As times change, so does Walt Disney World. Disney and its massive family-friendly resort in Orlando, Florida, must also adapt as the culture shifts. One change that has rubbed some guests the wrong way over the years is the influence and promotion of alcohol across their theme parks.
Although much of that conversation centers around EPCOT and the pastime of “drinking around the world,” new information regarding the popular alcohol service location, Oga’s Cantina, set in a galaxy far, far away, has some guests wondering when Disney will incorporate more strenuous measures to protect guests from the impact of alcohol.
Oga’s Cantina is a lively and immersive bar located within the Black Spire Outpost at Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. As a popular destination for both Star Wars fans and Disney visitors, Oga’s Cantina offers a unique and authentic experience.
Upon entering Oga’s Cantina, guests are transported to the infamous watering hole on the planet of Batuu, where they can rub shoulders with smugglers, bounty hunters, and local residents. The atmosphere is vibrant, with dim lighting, eclectic music, and a bustling crowd that adds to the overall ambiance.
The drink menu at Oga’s Cantina is diverse and offers something for every palate. From alcoholic concoctions to non-alcoholic mocktails, there are plenty of options to choose from. Some popular choices include the Fuzzy Tauntaun, a vibrant, citrusy cocktail with a unique “buzz button” sensation, and the Jedi Mind Trick, a refreshing blend of grapefruit and rose vodka.
For those looking to savor the flavors of Batuu, Oga’s Cantina serves a range of snacks and small plates. From Batuu Bits, a savory and crispy snack mix, to the decadent Ronto Wrap, a flavorful sandwich filled with roasted pork and grilled sausage, there are plenty of options to satisfy your hunger.
One highlight of Oga’s Cantina is the vibrant and energetic bartenders, including the legendary droid DJ Rex from the original Star Tours attraction. Rex serves as the master of ceremonies, spinning tunes and adding to the lively atmosphere.
As Oga’s Cantina is still relatively new at Walt Disney World, with Galaxy’s Edge opening in 2019, the popular spot located inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios remains a must-do for many guests to the outpost. However, despite one of the biggest draws to Oga’s being its unique galactic alcohol offerings, currently, there is no age limit on visitors.
Unlike most “bars” that you’d find in your local neighborhood, Oga’s Cantina doesn’t limit their availability based on the age of guests. For this reason, it isn’t uncommon for the tiny space to host families of all sizes. Although not a traditional bar, this has created an issue with some guests who feel that the Disney Park should intervene and relieve uncomfortable situations.
One particular guest posted to Reddit that they feel that Disney World should incorporate an age restriction on Oga’s. User u/Falling_island highlighted a recent trip and cantina review for Oga’s in which they discussed how strange it was trying to enjoy themselves with drinks like a Fuzzy Tauntaun, all while sharing a table with a high chair.
The comment has garnered hundreds of responses, many of which agree with the user that Oga Garra (the fictional owner of the Cantina) should incorporate some sort of age limits when admitting guests.
One user named u/SeekerVash provided a different observation that makes sense when it comes to Oga’s. According to them, the outer rim hotspot has a bit of a perception problem regarding Disney guests.
As the bar requires a reservation and serves up non-alcoholic options such as Jabba Juice, many book the location in their My Disney Experience app, thinking of it as a full-service or quick-service restaurant.
This leads to many children rubbing elbows with adults who have been partaking in spiked blue milk and green milk or enjoying infamous alcoholic beverages like the Jedi Mind Trick, Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub, or The Outer Rim.
Another user in the comments voted to shift blame from parents onto Disney for the lack of age restrictions at Oga’s Cantina. Citing poor marketing, lack of Star Wars character dining, and limited seating, those choosing to drink have no choice but to share the adult-oriented space with younger Galaxy’s Edge guests.
Although Oga’s may seem like the perfect place for a Star Wars fan to enjoy a cold refreshment, some parents and guardians may find it overwhelming and a bit mature for their accompanying little ones.
Although some adults have no problem enjoying a Fuzzy Tauntaun with a baby lying in a high chair, many in the Reddit post felt strongly that Disney needs to incorporate an age limit on visiting guests.
Although not mentioned, it would be interesting to get their take regarding alcohol consumption in other parks such as Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom (during sit-down table-service meals), and the rest of Hollywood Studios.
As alcohol has become a hot-button topic among Walt Disney World Resort visitors, it’s safe to assume that, like many, they would probably condemn the serving of alcohol altogether at the “most magical place on earth.”
As for Oga’s, only time will tell if Disney deems the youthful exposure to a bar-like atmosphere problematic. Up until this point, there has been little discussion surrounding Oga’s Cantina and who should be allowed to visit. However, as alcohol continues to grow in servings at Walt Disney World, the discontent surrounding adult beverages isn’t going anywhere.
It is essential to note that Oga’s does incorporate strict limits on its servings. Also, a reservation is highly recommended due to Oga’s Cantina’s popularity. Guests can make reservations up to 60 days in advance, either online or through the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort app.
This ensures a smooth and enjoyable experience without the hassle of long wait times.
Overall, Oga’s Cantina offers a one-of-a-kind experience for Star Wars fans and Disney enthusiasts alike. With its immersive atmosphere, diverse drink menu, and lively ambiance, a visit to Oga’s Cantina is an adventure worth embarking on during your visit to Walt Disney World’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Some opinions in this article are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect Disney Dining’s opinions regarding Walt Disney Company operations.