Places every Star Wars fan should visit

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Maria Sergeeva
December 14, 2017

J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been given an official release date of December 14, 2017, with more Star Wars sequels and spin-offs slated to hit the big screen in the next four years.

While the film seems to be endless with its sequels and prequels for some people, die-hard Star Wars fans can't wait to jump into new trilogy of Star Wars films. How to spend time between the long-awaited premieres? You can trek to filming locations and discover that the forest moon of Endor is not actually a galaxy far away!

With some luck, you can even find some Star Wars attractions in your city. Star Wars Land at the Disney Star Wars parks are also awaited, so you will have a whole theme park to fully enjoy the Star Wars adventures. Someday, you could even get there… Star Wars–themed planes!

Lake Como, Italy

The famous Star Wars planets were inspired by truly existing beautiful locations on Earth so you don't have to wait for an admission to a spaceship to discover those beautiful natural locations accessible by plane, train, boat, or car. Moreover Star Wars natural places are not necessarily the most exotic and remoted ones. Parts of the planet Naboo were filmed in  Italy.

Villa del Balbianello is a villa in the comune of Lenno, Italy which overlooks Lake Como. The villa was built in 1787 on the site of a monastery. By the end of the 20th century, the villa came under the ownership of the National Trust of Italy. 

 The villa was featured in a number of feature films, including Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. The villa was shown as the Lake Retreat where Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker hid while Obi-Wan Kenobi tracked down those responsible for attempting to assassinate Amidala and where the clandestine wedding of Skywalker and Amidala took place.

Tunisia

Star Wars fans know it very well: Tunisia is the first country that comes to mind when talking about the film. Four of the Star Wars films were partially filmed in southern Tunisia (this is where the planet Tatooine is actually located) and the good thing is that many of the locations are still in relative good state. 

Bonus: Star Wars is not well known in Tunisia, so the places are never crowded. Thanks to bloggers and fans, travelers can find enough Star Wars locations to transform the trip in a real saga pilgrimage.

You can begin by checking in in Luke Skywalker's home (now a hotel) and wander around the desert bumping into moisture vaporators and other Star Wars stuff around the Mos Espa set.

Djerba

Djerba is a Tunisian island. It's well known for its resorts and beach vacations. Two film locations can be found on the western side of the island. Ben's hermitage and Toshi Station.

This little house is actually used by fishermen as a storage. In Episode IV it can be seen as the house of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Toshi Station

Sidi Jemour is a temple, located some miles north of Ben’s house. It was seen in the movie as Toshi Station in Anchorhead, in a shot where the landspeeder rushes into Anchorhead on its way to Mos Eisley.

Tozeur

Tozeur is an oasis and a city in south west Tunisia. The city is located North West of Chott el-Djerid, in between this Chott and the smaller Chott el-Gharsa. With hundreds of thousands of palm trees, Tozeur is a large oasis. The dates that are exported from Tozeur are well known. 

From Tozeur you can make trips on a camel, explore the Sahara and get to know the Chott el-Djerid, where you can see fata Morgana's. Furthermore Tozeur is the place to be for Star Wars fans, because there are lots of movie locations around the city: the Lars Homestead exterior, the Mos Espa set, the Sith infiltrator landing site and Star wars canyon.

Star Wars  Canyon

In front of the canyon entrance, you'll see the Sandcrawler parking lot. The inside is a narrow gorge walled by two hundred foot high cliffs and a wide, flat wadi that runs from Jebel Krefane down to the chott. In the gorge Luke was being attacked by Tusken Raiders, and met Obi-Wan Kenobi for the first time. Just outside the mouth of the gorge Imperial Stormtroopers attacked and massacred the Jawas who sold the droids on to Uncle Owen.

You could find more tunisian Star Wars locations in the fan reviews as locals , as thet are not generally the biggest fans of the film, couldn't help you to find all the iconic places.

Anyway, Tunisia is a beautiful country where you could find many other histotical, cultural and natural locations to visit.

Star Wars Land at Disney Parks

Coming to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California Star Wars lovers will find there paradise in 2019 across 14 acres. This is when the parks are estimated to open. The park in Orlando is accessible for $97 for one-day park entry and for $99 in Anaheim.

Star Wars Land at Disney Parks Coming to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California Star Wars lovers will find there paradise in 2019 across 14 acres. This is when the parks are estimated to open. The park in Orlando is accessible for $97 for one-day park entry and for $99 in Anaheim. Star Wars is hopes to stoke the $55 billion amusement park industry with its two new theme parks. 

Even if Star Wars Land planned to keep it in secret, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that guests will have the capacity to encounter an at no other time seen planet loaded with characters and animals from the movies. He additionally touted two new rides: one will concentrate on the fight between the First Order and the Resistance, the restricting powers in the new set of three, and the second will put fans behind the controls of the incredible Millennium Falcon, flown in the movies by Harrison Ford's Han Solo. Be careful: Lines will probably surpass two hours when the recreation center initially opens. May the power be with you.

ANA Japanese airline

For those who are not  ready to prepare a whole Star Wars pilgrimage but are just in love with the saga, and they are really numerous, Japan’s largest airline, ANA, will be launching two Star Wars–themed planes on October 18, with a third planned to take flight before the movie hits theaters. 

 Two planes are painted to look like the fan favorite R2-D2; the other resembles a droid from the new film named BB-8. The planes offer all six films as part of the in-flight entertainment—which, when binged, last even longer than the flight from Canada to Japan—as well as film-themed cups, napkins, and headrest covers.  

A Boeing 777 painted in the likeness of Star Wars droid BB-8 made its debut flight in 2016, traveling from Osaka to Tokyo to Los Angeles.

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