Anyone planning a visit to Disneyland or Walt Disney World will be looking forward to visiting a galaxy far, far away; namely the newly opened Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. As the mother of a three year old who just turned three, I had to wonder if visiting Batuu with a young child was worth it. Is there something to do with the kids in this Star Wars land? Fortunately I was able to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in multiple visits and experienced almost everything this new area of Disneyland has to offer. From souvenirs to dining to entertainment to tours, this is my guide to attending Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge with preschoolers and toddlers.
Adapt Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to your day
If you're traveling to Disneyland with toddlers or preschoolers, how can you fit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge into your day and ensure your little ones get to enjoy the rest of the park? Of course, your toddlers and preschoolers may not be old enough to experience the games in Star Wars Land. However, there are still things for young guests to experience and enjoy on this new 14-acre property. Read on to find out what preschoolers and toddlers can do at Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attractions
Batuu has a promenade, several restaurants, and many shops, but are they all suitable for toddlers or preschoolers?
Photo Credit: Jessica Sanders of Happiest Blog Alive
Millennium Falcon: The Smuggler's Race
The minimum height for this tour is 38 inches. This prevents many toddlers and some preschoolers from participating in this attraction. Great guy? Read on and I'll tell you what I think about whether you should go.
Also, FASTPASS and MaxPass will not be used for this tour, at least initially. This can lead to long waits in line, even if you want to use the Rider Switch.
In Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, looking out the window.
An alternative to using the Rider Switch is to have adults and children who meet the size requirements use the Single Rider range. Each Single Rider guest sits separately in different vehicles and cannot request shared seats. Therefore, using Single Rider only works for adults or families with older children who may be separated from their parents.Read more aboutDisneyland height requirements.
Star Wars: The Rise of the Resistance
The second journey in Galaxy's Edge,Star Wars: The Rise of the Resistanceopened in January 2020. The height requirement is 40″, which may discourage many preschoolers from walking. The trackless ride is a 20+ minute experience filled with unexpected twists. As this is an intensive tour, this tour may not be suitable for infants or preschoolers.
Should a preschooler drive the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run?
My 2 year old was big for his age. He would have managed to meet the size requirements for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. But is the tour too intense for children? What about preschoolers? Having ridden this attraction several times (including with my 3 year old), these are my thoughts.
Millennium Falcon: The Smuggler's Raceis a realistic adventure that combines motion simulator, video game-like on-screen action with interactive features. Each of the 6 people in the cockpit is assigned a "job" (two each): pilot (left and right), gunner, and engineer.
Of these three positions, the best place for a preschooler would be as a chaser. The driver has a lot of responsibility and the gears respond very well. Each driver is told over the loudspeaker what to do while he is driving (eg "Left driver, press the button", etc.).
The engineer's position is buzzing with activity as various buttons that need to be pressed light up. It is also in the back of the cabin and children may have trouble seeing the screen.
The gunner's position is the easiest for a preschooler to navigate. There's a button that lights up brightly when it needs to be pressed repeatedly, and another big button that only needs to be pressed a few times when powering up. Jobs are assigned via a tagged card during queue, but it's appropriate to trade with your child to ensure they get the scorer position.
Something to keep in mind for smugglers traveling with children
An additional observation: there are 6 individual chairs in the cabin (three on each side with an aisle in the middle). Since the seats are separated, you sit separately from your child. I know that when my children were little, in intense urges, they at least comforted themselves by sitting next to me or even holding my hand. Preschoolers are not allowed to do this with you on this tour as they all sit in separate chairs. You need to get to know your child and find out in advance if this will be a problem.
For moreStar Wars: Galaxy's Edge Tour Tips and StrategiesCheck out my friend Leslie's post on Traveling with Tykes.
My experience with my preschooler on the Millennium Falcon
On our last ride, my 3.5 year old daughter was big enough to pedal. She was assigned the position of gunner and her uncle and I were in the position of pilot. Other guests sat in engineering positions. As we entered the booth, the artist told me that my daughter had to sit across from me. He put my daughter in the left front pilot's seat and I was behind her as a gunner.
As you can see by the look on his face, he didn't like the seating arrangement. In fact, she cried out loud for most of the trip. She refused to touch the buttons. Luckily, in my seat behind her, I was able to lean forward a bit to touch her arms to calm myself down. Knowing how bad this was for my daughter, I would choose to just sit next to her in the gunner or engineer position in the future.
