Welcome to Star Wars Launch Bay in the aftermath of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Kylo Ren is off marching through Batuu and Darth Vader has taken back his rightful place inside his original meet and greet location.
Back in March, we reported that automated PhotoPass cameras were being introduced at select Walt Disney World meet and greet locations, and it seems the ones that were installed at Star Wars Launch Bay meet and greets have finally been set up and activated.
These automated cameras take guests’ photos instead of PhotoPass photographers by way of embedded, multi-level cameras within a themed box.
Character Attendants are still present during your experience as they help guide the meet and greet and direct guests to stare and smile at the PhotoPass box.
Here’s the camera box in action pic.twitter.com/D78TuBMaXP
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The camera is be positioned in the room to take photos throughout the duration of the interaction with the characters.
Upon exiting the meet and greet, there are two stations where you can tap your MagicBand or scan your park ticket and Memory Maker card to load your photos onto your account.
Even the kiosks are themed, with control panels, buttons, and space-like siding and accents.
In case you’re wondering how the photos come out, here they are:
As you can see, the camera just takes photos on timed intervals, so you get a lot of mid-action shots, plus some out of frame shots.
Many readers have written in expressing their concerns for the increasing lack of PhotoPass photographers in the parks, especially after the implementation of other PhotoPass boxes at other meet and greet locations like Tinker Bell’s meet and greet in the Town Square Theater. What do you think of these new PhotoPass automated boxes?