Best Gift Shop: Launch Bay Cargo


WDW Magazine - - Content - BY DANNY SHUSTER

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.

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