No, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Didn't Ban The Word 'Younglings'

Darth Vader glares in Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

There are all kinds of rules and regulations at Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, but you can go ahead and call a kid a youngling. Maybe even a Padawan or a Jedi, even if they have yet to be trained.

There was apparently some confusion about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge cast members no longer using the word "younglings" because it upset parents. It may have just been the reaction to a specific situation, as opposed to a mandate from Disney, but here's what YouTuber Jenny Nicholson had said she was told after visiting Galaxy's Edge:

Also a cast member said 'kids' and I jokingly said 'oh, younglings?' and she blindsided me by telling me they're already scrubbing 'younglings' from the vocab. Parents didn't like it because one of the only times you hear it in the movies is the phrase 'killing younglings.' Fair.

In Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader kills all the younglings training at the Jedi Temple. That Twitter update that a cast member said they were scrubbing "younglings" as a term made the rounds across the Internet with people going so far as to think Disneyland had banned the word.

Not so fast.

Newsweek got comment from Disneyland, which said cast members were not asked to avoid the word "younglings." Quite the contrary:

Our cast members use that word daily in the new land, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, as part of the interaction with guests.

Early reports coming out of Galaxy's Edge before the official opening also noted the use of the term younglings; here's one from Daily Breeze:

Children in Black Spire Outpost are referred to as 'younglings.' Or possibly 'padawans' if they are particularly strong with the Force. The littlest ones travel via 'youngling transport' — or what we on Earth would call a stroller.

So this sounds like a miscommunication that spread across the galaxy. Fear not, your little younglings can still be called younglings at Galaxy's Edge, although that may put them at increased risk for an attack from Darth Vader.

CinemaBlend's own Dirk Libbey got to visit Galaxy's Edge and he's been staying on top of all the intel at Disneyland and coming later to Walt Disney World in Florida. Here's his review of the park:

All of the early visitors -- from Mark Hamill to Rian Johnson and beyond -- have been raving about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The rest of us will have to wait for our chance to experience the magic. But at least we have Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to entertain us this December 20. As you know, that Episode IX movie will end the entire Skywalker Saga. Keep up with every movie coming to the big screen in 2019 with our handy guide.

Gina Carbone

Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.