For some children, Feel The Force Day is the best day of the year, even including Christmas, because it’s the only Comic-con, film fan and cosplay event in the world that is created, first and foremost, with disabled and special needs visitors in mind.

Four people dresses as the Ghostbuster from the hit film.

Ghostbusters!

This remarkable event, which draws in visitors from all over the world, despite its modest footprint and regional focus, moved to the East of England Arena and Events Centre this year to take advantage of greater accessibility features and more space for a bigger event.

Run by a team of volunteers, Feel The Force Day XL 2019 was already off to a good start with a queue of visitors at the gate, and before long they were in the Arena with the attractions including celebrities and actors from Star Wars, The Mighty Boosh, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doctor Who.

The DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future

The DeLorean Time Machine

An army of cosplay volunteers dressed as characters from Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Deadpool, Iron Man, and dozens of other blockbuster films mixed with the thousands of visitors for selfies and photo-ops. There were even Props, too, like the time travelling DeLorean sports car from Back to The Future, and an all-star stage show with lookalike Jake and Elwood from The Blues Brothers singing and dancing with other stars and characters.

Comments from visitors after the event demonstrated why Feel the Force Day is able to attract visitors from Japan and the USA, and were virtually unanimous in their praise for event organisers, Simon Howard and JJ Lucia-Wright, as well as the volunteers, and celebrities and the stallholders.

Jason Lunn, venue director, East of England Arena and Events Centre, said, after the event, “It’s been a real privilege to host Feel The Force Day here at the Arena. You see plenty of happy faces at a venue like ours, but today the smile quotient went through the roof. I really look forward to seeing Feel The Force Day 2020 here next year, bigger and better than ever.”