Jedi Training: A How To Guide

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Jedi Training: Trails of the Temple is a 20-25 minutes interactive show that allows children from ages 4-12 to battle the dark side. Jedi Knights have assembled Force-sensitive children from throughout the galaxy to test their abilities.

The young Padawans (children are referred to young Padawans which means apprentice) recruits will learn how to use the force. The young Padawans will also receive training on how to wield lightsabers at the ancient Jedi temple. However, it’s not too long before the evil forces of the Dark Side finds the Jedi Knights and the young Padawans. The students are challenged to use their new skills to battle the Dark Side.



How to Sign Up

  • You must be between 4 and 12 years of age to participate.
  • Please register at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost located between the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!and the 50’s Prime Time Café.
  • Registration begins when Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens for the day.
  • All participants must be present at the time of registration.
  • Availability is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Plan on Committing an Hour for the Show

When you sign up for the Jedi Training, you will be asked to return to the Jedi Training location (where you signed in earlier that day) 30 minutes prior to the show time. The show lasts about 20-25 minutes. Therefore, this means that the whole Jedi Training experience will take almost an hour. When signing up, make sure that you don’t have a dining or a FastPass reservation for that time. If your dining reservations or FastPass selections interfere with the time slot given to you, talk to a Cast Member and let them know. They are generally very accommodating with getting you into a time slot that will work for you.

Show up before park opening

Try to arrive at Hollywood Studios 45-30 minutes before opening. If Hollywood
Studios is having Extra Morning Hours (EMH), you will still have to arrive to the park before the EMH. Jedi Training is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Spots fill up fast. If you want your child to participate in the Jedi Training, try arriving before park opening. There are times that Cast Members will let a group waiting for Jedi Training into the park before park opening. It all depends on the Cast Member. There is no guarantee that they will let guests in before opening to sign up for Jedi Training and there isn’t an exact time that they will do it. So, it is a good idea to arrive early.


Most of the crowd that do arrive early to Hollywood Studios will make their way to Toy Story Mania. Once the rope drops, a huge crowd will race over to Toy Story Mania, just bare to your left towards Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! and the 50’s Prime Time Café. Cast Members are sometimes stationed outside the entrance just before and after the park opens with signs pointing guests to the location where the Jedi Training is.

Hollywood Vine and Dine

You can book an early breakfast at Hollywood Vine and Dine before the park opens. After you are done eating you can head over to the Jedi Training or if the Cast Member lets you in 15-20 minutes before your reservation time, you can head over to the Jedi Training by the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! and the 50’s Prime Time Café.

Two summers ago, we had early reservations at Hollywood Vine and Dine. The Cast Member at the front let us in 20 minutes before our reservation time. I went directly over to the Jedi Training while my husband followed with our children. Then he left to Hollywood Vine and Dine to be present when they called our name. The line was short. After we were done, my children and I headed back to Hollywood Vine and Dine for breakfast.

Last summer we did not have reservations for Hollywood Vine and Dine, so we arrived 30 minutes before park opening and a Cast Member let us and others who were waiting for Jedi Training 20 minutes early before park opening.

Requirements

Children must be ages 4-12. Children must be present at the time of sign up. Here is a tip that works for us: My son has a hard time waiting on lines. So I went ahead made line. When there were about 3-4 people ahead of me, I called my husband on his cell phone and told him to bring the children over. This worked perfectly.

FASTPASS+

There isn’t any FASTPASS availability for this event. Availability is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Tip: Keep in mind when your FastPass reservations are so that you don’t book the Jedi Training during your FastPass reservations.

How many spots are open?

It all depends on the day and the season. There is anywhere from 15-30 spots available for every half hour show.

If All the Spots Are Filled

Once all guaranteed spots have been filled for the day, a Cast Members will begin the sign up for alternates. Please note: THIS DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE CHILD WILL GET INTO A JEDI TRAINING SHOW. The alternate sign up gives the child an opportunity of getting a spot if a child with a guaranteed spot doesn’t show up. The alternates are given number in the order in which they sign up. The alternate will be asked to return 20 minutes prior to any of the shows. If more than one alternate shows up and a spot is available, the alternate with the lowest number will go first.

What happens if it rains?

If it starts to rain or if there is lightning in the area, the show will be canceled. On occasions, the children who signed up for the Jedi Training will be invited to attend a special meet and greet with Darth Vader and his Stormtoopers inside the Star Tours attractions. However, the meet and greet with Darth Vader is not guaranteed. On occasion, the Cast Members have done different things that are still pretty cool to make up for the cancellation.

What to Expect at Sign In

Once it’s your turn on line, you will approach a table where the Cast Member will ask you a few questions about your child/children like: How many children are participating? How old is the child? What is the name of the child? If the child is young they will ask: Can they listen to and follow directions? Then the Cast Member will let you know the available times and you get to choose which one is best for you. The Cast Member will then type in the name of the child in the time slot that you have chosen. The Cast Member will give you a little slip of paper to remind you what time to return to the same location 30 minutes before your child’s performance.

Special Needs

If your child has special needs, just talk to the Cast Member and let them know. In some cases, a Cast Member will assist the child with special needs so that they can participate in the Jedi Training.


My Disney Experience App

Once you have your time slot, open your My Disney Experience and add the event to your itinerary. This will help you
remember and keep track when to return to the Jedi Training post.

Don’t Be Late

Try not to be late to the Jedi Training. Arrive to the Jedi Training post (where you signed in earlier) about 30 minutes before
your scheduled time. If you are late, you forfeit your spot.

Check In

You will need to check in at the Jedi Training post (where you signed in earlier). The Cast Member will give each child a sticker with their name on it. Then the children will be fitted for their brown Jedi robe. If you travel during the summer months when it is extremely hot, the children will each be given a cold water bottle. Then the Cast Member will tell the child where to sit while they explain the directions. The spots that they sit in is the spot where they will be in line. The child will receive a piece of paper with their information on it which they will need to carry with them when walking over to the stage.

Before the Show

15 minutes before the show, the recruits are asked to stand up and follow in a line exactly from the same spot that they were sitting at. 10 minutes before the show, the children are escorted to the stage adjacent to Star Tours. Parents can walk alongside their child but the child must remain on line. If there are two groups of children, that means that one group will be on the stage and the other group will in on the stage below, on ground level.

Holding a Spot

Send someone in your party over the stage adjacent to Star Tours to save a viewing spot for the Jedi Training.

PhotoPass 



A PhotoPass photographer, sometimes 2, will take LOTS of pictures of the whole show. They do a perfect job of capturing the moment. This allows you to cheer for your child or film the performance without having to worry about taking pictures. The PhotoPass photographer will take picture of every child. At the end of the show, each parent will receive a PhotoPass card which you will have to link to your account. Tip: If you stop by a PhotoPass kiosk or place, a Cast Member can help you sift through the Jedi Training pictures to keep the ones with your child(ren) and delete the rest. This will save you an hour of going through the pictures.

On Stage

Your child will be given a lightsaber and they will receive training on how to wield a lightsaber. But the training gets interrupted by the forces from the Dark Side. The young Padawan will battle someone from the Dark Side. Darth Vader, Darth Maul and Seventh Sister are not guaranteed. They can show up at random.

After Completing the Training

After your child completes their training, each child will receive a Jedi Training square pin. They use to give out paper certificated but they don’t do that anymore.

This is a very entertaining show. This is an experience that you and your child will never forget. Your child might want to do this again when you go to Hollywood Studios again. I hope that this guide was informative and helpful.

May the Force be with You!




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