One thing I LOVE about helping other people plan their Walt Disney World Resort Vacations, is that I get to learn tons about the attractions, entertainment, dining and hotels that my family hasn’t had a chance to experience yet!
Currently my children are still a little freaked out by Star Wars…I give them another year before they become obsessed, lol. One of their friend’s (who LOVES Star Wars) family was planning a last minute trip and I gave them some tips about touring the parks. I loved being able to look into all the Star Wars experiences that Hollywood Studios had to offer! Of course, not to be missed was Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple! Rather than me tell you what I researched, I thought it best you hear about Jedi Training from my friend, the mom of the Star Wars loving 5 year old boy…
Here’s what she had to say:
My son is obsessed with Star Wars, sabers/swords and basically anything he can hold and wave around in the air. Thank goodness I was aware of the Jedi Training at Hollywood Studios from experiencing it with my nephew, but that was two years ago. What I remember is that we got up at the crack of dawn to be one of the first people to enter the park so we could race to the sign up location, just to secure his place for the few spots available to fight Darth Vader.
Fast forward two years… I was in panic mode. My son usually gets up before 6am, but he was exhausted after our first long, full day at the Magic Kingdom. The next day, when we were scheduled to go to Hollywood Studios, he slept until 7:45am! To add to my distress, Hollywood Studios had Extra Magic Hours that day, so it opened at 8am, allowing all of the guests staying at Disney Resort hotels to enter 1 hour earlier to take advantage of the park before it opened to the public at 9am.
By 8:10am, we were at the hotel bus stop, waiting for the bus to Hollywood Studios. By the time we got to the park, it was 8:40 (a full 40 minutes after the park opened) and we raced to the spot to sign up. Fingers crossed… there was a line of 30 people, but we made it in plenty of time and were assigned a show time. Compared to two years ago it seems like they’ve added more times, and more spaces, so if you arrived just a bit later, there definitely was space to sign up. However, I still would not wait too long and would try to get there as early as possible, as you never know! There were approximately 24 spots per show, and 1 show about every 30 minutes which run the whole day, so they definitely pack them in.
You have to arrive 30 minutes before your assigned show time. When we arrived the children were lined up, given Jedi costumes, and paraded to the Star Wars stage.
My son was extremely excited and almost couldn’t contain himself. The thought of “learning” to fight with a light saber was just too much to bear.
The Star wars theme music starts, the children go on stage and the Jedi actors set the stage. Then the light sabers are distributed to the kids and training begins!
Ready Position. Light sabers are up. Sabers down. Strong stance with both of your legs. Strike toward left shoulder. Then up and around to the right shoulder. Sabers down….And again. Ready Position! Now block!. Step back and duck. And cut to the head! Sabers Down!
The temple doors now open…. And with wonder, excitement, fear….. Jedi trainees raise their hands to use the force to open the temple doors! The Theme song for Darth Vader starts… Daaa daaa. Da-daaaa. Da.da-daaa. Da-da-daaaa. Then he comes on stage!
One group of trainees fight Darth Vader, and another group fights a Sith Inquisitor. I would have been a bit sad if my son did not fight Darth Vader, but he was able to.
The Jedi trainees now one by one fight Darth Vader or the Sith Inquisitor…… this is the moment of truth…what every kid waits for… facing the Dark Side, fighting one on one, and defeating the Dark Side!!! They only have a few seconds to fight, but it is definitely worth it! The chance to face Darth Vader and fight him with a saber is priceless.
Once everyone fights, Darth Vader and the Sith Inquisitor go back into the temple. The show continues and the trainees prove their last feat of strength…to use the power of the Force to send Kylo Ren back into the temple, defeating and overcoming the Dark Side!
The whole interactive show took approximately 20 minutes. I recommend it highly, as it was a dream come true for my 5 year old son!
Thanks so much for sharing that with us! Of course you can always find the latest up to date information about Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple from The Official Walt Disney World Resort Website.