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PHOTOS, VIDEO: Star Wars BB-8 Living Character Meet and Greet Debuts Early at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Scheduled to debut on April 14th, 2017 at the Star Wars Galactic Nights event, the BB-8 character meet and greet experience inside of Star Wars Launch Bay debuted early on Sunday, April 9th, 2017.

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The picture is dark because the signage points into the dimly lit cantina area in the Star Wars Launch Bay. This space was originally a hallway with a gaming area for Disney Infinity, which has since moved near the Path of the Jedi film and is what is now called the XBOX Game Port.

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There isn’t much queue space because of this, so the line was spilling out into the cantina despite being fairly short. I expect that this will be a daily occurrence.

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This is the first queue room, oddly lit from above in rainbow colors. I expect this will change before the formal debut.

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The ceiling screams “office of the future” to me with the light panels that don’t seem like something you would see in Star Wars.

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The second part of this queue is a hallway with a well-themed emergency exit.

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I’m happy to report that the lighting in here is much better.

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How cool is this door?

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The infamous yellow line you wait behind until they bring you into the meet and greet is event themed. I know this is a small and stupid thing, but I love it.

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You then get brought into a private room (which there appears to be two of behind closed doors) where you can have a short conversation with BB-8 and then get your picture taken. This was honestly one of the coolest character experiences I have ever had. While the cast member does have to translate for the droid, the extremely authentic and realistic movements, lights, and sounds that BB-8 emits will have fans young and old smiling.

To see him in action, please check out our video walkthrough of the experience, which includes my “conversation” with the Resistance hero:

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As you can see, the backdrop is great as well, making for an awesome photo.

BB-8 will officially starting greeting day guests on April 15th, 2017, but guests at the now sold-out Galactic Nights event can meet him on April 14th, 2017.

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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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