Star Wars Characters
Ever since Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars characters have become much more easily accessible on a regular basis at Walt Disney World. On any given day you can be sure that you’ll be able to meet some of your favourite Star Wars characters face to face. The Star Wars characters can be found at Hollywood Studios. One of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks. Hollywood Studios is home to Toy Story Land, broadway caliber stage shows, the epic Hollywood Tower of Terror and everything Star Wars. So let’s jump into light speed and find out which Star Wars characters you can meet during your Disney vacation.
This droid from Episode 7 & 8 can be found on what feels like a rebel alliance ship. But really it’s in Star Wars Launch Bay. This meet and greet has no FastPass and BB-8 can not sign autographs. BB-8 is up on a platform so guests can interact with him and get a picture with him without crouching down. This meet and greet is open from park open until park close.
Meet and greet with the new emperor Kylo Ren. This master of the dark side will talk with you and make sure you are on the right side of the force. This location is also found in Star Wars Launch Bay which is found in Animation Courtyard. But where you meet Kylo Ren feels like you’re on one of the Empire’s Battleships. With the bright red lights lighting your way. If you have younger ones, I’d do BB-8 first to warm them up because Kylo Ren can be very intimidating.
Chewbacca is as towering in real life as you’d expect. He speaks in his memorable Chewy voice interacting with his visitors. Chewy’s meet and greet station looks a lot like a planning station, where the rebels are planning their next big move against the dark side. This meet and greet does not have a FastPass and it is also located at Star Wars Launch Bay. You’ll be able to look at the famous lightsabers as you wait in line.
If your favourite Star Wars characters is not featured, don’t worry, there are a few other places where you can spot Star Wars Characters. You can’t meet them and get a picture one on one with them but you can see them.
Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Several times a day, in front of Hollywood Studios’ Chinese Theatre, Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away is performed. With the help of big screens showing clips from Star Wars films, characters from the Star Wars franchise grace the stage to perform tricks and stunts. Among the characters are: R2D2, C3P0, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Rey, BB-8, Captain Phasma, Bubba Phat and countless stormtroopers. It’s approximately a 15 minute show. The show is outside, so be sure to catch it early in the day before it gets frightfully hot. To get the best view, station yourself close to the stage 15 minutes before the performance begins. Check the Hollywood Studios’ daily schedule for performances time on the day of your visit. We loved this show. Seeing Darth Vader and Darth Maul up close was fantastic. Our littles were also captivated by the sound effects and the special effects. It’s not to be missed.
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
Young guests aspiring to be Jedi can train with Jedi trainers in this Jedi training camp. During the course of their training they’ll have to test their skills agains non other than Darth Vader himself, or maybe even Kylo Ren. Young guests can participate by registering at the beginning of the day at Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost, but if that’s not their thing they can always watch the excitement which takes place many times a day between Backlot Express and Star Tours.
I imagine when Galaxy’s Edge, the Star Wars land being built at Hollywood Studios, is opened in 2019 that some of these locations will change. Maybe we’ll even see a few more characters added. But until then you can find the three Star Wars characters at Star Wars Launch Bay and watch some other favourites in action. Also, you may see Stormtroopers patrolling the area for any Rebel Skum. May the force be with you.