Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars Launch Bay’

Guests Will Be Able to Meet BB-8 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 17, 2017



Ok, this is cool. Soon, Guests will have the opportunity to meet the lovable Star Wars droid, BB-8 at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This meet and greet opportunity will begin later this spring.

BB-8 will appear in addition to Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, two characters who meet Guests regularly in the Star Wars Launch Bay.

The Star Wars Launch Bay is a fantastic overall experience for Guests who are Star Wars fans. Located in the Animation Courtyard, Star Wars Launch Bay is a multi-sensory space where Guests will see special concept art, tour galleries featuring memorabilia and replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including ones from Rogue One, and have the ability to purchase special Star Wars merchandise.

New Rogue One-Inspired Star Wars Experiences for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on December 6, 2016



For Star Wars fans, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been the place to go and that trend only continues going forward.

Guests who are excited for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will soon be able to see AWR (Advanced Weapons Research) Troopers, specialized Stormtroopers with dark armor. These new Troopers are the bodyguards of Director Krennic in the upcoming film. These AWR Troopers will appear in the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show beginning December 16.

For those who want to visit the Star Wars Launch Bay, you’ll now be able to see new props from Rogue One including a Shortrooper Blaster, Director Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle, a Death Star model, a U-wing gunship and more. In addition, additional behind the scenes footage will be added to the film called “Meet the Makers” that’s shown in the Launch Bay Theater. The 10-minute film celebrates the creation of the Star Wars saga and includes exclusive interviews with the directors, writers, producers and other key players responsible for the series.

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever February 11, 2016: Kylo Ren & Construction Walls at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 11, 2016

Kylo Ren Disney's Hollywood Studios

Visit Kylo Ren and check out DHS construction with Best Week Ever! (Photos/video by Seth Kubersky)

Ed – Sorry to break in right at the start, but I would like to announce that this will be Seth’s last Best Week Ever for the time being. While Seth is focusing his considerable talent on other things, we will have some new Best Week Ever authors. Look for the first new Best Week Ever later today…that’s right, double Best Week Ever week! Now, on to Seth’s wonderful week.

It’s been a little while since Best Week Ever took a look at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so I stopped by the park several times in recent days for an update on this in-transition attraction. Construction walls may be rising on a daily basis, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping the crowds from coming! We’ll look at some of the changes around DHS, culminating in an encounter with the newest patricidal Star Wars star, Kylo Ren.


First, let’s take a look around Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the first week of February. This is a typically moderate time of year according to our Crowd Calendar, but I encountered some long lines around DHS, especially on February 8th:


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Guests Can Now Meet Kylo Ren at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 7, 2016

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

Are you anxious to meet the newest villain in the Star Wars universe? Well, now you can at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Kylo Ren, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now appearing and greeting Guests at the Star Wars Launch Bay.

Guests will be able to meet Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer in the Dark Side section of the Launch Bay. This means that Darth Vader will no longer be meeting Guests here, but he can still be seen in Jedi Training:

In the Launch Bay area, Guests will also be able to meet Chewbacca, come across Stormtroopers or even Jawas. Guests visiting this area can also experience a film showcasing some of the people behind the film, see concept art, tour galleries of memorabilia, see Star Wars artifacts, play video games and more.

The Star Wars Launch Bay is likely going to be a fluid experience going forward, with new artifacts, art work and more debuting as the upcoming Star Wars movies get ready to be released. Stay tuned for more information about this great area where you are able to get in touch with The Force. (Or the Dark Side…)

Kylo Ren to Meet Guests at the Star Wars Launch Bay

by on January 15, 2016

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

Ever since the Star Wars Launch Bay was introduced at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it has become the place to go to experience the Star Wars universe. The props, costumes, film, and meet and greets have all be extremely popular, especially since The Force Awakens debuted in theaters. However, there has been a disturbance in the force, causing a bit of a shakeup, because a brand new character will soon be greeting guests in the Launch Bay.

Kylo Ren, the newest Star Wars villain will soon be taking up residence here. Guests will be able to meet him on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer.

The Star Wars Launch Bay has always been designed to showcase a variety of characters. So, with the addition of Kylo Ren into the Dark Side Gallery, we must say good bye to the opportunity to meet Darth Vader. Guests looking to encounter Darth Vader will still be able to see him in the Jedi Training: Trips of the Temple experience.

Guests will be able to meet Kylo Ren beginning in February.

The Force Awakens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with More Star Wars Fun

by on December 23, 2015

In case you’ve been living inside the belly of an asteroid-bound space slug, The Force Awakens has ignited moviegoers and burnt down box office records ever since the long-awaited Star Wars sequel hit screens nationwide on December 17. Right now, there’s no better place in Orlando to celebrate The Force Awakens than Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which has spread new Star Wars stuff to every corner of the park. In this follow-up to my first look at the recently added DHS Star Wars offerings, we’ll check out additional attractions, edibles, and entertainment engineered to take you to that galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars Launch Bay and Chase Disney Visa Private Meet and Greet

Let’s start with a walk around Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which I originally broadcast on the Touring Plans Periscope channel.


Now, let’s check out the recently opened Star Wars Launch Bay walk-through exhibit.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Star Wars Launch Bay, Trials of the Temple, and More Now Open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on December 3, 2015

Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars Launch Bay and other galactic goodies have joined the lineup at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

Brace yourselves for the jump to hyperspace, because Disney’s Hollywood Studios has unleashed an army of new Star Wars attractions upon Walt Disney World visitors, just ahead of the worldwide debut of The Force Awakens. As of December 1, Star Wars Launch Bay has joined the DHS attraction lineup, along with Path of the Jedi, and an enhanced Jedi Training Academy: Trails of the Temple show. Plus there’s some exclusive new Star Wars snacks to sample.

We were there for opening day of the new Star Wars attractions to bring you this detailed photo review of the additions. Let’s start with a look at the current Times Guide, with the new offerings highlighted by a red symbol.


Star Wars Launch Bay

Additional Information About Star Wars Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on November 18, 2015

As I mentioned recently, for Star Wars fans, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be the place to be coming up this winter at Walt Disney World. The fun will be staggered, but begins soon – December 1. Actually, some of the fun has already started, as the new scene and other fun surprises have already been added to Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.

As a reminder, here is what Guests can expect to see beginning December 1 in the park, transporting them to a galaxy far, far away:

Star Wars Launch Bay
Located in Animation Courtyard, the Star Wars Launch Bay will be a primary location within the park for fans to celebrate all things Star Wars. Guests will be able to see special concept artwork, interact with beloved Star Wars characters, tour galleries featuring treasured memorabilia and replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including ones from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and play the latest Star Wars interactive video games, plus you’ll of course, have access to special Star Wars merchandise.



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Star Wars Weekends Ending and Other Star Wars News for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on November 9, 2015

Today, Disney made some major announcements regarding Star Wars in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

First, let’s start with the sad news. Due to construction at the park, Star Wars Weekends will no longer be taking place. Boo….

Ok, now that we have the bad stuff out of the way, let’s get to the good news. Starting on December 1, Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to enjoy more Star Wars experiences. The first will be the additional Star Wars: The Force Awakens scene for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, which was announced at this year’s D23. During the opening months, everyone who rides Star Tours will get to experience the new adventure. After that, it will be random once again.

Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see with the additional scene:

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