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Jedi Training Academy at Walt Disney World

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August 20, 2017

Star Wars is a big thing at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.
You can embark on Star Wars adventures with the 3D motion-simulated Star Tours ride; visit Star Wars locations; meet Star Wars characters, including Kylo Ren, BB8 and Chewbacca; view Star Wars movie props and shop for Star Wars merchandise in several locations around the park.
Hubby has been Star Wars mad since he was a child and has passed on his love of the movies to all the kids, so one of our must do activities at Disney was to sign up to the Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple.
The training academy is free to do and open to all children aged 4-12 and can only be booked on the day by visiting the sign up area at the Indiana Jones outpost. I strongly advise that this is the first thing you do when you enter the park as it fills up very quickly.
Once you have your time you are advised to arrive 20 minutes before your allotted time to get kitted up in a robe and be assigned to one of two teams of 15 children. Each team is assigned a Photopass photographer for the session to capture all the action.  If you have Memory Maker or are interested in the photos, make sure to pick up the correct PhotoPass card for your child’s group to ensure you get access to the photos.
Whilst you are waiting the Disney team ask questions and play games with the kids which resulted in Hubby doing his best Chewbacca impression. We then had to match through the crowds chanting “Her come the Jedi” “Here We Come!”, to the special stage area next to the Stars Tours ride.
Jedi Training
With the stage being outdoors the show relies on the weather being dry and sadly our first attempt was rained off so we got to meet Darth Vader instead. Luckily, our second attempt was more successful.
Darth Vader
The show consists of a Jedi Master and several assistants leading 30 participants through basic Jedi training and the first thing they do is introduce themselves to the young padawans before giving them a brief demonstration of their skills.
Jedi Training
One team use the raised area of the stage and the other team are on a lower level with marked spots for each child to stand upon, which gives them plenty of room to wield a lightsaber.
Jedi Training
Once everyone is in place, lightsabers are handed out and they are taught basic lightsaber moves and tactics as a group.
Jedi Training
With the moves fresh in their heads, the kids and their Jedi trainers use ‘the force’ to open the Jedi Temple doors at the back of the raised stage and face their fears and do battle with the Sith.
Jedi Training
The doors opened and out came Darth Vader who was to duel the kids on the upper stage and the Seventh Sister Inquisitor for the kids on the lower stage.
Jedi Training
The kids were then taken up one by one to duel with the characters, supported by one of the Jedi trainers who reminded them which moves to use.
Jedi Training
Of course the younglings and Jedi trainers are successful in overcoming their fears!
Jedi Training
They defeat Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister and drive them back into the Temple.
Jedi Training
However, the show is not over and one of the young Jedi trainers has a fear that must be faced……. Kylo Ren!
Jedi Training
At first it appears as though her fear is taking over and Kylo Ren has the upper hand…..
Jedi Training
…..but with encouragement from the Jedi Master she gains confidence……
jedi training
…..and with assistance from the young padawans using the force, the Jedi trainer finally drives Kylo Ren away.
jedi training
With order restored and training completed, the young padawans are presented to the audience and are each given a badge to commemorate their experience.
Jedi Training
After the show Sebby wanted his own lightsaber and we found Tatooine Traders at the exit to Star Tours the best place to get one as they had a cheaper Mickey Mouse light up option, or you could design and create your very own. You can guess which one he chose!
Light saber
All three kids loved their Jedi training experience, Hubby is now wishing they will introduce an adult version!!

Disclaimer:  This post is in partnership with Walt Disney World and Mumsnet. I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity and all opinions here are my own.
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  1. Reply

    Jon

    August 21, 2017

    My wife wasn’t to do this but sadly she is about 30 years too old for it! We saw this going on while we were there last week and it looks ace!

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    Jacinta

    August 21, 2017

    What a lovely experience. My son is a HUGE Star Wars fan and would absolutely love this. I must plan a trip to Disneyland Florida soon.

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    angela hamilton

    August 21, 2017

    this looks sooooo amazing!! I am pretty sure my daughter is on the dark side lol. What a fun and incredible experience!

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    Emma

    August 21, 2017

    This looks amazing, what a great experience for an Avid Star Wars fan! We would love to visit Disneyland Florida when the boys are a bit older.

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    Suzy McCullough

    August 21, 2017

    WOW what fun. Jamie would inwardly adore this but outwardly he would probably just stand there and refuse to join in. Can adults do it instead of their little ones bottle it? I am even more impressed at how quickly you wrote up such a great review. We are off to Disney early next year and we can’t wait. The pictures of Darth Vader are brilliant.

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    Mel

    August 21, 2017

    This looks like such an amazing experience! I agree with your hubby, I’d want an adult version too!

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    CherryPie

    August 21, 2017

    This experience looks like a lot of fun 🙂

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    five little doves

    August 21, 2017

    Oh wow what an experience!! Forget the kids, my husband would LOVE this, he would be in his element!

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    Rhian Westbury

    August 22, 2017

    I think they need to do more stuff like this for adults as the kids get all the fun! x

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    Ami Rose

    August 22, 2017

    How fun does this look! I bet you’re little ones loved it. I’d love to do it myself!
    Ami xxx

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    Leta

    August 22, 2017

    This looks fantastic! Perfect for any young Jedi. Who doesn’t love Star Wars?!

  12. Reply

    Helen

    August 22, 2017

    This looks so much fun. I’m a bit of a Star Wars geek so would love to do it myself.

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    Nazrin

    August 22, 2017

    OMG HOW AMAZING IS THIS! THIS IS A DREAM FOR ANY STAR WARS FAN! THis would even be the perfect introduction to Star Wars! Awww I hope you all had an amazing time!
    http://www.nmdiaries.com

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    Karen

    August 22, 2017

    This looks like so much fun, don’t know how well it would go with my eldest though because she doesn’t like people dressed up

  15. Reply

    Katrina

    August 22, 2017

    This looks like great fun, would love to take my son to Disney one day

  16. Reply

    Sarah | Digital Motherhood

    August 22, 2017

    This looks such good fun, unfortunately it was fully booked up when we went last year!

  17. Reply

    Lauretta at Home and Horizon

    August 23, 2017

    Wow! Such a cool and fun activity for the kids. I’m sure this will be a favorite.

  18. Reply

    Newcastle Family Life

    August 23, 2017

    This looks like such fun, I bet it is an experience you will all remember. My other half and son would love this as they are huge Star Wars fans and often have battles with there lightsabers at home xx

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    August 23, 2017

    This looks brilliant! I want to have a go! We are all huge Star Wars fans 🙂

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    London Mumma

    August 24, 2017

    This has literraly got to be the cutest thing ever! We are actually going to Disney Land Paris, in November for an early christmas present for my daughter, hopefully they have this their.

  21. Reply

    Clare

    August 29, 2017

    What an amazing experience. Looks like they had great fun

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