Updated February 15, 2019
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If you know where to look, you can find a rather large Star Wars presence at Disneyland and it doesn’t disappoint on any level. I’m only mildly knowledgeable when it comes to Star Wars and I have thoroughly enjoyed everything. This part of Disneyland can be found in Tomorrowland.
This area is crowded and you’ll want to know what you’re going to encounter prior to visiting. After walking down Main Street and taking the right into Tomorrowland, you will immediately notice the congestion. It’s crowded! But, it’s super, super cool.
Formerly known as Innoventions, the big building in this area has been completely transformed and it’s my favorite part of the Star Wars hype taking over the parks. The first floor includes the Star Wars Launch Bay. (The second floor is closed currently.)
Let’s look at what Disneyland has to offer inside the actual Launch Bay and also throughout Tomorrowland.
In this article
Star Tours – Redesigned with a glimpse of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Planet, the former Star Tours has been transformed. Kids will love it. Must be 40″ or taller to ride.
Character meet-n-greets with Rey/Chewbacca and Kylo Ren/Darth Vader (he’s back!) are here. These guys can be seen from 10am-8pm each day.
Rey and Chewy’s line:
Average wait times are about 20 minutes.
A couple of photos from the meet-n-greet:
Kylo Ren and Darth Vader’s line (they share a space to meet guests):
Average wait times are about 30 minutes.
A photo from the meet-n-greet:
Finding Boba Fett used to be more difficult. Now, he’s on the character list and can be found on the app. (He hates me.)
Also in the Launch Bay
There is a Star Wars themed souvenir shop, too, on this level.
Also included is the cantina. It’s a cool photo op.
Upon entering The Launch Bay, take an immediate right to watch a short film that will catch you up to speed on the movie franchise. I love this part. Don’t miss it.
Disney Visa Cardholder Meet-n-Greet
There is also a Disney Visa Cardholder meet-n-greet with Darth Vader/Kylo Ren. It’s open from 4:30-8pm each day and is available to Disney Visa Credit Cardholders (not Debit). You must have your driver’s license with you to confirm identity.
The line up starts here:
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
The Jedi Training Academy has theming to match Season of the Force. Children age 4-12 are invited to participate.
Unfortunately, this experience has ended for now. I’ll update this post once it is available again.
Trials of the Temple now includes a sign up registration that begins during Extra Magic Hour. Cast members will fill 1/2 of the day’s available spots during Extra Magic Hour (also called Magic Morning) and will leave half for those arriving at regular park opening.
It is imperative that you go immediately here at park entry to ensure your child gets a spot. Most often, the entire sign up registration is full within an hour of park opening. Once it’s full, there will be no option for your child to participate.
***If possible, try for a morning without early entry privileges if you are not staying at a DLR Hotel. Magic Mornings happen on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (typically) at Disneyland.
The sign up location is in Tomorrowland, on the outskirts of the Star Wars Launch Bay, closer to Autopia.
See photos for reference:
When it’s your turn, your child will be asked his or her name and age from the first cast member.
Then, you’ll proceed to the second cast member, where you may choose a time to participate. You may choose from the options that are still available. If you arrive early enough, you can really plan your day well. Otherwise, you’ll have to take what is left. Upon choosing, you’ll be given a piece of paper confirming your time. Keep that. You will need it when you return at your time.
We chose 11:30am for our performance time. We were told to be there by 11:05am. When you return, go up these stairs and hang out until the cast members start to collect the kids and put robes on them.
Your kids will wait here until everyone is ready.
Here is where I would have done things differently: Once kids were settled and felt comfortable in their robes, I would have taken the opportunity to get a good place for seating at the actual performance area. You’ll just be standing around at this point.
Also, a photo will be taken of your child in his or her robe and you’ll get a photo card to grab that image at a later time. This image will be included in your PhotoPass package if you purchase. If you have MaxPass, your image will be included.
Once the kids are all robed, cast members will tell you to go find a seat. Had I been there earlier, I would have gotten front row and settled at the center of the seating area so that I could see my kids come down the ramp and into the Jedi Training Academy arena.
Instead, I was seated with this view:
You’re better off as close to that blue railing so that you can see both angles….them walking in and then on stage, too.
Kids will become part of the show and eventually battle Darth Vader or the Seventh Sister.
The final line up:
Once your Jedi finishes, he or she will return the light saber and receive this button. They LOVE this:
Depending on when the park opens, these times could change. Be sure to check your day’s Entertainment Schedule to confirm.
I highly recommend being organized and registering your kids. It’s one of the best FREE experiences in the parks. My little ones really enjoy it!
Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
Stop in to watch this 10 minute short film that ties together past and present Star Wars and gives you a glimpse of what is to come. This is shown in the Tomorrowland Theatre from 8am to 9pm each day.
Star Wars Themed Food
The Galactic Grill has Star Wars themed food. The menu changes throughout the year, so check this link for what is currently available.
You can also find other snacks like popcorn with Star Wars containers throughout Tomorrowland. These popcorn containers vary in design and availability, depending on when you visit.
Walking Through Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland is filled with so many fun things right now and just walking through the area is an experience.
Be on the look out for Storm Troopers. They don’t stop often, but occasionally, you might get lucky enough to see a scene like this:
There are souvenirs beyond those in Star Trader (although this shop really does have the best selection of Star Wars gear in the park) and they’re all pretty awesome.
This is a popular part of Disneyland right now. Take a look at the strategy in this post to know how to start your day, conquering the most iconic rides in the park by lunch, including Star Tours and Space Mountain:
Note: If you’re considering wearing a costume of any sort, be sure to review Disneyland’s specific guidelines for Season of the Force.
I’m updating this post as things change. Leave me a comment if you have any questions.
Enjoy it all!