May the fourth be with you. “Star Wars” fans celebrate the iconic science fiction film worldwide this 4th of May. In 2007, to honor the original release date of the 1977 George Lucas film, the Los Angeles City Council declared May 25 Star Wars Day. But for die-hard fans, the play on words has stuck, and for Southlanders it’s an opportunity to celebrate the all-American imagination and will to seek the stars.
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Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Disneyland Park - Tomorrowland
1313 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
The magic of Disneyland brings the “Star Wars” universe to earth with Star Tours. More than a ride, it’s an experience that integrates riders into story lines with multiple outcomes and many locations. With every ride having a different scenario, this is one is worth taking many times. Digital 3-D technology makes the scenes come to life, and all the well-known characters are along for the ride. Take a day and visit all of your favorite rides and shows as well, and don’t forget to visit the Star Trader store on Main Street.
Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Children and adults alike will have their imaginations expanded with the real science of space exploration. The Boeing Rocket Lab is for kids and kids at heart. Displays and demonstrations explain the dynamics of rocket science. The planetary Research Station uses digital animation to create a virtual space environment as visitors view the earth. Discover the science of space exploration right here in Southern California.
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
The Shuttle Endeavor is on permanent display and stands as an example of America’s drive to go to the stars. What was once only fiction came to be fact with one of the nation’s recent space exploration programs. Artifacts and photographs explain the Southland’s role in space discovery. Air and Aircraft, Humans in Space, Mission to the Planets, Stars and Telescopes are exhibit sections that round out the day.
2800 E. Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
For decades, Los Angeles’ Griffith Park Observatory has been helping the Southland get its cosmic connection on. Interior and exterior exhibits are just the beginning. Shows, discussion panels and interactive activities offer real experiences connecting visitors with the universe. Human exploration of space began with observation, and high above the city visitors come closer to the stars.
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Opened for business in 1993, Meltdown Comics sells comic books to the public. For “Star Wars” fans, it’s a treasure trove of comics and souvenirs. “Star Wars” figures, comics, T-shirts and more are available. It’s an emporium of pop culture and a Hollywood social spot. More than a geek experience, the owners are serious aficionados who enjoy informing and serving the public.
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Robert Cuthbert is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. His work can be found on Examiner.com.