On our last visit to Walt Disney World we had the opportunity to participate in the Jedi Training Academy at Disney Hollywood Studios. It is open to all visitors at Disney Hollywood Studios with an admission ticket. This was one of my kids favorite activities from our visit to Disney World and they are still talking about it. If you have a Star Wars fan in the family I highly suggest you add Jedi Training Academy to your must see list. It is a mix of show and interactive experience that your entire family will enjoy!
Jedi Training Academy is a 20 minute show that runs daily at Disney Hollywood Studios. It is a chance for kids to become Jedi’s and learn the way of the force. Typically they offer between 12-15 shows a day so you have a good chance of reserving a space to participate. From the Walt Disney World website:
Jedi Knights have assembled Force-sensitive children from throughout the galaxy to test their abilities.
Under the tutelage of the Jedi, the recruits learn how to use the Force—and their wit—to wield lightsabers. Now that the Empire has driven the Jedi to the distant corners of the galaxy, the training must proceed in secret at ancient Jedi temples.
But not even this precaution can shield the Jedi from the evil forces of the Dark Side for long. Soon, the temple opens and the students are challenged to use their new skills when they come face-to-face with their greatest fears—in the frightening form of notorious Star Wars villains!
Sign up starts before the park opens. When we visited we didn’t know much about it and were standing in line at the gate about 30 minutes prior to park opening. We always arrive early to the parks. There were many cast members walking around with signs about the Jedi Training Academy. Of course I had to ask and we decided to give it a try.
We were escorted through a gate and into the park!! I love walking through the streets of any theme park when it feels like you have it all to yourself. It is quiet and you have the chance to see things you don’t always notice in the rush of the day. We always stay on-site and I think this helps us get to the parks earlier because we don’t have to worry about traffic and parking. Read my 7 Magical Reasons to Stay On-Site at Walt Disney World.
The sign up for the class is inside the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost which is between Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and the 50s Prime Time Café.
You will meet at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost and check in. Then you are ready for your Jedi training at Disney World!
The kids all put on their Jedi robes and are given light sabers before the show. The Cast Members go over rules. I will be honest there was not much explanation on what to expect during this time. It is kind of learn as you go but it was very organized. They check to see that everyone that signed up is checked in.
Then you parade down to the show stage. This is next to the Star Tours attraction. Walking down the street dressed as a Jedi is so cool. All the kids walk in a line to the show. People stop and move out of the way and take pictures. It is a really big deal and the Cast Members make it really special. You walk along side with them no need to worry about being separated.
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Viewing Tip: I suggest having one person from your party arrive before to secure a spot. Otherwise you will be in the back watching. It is standing room only but my husband arrived with our 3 year old and we were able to see.
The children walk on the stage and have a circle to stand on for the show. This is where the Cast Members really shine. They are so great with the kids. They help the shy ones and keep them entertained. It was really nice to see. Especially as a parent who is watching from the audience. Parents are not allowed on the stage with the children and it is a relief to know your kids are in good care. (We were with them through the prep and walking to the show. You can always see them.)
During the Jedi Training show the young Jedi’s follow along on a story and each Jedi battles a character from Star Wars. On our visit it was Darth Vadar and the Inquisitor. This was incredible and the kids couldn’t believe it. It was so fun. During the Jedi battle the instructors are on hand and they work great with the kids. Near the end of the show the group of kids use the force to push Kylo Ren off the stage.
A word of caution about the scare factor. Seeing Darth Vadar and Kylo Ren up close can be a scary encounter for a lot of children. The Cast Members are really great about reading your child and they are prepared for many situations. Near the end of the show my daughter was a little concerned about being on stage with Kylo Ren. She stayed in the back and everything went smoothly.
At the beginning of the show you are given a special code for your Disney PhotoPass that will give you access to all the photos taken by the professional photographer. We didn’t purchase the package but the pictures were great. I was able to take pictures on my own too. The PhotoPass code is different then if you have purchased the Memory Maker but during the time we visited the pictures were included in it. You only needed a different code to access them.
I would highly recommend participating in the Jedi Training Academy. It is fun for any Star Wars fan and made the kids feel like a real Jedi. For more tips about visiting Walt Disney World check out Tips for First Time Visits to Walt Disney World.
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