4 Must-Visit Star Wars Attractions for May the 4th

It’s May the Fourth, and you know what that means: It’s the one day in the year that Star Wars fans can go all out and blast their social media feeds with everything from the galaxy far, far away. In fact, 2017 is the 40th anniversary of the film series, the first of which debuted in 1977 (Star Wars, retitled Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981).

You must’ve already heard that there’ll be an impressive line-up of activities at Gardens By The Bay tonight—psst, the SuperTrees are going to become SaberTrees—but there’s more to do beyond our borders. We don’t want to miss out of the fun, so we’ve curated a list of where you can rub shoulders with your favourite Star Wars characters. Here are the top four Star Wars-themed attractions from all over the world!

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A LEGO replica of the iconic Millennium Falcon ship in LEGOland Deustchland.

#1 Star Wars Miniland, LEGOland

Where: Selected LEGOland parks (Malaysia, California, Deustchland, Florida, and Windsor)

Prices:
Malaysia: S$52 at Changi Recommends (Save 15% off RTP)
California: From US$84 (S$117)
Deutschland: From €31 (S$47)
Florida: From US$93 (S$130)
Windsor: From £30 (S$54)
*Prices correct at time of publishing, taken from the official LEGOland sites.

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Even the evil Darth Vader looks cute as a LEGO at LEGOland.

At Legoland, even the most menacing of the Sith lords get a cute makeover with the colourful plastic bricks of our childhood. At the Star Wars Minilands, you’d get to see over 2,000 models that are built to a 1:20 scale with a crazy 1.5 million LEGO pieces! That’s not all. The brick Jedis and friends also come complete with the sound effects we know so well, like the lightsaber “zing-zings”. Every miniland is split into seven zones, each inspired by a movie scene from the series.

Kick-start your adventure nearby, at LEGOland Malaysia resort, which will be celebrating its very own Star Wars Day celebration from 28 April to 31 May 2017. Sign up for the speed-building LEGO contest, or a crash course of lightsaber combat. Want the most bang for your buck? Dress your children (ages 3 to 11) in full Star Wars costumes for FREE ENTRY into the park!


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#2 Hyperspace Mountain & Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Disneyland

Where: Selected Disneyland parks (Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Park (California))

Prices: Save up to 5% at Changi Recommends!
Hong Kong Disneyland: From S$98
Disneyland Paris: From S$106
Disneyland Park: From S$270
*Prices correct at time of publishing.

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C-3PO, at the entrance of a Star Tours: The Adventure Continues ride. (Image credit: Jedi94 at English Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

This May, the force is with the ever-popular Space Mountain roller coasters of Disneyland. For a limited time only, the ride gets a Star Wars-themed overlay, transforming into Hyperspace Mountain. The ride features new lighting, projections, and music, all to plunge each and every park goer into an exciting Death Star battle. If that’s not enough to quench your thirst for an escapade into The Empire, go for the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. This 3D simulator ride takes you to traverse the different fictional worlds of the series, as C-3PO and R2-D2 go on a top-secret quest.


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#3 Star Wars: Identities Exhibition

Where: The six-year travelling exhibition moves from country to country. It is currently at The O2, London (now until 3 Sep 2017).

Price:
£20 (S$40; adult, off-peak), £25.00 (S$45; adult, peak)
*Prices correct at time of publishing, taken from the The O2.

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An interactive display at Star Wars Identities, taken during the previous segment of its tour in Germany. (Image credit: Marco Verch / CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Star Wars: Identities is halfway through its six-year tour, and is currently in London. There’s been no news of the upcoming locations, so if you’re planning a trip to the UK, this is a must-go. The exhibition not only showcases the elaborate costumes and other artefacts from the movie series, but it also delves deeper into the more abstract theme of identity. And what better way to do this than by examining the iconic father-son duo, Luke and Anakin Skywalker?

#4 Rancho Obi-Wan

Where: Sonoma County, west of Petaluma, California. As it is a private residence, specific directions will only be provided upon booking of tours.

Price: From US$75 (S$105; adults), US$25 (S$35; children, ages 6 to 12)
*Prices correct at time of publishing, taken from the official Ranch Obi-Wan site.

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Rancho Obi-Wan does pop-up exhibitions as well. This is taken from a showcase in Anaheim, California. (Image credit: Amy / CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Think you’re the number one Star Wars fan? Think again. Meet Steve Sansweet—former Director of Specialty Marketing and Content Management at Lucasfilm Ltd, and founder of the privately-owned Rancho Obi-Wan. This museum houses Sansweet’s collection of everything Star Wars, and is a whopping 9,000 sqm building. It is slightly more expensive to have a guided tour with Sansweet himself, but hardcore fans are likely to find it worth every penny—the super-collector is a diehard fan, who is happy to spend his time sharing his insights on the franchise!  Another interesting fact is that Rancho Obi-Wan is actually a federally recognized charity. With its collection of artefacts and team of passionate Star Wars fans, Rancho Obi-Wan aims to inspire, educate, and support other charities in whatever way they can.

Bonus!
Letterman Digital Arts Center – FREE TO ENTER!

Where: Chestnut & Lyron St, San Francisco

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From the Letterman Digital Arts campus, you can also catch a good view of the Palace of Fine Arts. (Image credit: The Conmunity – Pop Culture Geek / CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

The Letterman Digital Arts Center (LDAC) is actually the headquarters of Industrial Light & Magic, LucasArts, and Lucasfilm Ltd, and is thus not open to public. That said, while the four-building compound is off-limits, the surrounding park is not. Fans from all over the world visit this place to see the life-sized Star Wars characters peppered all over the park. This includes the Yoda fountain, Darth Vader statue, Storm Trooper idols, and more. Visitors are typically allowed to park and spend up to 20 minutes in the public area.

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