Have you ever wondered how to become a Jedi? It’s easier than you might think! If you have a Star Wars lover in the family between the ages of 4 and 12, then you’ve got to check out Jedi Training at Hollywood Studios. The popular event in Disney World fills up fast each day. To make sure you get the most out of it, you should follow these tips from the Fabulously Frugal Traveling Mom on everything you need to know about Jedi Training at Hollywood Studios.
Everything You Need to Know about Jedi Training in Disney World
Jedi Training Academy is the ultimate experience for your little Star Wars fan. The Star Wars experience in Hollywood Studios is one of the 12 ultimate places to visit around the world for Star Wars fans. Found out how to make the most of it with these simple tips and tricks.
Kids must be between the ages of 4 and 12
The cost is free! They don’t even try to up-sell you Jedi costumes or lightsabers. In fact, you even get a pretty cool pin for free.
Even though it’s free, kids will probably ask for lightsabers. Try bringing one from home so you won’t have to fork over $32 for the parks cheapest lightsabers.
Where to Register
When to Register
Slots for Jedi Training Academy are filled on a first come, first serve basis. The sign ups starts as soon as the park opens and fills up fast. It’s probably no surprise that the early slots go fast since young kids tend to get cranky in the afternoon. If you only plan to be in the park in the morning, make sure to go straight to the sign ups.
We got to the park as soon as it opened on a very slow and cold day. We made the mistake of stopping for Starbucks and a picture with Donald Duck. Even though we were in line to sign up by 9:45, the earliest slot we could get was for 2:40! It wasn’t a problem though because we found plenty to do in Hollywood Studios.
TravelingMom Tip: Do the character breakfast at Hollywood & Vine to get into the park early and get easy access to the sign ups.
Kids Must Be Present to Sign Up
At least that’s what the rules say. Officially the website and staff say that kids and adults must be present. However, we saw a few people sign up without their kids. I wouldn’t risk it though. Jedi Training Academy is so popular that you may get skipped over if you don’t follow the rules.
Choose Stand-by If All Slots are Filled
If you can’t get a spot, ask if there are any stand-by spots available. They offer a limited amount. On the day that we did it there were four kids that didn’t show up which meant four lucky kids got the chance to participate.
How to Prepare your Child
Watch one of the earlier shows with your young child so he understand what he will be doing. Darth Vader and Kylo Ren can be pretty scary to a 4 or 5 year old. Make sure to let your child know that they aren’t real.
It’s also a good idea to make your kid go to the bathroom before Jedi Training Academy. As a mom of a 4 year old who has peed his pants not once, but twice in one day at Disney, I know it’s not a fun experience!
Meet Back at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost 20 Minutes Before Showtime
Make sure to meet back at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost on time or they will give your spot away!
Send One Parent to Save a Spot by the Stage
Have one parent stay with the Jedi in training while the other parent saves a spot by the stage, located in between the Star Tours ride and Backlot Express. Try to get a spot right in the middle since you won’t know where your kid will be during the training.
There are two parts to the stage, an upper area and a lower area. Kids are spit between the two levels to allow more kids to train during one show.
Don’t Fret About Pictures
Even though I encourage you to get a good spot for picture taking, it’s not necessary if you have PhotoPass. A Disney PhotoPass Memory Maker is present at every show. You’ll get a card at the end of the show so you can purchase your photos.
Check the Time Guides for Hollywood Studios
Times are subject to change due to inclement weather so make sure double check using your Disney Experience app.
If you follow all of these tips, you’ll have a great time making a memory Jedi Training at Hollywood Studios. It’s a fun and free event that all Star Wars lovers between the ages of 4 and 12 should have the opportunity to do.