snoopy; Tiques/Wave Swinger
11-CP & LE Railroad Platform; Cedar Creek Mine Ride; Tiques/Wave Swinger

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I just saw on Facebook that they are installing the Tubs on the Giant Wherl! Getting ready for Eclipse Day! I can’t wait to stumble my way into one of the tubs to get a good look at the sky!

Sit tight fellas ;)

Make sure you have a drinking buddy with you. No single riders allowed on the Wheel!

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Given his username, it might be best that he stay away from that attraction all together.

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