Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How To Sign Kids Up For The Jedi Training Academy

My daughter has always loved Star Wars.







She's thrilled that Darth Vader turned good at the end. She cannot wait for The Last Jedi in December. She doesn't think Rey is Luke's daughter, but knows that they are connected somehow. "He needs to teach her his ways," Natalie told me seriously. "And then Kylo Ren needs to turn nice like his Grandpa. He has the kindness in his bones, he just needs to FIND it."


Since she adores Star Wars so much, I knew signing her up for the Jedi Training Academy would be a fun idea. She did it for the first time two years ago and had a blast:





If your little one likes Star Wars, then signing them up for the Jedi Training Academy might be the way to go. You can do this at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Indiana Jones Outpost. There will be signs. The ages are 4-12, but I've seen older kids. If you have a family member in a wheelchair, they can still participate. Disney World is always accommodating.

Now, if you get lost easily like I do, you walk into the park and turn left. You pass the restaurants Hollywood & Vine and 50's Prime Time Cafe and then you'll spot it. I recommend arriving early because spots fill up quickly. We got in line right after the park opened and there was already a half hour wait.

Before your kid can sign up, they are asked basic questions. Their name and age, and if they can follow directions. This is so there is not chaos on stage. You can also pick a time that works best for you and if it's not full, you'll get it! You must arrive 20 minutes before your set time. Do not be late!


When you return (at the same spot where you signed up) your kid waits on a spot for everyone to show up.





The robes are passed out. Basic rules are explained. "Don't push. Listen. Don't snap the snappy snap because we are not wizards like in that "other" park." Then the kids are marched over to the stage area. Now, as I said, Natalie did this before two years ago, and I liked it better then. It was smaller. Now they've added another stage and there's more people in the group. I get why they did it: to allow more people to sign up--but it's missing something. There's still a story going on--there a timid Jedi who is learning. She's warned not to turn to the dark side. Darth Vader comes out along with another chick. The group is separated. Half fight Darth Vader. Half fight the chick. I forget her name. I know it's not Darth Chick, but that's what I kept thinking of her as.




I was glad when Natalie got to fight Darth Vader. She loves him.


Before the kids fight, they are taught they moves they must use to fight the bad guys.



They go over this a few times and then they get in line and fight. Since there are two groups, both groups go at once, which can get distracting with everything going on. Luckily there are two photopass people taking photos.










After everyone has fought, Kylo Ren comes out to try and turn the young Jedi to his side:




Natalie was all, "Oh, he's so rude."





The young Jedi and the Jedi's in training defeat Kylo Ren and he goes away. They don't have a battle with him, they use the Force. It appears that Kylo Ren is gone, but then he pops back out because, well, he's Kylo Ren.

It is a fun show, but I prefer the old one!





If your kid is celebrating a special occasion, they can get a picture with the "good" actors in the show:

Women power!





It's all over in about 20 minutes. I highly recommend doing it if your kid likes Star Wars.





Will you be signing your kid up for Jedi Training Academy? Or hey, if you're an adult, will YOU sign up? I've seen adults participating. Not with my own eyes, but YouTube is filled with videos of grown adults fighting Darth Vader.



57 comments:

  1. I wrote about this a few years ago. It is much easier now than it used to be.

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    1. Yeah, two years ago they didn't seem to take as many people. I prefer it that way :/ This was too crowded for my taste.

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  2. Oh my gosh, this looks like so much fun. I have six year old twin boys who would flip out to do this. Looks like your family had a great time. Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. This looks like such a fun experience. I can't wait to apply this to our next trip. to Disney

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  4. Omg I so would! LOL. I love Darth Vader. Rogue One was sooo amazing. I can't wait for VIII!!

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  5. So fun! They do this at Disneyland too and it's so fun seeing people participate.

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  6. She's adorable and cute! Your kid possess two opposite interests = a Jpop lover and a Jedi fan :)

    Good for her, coz after all these years, I still understand the Star Wars phenomenon.

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  7. Oh my goodness! This looks like so much fun! My son is 6 and although he's watched many Star Wars movies, he can't seem to really be that interested. Maybe when he gets a little older? I'll be sure to keep all of this in mind though!

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  8. Forget the Kid, where can I sign up :) :) I love Star Wars and can't wait for the new one.

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  9. Fun! My kids aren't into Star Wars or I'd be on top of this!

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  10. Great post - and timely too! We are planning a trip to Disney later this year and didn't see a way to sign up for the Jedi training online. Good to know we need to get there early! Your daughter is adorable!

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  11. Oh my gosh this is too cute!!! They need to have an adult class! Actually, this would be a really fun theme for a new gym workout class, the next Barre! LOL!

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  12. I had no idea that Disney offered this! I imagine it is very popular and from your post it sounds like it is much bigger than it was the last time Natalie did this. It looks like she had a fantastic time and the look of intense concentration on her face in some of the photos is just adorable!

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  13. OMG I love this so much! Rock on Lil lady!

