Disney Unexpectedly Removes Park Experiences From Lightning Lane

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stormtroopers at star wars launch bay

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At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests will find all sorts of fun and unique things to do. Most notably, Guests can live out their own Star Wars adventure at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with incredible rides, jaw-dropping theming, and a level of immersion you have never seen from Disney before.

One of the more personal experiences Guests could have was meeting with iconic characters from the series like Darth Vader, BB-8, and Chewbacca at Star Wars Launch Bay which has been closed for quite some time.

Darth Vader Star Wars Launch Bay
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After reporting that Star Wars Launch Bay would reopen on July 17, we noticed that several meet and greets were added to Disney’s Paid Lightning Lane service. However, taking a look at the official website now revealed these have been removed.

Lightning Lane options at Disney’s Hollywood Studios now include the following:

Lightning Lane Entrances Offered Through Disney Genie+ Service
Experiences offered (subject to change without notice*):

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Play & Dance!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway**
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story Mania!

Lightning Lane Entrances for Individual Purchase (Not Offered Through Disney Genie+ Service)
Experiences offered (subject to change without notice*):

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway**
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
stormtroopers at star wars launch bay
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Star Wars Launch Bay opened in 2015, featuring art, props, and merchandise from the Star Wars films. Later, meet-and-greets with Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and other Star Wars characters were added. It underwent many changes over the years, with the addition and eventual removal of the Jawa characters who roamed the exhibit, trading Guests’ droid parts for any small, shiny object they could get their hands on.

Considering the success of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, fans wondered if the Launch Bay would ever return. Following the new land’s opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the older meet-and-greet area closed, and the shops felt more barren than before so we are super excited that it will in fact return.

Disney describes Star Wars Launch Bay as follows:

The Ultimate Insider’s Guide

Celebrate all things Star Wars and come face-to-face with Characters from the legendary space saga.

Explore immersive exhibits of costumes, models, concept artwork and actual movie props—as well as authentic replicas created just for Star Wars Launch Bay.

Watch an exclusive short documentary on the creative team behind the ever-evolving story. Explore a Cantina and other settings inspired by the films, then share a furry embrace with Chewbacca, Han Solo’s trusty sidekick.

Are you looking forward to meeting Star Wars characters once again at Disney World?

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