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Disney Welcomes You to Star Wars Launch Bay

2015 has brought a number of changes to the Walt Disney World Resort (WDW), but among the biggest updates was the Star Wars expansion at Hollywood Studios.

The first phase, Star Wars Launch Bay, recently opened to rave reviews.

The new attraction offers a unique experience into the franchise.

There are a large number of props and artwork that you can see and some that you can even purchase.

Meet You Favorite Character

The Launch Bay features a meet and great that give you the chance to come face to face with your favorite characters from the silver screen.

If you’ve ever wanted to meet Darth Vader on the dark side or Chewbacca on the light side that is possible.

It is best to arrive early in order to avoid wait times that may exceed two hours.

There are rumors that a FastPass+ option will soon be available here to ease wait times.

Get In On The Action

Iconic scenes from the set are just the beginning of the fun you can expect at the Launch Bay.

Depending on the time you arrive you may find Jawas wandering about.

They aren’t the only great photo opportunities, you can gather the family around a Holochess table or grab some blue milk at the bar.

Once you leave the Cantina you can try out some of the Star Wars themed games in the Star Wars Game Center.

Angry Birds and Disney Infinity 3.0 loaded consoles fill the entire area and if you aren’t paying attention to your watch you may find yourself here for an extended period of time.

Great Merchandise

No trip to Star Wars Launch Bay would be complete without picking up some merchandise for yourself or the Star Wars fan in your life that hasn’t been able to make it to WDW yet.

You can pick up a t-shirt or Storm Trooper costume at the same time.

If you don’t have $1,800-4,000 for a life-size costume you can still pick up some great artwork or remote control BB-8 for $150.

Jawas are some of the friendliest creatures in the galaxy. Ask to see what's in their satchel, these collectors always have something interesting to share. They're also happy to stand with you for a photo op. #StarWarsLaunchBay
Jawas are some of the friendliest creatures in the galaxy. Ask to see what's in their satchel, these collectors always have something interesting to share. They're also happy to stand with you for a photo op. #StarWarsLaunchBay
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Watch the Action of Screen

Star Wars Launch Bay is much more than a place to pick up the coolest Star Wars merchandise in town, but you can also get a behind the scenes look at footage that is dubbed “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi.”

The ten-minute film features interviews and insight on the birth of the saga we know today as Star Wars.

It doesn’t matter if you are a lifelong Star Wars fan or if you have somehow eluded hearing of the franchise at any point in the last 30 years you will find the Launch Bay to be very intriguing and may drive you to rent or purchase the entire series to remind you of the amazing things that you’ve seen during your visit to Star Wars Launch Bay.

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