    -www.curvylogic.com

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  14. My boys, even the teen, would love this. They are big Star War fans.

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  15. This sounds like so much fun for kids! My brother would have adored something like this when we were kids.

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  16. Sigh. I only wish mine hadn't chickened out! We got there early and signed them up and.. NOPE.
    Maybe next year.

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  17. This looks like fun even for me, and I've never been a Star Wars fan. My oldest is though, and the interest is slowly bleeding down to the little one. Maybe we'll get down there before both kids are too old to participate, lol. Glad Natalie had such a great time with it!

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  18. Oh wow! What a cool experience for children who love Star Wars. Looks like she had a lot of fun!

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  19. Forget the kids, where do I sign up?! I just love Star Wars and I can just imagine how much fun this must be for everyone!

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  20. This is so cool! I love that you guys embrace it all. I love star wars.

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  21. Natalie looks like she had an awesome time! Oh how I wish I was a kid again. :)

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  22. What an awesome experience! I would have done anything to fight Darth Vader as kid. She's so lucky. He looks so realistic and intimidating. Was she scared at all?

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  23. I would have enjoyed this as a kid! And definitely would have signed up my son when he was little - I used to run organized programs as the Executive Dir of a few conference centers and this would have been great programming for a couple of them!

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  24. It looks like this was a priceless experience for your daughter. Experiences like this will be remembered forever. Great Read!! Just in time for spring break.

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  25. Oh wow! I wish we have that here! I introduced Star Wars to the twins and they're all about Princess Leia. Probably because they're just 5. Lol. I think they'll enjoy this a great deal.

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  26. This sounds like so much fun! She will remember this for years I'm sure! That's awesome that kids in wheelchairs can participate too. I like when everyone can be included.

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  27. It would be a memorable experience for the kids! I'm pretty sure they're going to be super excited about this one too. It's so cool!

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  28. I had seen one of these in Disneyland Hongkong. They have a 'Jedi Training' for the little ones. It was really cute and fun.

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  29. What a fun experience for her! I love how she's both a Disney princess girl AND a Star Wars girl. Defies all the stereotypes of one way or the other. Go Natalie!

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  30. haha! That's amazing! I'm pretty sure that if my Husband and I ever have Kids, he'll want to do this! He loves Star Wars!

    Ellie

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  31. Looks like a great Star Wars experience. Jedi Training is a cool program for Disneyland to offer. So much fun!

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  32. That sounds like an awesome experience for kids especially if they are in to Star Wars. I don't have any kids but do have a few nephews that would love this. Richard B

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  33. I am a very big fan of Star Wars, I grew up watching the movie in theaters. If that training would be available in out place, I would love to join, of course, with my whole family if they want.

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  34. WHAT? I have never heard of Jedi training! This is so awesome. I want to go to Jedi training! Do they accept big kids?

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  35. This looks like so much fun, what a great experience! I love Darth Chick, hysterical!
    xo
    jen
    effortlesseverydaystyle.com

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  36. This sounds like so much fun. I bet your daughter had a blast. You see it in her face.

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  37. so crazy that this is a thing - but glad it is! My nephew would just love it, he adores star wars, as does my husband.. haha Looks like a pretty fun adventure, and judging from the pictures she seems to have enjoyed it too :) Thanks for sharing, if I lived closer, I'd definitely have to go check it out! :) Please also come share it with us at the #trafficjamweekend http://style-island.com/traffic-jam-weekend-linky-party-90/

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  38. I think if I have already a kid I will let him/her sign-up and if it would be for adults, I will too. It would be another fun and learning experience for us. - ANOSA

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  39. I've never gotten into Star Wars, or cosplay. Kids seem to love light sabres though.

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  40. I can't wait till my son is old enough. He would love this.

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  41. This is so cool. We wanted to participate last time but the slots were all full. It's fun to see a bunch of 5 and 6 year olds fight the "Dark Side" We had a good laugh.

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  42. Ah this would be fun for any kid. My two would LOVE it!

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  43. Oh my goodness!! I didn't even know this was a thing! My kids love Star Wars and would love something like this.

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  44. This is so cute! And I didn't know this even existed! My 6 yr old LOVES Star Wars

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  45. I am a fan of Starwars and my kids too. Hoping to visit soon, for my kid's Jedi Training.

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  46. OMG that's so cool I wish my kids could do something like that!!I bet your kids enjoyed a lot

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  47. This looks so fun!! I'm an adult but I'd be all for it! -Monique

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  48. Omg how fun!!! I bet my daughter would have a blast doing this!!!

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  49. Oh I had no idea such a thing existed! Looks like these kids are having way too much fun,a s they should :)

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  50. She's look so enjoy of what she'd doing. Completely awesome! That girl is very pretty.

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  51. I love that she is so interested in being a Jedi, its not just for boys!!

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  52. This looks like a blast!! I'm glad she had fun!!

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  53. How come it's just for kids? I've loved Star Wars since I was 6 I want a go!

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