Like many who venture to Disney World each year, my family is huge Star Wars fans. See my daughter’s Chewbacca themed third birthday here. Anytime we visit Walt Disney World Resort, we always find time to visit the Star Wars attractions at Hollywood Studios.
Where to Find Star Wars at Disney World
Star Wars attractions can be found at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. From fun character meet and greets and photo ops to an immersive ride, there is lots to see and do. With the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening August 29, there is even more to be excited about.
Star Wars Launch Bay (Where to Meet Star Wars Characters at Disney World)
Hollywood Studios is home to Star Wars Launch Bay which houses meet and greets with Kylo Ren, Chewbacca and BB8. Wait times vary, but usually are pretty moderate 10-30 minutes. Kylo Ren is also available in the Disney Visa Chase Photo Op (inside Launch Bay). Read why you should get a Disney Chase Visa Card. You can view a movie featuring clips from all Star Wars movies. Lastly, take a tour around the gallery which houses full scale replicas, costumes and other neat Star Wars memorabilia.
Where to Meet Stormtroopers
In addition to the regular meet and greets, you will also find Stormtroopers patrolling the area. Generally, they don’t stop very long for a photo, but sometimes you’re lucky enough to snag one. They are so much fun to interact with and speak in true Stormtrooper fashion. On a few occasions, we’ve been escorted by the Stormtroopers to the back area to pose for a photo under the Launch Bay sign. They will sometimes escort you to the front of the line to meet Kylo Ren which is always pretty magical.
How do you get selected for this? I have no advice other than be an ultimate Star Wars fan. Every time we’ve done this, my girls have been in Star Wars costumes and all the adults had Star Wars themed shirts/Mickey ears.
March of the First Order
There are several opportunities to see your favorite Star Wars characters in action. Watch the March of the First Order as Captain Phasma and a legion of Stormtroopers march down Hollywood Blvd. This display happens every hour or so (about 7 times per day). Be sure to check the MyDisneyExperience App for Stormtrooper March Hollywood Studios times.
Star Wars: A Galaxay Far, Far Away
Following the march, there’s an epic show called Star Wars: A Galaxay Far, Far Away that happens right in front of the Chinese Theater. This show includes video and sound clips of your favorite Star Wars movies, mixed with live action appearances from Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Bobba Fett, Rey, BB8, C3PO, R2D2 and more.
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
Next to the Star Tours attraction, there is a small stage for the Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple experience. Even if you don’t have a child involved in the show, it’s still fun to watch. Anyone who is ‘force sensitive’ between the ages of 4-12 can participate in this show for free. You do have to sign up as space is limited.
The sign up location is near the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. Spots generally fill up first thing in the morning, and your child must be present with you to sign up. They will ASK your child how old they are since the age restrictions are well enforced. Upon signing up, you will choose a time slot for later in the day and will be asked to return about 30 minutes prior to ‘show time’.
I recommend signing up for a night time show as the sabers and special effects look SO COOL at night! They provide a Jedi robe and lightsaber for your child to use. Each kid battles either Darth Vader or Kylo Ren in a real lightsaber fight. A PhotoPass photographer will capture shots from the entire show, and each participate will receive a pin commemorating their completion of Jedi Training.
Ride Star Tours at Hollywood Studios
Star Tours brings the movie to life in a 3D motion adventure. With 178 different adventure variations, it’s guaranteed that no two rides will be alike. Though there is a 40” height requirement, older kids and adults will love this ride. Be sure to sit in the second or third row (toward the middle) if you want to increase your chances of being pictured as the “rebel spy” in the opening.
Can’t Miss Star Wars Photo Ops at Disney World
Aside from meeting the characters, there are lots of fun photo ops. Check out the speeder photo spot across from Star Tours. The “coming soon” sign for the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opening August 29th 2019 is a fun backdrop for pictures too. You can also stop by the gift shop at the exit of Star Tours which has awesome walls that are styled like those in Tatttooine.
Meeting Rey at Disney World (plus other rare Star Wars Characters)
You can also snag a picture with rare characters during their march to the stage before the start of each show. I didn’t mention these in the ‘Meet Characters’ section because they are RARE and not guaranteed. Stand near the bathrooms by Launch Bay 5 minutes before show time. Or wait by the right hand side of the stage near the stairs to see all of the characters as they walk up. We’ve grabbed photos with Rey here before! If the show is cancelled due to rain, head to the Kylo Ren meet and greet. You may find Captain Phasma and a couple Stormtroopers meeting with him. Sometimes Rey is also in with Chewbacca when the show is rained out.
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks Show
Fireworks are a spectacular ending to any Disney day. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular happens every night with projections on the Chinese Theater. This epic display shows clips from the movies set with special effects, fireworks, music and more. The best viewing spot for this show is set back from the theater near the sound/light boxes on Hollywood Blvd. This allows you to see all projections and really take in the effects of the show. Stand too close and you’ll lose the full impact.