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Character Meet & Greets Set to Return to Star Wars: Launch Bay

It has been a wonderful couple of months for meeting characters at Walt Disney World, and now there is even more good news coming, especially for fans of Star Wars! Almost one month after the return of traditional character meet and greet experiences to Walt Disney World, Disney has confirmed that fan-favorite character experiences will return to Star Wars: Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Theme park journalist Brooke Geiger McDonald broke the news on Twitter saying, “Disney has confirmed that Star Wars Launch Bay at Walt Disney World WILL reopen and Star Wars character meet-and-greets will resume in the space. ”

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Prior to the closing of all four Walt Disney World theme parks at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Star Wars: Launch Bay was home to a number of exhibits on Star Wars, that included closeup looks at props and costumes from the films, as well as a short film with those who have worked on the movies, animated series, and video games, and a number of popular character meet and greets.

BB-8 Star Wars: Launch Bay

Credit: Disney

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Among the characters Guests could previously meet at Star Wars: Launch Bay were Chewbacca, BB-8, and Darth Vader. (Previously Kylo Ren had been meeting Guests at Star Wars: Launch Bay, however when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened the character was moved over.)

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Disney has not yet released a timeframe for when Star Wars: Launch Bay and its character meet and greets will reopen. Nearby Star Wars: Launch Bay, the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show remains closed (in fact, the queue has been stocked with benches for Guests looking for a shady place to sit) while Disney Junior Live on Stage is currently open.

We will keep you updated here on Disney Fanatic as we learn more about the reopening of Star Wars: Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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