PHOTOS: Star Wars Launch Bay Opens at Hollywood Studios, A Look at all of the Exhibits & Merchandise Inside

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Star Wars Launch Bay opened today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and our own Nick LoCicero was there to bring us photos of this brand new experience aiming to fill the gaps in Star Wars fun in the park until the Star Wars themed land opens later this decade:

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Where the Magic of Disney Animation once stood, you’ll now find Star Wars Launch Bay

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The line to get in got pretty long later in the day, but the meet and greet lines inside were also over an hour all day

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The queue features a large mural and concept art from the seven existing episodes and Rebels

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A map of the inside

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What was the Mushu show is now used to show a short film about the Saga which is shown on a very small TV at Launch Bay in California

 

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Guests will find multiple galleries inside featuring models, movie props, and replicas

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An actual pod from Episode I on display

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This speeder bike is also an actual movie prop

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Guests will find two meet and greets inside, Chewbacca and Darth Vader. Both will eventually have FastPass+ offered.

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Guests can answer trivia while they wait

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There is also a roomed themed to a cantina

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Not functioning though…

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Jawas may pass through here from time to time

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The preview gallery comes towards the end of the experience

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Guests can play Disney Infinity in the gaming area

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There are also some mobile games you can play

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At the exit you’ll find the store, Launch Bay Cargo

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You can enter this without waiting in the long line

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D-Tech on Demand phone cases exclusive to Launch Bay are available here

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As are exclusive create-your-own MagicBands that can feature your name in English or Aurebesh

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At the end of the day, Launch Bay oofers a short film, two galleries, two meet and greets, some small diversions, and a shop. While this isn’t anything earth-shattering, I think it is at least equal to the final version of the Magic of Disney Animation it replaced. A permanent Star Wars exposition space and character meet and greets is an awesome idea and I’m sure it will remain popular until the opening of the Star Wars themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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