Arrivals & Departures The force awakens

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Star Wars fans who have imagined themselves travelling to a galaxy far, far away are finally able to do so, writes MOGENS JOHANSEN.

The first of two Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme parks opened last week at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The second at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort will open in August.

The giant 56,000sqm site took five years to build and reportedly cost $US1 billion ($1.45 billion).

Designers used real locations in Istanbul and Marrakesh and Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park as inspiration.

Fans can embed themselves into the world of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo and mingle with mysterious and curious creatures and critters from across the galaxy.

A ride aboard the Millennium Falcon, the famous spacecraft piloted by Han Solo and his hairy sidekick Chewbacca, is sure to be one of the major attractions in the new theme park. Fans will be given roles such as pilot, engineer or gunner during an interactive smuggling mission on Millennium Falcon as it blasts off into hyperspace.

A second ride — Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open at the end of this year.

Fans can also build their own lightsabers at Savi’s Workshop for $290 and visit the Droid Depot where they can design, assemble and activate their own R2-D2 for $145.

Hungry fans can head for Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo for a variety of dishes prepared with ingredients from across the galaxy.

And from June 24 fans of all ages will be able to quench their thirst with unique concoctions at Oga’s Cantina while they plan their next smuggling run.

Prices to get into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge start about $190for a regular ticket but at peak time (June 1 to September 30) it will set you back about $215. And, a ticket alone will not get you in.

Reservations are required until June 23.

Guests are assigned a four-hour timeslot for their visit and will be escorted out by Stormtroopers at the end of their allotted time.

May the Force and your wallet be with you.

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