Dining at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge with toddlers and preschoolers
There are five locations in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to find food and snacks. Advance reservations (ADR) are not required for any of the dining options available at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Oga's Cantina requires reservations, but that's mostly just for drinks. All offer a quick-service style, and most offer mobile ordering (order food through the Disneyland app and click when you're ready to pick it up). A handy time saver, especially for parents with hungry children!
The Oi-oi beanbag is cute, but will the kids like it?
Dining at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge is considered innovative and unique. But are the menu items at Star Wars Land too creative for a kid's palate? Is there anything here that would placate a preschooler? What is the best Star Wars Land restaurant location for toddlers or preschoolers? Click on this post aboutbest food in Galaxy's Edge around $15from my friend Jessica at The Happiest Blog on Earth.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge for Preschoolers and Toddlers - Kids Meals
If you're looking for standard theme park prices, you won't find them at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. There is no such thing as a potato chip in this galaxy far, far away. The children's menu is definitely on the more adventurous side. Two of the three articlesDocking Bay 7 Food and CargoThey are healthier Disney Check options. Would your preschooler taste these dishes based on these descriptions?
- Patty Bun Ithorian Garden(Disney Check) - Bao bun with veggie burger, roasted carrots, sweet orange and house sauce
- A tasting of Takodana(Disney Check) - Black bean hummus served on an edible base with nuts, cold vegetables and multigrain fries
- Tip-yip Endorian Frito– Crispy chicken served with macaroni and cheese and seasonal vegetables
Tip-yip Endorian Frito
All Star Wars kids meals at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo include a choice of small skim milk or small Dasani water. This location offers mobile ordering and there is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Meals are served on metal trays with authentic dishes.
Garden Burger (my daughter didn't want any of these)
Food samples in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
For research purposes I ordered all three options from the children's menu. Of the three, Tip-yip seems to be the most kid-friendly. It's essentially a square "chicken nugget" served with mac and cheese along with carrots and green beans. It was a little bland for my taste, but most kids would be fine with that. Although I see some kids don't like the uniqueness of the food shapes (square chicken, round pasta instead of elbows). And of course, don't call it Endorian Tip-yip or you'll make sure your kid doesn't touch it.
A tasting of Takodana
I also tried A Taste of Takodana, which is more like a raw food dish for adults (note that adults can order from the kids' menu without a child!). I enjoyed this vegetarian dish even though it seems too fancy for children. Hummus has a strange color and a spicy note.
The Ithorian Garden Patty Bun was tasty, with a creamy sauce to add. However, my preschooler did not have any of these actions (as you can tell by his facial expression!). He loves carrots and would not touch them. The only thing he ate was the orange!
Do children prefer adult dining options?
Teens can share some of the adult menu items at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. I have eaten here for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have some advice on what the kids might like. The Mustafarian Cinnamon Roll is delicious and this weekend a full breakfast is on the menu. Complete the chorizo, the pieces of egg and the potatoes.
Consider the cavatelli pasta served with the braised shaak roast or the pitas at the Felucian Garden Spread. We tried several dishes and found many to be spicy so be careful.
Yobsham Pasta Salad
Yobshrimp Noodle Salad has a light dressing and is very light and flavorful. Whether your fish-eating child will eat remains to be seen. The desserts are decidedly for adults, but still kid-friendly. The Oi-oi puff pastry is filled with creamy passion fruit mousse. The beautiful Batuu-bon with coffee cream was a hit!
Another meal option for children.
Ronto Roasters, inside the Black Spire Outpost Marketplace, offers an additional food location that also offers mobile ordering. Since they do not offer a children's menu, if your child eats meat, he may prefer these options for lunch.You can't miss droid 8D-JB spinning the meat skewer in the courtyard.
- Ronto Wrap - Roasted pork and grilled sausage with pepper sauce and tangy salad wrapped in flatbread
- Nuna Turkey Jerky - choose sweet or spicy
Ronto Wrap e Sour Sarlacc da Ronto Roasters
I was able to try the ronto wrap and thought it was delicious, even though it was a strange mix of two meats and vegetables. My preschooler would probably eat the meat separately from the bun and would want the salad to go with it.
Some kids might like the specialty drinks, though one has caffeinated tea and another has a spicy kick.
