How to meet Kylo Ren at Disney Hollywood Studios Launch Bay

How to meet Kylo Ren at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

How to meet Kylo Ren at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

On Sunday, February 7, 2016 Kylo Ren moved into Star Wars Launch Bay for meet and greets.  Here’s the details:

Star Wars Launch Bay Hollywood Studios

As you approach the Launch Bay in the former Animation area, you’ll find there are 2 lines.  One for the film and one for the characters.  Stay to the right to meet Kylo Ren and Chewbacca (separate queues) and left to see the director.s talk.

Outside of the Launch Bay is a board with their estimated wait times.  Clue:  they are often wrong.  Only time waits may be accurate is when a director’s talk movie lets out each 15 minutes.Star Wars Launch Bay wait time sign

Launch Bay currently offers 2 opportunities to meet Kylo Ren.  You can go to the regular meet and greet or those with a Chase Disney Visa Card can meet him in an exclusive meet and greet area.

Chase Disney Visa area:

You’ll find the Chase Disney Visa area in a very non-descript area almost at the exit, but before you reach the store on the left.  Only a small sign shows you where you should go to visit.  You show your Chase Disney Visa card and the CM jots down how many are in your group before handing you the following card.Star Wars Launch Bay photo information front

You will receive a free photo download, if you follow these directions.  Annual Passholders and Magic Maker owners will also see the same photos on their account for free.Star Wars Launch Bay information card back

You will pass down this short hallway, turn left and stop and wait for directions from the Cast Member.Star Wars Launch Bay Hollywood Studios Chase Disney Visa Kylo Ren

Cast Member on duty requested to take our digital imaging devices first, before we could use them to take our own photos, so I wasn’t able to get a video of him talking to us at this version of the meet.  Yes, he does speak.Star Wars Launch Bay Kylo Ren meet and greet 5

Our total wait time with only the interior queue filled was 17 minutes, which seems reasonable.  It’s funny that very few people actually knew who would be at the end and the CMs won’t tell you.  Lady in front of me said it would be C3-PO.  I had to let her in on the secret.Star Wars Launch Bay Kylo Ren meet and greet 4

Regular Launch Bay meet and greet

I really wanted to see if I could get any video of him speaking, so we headed to the regular meet and greet.  When we entered, the posted wait was 30 minutes, but it only took 16 minutes to wait through a mostly filled queue line.  When we exited the time was turned off.  Most of the time Darth Vader had a wait posted around 40 but only took 20-25 minutes.Star Wars Launch Bay Kylo Ren meet and greet sign

Music in the rooms is a little loud, so the audio isn’t very clear, but I did get a little video after more than 30 minutes waiting in 2 areas.

He wanted a Droid, but the kids only use iPhones, so I wasn’t going to tell him I had the Droid he was looking for.

Star Wars Launch Bay Kylo Ren meet and greet

He prodded a bit deeper, but Debbie wasn’t coughing up any info.  She’s met worse bad guys, so she wasn’t intimidated.

Star Wars Launch Bay Kylo Ren meet and greet 2

Mask with hood is pretty cool though!  In the movie, I felt he looked silly without the hood and didn’t care for the face reveal at all.  Should have looked menacing like this all the time.

Star Wars Launch Bay Kylo Ren meet and greet 3

How to meet Kylo Ren at Disney Hollywood Studios Launch Bay

Chewbacca offers a regular meet and greet as well, but doesn’t have a Chase Disney Visa meet.  Darth Vader, Seventh Sister and Darth Maul continue for battle at Jedi training.  Don’t forget to share so others get to meet him as well.

36 thoughts on “How to meet Kylo Ren at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios”

  1. I’m super sad that Darth Vader and Darth Maul are not available to do meet and greets. They’re my favorite!

  2. Thanks for the intel, Kenny! Heading down next week! Besides using your own photo equipment, is there a PhotoPass CM there as well?

  3. Hi Kenny! Your posts are so helpful. When we are done with the Visa meet and greet, we have to go back inside the Launch Bay and get in the back of the regular line to meet Chewbacca–is that right? I’m wondering if we’ll be able to accomplish both within an hour.

    1. Yes, my own photos of Kylo usually look better than Disney’s due to the weird lighting and black background

  4. Can you meet Chewbacca and then go back in line right away to meet Kylo Ren, or you have to pick just one and come back later to the Launch Bay to see both? Thanks!

  5. Late question, but any ideas on how to interact with him or what kind of questions to ask him to push his buttons?

  6. Is there a big difference between the Disney Visa meet & Greets and regular? Other than the free pic download? Thanks!

  7. Ok…to be clear…there is a chase meet and greet location in HS and Epcot now? You receive a digital download in HS. Does Epcot still give a real photo or just a download?

  8. So, can you video Kylo Ren in the normal meet and greet? Also, whats the point of the cast member taking your camera? Do they take pictures on your camera? And when do you get your camera back? ASorry if it is a pain, just like to know before hand. Thanks!! :D

    1. Yes, I took the video on here at regular meet. Yes they will take photos for you. When your meet is done or you request it.

  9. I’m in the camp of “how can they replace Darth Vader with Kylo Ren?” but…I gotta say this meet looks really cool. But please, bring back Darth Vader for a meet and greet! That’s just cruel!!

    1. I agree! How can you replace Darth Vader? My son watches star wars rebels sometimes and loves doing the star wars Jedi training and the ride, but I asked him last night if he knew Kylo Ren and he hesitated and said…..i don’t know….sounds familiar. We don’t watch the movies but he would have loved meeting Darth Vader. kylo ren? Really Disney?

  10. Oh I am so ridiculously excited! I think my kids would flip out if we got to see him! They fought Darth Vader last year and it was a huge highlight. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Kenny – You’re killing me I need JOY & SADNESS at Epcot by Sunday when we will be there. How awesome would that be for Valentines Day?!?!?!?

  12. So, do I understand the above correctly? You can’t take pictures with your own devices in the Chase meet and greet but you can in the regular one? And I assume the Chase one has shorter lines?

    1. Incorrect. I took photo after the meet, but the CM wanted to take group shots first. It was a bit awkward. I posted the times I waited for each meet.

      1. Thanks! I was trying to multitask and missed the wait time you typed for the Chase one. Appreciate the info!

  13. Thank you Kenny I can hardly wait to see him in May. Wishing they would approve me for a Visa so I could get the extra meet & greet but no luck.

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