Star Wars fanatics have one more reason to geek out: Chewbacca has come to Disneyland. The California resort recently introduced a new outer-universe experience that is paving the way for the future Star Wars Land. While fans of the franchise wait patiently for the upcoming development, they can enjoy the Season of the Force event, which happens to include a meet-and-greet with the legendary Wookiee.
Choose Your Side
The highlight of the new attraction is the Star Wars Launch Bay at the Tomorrowland Expo Center. When you enter the building, be prepared; you’ll be choosing between the light and dark sides of the force. Go dark and come face to face with the ominous Darth Vader, or head toward the light and meet Han Solo’s fuzzy sidekick. Daring souls can also choose both sides.
If you bring children along, you cannot go wrong with good old Chewie in the Rebel hideaway. Your little ones will love giving the hairy guy a squeeze, and really small kids will marvel at his imposing height. Be sure to ask him questions if you want to hear his famous growl. The furry friend to the Rebellion will also pose for some really fun pictures.
Explore the Galaxy
While waiting to meet Chewie, you can check out the galleries. Exhibits based on each side of the force feature various artifacts, costumes and props from the movies. You’ll see authentic Rebel helmets and Stormtrooper body armor as well as Jedi and Sith lightsabers. Afterward, stop by the gift shop to purchase your very own lightsaber. You’ll also find some great Chewbacca mementos, including a fruit-filled stein of his head.
Before leaving Tomorrowland, head to Space Mountain, which has been revamped into Hyperspace Mountain. The roller coaster now mimics a galactic battle of good versus evil complete with TIE fighters and X-wings. As you whip through starry skies with the infamous film score playing in the background, you’ll wish you had Han’s bushy co-pilot by your side.
There are so many thrilling things to do during the Season of the Force event, but the real excitement can be found at the Launch Bay. Where else could you high-five a towering, shaggy, bowcaster-wielding Wookiee? It’s the perfect way for Star Wars devotees to become one with the story. What are you waiting for? The mighty but gentle Chewie is ready for you.
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