For parents of Star Wars fans, the Jedi Training Academy at Walt Disney World will blow your kids’ minds! It takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and you may have to run to grab a spot!
The Ultimate Jedi Training Academy Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
After a fun-filled day of everything Star Wars, it was time to reward the children with something that was completely for them. Not that they didn’t have fun in Galaxy’s Edge, but there is only so much “immersive experience” the kids can handle before they demand something a little more hands-on and exciting.
We signed them up first thing in the morning but they were checked out and didn’t really pay attention to what was going on around them, like usual, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when they were surprised that we were going to do Jedi Training before lunch.
Touring Disney at the beginning of December, even days after a new attraction is opened, the crowds are still relatively light. We thankfully arrived after the boarding groups for Rise of the Resistance were sold out so we didn’t have to worry about meeting that crowd of people when we entered the park.
Today’s article will be reviewing the most frequently asked questions about Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, and giving our review of the whole experience with our kids.
What is Jedi Training Academy?
This 20-minute Hollywood Studios stage show takes place in 15 separate performances throughout the day at an outdoor stage located next to the Star Tours attraction.
Thirty minutes before your Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple showtime, you’ll drop your kids off with Disney cast members who will talk to them about what will happen during the show. A Jedi Master and his helpers teach about 30 kids (ages 4 – 12) how to become a Jedi. They give kids cool Jedi robes and lightsabers.
Then, for 25 glorious minutes, your child will share the stage with Star Wars legends in front of an audience of Star Wars enthusiasts! They split the kids into two groups: one goes up on stage and the other stays down on the main floor.
After a bit of theatrics, the two Star Wars characters split up and begin their lightsaber battles with each kid individually. Each battle lasts about 10 seconds and Disney PhotoPass photographers will take several photos of each child’s battle.
At the end of the show, the kids hand back their robes and lightsabers and the trainers give each kid a Star Wars pin as a token.
Make sure to grab the PhotoPass card from the photographer taking photos of YOUR child. Then, you can bring to the photo area near the gate and just add the photos of your child to your Memory Maker (or purchase separately.)
How to book Jedi training at Hollywood studios
A cast member will ask your child a few questions to gauge if they’re able to follow the basic instructions necessary to participate in the show. This is why you can not register without your child present. If your child seems ready, they will be officially registered for specific showtime of Jedi Training.
Disney World Jedi Training Participants must meet these requirements:
- The child must be age 4 to 12 years old
- The participant must be present at registration
- The child must be able to follow basic instructions
Where do you sign up for Jedi Training?
To sign up for Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, head directly to the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost.
If you don’t have a map handy, this is along the route towards Galaxy’s Edge, just after 50’s Prime Time Diner. There are Cast Members with signs pointing you in the right direction.
How early do I need to show up to register?
During high season, you’ll want to head there as soon as you get into the park. This may mean booking a pre-park breakfast reservation just to get into Hollywood Studios before everyone else. Hollywood & Vine offers Disney Junior Character breakfasts from 8 am – 10:20 am.
Triple check what time Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens that morning and give yourself enough time to get through security and be ready for the gates to open. EMH is also a great time to sign the kids up.
What age does Jedi Training start?
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple is available for Star Wars fans ages 4 to 12 years old.
Side note – While there is never a perfect age to take your kids to Disney, we do strongly suggest waiting until your youngest is 44inches tall and at least 4 years old if you plan on taking the older kids on these activities. They are too much fun and your little one will want to participate, even if they have no particular interest in Star Wars (** cough cough our 4 daughter cough cough **)
How long is Jedi training?
The show lasts 25 minutes, but kids need to check in 30 minutes before showtime for robes and a pep talk, making this a 55-minute experience.
Times for Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
There are so many times available for Jedi Training. Arrive early enough and you can pick any timing that fits your touring plan the best.
Morning 9:40 AM, 10:20 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:40 AM
Afternoon 12:20 PM, 1:00 PM, 1:40 PM, 2:20 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:40 PM, 4:20 PM
Evening 5:00 PM, 5:40 PM, 6:20 PM, 7:00 PM
Tips for Nabbing A Spot at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
Prepare your kids
One of the criteria, in order to be included in Jedi Training, is that your child is able to follow simple instructions and won’t be overcome with nerves.
While our oldest was all too ready to fight Darth Vader, our youngest was a little hesitant to battle and seemed a little Star Struck. She got through it, with some encouragement from her Jedi Master, but we would not have put her in Jedi Training had her brother not signed up as well.
Be prepared to pick a time.
Once you’re in line to sign up, things speed up really quickly and when you get to the registration desk, you’ll be asked to select a time for the performance you’d like your child to be in. If you’re early enough in line, you can pick from a wide range of options.
Based on your Hollywood Studios touring plan, have a time already decided, and maybe a backup time, that isn’t too early in the morning.
Sign up for Jedi Training as soon as you get into Hollywood Studios
As mentioned before, during high crowds it can be hard to get one of those coveted 600 spots for Jedi Training. While we don’t suggest arriving with the Rise of the Resistance crew, sleeping in isn’t an option either.
Plan to enter Hollywood Studios at or near rope drop and make your way immediately for the registration area. If you plan it right, this path will be part of your Touring Plan and shouldn’t be a detour.
Bring your kids
I can’t stress this enough! Your children need to be with you in order to sign up. Parents can’t run ahead to snag a spot.
Watch out for rain
Since this is an outdoor show, it can be canceled due to rain. That’s always disappointing, especially since you won’t be able to reschedule it later that day. We suggest you prepare the kids (and yourself) that this is a possibility but you won’t let it ruin your trip.
We arrived for training as it was starting to sprinkle. The lead Jedi Master warned us that if it gets too much worse, that they would be forced to cancel. They pushed on, continuing to prepare the children, even marching them to the Temple stage. The sprinkles got a little heavier as they loaded the children onto the stage but it quickly passed and everyone was allowed to perform as planned.
A few of the parents and I (jokingly) suggested Disney create a waiver that we can sign, saying we will do anything to allow the kids to perform in adverse weather – even though we warned them this was a possibility, I do not want to be the one to tell the kids they can’t perform after being prepped and robed.
What to wear for Jedi training?
Even though your child will be wearing Jedi robes, you can still see what they are wearing under the robe.
We encourage families to dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters, keeping in mind they are fighting the bad guys in this performance. Our son owns a Storm Tropper costume – this is not the time to wear it.
Do the VIP Star Wars tour
If you are a serious Star Wars fan and want to guarantee your kids a spot at the Jedi Training Academy, pay for the VIP Star Wars Tour.
We did the 6-hour tour back in March and it ended with Jedi training academy in the early afternoon. If you plan on bringing your kids on the tour, you don’t need to worry about signing them up separately. It was insanely cool and highly recommend it!
Hang on to your tickets
A cast member gives you a printed return ticket with your registered showtime. Take good care of this ticket, because your child needs it when checking in for the show.