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    Star Wars Launch Bay

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Star Wars Launch Bay is a walk-through exhibit that pays homage to the entire Star Wars cinematic series. A 9-minute introductory film featuring interview snippets with some of the creators of the new Star Wars films—including Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, and Rogue One director Gareth Edwards—runs on an endless loop to the right of the exhibit entrance.

The central display area is devoted to the new films. Another area displays replica props and models representing the vehicles and weapons of the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire, as seen in Episodes IV–VI.

The back portion of the Star Wars Launch Bay building is dominated by two elaborate meet and greets: one leads to a Rebel base where Chewbacca, the world’s favorite Wookie, the other to an Imperial bunker occupied by Darth Vader. Whichever side you select, you’ll find a couple cases of replica helmets and light sabers to look at. The line moves slowly, but the wait is well worth it because both meet and greets use Disney’s latest interactive technology to bring these iconic characters to life. Chewbacca can move his mouth and growl in response to your questions. The queue is also carefully managed to prevent guests from seeing the encounter ahead of them, so your face-to-face really feels like an intimate experience.

Beyond the meet and greets, the Launch Bay includes a small mockup of the Mos Eisley cantina—where you may snap a selfie at the holochess table.

To exit, guests pass through the Launch Bay Cargo Shop, stocked with high-end memorabilia aimed at well-heeled collectors. If you want mass-market Star Wars clothes and toys, head over to Star Traders in Tomorrowland. If, on the other hand, you want to spend $4,000 on an authentically detailed Darth Vader costume (perfect for wearing to any wedding or bar mitzvah) or $3,050 on a life-size Kenner Boba Fett action figure, this is the place.

Touring Tips

Be sure to set aside at least 20 minutes each to meet Darth Vader or Chewbacca. Star Wars Launch Bay doesn’t open until 11 a.m.

Star Wars Launch Bay Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Star Wars Launch Bay when you visit on a day with a given Disneyland Park Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Star Wars Launch Bay Wait Times.

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