The Jedi Training Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando

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My family and I are big fans of the Star Wars saga and we had an incredible time when we recently visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and our son took part in the Jedi Training Academy show. I had planned it for months, spent time reading many web sites, specially the web site of the Disney Forum which helped me a lot regarding the park and event information, so once we arrived to Orlando we knew exactly what to do. I have done a priority list for the ones planning on doing the same for their children:

  • Get to Disney’s Hollywood Studios Orlando as early as possible. If you have a park leaflet check on the opening times, for example if the park opens at 8am I would suggest you to be there one hour before. It happens that sometimes the parks open earlier than normal (and they don’t mention this in the leaflets). So if you arrive early you could be one of the first visitors inside the park and avoid long queues.
  • Once inside the park you will have to make a reservation for the Jedi Training at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost located near the Indiana Jones Epic stunt.
  • You will get a special ticket for the Jedi Training Trials of the Temple with your chosen time for the show. Shows are daily between 9:40am and 9:10pm. Once you have your ticket keep it safe like gold!, and don’t be late for your training.
  • The experience is only for children between 4 and 12 years old and the spaces are limited. It is a 25 minutes show next to the Star Tours 3D ride.
  • Parents will be with their children until show time, the little ones will be given a brown Jedi costume and lightsaber which is really cool as they will look like real Jedis!. You can take as many pictures or videos as you want during the show.
  • It is exciting for the children to wait and see who they will fight with, is it with Vader or is it with the Seventh Sister?. At the beginning there will be two lines of children, smaller children go at the front, the older ones in the back, later on they break the lines to do a training circle in the main stage and after that the children are taken to the upper stage and lower stage in a random way. My son was able to fight with the Seventh Sister and he was so happy, he said it was the best experience ever.
  • At the end the children get a certificate saying they have passed the Jedi Training and with this you will hear them talking about the experience for a long long time. If you have a Disney Photopass you will find all the pictures (taken by Disney’s professional photographers) of this event loaded in the card.

 

 

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Is your child shy or maybe having double thoughts about taking part in the training ?. I can tell you, my son is a big Star Wars fan but for some reason he was a bit shy and not sure about taking part on the training just one day before the event. But, once he had the reservation ticket in his hands and saw himself together with other children then I could guess he was very excited because he had a huge smile on his face.

May the force be with you, always!.

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