Have a young padawan and visiting Walt Disney World? While some Star Wars experiences are geared toward older kids and adults, like Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (40″ height requirement) or meeting Kylo Ren (don’t expect hugs), there are still plenty of fun ways for younger kids to experience the force.
Here are the top four Star Wars experiences for younger kids at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Chewbacca and BB-8 both have character meets inside the Star Wars Launch Bay that are open continuously throughout the day. There are separate lines for each, and FastPass+ is not available.
Kylo Ren also has a meet in the Star Wars Launch Bay, but it may be too intense for younger kids. He remains in character as very intimidating, and the cast members there are also similarly in character.
You can also sometimes find Jawas wandering around the Launch Bay, and you can even trade with them! They like shiny objects, and we have had luck trading strands of plastic beads and unused glow sticks (both from the dollar store).
In return, my son has gotten some plastic pirate coins and a droid part. There are no posted times for the Jawas, so it’s always a fun surprise running into them.
And watch out for Stormtroopers!
Several times a day you can watch the March of the First Order down Hollywood Boulevard. This quick parade is a great opportunity for younger kids to watch the stormtroopers from a distance. Check the park’s Times Guide for march times.
Occasionally, you can also find the Stormtroopers “on patrol” in the Animation Courtyard in front of the Star Wars Launch Bay. Their interactions with guests are always entertaining, but they are also considerate of younger kids. We had one quickly stop to salute my toddler, who was wearing a Darth Vader shirt.
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
Kids as young as 4 (and up to age 12) can don a Jedi robe and wield a lightsaber to battle Darth Vader or Seventh Sister in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.
These popular, interactive shows run numerous times throughout the day, and advanced sign up is required for participation. The limited spots for the day usually fill up fast though, so you will want to try to sign up at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost as early in the morning as possible. Kids participating must be present at sign up.
Star Wars Shows
During the day, you can watch Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away at Center Stage (see Times Guide). This 15-minute show features appearances by a number of Star Wars characters (including some favorite classic droids), as well as some movie projections.
Then at night, check out Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. This nighttime show show is an awesome combination of pyrotechnics, projections and film clips celebrating all things Star Wars. You will want to stand between Center Stage and the two projection towers for the best view.
Both of these shows do have loud moments, so keep that in mind if your child is sensitive to noise.
Build Your Own Lightsaber
In Tatooine Traders (the gift shop by Star Tours), you can get one of the coolest souvenirs in the galaxy – you can build your own lightsaber! They even light up and have sound effects!
You can choose to build one belonging to a specific Star Wars character or create your own through the selection of five different components. Cast members are there to assist in the assembly, so even toddlers and preschoolers can actively participate.
My just-turned-three year old decided to pick his own parts at each step.
Build your own lightsabers cost $26.99 for a single, $29.99 for a single deluxe, $41.99 for a double, and $46.99 for a double deluxe.
I hope you and your family enjoy these Star Wars experiences, and may the force be with you!