- mold juice–Simply Fruit Punch, Simply Orange Ananas, Chipotle-Ananas
It has Batuubucha–Dirty Pineapple Passion Fruit Kombucha
Phattro–Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, Odwalla Lemonade, Desert Pear
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Toddler Snacks
The two snack places offer kid-friendly meals that toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy. However, you won't find the traditional "to go" snacks you'll see in other parts of the park (items like cold pickles, chips, pretzels, churros are...NOyou will find here). If you think your child needs a healthy snack, it's best to buy one before heading to Star Wars land.
the milk stallit only sells blue and green milk and mobile ordering is possible. This is a colorful frozen drink that kids will probably love. This "milk" is actually plant-based (coconut and rice milk) and has a thick, creamy consistency that remains like a slushie. Blue Milk tastes a bit like a Sweetart candy and Green Milk has a fruitier flavor.
*NEW FOR 2020*The Toydaria Swirl is a colorful mix of green milk mixed with lemon spice and mango jam.
Kat Saka’s Kettleoffers what is calledOutpost-Mix.This is a mix of colorful popcorn with a mix of sweet and spicy. I found the popcorn just right for kids without overpowering flavors.
You can also find specialty drinks from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Kat Saka's Kettle. Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Dasani water come in exclusive Star Wars Land bottles (and there's a total limit of three per guest per transaction). My preschooler doesn't drink soda and couldn't care less about the design, but the round bottles are the perfect size for little hands!
Children are allowed in Oga¿Cantina?
Drink at Disneyland? Yeah, now that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is open, it's a thing! For the first time, alcoholic beverages will be sold to the public at Disneyland Park. This is a hot spot as evidenced by the long line outside to get in. But you can bring your toddler or preschooler inside. There are just a few things you need to know and I'll answer the main questions.
- Each guest has a maximum of two alcoholic drinks.
- Time in the canteen is limited to 45 minutes. I'm not sure how the team actually monitors this.
- All alcoholic beverages must remain in the canteen.
How do you enter Oga's Cantina?
This family bar is absolutely one of the hot spots for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Oga's Cantina accepts advance reservations for meals that are not generally available.You must book as soon as possible. If you wait to book, there are usually only nights left. My daughter fell asleep at 9:30 p.m. just before our reservation this summer. Unfortunately we only made itacquirestanding on a table so we took turns holding her up while she slept.
More Q&A from Oga's Cantina
Can I bring a stroller to Oga's Cantina?
Across from me sat a couple with a sleeping baby in a stroller. Although they managed to keep the baby in line in the stroller, they had to wake up and pull the baby out to the front of the line. Stroller parking is across the walkway.
What can children do in Oga's Cantina?
Guests may recognize the DJ R-3X (also known as REX). He is the Starspeeder 3000 pilot droid first seen in Star Tours. He is now the DJ of the Cantina and can be seen here blasting the tunes and chatting. Upbeat dance music in the cantina definitely adds to the exuberant atmosphere. REX is on the left side of the cantina, so try to sit on that side if you can. He is a lot of fun and children will enjoy watching him in action.
What's on the kids' menu at Oga's Cantina?
While the adults treat themselves to a Fuzzy Tauntaun or Bespin Fizz, there are some specialty non-alcoholic drinks for the little ones. Soft drinks are about $6 each.
The Cliff Dweller is a souvenir mug and drink for older children. Please note that the mug itself is extremely heavy! (Note that prices have gone up since this photo was taken!)
- Hyperdrive (¡Golpéalo!)–Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, White Cranberry Juice, Black Cherry Puree, and Sprite
- Hard soft -just orangewith pineapple, kiwi, melon and blueberry pearls
- bantha azul-Blue milk served cold with a bantha-inspired vanilla shortbread cookie
- blurry fire –Lemonade, Pomegranate and Habanero Lime Juice
- carbon freezing -Powerade Lemon Lime, Wild Strawberry, Blueberry and Green Apple Pears
There are also two "refreshments" and a snack. The most suitable for children is calledoga's obsession. It comes as a flavor mix of lemonade, cotton candy and blueberry pearls with a trail mix. Served in a scientific-style petri dish, it resembles the texture of gelatin. This is definitely a fun option for kids!
The snack is a crunchy mix of Batuu Bits to snack on! The only other type of food on Oga's menu is the Happabore Sampler, which includes cured meats, cheese, and crackers.
Conclusion: Should you take the kids to Oga's canteen?
For parents who want the full Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge experience, Oga's Cantina is a must! The atmosphere is fun, there is a lot to see and the drinks are unique. However, the canteen is also crowded and seats are extremely limited. The bar is standing room so don't expect a seat inside. So here are my thoughts on bringing kids to Oga's Canteen.
You drink -Since strollers are not allowed, you will definitely want a forward-facing stroller to carry your baby. You should have your hands free to hold your drink. It's a bit noisy inside, but nothing too much for babies.
