If you want to see Darth Vader in a meet and greet at the new Star Wars Launch Bay experience at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood studios, you’d better hurry up and get to the parks. To celebrate the big new baddy from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Disney will be replacing the Sith Lord with one of the new film’s most intriguing and chilling new characters, Kylo Ren.
Starting in February, a visit to Star Wars Launch Bay at either Disneyland in California or Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida will transport guests to the Star Wars galaxy for an encounter with Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer.
As seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is a dark warrior with a mysterious past. Kylo Ren is strong with the Force and serves as a leader of the First Order, seeking to destroy the New Republic, the Resistance and the legacy of the Jedi.
The Meet and Greets (you can also see Chewbacca and other walk-around characters like Greedo, Jawas, and Stormtroopers) are one of the most popular aspects of the new Star Wars experiences added to both coasts. Disney says that the Launch Bay is designed to rotate characters, so who knows who we will see in the future.
Other Star Wars experiences include Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Plus unique experiences designed for each coast like Hyperspace Mountain at Disneyland and “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show at Hollywood Studios.
The new experiences further expand the Star Wars presence ahead of the new Star Wars-themed lands coming to the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.