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Darth and Yoda Awaken at the Balloon Museum

Darth Vader and Master Yoda, two immensely popular hot air balloons, will be featured by the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum at an inflation event that caps the museum's year-long celebration of its 10th Anniversary.

The free event, "Darth and Yoda Awaken," takes place from 8:30am to noon on Friday, September 30, weather permitting.

"This is a great way for us to engage people of all ages in the science and technology of hot air ballooning," says Paul Garver, Balloon Museum Manager. "What better way to teach about this than by including Darth and Yoda?"

In addition to encountering these balloons up close, visitors will also be able to meet the pilots and crew members.

The event also includes entry to the Balloon Museum's exhibitions, the Mos Eisley Craft Port (arts and crafts in the museum's Sky Lounge), the new Tim Anderson 4-D Theater, and a one-of-a-kind Virtual Reality Experience presented by the ARVUS Roadshow and the Albuquerque Film Office.

Reservations are not required, however, school groups and tour groups are encouraged to register in advance by using the online form located on the "Darth and Yoda Awaken" events page of the Balloon Museum's website,

Upon arrival at the Balloon Museum for the event, visitors should proceed to the box office to gain admittance and to receive their Imperial Access Permit (visitor brochure), which will help guide them through their "Darth and Yoda Awaken" experience.

Since visitors will be under the watchful eyes of troops from Vader's own 501st Dewback Ridge Garrison, costumes are welcomed, but blasters are not permitted at this event.


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