Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker props have been added to exit of Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This exhibit features props, models, and costumes, many of which were created for Lucasfilm’s final movie in the Star Wars saga. You’ll find them right before you exit into the Cargo Bay Star Wars store.
Star Wars Launch Bay also contains three popular meet and greet opportunities (and a special opportunity for Disney Visa holders). You can meet Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, and BB-8. We find the queues for these move pretty quickly, but can quicklyi grow if a big crowd enters the Launch Bay ahead of you. If you enter and the waits are long, consider leaving and returning a few hours later to see if wait times have gone down. 15-25 minutes is the average wait time these days.
There are also other exhibit areas inside Launch Bay with models, costumes and props. We also like the cantina set where you can pause for a photo with some blue milk or with other props and Star Wars themed decor.
There’s a big question as to the future of Star Wars Launch Bay now that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open. We don’t expect anything to happen immediately. Although you may have an encounter with a character, you currently can’t find characters for photo opportunities inside Galaxy’s Edge itself. Instead you get a chance to join them as their involved in their own story on Batuu. Launch Bay offers an opportunity to have the classic photo souvenir.
The other purpose of Launch Bay is to help sell souvenirs at the ‘Cargo Bay’ store. This is the main location for Star Wars merchandise outside of the Star Tours exit. Right now Keystone Clothiers is also hosting Star Wars merchandise, but that might change when excitement for Galaxy’s Edge dies down.
Of course, that plot of land is rumored to be the home of a future expansion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, I think Disney will be waiting a long time to add anything major like a new land after opening Toy Story Land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in the span of just a few years.
Do you make a point to visit Star Wars Launch Bay when you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios?