This special show takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is a fun experience for kids to make their Star War loving dreams come true. The new training just opened this spring and has been updated in many ways!
People (including myself and in flip flops none the less) used to have to arrive to the park at least an hour early and mad dash at gate opening (as security encouraged us to walk) to sign our young Padwans up to be in a very limited show at various times during the day. All sign ups took place first thing in the morning, and many kids didn’t make it in. Disney saw the sad faces, the need for more space, and in true Disney fashion decided to update to allow for more children.
There is now a cast member off to the left side of the gates where those with early morning dining reservations meet, holding a sign that says Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. There are 2 rows to line up in and they open the gates for parents to sign their children up even before the park opens. This helps with the mad dash that used to take place from rope drop. You will go to the Indiana Jones Outpost to sign your child/children up. You still must have the participating child/children with you at sign up and can choose from various show times throughout the day. You are given a ticket with a return time for your particular show. It is still a first come and first serve basis, but there are several more openings compared to before. After sign up, if the park isn’t yet open, you wait along sectioned off areas until opening with cast members there to block paths for fairness.
Once it is time for your child to return for their turn, you meet back in front of the Indiana Jones Outpost and there will be designated circles on the ground for each child to stand on. You will then give your ticket to the cast member who will instruct and practice with your child/children prior to the show. Arrival time is about 30 minutes before your designated show time. Your child/children will then go with a Cast Member and a parent over to the stage area and wait until it is their turn to be in the show. The shows seem to run pretty close to back to back throughout the day.
There are now two stages for the show. There is a top stage and a bottom stage on the ground below. They are each marked with the same blue circles used on the ground to show children where to stand. Children are each given a cloak and when the time is right, a lightsaber. There is also a new villain (the Seventh Sister Inquisitor) from Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels. Even Kylo Ren makes an appearance! Our experience was that the top stage fought Darth Vader and the bottom stage fought the Seventh Sister Inquisitor. Everyone gets to use the force and have a one on one battle with his or her villain. Once the battle is won and the show is over, children return their cloaks and lightsabers, and are given a special badge of honor, a button that shows participation in the show.
I was really impressed that there is now more availability in the show and many more children are able to participate. I did notice as the morning went on, more children not at rope drop were still able to sign up, but of course there is never a guarantee when it is first come and first served. I am including some tips to help maximize your child/children’s chances of being in the show.
*Arrive to the park 30min-hour before opening and go straight to the line up for the show (look for the cast member with the sign). Early arrival will help for the best and most convenient time slots.
* Know what time your fast passes/dining reservations are for that day so you can pick a show time that doesn’t interfere! You don’t want to have to choose between Toy Story’s Midway Mania and Jedi Training later!
* Don’t lose your ticket! You will need it to have your child in the show.
* Return back on time. Your child will need to practice before the show.
* Have fun and enjoy watching your child/children’s special moment!