Did you know you don’t have to come to Disney World during Star Wars Weekend for your kids to be able to experience The Force? At Hollywood Studios, kids between the ages of 4 and 12 can have an opportunity to become a Jedi at the Jedi Training Academy – and it is completely free!
A 20 minute show located next to the Star Tours ride features a group of children being instructed in proper lightsaber technique by a Jedi Master. However, they are quickly joined by Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, and Darth Maul who try to convenience these younglings into joining the Dark Side. The soon-to-be Jedis quickly use their newly learned skills and one-by-one take their turn in battling against these dark forces.
Guests are encouraged to sign up early if they would like their child to have a shot at joining the Jedi Academy. For each show, twelve to twenty-four children are selected to join the Academy. To register, you will need to visit the ABC Sound Studio and sign up with a cast member. This is located next to the theater where the former American Idol Experience took place. Please note, your children will need to be with you while you register. The cast member will ask them a series of questions, including how old they are. Once your children are signed up they will be given a slip of paper with their name and show time and will be instructed to return 30 mins prior to their show.
Once they are checked in, they will be fitted with their Jedi robe and led to the Academy’s stage. The day our son participated in the Academy, my husband stayed behind with our son while I went to hold a good spot to view the show. There are Photopass Photgraphers there taking photos of the entire show. At the end of the show, you receive a card with a code that you can link to your Photopass Account. The younglings go through a series of moves before taking on Darth Vader and Darth Maul. At the end of their training the younglings are promoted to Padawans and receive a certificate.
A fun extra after your little one completes their training is to ride Star Tours; the entrance is right next to the stage. After you ride you can take the time to build a lightsaber with the help of a cast member who will walk your children through the process.