Here’s everything you need to know about where you can meet Darth Vader at Disney World, Florida.
Walt Disney World character meet and greets aren’t just for Mickey and his pals or the princesses. You can also encounter characters from the Star Wars universe, even Darth Vader while vacationing at the world-famous resort in central Florida.
But where can you meet Darth Vader at Disney World?
If seeing Darth Vader is on your family’s must-do list, you must plan accordingly before arrival. Luckily, we’ve got all the information you need.
Below, read about where you can find Darth Vader in the parks. We’ll also answer common questions guests have about meeting their favorite characters. Let’s get started!
Where Can You Meet Darth Vader at Disney World?
The character encounter at Star Wars Launch Bay is the best place to meet Darth Vader in Disney World. You’ll find this attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Animation Courtyard. Be sure to note the location, as it’s separate from many other Star Wars attractions.
Disney outfitted this theater’s character meet and greet area to look like an Imperial garrison base, so your wait in line will get you in the mood. Darth Vader has stopped here and is greeting visitors while on his way to somewhere important, without a doubt.
Darth Vader isn’t the only character from Star Wars who you can meet at the Launch Bay. BB-8 and Chewbacca also see guests here.
Each of these characters has a separate wait time, which you’ll find posted at the entrance to the queue area. Darth Vader often has the longest wait, so be prepared. On busy days, the stand-by line can stretch over 60 minutes.
Also, be aware that Darth Vader may not wait around all day. His hours might end before the park’s closing. Use your My Disney Experience app on the morning of your visit to check his hours and plan accordingly.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
We think it’s safe to assume that if you’re interested in meeting Darth Vader, you’re probably a fan of the Star Wars universe. If that’s the case, you can’t skip visiting Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.
Disney doesn’t have a place to encounter Darth Vader one-on-one in Galaxy’s Edge. Still, you’ll feel his presence–along with Kylo Ren, the Siths, and other Dark Side figures–everywhere in this unique land.
Galaxy’s Edge has so many amazing things to see and do. Many Star Wars fans spend at least an entire day exploring.
The two attractions are at the top of the list. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance utilizes brand-new technology. We don’t want to include too many spoilers, but it’s unlike anything you can do in any other theme park.
Have you ever dreamed of piloting the Millenium Falcon? If so, you’ll have your chance aboard Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.
In addition to the attractions, you’ll find one-of-a-kind dining and drinking experiences like Oga’s Cantina. There are also many unique shops like the Droid Depot and Savi’s Workshop, where you can design your own lightsaber.
All of these attractions are popular and busy. Be sure to prioritize them and utilize the Genie+ service to skip long waits. You can also use the Lightning Lane feature to skip the lines for Star Wars Launch Bay.
Finally, your family should consider booking a Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser trip. Live your ultimate Star Wars fantasy for two unforgettable days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many guests have questions about meeting characters, especially if you’re visiting for the first time. Let’s answer some of them.
Will Darth Vader talk to you when you meet him?
Darth Vader appears to have a few pre-programmed phrases that the actor utilizes. If your interactions fit, he’ll use them.
How much time will you spend with Darth Vader at meet-and-greets?
Only a few minutes. Disney cast members keep the lines moving.
Are there long lines for meeting Darth Vader?
Sometimes there are long lines to meet characters. You can check wait times on your My Disney Experience app. You can also use the app to make Lightning Lane reservations for character encounters.
You can use Genie+ to make a Lightning Lane reservation to meet Darth Vader at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Is meeting Darth Vader too scary for young children?
In truth, meeting Darth Vader might be too scary for your youngest family members. He won’t go out of his way to scare your little kids, but he also can’t drop character. He won’t do anything to reassure them, either.
If you’re nervous, ask a cast member if you can observe him meeting other families before you commit to the line. They may also let you jump to BB-8 or Chewie instead if there are tears!
Join the Dark Side on Your Trip to Walt Disney World
When people envision a vacation to Walt Disney World, they may think about the rides, food, and hotels first. But other experiences–like meeting your favorite characters–make Disney World so memorable.
Use our guide to plan to meet Darth Vader in Disney World, and soak up as much Dark Side as you can on your next family vacation.
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