Do you ever kick yourself for not trying something sooner than you did. Well, I am totally kicking myself for not signing my boys up for the Jedi Training Academy during any of our previous trips to Hollywood Studios at Disney. Honest to god, I think it was the highlight of our trip this year.
Wondering what the Jedi Training Academy is? Junior Jedi knights learn to use the Force in a 20-minute training academy “show” as they prepare to meet the Dark Side.
Here’s the description from the Disney website:
“Kids between the ages of 4 and 12, don a brown robe and pledge the Jedi Oath under the tutelage of a Jedi Master. The brilliant Star Wars fanfare stirs your spirit as you learn how to use The Force—and your wit—to wield your light saber. Behold how the Jedi Master hones your battle skills, for you never know when you will have to defend yourself against the Dark Side!”
The Jedi Training Academy offers 15 shows daily with 15 children participants per show. As a result, if your child wants to participate in the show, signing them up for the Jedi Training Academy should be the first thing you do when you get to Hollywood Studios in the morning. I am dead serious – the day we were there, the spots were full in less than an hour (or at least that is what the cast member told me).
Sign-ups take place at the ABC Sound Studio (where Sounds Dangerous with Drew Carey used to be). You NEED to have your child with you to sign up! When it was our turn to sign up, the cast member asked each of the boys a few questions such as their age and if they can follow directions. After they answered, the cast member handed us a little piece of paper for each of the boys with their names and the return time for their show. We had to be back at the ABC Sound Studio 30 minutes prior to the show to get their robes, etc, so if your kids are in the show – plan on an hour total.
Here they are after they got their robes: