BB-8 To Greet Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios This Spring

Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have more Star Wars fun to look forward to this spring when BB-8, the loyal droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, begins character greetings at the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay.

BB-8 will appear in addition to Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, two characters from the Star Wars galaxy who guests regularly encounter at Star Wars Launch Bay. In addition to character greetings, the location also offers guests the chance to explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including some from the latest film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Star Wars Launch Bay is just one experience that has debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the delight of Star Wars fans over the past two years: “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” daytime show features characters from around the Star Wars galaxy; while the guest-favorite “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” nighttime spectacular lights up the park each night. Guests age 4-12 can also become Jedi recruits and put their skills to the test in an unforgettable battle against villains like Darth Vader or the Seventh Sister Inquisitor. And just a few months ago, the park’s Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction began offering guests randomized destinations, making different planetary destinations possible for every galactic journey.

D-Tech on Demand Awakens This Summer with Limited Release Star Wars Artwork

This summer, guests can enjoy a variety of Star Wars experiences at Disney Parks including the upcoming fireworks show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” at Disney’s Hollywood Studiosstarting June 17. To celebrate a summer of Star Wars at Disney Parks, the D-Tech on Demand team is introducing a limited release collection of Star Wars-inspired artwork at the D-Tech on Demand kiosks in Florida and California.

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On the first and fifteenth day of each month this summer, guests will find a new piece of artwork used for creating customized or personalized mobile phone cases. Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort will also find new retail MagicBands artwork.

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The two images of phone cases and retail MagicBands above include artwork being released on June 1.

The process for creating a D-Tech on Demand phone case or retail MagicBand takes a few minutes. Guests can select their phone model or MagicBand color, chose a favorite design and add a name. For Star Wars artwork, names can be written in Aurebesh, one of the alphabets used in the Star Wars galaxy.

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Beginning June 15, additional artwork, as seen in the above and below images, will be added to the respective D-Tech on Demand kiosks. All artwork will only be available for a limited time (typically 30 days).

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At Walt Disney World Resort, guests can find D-Tech on Demand kiosks at Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. in Magic Kingdom Park, D-Tech on Demand boutique in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace, and Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

For guests visiting Disneyland Resort, look for D-Tech on Demand at Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland inside Disneyland park or D-Street in Downtown Disney District.

Prepare to Encounter Star Wars Villain Kylo Ren at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become a global phenomenon, and soon guests at Disney Parks will be able to interact with one of the film’s most intriguing new characters, Kylo Ren.

Every day at Disney Parks, you can step into exciting Star Wars experiences such as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” and Star Wars Launch Bay, where you can come face to face with some of the greatest heroes and villains of the saga. Soon, a visit to Star Wars Launch Bay at either Disneylandpark or Disney’s Hollywood Studios will transport you 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. 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.

Star Wars Launch Bay was designed to showcase a variety of Star Wars characters over time. In addition to Kylo Ren, you may also come across a garrison of First Order Stormtroopers or the heroic Wookiee, Chewbacca, holed up in a secret Resistance base.

The portal from Star Wars Launch Bay to Kylo Ren’s Star Destroyer opens at Disneyland park and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios next month.

Details for Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Disclosed

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Star Wars Launch Bay – headquarters for Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be opening on December 1st.

Located in the former Magic of Disney Animation building, the experience begins in the outdoor queue area from the former Animation Tour. The walls will be lined with concept artwork from the Star Wars saga to wet your appetite before heading inside.

Inside, you’ll find Star Wars meet and greets, behind-the-scenes interviews, galleries of memorabilia, Star Wars artifacts, interactive video games, and special Star Wars merchandise.

