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Star Wars Launch Bay is a walk-through exhibit housed inside the former Innoventions building (originally the Carousel of Progress) 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 Force Awakens film. One side of the room showcases weapons and vehicles favored by the Resistance (the successors to the classic trilogy’s Alliance), including Rey’s scavenger tools and Luke’s long-lost lightsaber. The other side of the room is dedicated to the First Order, who picked up where the Empire left off.

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 highlight of this area is a detailed scale reproduction of Boba Fett’s Slave I, with a tiny figure of the infamous bounty hunter visible inside the cockpit. There are several more models in this area than are found in the equivalent attraction at Walt Disney World.

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, awaits; 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.

In addition to the two public meet and greets, a private meet and greet with Kylo is reserved for Disney Visa credit card holders. It’s open daily 4–8 p.m. and always has a shorter wait than the public line, in addition to providing free PhotoPass downloads.

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—and a corner full of video consoles where gamers can test-drive Disney Infinity 3.0.

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 10 a.m., but guests line up here from rope drop for Jedi Training sign-ups.

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