Star Wars fans, listen up. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the popular place to be right now! But while you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios check out a fantastic exhibit that you will love. Star Wars Launch Bay is a fun spot, located in Animation Courtyard, that you won’t want to miss. You’ll feel like you’re walking through the movies when you visit. Here are seven totally cool things about Star Wars Launch Bay.
7. Every Movie Included
No matter which Star Wars movie is your favorite, it’s covered at Launch Bay. From the originals to the prequels to the new trilogy, you’ll find different displays featuring each movie. You will also see the side movies like Rogue One, and there’s even some Clone Wars and Rebels memorabilia. Disney has them all covered.
6. Behind the Scenes Movie in Launch Bay Theater
Inside of Launch Bay Theater there is a 10 minute film that includes behind the scenes clips, as well as interviews with many of the people that made Star Wars what it is today. It’s definitely a must see for hardcore Star Wars fans. Plus it’s indoors and air conditioned, which is always nice in Central Florida. You can skip it if you want to head straight for the exhibits.
5. Amazing Queue
At the entrance to Star Wars Launch Bay there is a really amazing queue. There are displays and artwork that you won’t want to miss. You’ll see international movie posters, replicas of Ralph McQuarrie concept art, and other interesting items. If there is no line Disney will often point you in a different direction, so ask a Cast Member if you can walk through. It’s definitely worth it. You will also want to take a few pictures of the giant mural, it includes a little bit of everything.
4. Launch Bay Cargo Gift Shop
Since this is Walt Disney World you know that there’s going to be a gift shop at the end. For Star Wars fans this is a good thing. You’ll be able to purchase items that aren’t sold anywhere else. There are authentic costumes as well as autographs from many of the stars from the movies. You can also customize and pick up a Star Wars MagicBand or cell phone case here. There are plenty of other items that you will want as well.
3. Join the Dark Side with Kylo Ren
Star Wars Launch Bay is where you will be able to meet Kylo Ren. He can be intimidating; will you join the Dark Side with him? He is quite convincing, so beware. Also, if you’re bringing your kids to meet Kylo Ren he will not give hugs, so make sure your child knows that ahead of time.
2. BB-8 and Chewbacca
On a friendlier note, you can also meet BB-8 and Chewbacca at Star Wars Launch Bay. Chewie is more than happy to give big hugs, and it’s definitely a fun picture opportunity. You also can’t go wrong with BB-8, he’s very excited to meet you as well. All three Star Wars characters meet in separate lines, but Wait Times are usually manageable. FastPass+ is not available.
1. Props and Costumes
There are a lot of amazing exhibits at Star Wars Launch Bay. You will see all different types of props, models, and costumes. They are replicas, but they are identical to the ones that were used in the real movies. Make sure you have plenty of space on your phone to take pictures, especially if you love all things Star Wars.