VIDEO Star Wars’ BB-8 Meet and Greet Debuts at Walt Disney World

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.

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BB-8 meet and greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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.

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You can still find Kylo Ren and Chewbacca in Star Wars Launch Bay

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!

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About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!