  • Special Character Encounters: After entering a themed atrium complete with replicas of Star Wars props, guests can journey to the dark side and encounter Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader in a 360-degree immersive area themed around the Star Destroyer, or they may choose the light side by stepping into a makeshift Rebel base and coming face to face with Star Wars characters such as the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy, Chewbacca.
  • Launch Bay Theater – Guests hear directly from the creative minds behind the Star Wars saga in a short video that includes exclusive interviews with the directors, writers, producers and other key movie crew members who bring the saga to life.
  • The Cantina – This setting, inspired by the unsavory “hives of scum and villainy” in the Star Wars galaxy, is a fun place to explore and take photos near elements of the cantina, such as a holochess table. Holochess is a game seen in Star Wars
  • Star Wars Game Center – Guests can play current and upcoming video games, including new Disney Infinity 3.0 content created exclusively for this location.
  • Themed Galleries – Special immersive galleries will be located throughout Star Wars Launch Bay.
  • Celebration Gallery will feature iconic ships from throughout the Star Wars saga, such as memorable ones of the Rebel Alliance and the Imperial Navy fleet.
  • Celebration Hallway will display large-scale replicas of Star Wars props amid scenic murals.
  • Preview Gallery will offer guests exclusive looks at replicas of props, artifacts and memorabilia from the latest movie in the saga, starting with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Among the items that will be on display are costumes, ship models, droids and artwork.
  • Launch Bay Cargo – A unique shopping area where guests may bring home a variety of Star Wars merchandise, including original artwork and collector’s items.

Star Wars Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet Locations Announced for Chase Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers

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Chase Card Services, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and The Walt Disney Company today announced that all Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers will have access to an exclusive Star WarsTM Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet at private Cardmember locations at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

Beginning November 16, 2015, the exclusive Star Wars Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet location for Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers will be offered daily from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. PST at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park. Cardmembers simply present their Disney Visa Credit Card to enter the Meet ‘N’ Greet.2

Scheduled to open December 1, 2015, the exclusive Star Wars Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet location for Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers will be offered daily from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. EST at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. Cardmembers simply present their Disney Visa Credit Card to enter the Meet ‘N’ Greet.2

“With excitement at an all-time high for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, we are delighted to unveil this new experience for our Cardmembers,” said B.J. Mahoney, general manager, Chase Card Services. “This immersive experience will delight fans and continues our efforts to bring the magic and wonder of Star Wars to Cardmembers.”

Earlier this year, new double-sided card designs featuring Darth Vader, Yoda and R2-D2 with C-3PO were introduced for the Disney Visa Credit Card portfolio. 3 In addition, all Disney Visa Cardmembers can enjoy savings on select Star Wars merchandise purchases at Disney Store, DisneyStore.com and select locations at WALT DISNEY WORLDand the Disneyland Resorts.1 Cardmembers also have the opportunity to take advantage of upcoming Star Wars-related limited-time offers.

Disney Announces New Star Wars Experiences for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Cancels Star Wars Weekends

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You heard about it first during the 2015 D23 Expo, and now Disney is sharing more details. Very soon, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have the opportunity to experience Star Wars in the park in an all-new way – every day! New experiences will open starting Dec. 1, bringing that galaxy far, far away, a little bit closer.

Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the Star Wars saga and the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, special merchandise and opportunities to encounter Chewbacca and Darth Vader.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will be home to a brand new adventure inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. During the opening months, we’ll make sure that everyone who rides Star Tours will experience the new adventure. After that, it will be up to the will of the Force. Here’s a sneak peek of where the Starspeeder 1000 will be taking us.

There also is new information about “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi.” It will feature scenes from the complete Star Wars saga, also giving anyone new to the Star Wars galaxy an opportunity to get acquainted with the films.

Last, but certainly not least, is Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, which will open in early December. This reimagined Jedi Training experience will take younglings to the secret site of an ancient Jedi temple where they will face Darth Vader along with the Seventh Sister – a new villain from the Disney 😄 series “Star Wars Rebels.”

And work begins next year on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With construction underway, unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer Star Wars Weekends. While Star Wars Weekends has been a great way to enjoy the saga for a few days every year, now the Force will be with Disney’s Hollywood Studios every day.

With Star Wars Launch Bay, the new Jedi Training experience, “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” and a new destination in the Star Tours attraction opening in December, you’ll be able to step into the Star Wars saga every time you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios.