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Darth Vader Takes Over Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

Ever since the sequel trilogy has taken over the marketing of Star Wars, Disney has done nothing more than to make sure everyone has a chance to fulfill their dream of meeting these new characters face-to-face.

However, one major character change will be occurring this year, which may be a surprise for some. According to Walt Disney World News Today, Darth Vader will be replacing Kylo Ren at Hollywood Studios in the Star Wars Launch Bay where you can have a quick meet and greet with one of the most dangerous enemies in the galaxy. ‘Enemy’ though, can considered to be a certain point of view, am I right?

Darth Vader is expected to take over his grandson’s legacy on August 29th, the same day Galaxy’s Edge will be opening. And for those who don’t want to wait in the expected long lines at Galaxy’s Edge when it first opens, head over to the Launch Bay and meet one of the most powerful Sith to rule the galaxy!

But seriously though, it is for certain that day-one of Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World is sure to be packed. But don’t worry! Here’s a list of other Star Wars-themed experiences that you can enjoy:

Star Wars Launch Bay – This multi-sensory space is a must-do for Star Wars fans of all ages with the “Meet the Makers” short film, galleries featuring treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of Star Wars artifacts, special Star Wars merchandise and opportunities to interact with favorite Star Wars characters like Chewbacca and BB-8. Starting August 29 at Star Wars Launch Bay, you can even have a personal face-to-face encounter with Darth Vader himself.


Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away – This unique live show experience is presented several times daily at the park’s Center Stage area, bringing to life iconic moments from the saga with compelling film clips, special effects and appearances by favorite Star Wars characters.


Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple – In this unforgettable, interactive experience, younglings are guided to the site of a sacred and ancient Jedi temple, where they learn the ways of the Force and face their fears against iconic Star Wars villains, to discover if they have the makings of a true Jedi.


Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Star Tours takes you to multiple Star Wars destinations on a thrilling, motion-simulator based adventure across the galaxy, including characters and sequences from the newest Star Wars saga films Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.


Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular – This stunning nighttime show puts you in the middle of the action of memorable moments from the Star Wars saga, using state-of-the-art projection technology, lasers, lighting, pyrotechnics and other special effects.”

Before you confront Vader, make sure you’re ready to hear the truth! Search your feelings, and you will know that what I say is true.

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