You might have heard that a huge Star Wars expansion is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios – but there’s no word about when that might actually be out. The good news is that they’re still adding plenty of Star Wars stuff around the parks right now! The newest and biggest thing is an area called the Star Wars Launch Bay.
The Launch Bay is located where the old Animation building was located (goodbye, drawing class!). When I arrived there were two stormtroopers walking around outside, interacting with guests. You wait on a line (usually) and then watch a short film where they discuss the making of Star Wars and the history of the franchise. After that you’re released into the Launch Bay and are free to wander and go at your own pace.
There are a couple of areas with things to do. One of these is a character meet and greet area. Right now you are able to do photos with Darth Vader and Chewbacca. There are costumes, props, and replicas from the movies on display, so plenty to look at. There’s also a Disney Infinity station set up if your kids want to play. Jawas are wandering around inside Star Wars Launch Bay trying to strike up some trades with people.
So what other Star Wars things are available? There’s still the Jedi Training Academy, but it’s been re-done and expanded. A short film called Path of the Jedi is being shown, which is basically just a collection of clips from the various films. A new segment from the Force Awakens has been added to the Star Tours ride. And you’ll find plenty of food items and merchandise. Backlot Express has Star Wars named items on the menu including a “dark side” burger that has a black pumpernickel bun. But the real draw is three Star Wars cupcakes and the drink sippers and popcorn buckets. That BB-8 sipper is too cute to resist (I know I couldn’t!).
Are you excited about Star Wars coming to the Disney theme parks? What do you think about the start of it?