On our visit to Walt Disney World a few years ago, my girls really surprised me with their willingness to do what the other wanted to do. They are as different as night and day, but one of the amazing things about their relationship is that they are really there for each other. Mackenzie prefers to meet the princesses, and Caroline prefers to meet anyone but the princesses. One of the biggest things on Caroline’s “must-do” list was participating in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. We knew we would have to do some preparing, and, trust me, prepare we did. I wanted to share everything I learned from our experience with you so that you would feel prepared too!
What is Jedi Training?
First, let’s talk about what exactly Jedi Training is. Jedi Training is a fun, free activity that is included with your Hollywood Studios admission for children ages 4-12. It gives them the opportunity to “train” just like a real Jedi, and they have the opportunity to “fight” Darth Vader or Kylo Ren at the end of their training.
When we went a few years ago, our Dark Side villains were Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from the animated series Star Wars Rebels.
Right now, Jedi Training is only available at Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.
How to Get a Jedi Training Reservation
How do you sign up for Jedi Training? This is one of those awesome activities that, unfortunately, does not have a pre-registration or FastPass+ option.
Get to Hollywood Studios EARLY. If you are not a morning person, plan your Jedi Training day on a day when the park does not have early morning Extra Magic Hours or you’ll find yourself in line at 7am to sign up for Jedi Training.
Sarah’s Tip: If the park opens at 9am, be there at 8am. I know that sounds crazy, but we got there at 8:30am on our morning, thinking we had plenty of time to get in line before the park opened. Cast Members had already been letting people into the park to line up for Jedi Training for 30 minutes before our arrival! The line was huge by the time we got there, but, thankfully, we were still able to get a spot. I wouldn’t always count on that happening.
Where to Register for Jedi Training
Sign up is near the Indiana Jones Outpost, but note that you’ll be winding backwards through the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Show Spectacular queue. Guests should veer right instead of left when arriving to jump in line more quickly.
What Do You Need to Sign Up for Jedi Training?
There is no FastPass+ reservation for this experience, and your child must be present when you sign up. It’s only for ages 4-12, so the Cast Members have to make sure the participant is within the age range (and that no adults try to sneak into the show, ha!).
Hold onto your paper ticket! There is a print out the Cast Member will give you with your child’s name and time to return for the show. Children may not participate in the show without presenting the paper ticket to the Cast Member when they check-in for their experience.
Make the Most of Your Jedi Training Experience
Encourage your child to have fun and assure them it’s just a show. Mackenzie was a little intimidated by the thought of battling Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister Inquisitor until I assured her that the whole group would battle them, and that is was just for fun anyway.
Parents, take lots of photos, but also know that a Disney photographer is on hand to capture the magic as well. If you have a Memory Maker as part of your vacation package, you’ll get to keep all of the awesome photos taken by the Disney photographer! I would highly recommend videoing the experience too, if you can manage it.
What to Do in Case of Poor Weather
Finally, the Jedi Training experience is 100% outdoors on the stage near the Star Tours ride. This means that the only thing that will cancel your experience is lightning, rain, and other things associated with those random Florida rain showers.
However, don’t give up hope if you see a little rain in the forecast. Our Hollywood Studios day had us drenched from 9am-1pm, and we were worried the one exciting thing my girls wanted to do would be cancelled. We arrived back at the check-in point just in time for the sun to peek through the clouds and clear up the rain. I’m glad we didn’t give up hope! Bad weather happens at Disney World, so just be prepared to wait it out or make alternate plans if you need to!