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‘Chewbacca’ Mom Visits the Place Where Star Wars Lives at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Candace Payne set internet records last month when she captured the hearts of millions with her genuine, infectious laughter while trying on a Chewbacca mask. With her instantaneous celebrity status, she spent the next week crossing the country being interviewed by talk shows and national morning shows. What was missing from her travels was a visit to the place where Star Wars lives and the Force is strong – in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

Candace, a die-hard Star Wars fan, and her family spent the weekend living their Star Wars dreams – encountering Jawas, evading Stormtroopers, and most importantly – coming face to face with Chewbacca at Star Wars Launch Bay.

Chewbacca Mom meets Stormtroopers


  • Wow! She is such a natural in front of the camera – her laughter and fun-loving attitude is infectious! Loved this video!

  • Way to go! Yet another reason I love Disney ?

  • With all the masks Disney sold because of her video, I would have been disappointed had they not done something special for her.

    Great job, Disney! Another magical moment.

  • I love her and her contagious laugh!! I’m so glad she had this opportunity and love her selfies with Chewbacca!!!

  • Yay! I almost cried when she got a big ol’ hug from Chewie 😀 (I agree – she would make great MUST DO videos!)

  • She is awesome and what a wonderful opportunity for her and her family.

  • Wow.. She is so much fun to watch! She would make an awesome reporter for the next installment of Disneyworld’s MUST DO’S video’s you see when you get to the resort!
    Love to see more of her and enjoy her energy and natural enthusiasm.

  • She’s meeting the real Chewbacca this weekend in Dallas

  • I just love her! So excited that she was able to meet Chewy in person!!

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