Disney fans are, more than ever, clamoring for all things Star Wars. And while you’re waiting for Walt Disney World’s eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to open, you’ll find lots of Star Wars adventures already open at Hollywood Studios. One of our favorites, and a definite must for any young Star Wars fans, is Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, where prospective Jedi can train with a Jedi Master and even fight a notorious Star Wars villain on stage!
8. Plenty of Performances
Thankfully for Star Wars fans who want to watch or participate in Jedi Training, there’s no lack of opportunities throughout the day! Shows run most days of the week, and they run approximately every 30 to 60 minutes. This gives young Jedi (and their parents) lots of options when choosing a show time. Check online before you plan to go, to confirm that the show is running, and when. And keep in mind that the show is outdoors, so it’s subject to cancellation in case of inclement weather.
7. Easy to Register
Unlike dining reservations and FastPasses+, you don’t have to register for Jedi Training weeks or months in advance – registration occurs the day you choose to participate! Any guests aged 4 to 12 are welcome, and registration couldn’t be easier. Head to the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost as soon as you arrive in Hollywood Studios (registration begins when the park opens) to register, and remember that any aspiring Jedi must be with you when you register. This is a first come, first served experience, and spots DO book up quickly, so register early to avoid disappointment!
6. More Recruits Can Play
Jedi Training has been a popular activity at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios for years, and recently Star Wars has become even more popular among guests. As an answer to this guest demand, Disney overhauled the attraction in order to increase the number of young fans who can participate in the experience. From a capacity of just 12 children a few years ago, there are now 30 participants per show! But know that guest demand still outstrips the number of available spots. If you don’t arrive in time to snag a spot, you can always join the standby list, but because of its popularity, no-shows are pretty rare.
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5. The Force is Free
We absolutely love finding fun free stuff to do in Walt Disney World! And Jedi Training is – apart from admission to Hollywood Studios – completely free, both for guests watching the show and younglings participating in it. Participants have even been known to receive a complimentary souvenir pin after the show, and we’ve even heard of bonus FastPasses+ that have been given out to families after registering. While the exact souvenir given out and the bonus FastPasses+ are of course subject to change, we’d certainly never say no to free Walt Disney World swag!
4. Make an Entrance
Your budding Jedi will love making an entrance at the start of the show! You’ll need to return to the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost at least half an hour before the show you registered for. And then the pre-show fun begins! Participants are handed out Jedi robes to wear during the show, and they’re lined up in order of height. Finally, your little recruits will march up to the stage following a banner. It’s a good idea to talk to your kids in advance, especially younger ones or those prone to shyness, to make sure they know what to expect, and won’t be overwhelmed when separated from you and faced with an audience.
3. Photo Opps
If you’re worried about finding the perfect spot to capture shots of your young recruits during the show, have no fear. This is Disney, after all! PhotoPass photographers are there at every show to make sure each child’s Jedi experience is captured. Pick up a PhotoPass card from the photographer, and check out your photos online at MyDisneyPhotoPass.com or on the My Disney Experience Mobile App.
2. Light Saber Training
Young Jedi recruits will feel like they’ve stepped into a Star Wars movie when they begin learning lightsaber techniques from a Jedi trainer! Younglings are divided into 2 groups, and each child has his or her own marked spot to stand on. When all the recruits are at their stations, they’ll receive their lightsabers, and the training begins! Fair warning – it’s more than possible that your child will want to take home their very own lightsaber to continue their training, and luckily, you can walk to nearby Tatooine Traders where your Jedi can create his or her own keepsake lightsaber.
1. Face Favorite Star Wars Villains
The highlight of Jedi Training? Coming face to face with your favorite Star Wars villains to try out your new lightsaber skills in person! Depending on which group your little one is in, he or she will battle either Darth Vader or the Seventh Sister Inquisitor. The new recruits are, of course, always victorious, and the villains eventually retreat. Participants then help their Jedi trainer to battle Kylo Ren, and save the day! For fledgling Jedi, this is an experience that won’t soon be forgotten.