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Darth & Yoda: The Return

A free, epic experience returns to the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque Intergalactic Balloon Museum.


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Oct 06, 2017
08:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113


The enormously popular Darth Vader and Master Yoda hot air balloons return to this special inflation event at the Balloon Museum (weather permitting).

All are invited to attend, even droids, womp rats, and nerf herders. No advance reservations required, except for school groups and tour groups whose total group size is 15 or more people:

In addition to encountering Darth and Yoda up close, visitors will also be able to meet the pilots and crew members. And,

  • Don't miss "Attack of the Drones", aerial pursuit and conquest by TIE fighter and X-wing drones piloted by crew from Colibri, Albuquerque's own drone flight experts
  • In recognition of "Math in Aerospace Month", educators from Explora will offer "Darth & Yoda" visitors unique, enjoyable aerospace-inspired math activities
  • New Special Guest: BB-8 of ABQ. Meet one of the galaxy's favorite droids. Great photo opportunity.

The event also includes entry to:

  • The Balloon Museum's exhibitions, including our newest, "The Weather Lab"
  • Mos Eisley Craft Port (arts and crafts at various stations in the museum)
  • The Tim Anderson 4-D Theater
  • Balloon Explorium, hands-on hot air balloon experiments and simulators
  • Radio-Controlled Hot Air Balloon Demonstrations. Guest pilot: Chewbacca.


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. Siding with Rebels? Look for allies among members of the Bantha Canyon Base who will also be here.

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Upon arrival at the Balloon Museum, groups will proceed to Tosche Station (the East Gate) to gain admittance (signs and Rebel scum or Imperial forces will direct you) and to receive Imperial Access Permits, which will help guide you through your "Darth and Yoda: The Return" experience.

The rest of you will present yourselves and any of your droids at the museum's main blast doors to obtain your Imperial Access Permit. No Jedi mind tricks.

Darth and Yoda Day





Paul Garver