Toddlers and Preschoolers –With small rooms and limited seating, I'd say you really need to get to know your child and decide if Oga's Cantina is a good fit for your family. When toddlers and preschoolers stand in line for an hour and then go back inside, they can get upset. If you have a rowdy or wayward kid who isn't by your side at the bar, you should probably skip them.
Kinder -Kids ages 5 and up will probably like Oga's Cantina. The kid next to me was 9 and tall enough to see over the top of the bar so he could see all the action (especially the critters and drink making). I was also with my 7 year old son and he enjoyed the fun drinks and atmosphere.
Memories in Star Wars Land for toddlers and preschoolers?
If there's one thing about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, it's an abundance of merchandise and shopping. And while many of the items for sale are aimed at collectors, there are some kid-worthy gifts here, too. I have listed the stores and details of what you will find in each store for preschoolers and toddlers.
Star Wars Themed Basic T-Shirts for Boys and Girls
Dok-Ondar Cave of Antiquities
High-quality decor and trinkets, as well as some "Padawan"-sized lightsabers, perfect for preschoolers.
Black Spire Dealer
Smocks, belts and loose clothing including sizes for preschoolers.
BB-8 toy sold in the droid warehouse.
first order charge
All Stormtrooper and Dark Side costumes, including some sizes for smaller children.
Most of the souvenirs for children.
parade of creatures
Various stuffed animals are sold to him, as well as an interactive character that children would love to take home.
Kowakian Monkey Lizard: A clucking creature can sit on the shoulder; it comes in a variety of different colors.
Porg - A small bird-like creature sings and flaps its wings. Cute and kid friendly.
Loth Cat: feline, alternately energetic and friendly, a sharp-toothed hunter.
Toydarian toy makeris the most kid and preschool friendly store in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. This stall features handmade and collectible toys, many of them made of wood. Stuffed animals are definitely popular with the little ones! There are robust games and unique pieces. Just pay attention to the age recommendations, as some are older than 3 years.
It's unlikely you'll find yourself shopping for expensive Star Wars memorabilia for toddlers or preschoolers, but here are the details in case you're planning a visit to any of these stores.
InsideOffice of SaviGuests can make their own handmade lightsabers. These one-of-a-kind lightsabers command a hefty price tag, starting at around $200, with additional components driving the price up.
invited to visitDroid Depot in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Choose between a BB-series or R-series astromech droid. Parts are delivered via a conveyor belt for guests to collect to build their personal droid. Only two guests in each group can build a single droid. Keep this in mind if you have a toddler or preschooler with you.
Play the Disney Parks app
The Play Disney Parks app is a smart way to experience the parks with games, trivia and music. The app is a great hobby while you wait in line. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is the first Disney park to fully integrate with the Play Disney Parks mobile app. Mobile devices become a "data board" where guests can earn points by completing various tasks.
Screenshot of the Play Disney Parks app featuring Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
I'm not terribly keen on giving my smartphone to my preschooler (let alone a toddler who might throw it away on a whim!). However, the Play Disney Parks app has a few things that preschoolers and older would enjoy, so I would definitely add the app and play with it if I had the time.
*NEW FOR 2020* Bina's Guide to Batuu Creatures
I discovered this new activity for children with my friend Dustylittle mouse. Pick up one of the free guides at any market stall. Children can hunt Batuu's creatures (including a womp cat or mouse). The artists seal each activity book, and when they are done, the children receive a special sticker. It's a simple activity, but one that resonates with younger children.
Potentially Scary Things for Preschoolers in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
The inner vibrationBatuu is nervous. creaturesand droids can be found everywhere, some in stores or roaming the country. Stormtroopers and First Order officers march in and talk to the guests. It was a bit awkward for me, so what will it be like to experience Galaxy's Edge with kids? There are definitely things about Star Wars Land that could terrify your toddler or preschooler.
Scary toys can scare some children.
Chewbacca, Rey, Resistance spy Vi Moradi, and Stormtroopers are characters available to welcome guests. While stormtroopers can scare your child with their weapons, even Chewbacca's large presence can be scary (he was too much for my son!)
Some other things to consider:
- Stop for a drink at the water fountain at Black Spire Outpost Market and watch the eye of a Dianoga (a slimy, tentacled carnivore) bulge out of the water tank.
- SomeThe souvenir dolls sold at Creature Stall are creepy, with creepy teeth and eyes. My daughter saw a look, she screamed and ran!
