Best Gift Shop: Launch Bay Cargo
LAUNCH BAY CARGO
Occupying the building that used to be The Magic of Disney Animation, Star Wars Launch Bay is the temporary hub for all things Star Wars as we eagerly await the opening of the new Star Wars Land. The Launch Bay itself is actually a combination of walk-through exhibits of movie replicas, props, and storyboards, a small theater with a Star Wars behind-the-scenes film, character meeting spots, and much more. We’re going to be focusing on the gift shop known as Launch Bay Cargo.
As you approach Launch Bay, you can veer to the right to skip the rest of the offerings and head straight to the shop, or take a stroll through the gallery and meet some characters first—but either way, no journey is complete without visiting the gift shop. As you’ve probably guessed by now, the theme of Launch Bay Cargo is all Star Wars, all the time. There is a wide range of souvenirs—from park merchandise, clothing, and pins, to limited edition collectibles, life size sculptures, and movie prop replicas, there is definitely something here to suit every age and every budget.
The Cast Members are great at Launch Bay Cargo (who wouldn’t be in a good mood playing with Star Wars toys all day?), and are usually seen having fun with the light sabers—which they generously loaned us for a great photo op—or entertaining guests with the remote controlled BB-8 and R2D2 droids that always seem to be roaming around the store. In addition to the Star Wars merchandise, Launch Bay Cargo also has a D-tech on Demand station. You’ve probably seen these in various locations around the parks and at Disney Springs, but in case you don’t know, D-tech lets you pick and customize designs that are printed on Demand for a variety of products like magic bands and cell phone cases. You make your selection and customization through a simple touchscreen interface, and then can watch as your personalized souvenir is printed in the store.
In addition to the D-tech offerings, Launch Bay Cargo has a great, personalized nametag souvenir. You can pick from several different styles of badge, add your name in Aurebesh (the fictional language of the Star Wars universe), and have your personalized souvenir engraved in minutes. We picked up one of these on a recent trip for a die-hard Star Wars fan and for only $9.95 (though, I’ve heard that the price has increased to $12.95), it was the perfect, custom souvenir.
Launch Bay Cargo has a great range of movie prop replicas for the true Star Wars aficionado, including full costume replicas. If money is no concern, you can get a life size Storm Trooper (and other characters) in screen-accurate costume to take home and enjoy. There are also beautifully detailed Star Wars collector's edition toys and vintage recreations of the original Kenner action figures from the 70s and 80s.
Whether you're passing through for a look or searching for the perfect Star Wars souvenir, Launch Bay Cargo has got you covered.