Most of you know that we recently returned from a wonderful trip to Walt Disney World. Now, I’ll be honest and tell you that I’m a planner and for this trip, I really wanted to ensure that both of my boys got to do everything they wanted to do. You see, this was our second year attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and last year, we had a few key items on a list that we didn’t get around to. So, this year we went down a few days early with a couple of special to-do items on each of the kid’s lists. Of course, the Jedi Training at Hollywood Studios was at the top of my little guy’s priorities but I had read online that it can be hard to get into. After a little bit of research and some planning based around our schedule, he was able to take part in the Jedi Training and I will say, it was awesome! So, for those of you who have little Jedis, I’m thrilled to be sharing what I learned on this recent trip about how to make the most of Jedi Training at Walt Disney World!
Just in case you hadn’t heard, Jedi Training at Walt Disney World is a pretty awesome experience that is designed specifically for kids ages 4 to 12. Not only do they get to interact with cast members in the super fun Jedi Training Academy but they also get to take the stage with their very own light saber and square off against the likes of Darth Vader or Kylo Ren. I’ll tell you that this experience was one of my little guy’s favorite things he did while we were at Disney World but in order to make sure your kiddos has a chance to participate, you’ll want to know a few things. (NOTE: there are more Jedi Training offerings now than there have been in the past, making it easier to participate. However, spaces are limited and the tips below are intended to help ensure your child has a chance to be a part of this awesome experience. We are in no way guaranteeing availability.)
Arrive Early and Take Advantage of Magic Hours
I’ll be real ya’ll….lots of people want to do Jedi Training and with limited spots the lines get long. I saw a recommendation before we left that advised arriving a hour and a half before the park opens to wait. This idea didn’t exactly work for us since my little guy can get impatient. Since we were staying on property, we instead looked at which day Hollywood Studios had extra magic hours. Magic Hours are times when certain parks open either an hour early or two hours late for guests staying on Walt Disney World properties. Our Hollywood Studios Magic Hours just happened to be from 8-9 on the first morning we were there so we simply grabbed our bus to Hollywood Studios at 7:30 and were able to walk right in when we arrived. We then headed straight to the Indiana Jones Adventures which is where you sign up. Even with the Magic Hours, there was already a line (people seriously sprint to get there!). So….
Plan for the Lines
Even with our great planning, there was a long line for Jedi Training at Walt Disney World by the time we arrived. I really liked that they had cast members standing at the entrance counting the number of kids so that there didn’t end up being no more spots left after we stood in line (I would have been one upset mama ya’ll!). Once we had been asked how many children would participate, we were directed into line to wait. Even with using our Magic Hours, we stood in line for about 45 minutes. Please trust me when I say plan for a wait. Take something to keep your kiddo from getting grumpy while waiting. Since we hadn’t had breakfast at this point, I packed an easy breakfast and downloaded a video on my phone. Then my littlest and I comfortably waited in line while the rest of our party headed off to ride the rides.
Sign Up for a Time that Fits Your Plans
Contrary to popular belief, you do have some choice in what time your child does Jedi Training. Early morning slots generally fill up fast but they do give you options. For us, we were able to participate any any of the training sessions after 1:30. Since I had fast passes at the same time, we simple chose a slot a little further out so that we didn’t lose our fast passes and were still able to do the Jedi Training. Honestly, as much as my little guy wanted to participate, I would have changed our fast passes if needed but it was really nice that we didn’t have to and had some flexability to work with our well-planned schedule.
Return Early for your Jedi Training Time Spot
As I mentioned above, you’ll get to choose you time for Jedi Training at Walt Disney World from the spots that are open. You’ll then be given a ticket of sorts….hold onto that thing as you’ll need it when you return! Then plan to get back to the area for your training (beside Indiana Jones Adventures) a little bit ahead of your scheduled time (you’ll be given a return time which is about 30 minutes prior to the actual time you signed up for). We all know that lines are not always predictable and transportation can hit delays so I recommend being back near the location about 30 minutes prior to your SCHEDULED time (note, this will be an hour prior to your show time). Maybe you can even schedule a fast pass for one of the Star Wars rides to help build excitement for your little one while you are waiting to check in!
Divide and Conquer
Once the time for your Jedi Training has arrived, head back to your designated location with your little Jedi and send the rest of your family on to grab a front row spot for you at the Jedi Training stage! An adult DOES need to stay with your child while they are going through the entire experience so try to plan to have someone else save you a spot. For the parent who stays with the Jedis, let me tell you that it’s awesome! The cast members are amazing with these kids as they get them into their Jedi robes and explain the process to them.
There are fun questions and lots of interaction during Jedi Training at Walt Disney World and at the end of it, all the Jedis get to walk down the street of Hollywood Studios behind a banner in their robes. The leader yells throughout the procession “Here Come the Jedis!” to which all the Jedis reply “Here we Come!”. I’ll tell you….it’s pretty awesome.
Check out this video and be sure to turn your sound up near the end!
Prepare to Be Amazed!
Once you and your Jedi arrive at the stage, you’ll be encouraged to take your place and watch the show! INSIDER TIP: Ask prior to arrival if your group will be divided into smaller groups and where your child will be. Our group was so large that they were separated and I ended up having a spot at the wrong end. A big thanks goes out to my mom for crawling through people’s legs to capture these videos! When the kids have all been escorted onto the stage, the show will begin! Ya’ll….it’s a super interactive and amazing experience for Star Wars fans! Just take a look at this!
Once the show has started, the kids are escorted onto the stage in groups to learn the ways of the Jedi. They are taught a few simple moves that are then turned into a sequence that will be used when they face down Darth Vader or Kylo Ren!
Once the Jedis have learned how to use their light sabers, they are escorted on the stage one at a time to face either Darth Vader or Kylo Ren. Seriously, this is THEIR moment to shine! It’s done in such a great way that makes every child feel like they are the hero.
After every child has fought their enemy, the show continues with a final lesson where good overcomes evil and of course the Jedis win. You’re then able to pick up your child and continue on with your day. I have to say, this was probably one of the most memorable things we did at Walt Disney World and after it was over, my son absolutely glowed as he asked if I had watched. His excitement about Jedi Training at Walt Disney World created a really sweet moment and one that I recommend for anyone visiting Hollywood Studios with a Star Wars fan!
For more info on the Jedi Training Academy, be sure to click here. Then tell me, have you done Jedi Training at Walt Disney World? If so, what was your experience like?