- The taxidermic creatures in Dok-Ondar's lair of antiquities can be a bit creepy, including a Womp rat and Profrogg.
Star Wars Land toilets for diaper changes and potty training
When you need a quick diaper change or potty training your preschooler, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge 2 has potties. In addition to men's and women's rooms, there are also "guard rooms" where you can take several children. All bathrooms have changing tables.
A Disneyland itinerary that includes Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
So your toddler or preschooler can't ride any of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attractions, but everyone else in the group wants to go! how to create oneDisneyland Itinerary for Kidsand preschoolers that still fit in Star Wars Land?
It is best to use Extra Magic Hours and Magic Mornings. You must be at security checks 45 minutes before this time to be among the first to enter the gate.
Additional magic hours and magical mornings will beNOinclude access to Star Wars Land. But the land of fantasyobe open during these first opening hours. This would be the best game plan script to fit toddlers and preschoolers in Star Wars Land:
- Do all you can in Fantasyland with a toddler or preschooler right away during your Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning. You must be able to play Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mad Tea Party, Storybook Boats, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Alice in Wonderland, and Carousel.
- The queue for the Peter Pan flight can be up to 30 minutes in the morning, so I recommend skipping this and heading back to the area later in the day.
- ThoseTen minutes before the park's official opening, take the kids through the Fantasyland shortcut to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge via Frontierland.
How will the virtual tail explain the increase in resistance?
When Disneyland reopens in 2021, a "virtual queue" will be required for guests to ride Rise of the Resistance. The virtual boarding lane has also been implemented at Disney Hollywood Studios at Disney World. The first opportunity is at 7:00 am where guests will have access to the virtual boarding group before entering the parks. The second chance to secure entry to Rise of the Resistance is at 12:00 p.m. m. and is only accessible to those who have scanned the Disneyland park.
If riding this attraction is important to you, be sure to use the Disneyland app or the My Disney Experience app. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you!
Reopen Editor's Note - if you plantake the kids to the disney parks when they reopen, click on the article and read in more detail how Disneyland and Disney World will make changes.
Boys clothing ideas for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Dress up the kids for DisneyTraveling is one of my favorite things to do! I've been searching online for Star Wars clothing ideas for kids that are fun and comfortable. With all the concrete and minimal shade in Star Wars Land, you'll want to make sure the kids don't overheat.
Primary.com regatta and cropped leggings.
I have exploited the neutral shades of olive, brown, gray and even pink in the wardrobe of the cast of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and I have found these unisex piecesPrimario.com. Thin tank tops, shorts, and cropped leggings are perfect for hot summer and fall. Consider layers like scarves and a vest for cooler temperatures.
Racing Shorts and Chinos from Primary.com.
Children under the age of 13 can also dress up during the Batuu tour. considerdisneygebundene stylelike Han Solo. I added texture to my daughter's outfits with scarves from my own closet. Try repurposing Halloween costumes like a Jedi robe or stormtrooper. Remember that masks are not allowed, so please leave them at home.
Jedi Robes for Padawan
Of course, there are children's clothes to buy in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. I've found Star Wars-themed t-shirts for boys and girls, as well as complete costumes for your child to dress up as their favorite character, whether it's the First Order or the Resistance!
Additional Tips for Exploring Galaxy's Edge with Toddlers and Preschoolers
Here are some quick things to know before heading to Star Wars Land with toddlers or preschoolers.
Should I bring a stroller to Galaxy's Edge?
Yes, this 14-acre area is much larger than the public areas of Disneyland. I recommend a stroller when walking with children under 4 or children who are still asleep in the middle of the day.
Is there a recreation area at Star Wars Land?
NO. While there are general areas for kids to run around, there's no designated playground or playground. Hopefully something will be added to the land in the future where kids can play (similar to the playground in Toontown in front of Goofy's house).
Are there traditional Disneyland snacks in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge?
While the rest of Disneyland has churros, popcorn, candy, pretzels, sundaes, popsicles, and buttered popcorn on every corner, you won't find any of that at Galaxy's Edge. I wouldn't rule them out in the future, but if you want a snack like this, visit Fantasyland or Frontierland first before heading to Star Wars Land.
What can you do in Star Wars Land at night?
One of the highlights of the night are the fireworks. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge offers a unique take on this pyrotechnics, albeit with a twist. Traditional music is not played the way it is seen from a small world mall or Main Street U.S.A. The fireworks are also a bit closer. That means they are also larger than usual. But the view of the fireworks behind the Batuu Towers is amazing!