Star Wars Launch Bay at the Tomorrowland Expo Center
Not really a ride but a walk-through attraction, this futuristic building was previously called Innoventions. Today it's called the Tomorrowland Expo Center.
The big attraction at Tomorrowland Expo is the Star Wars Launch Bay. It includes exhibits of authentic Star Wars props borrowed from the LucasFilm Archives and replicas created for the exhibit. Among them are vehicles and weapons of the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire, from all of the films. A highlight is a detailed scale reproduction of Boba Fett’s Slave I, with a tiny figure of the infamous bounty hunter visible in the cockpit.
Stop by to see a short film about the creative geniuses who started the ongoing cultural phenomenon. People interviewed include Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, and Rogue One director Gareth Edwards.
Character greetings include Chewbacca, who is always good for a furry embrace and a scary Sith Lord or two. These meet and greets bring character interaction to a new level with the latest technology. Instead of wearing a frozen smile like Goofy or Mickey, Chewbacca can move his mouth and even growl to answer questions. And he'll even allow a smooch if you'd "just as soon kiss a Wookie."
In the Launch Bay, you'll also find a mockup of the iconic Mos Eisley Cantina. It's a good place to take a picture of yourself or someone else at the holo-chess table.
You can also play the latest Star Wars video games.
If you like Star Wars, you may enjoy a visit. It's also a good place to cool off on a hot day, although there are few places to sit and rest while you're doing that.
Others may have noticed this, too, but I'm just wondering: If this is "tomorrow" land, why are we all rushing to see something set "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away?" Not complaining here, but I'm just sayin'.
What You Need to Know About the Tomorrowland Expo Center
- Rating: ★★★ to ★★★★
- Location: Tomorrowland
- Recommended for: Fans of the Star Wars series
- Fun Factor: Low to Medium
- Wait Factor: Low to Medium. When the park opens, there can be a fanboy and fangirl rush to see this exhibit, so you might want to save it until later in the day.
How to Have More Fun at Tomorrowland Expo Center
- It's easy for kids to get separated from their adults in this big building. Keep a close eye on them.
- Reviewers on Yelp love the Launch Bay, saying things like "If you're at all a Star Wars by any stretch, you should visit this place" and "I fell instantly in love with all the star wars displays that they had." You can read more of their comments here.
- There's no place to "go" in this building (if you know what I mean). To sidestep the need for an emergency exit, take care of primary needs before you go in.
- The gift shop at the exit is targeted toward collectors who want to buy $4,000 Darth Vader costumes or $3,050 life-size Kenner Boba Fett action figures. They also have a great selection of D-Tech phone cases which are exclusive to their store. If you're looking for Star Wars toys, t-shirts, and assemble-it-yourself light sabers, you'll find them in the Star Traders shop near Space Mountain.
Fun Facts About the Building
The old Innoventions building originally housed the Carousel of Progress, created for General Electric's display at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. After the fair, it was moved to California.In 1973, the Carousel of Progress attraction moved again - this time to Disney World Resort in Florida. The building has housed a number of things since then, including America Sings, the Tron segment of the People Mover and a variety of technology exhibits that included some of the first Segways and Honda's robot Asimo.
More About the Tomorrowland Expo Center
The building is wheelchair and ECV accessible, although you might have to transfer to experience some of the exhibits. Assistive listening devices and guest-activated closed captioning controls are available at Guest Relations. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV