We had heard that BB-8 was coming to visit with guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Star Wars Launch Bay for some time. Friday, April 14th was the official beginning date. To our surprise, this new BB-8 meet and greet previewed the morning of April 9th. Check out the VIDEO below for what to expect.
This character meet does not replace either the Chewbacca or Kylo Ren experience, but is in addition to those.
It’s up where they used to showcase the Disney Infinity video game. As Disney Infinity has been discontinued, I can’t think of a better reuse of space.
I love meet and greets but this one, as you can see in the video – really got me. I’m not even completely sure why but I have an idea. I love BB-8 and his personality comes through in beeps and bops, but I totally expected a cast member to advise us to keep at least 1 foot away from the robot. Nope! Instead, they encouraged hugging. Yeah – go on and touch, please.
Somewhere along the lines, Disney realized the emotional connection we have to these characters and how important it is for us to get up close and personal with them. It drives us and it certainly drives sales from movie tickets to merchandise. So give the people what they want.
I loved being able to have full access to BB-8 – the magic was alive and well during this meet and greet, and I hope this sticks around for a long long time. The Force is Strong at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!