Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Review and Planning Info
Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple opened on: December 15, 2015.
Pull up a list of all Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction planning reviews here. I will update these reviews throughout the month as things evolve. The main points should remain the same.
Note that this show will not open with Hollywood Studios on July 15th and no reopening date is currently available. Check the attraction page on DisneyWorld.com for updates.
Location: You’ll see the small stage for Jedi Training Academy to the left of the entrance to Star Tours.
That’s also to the right of Backlot Express.
Extra Magic Hours: No.
Length: 20 minutes.
Type: Live show that’s interactive for the kids participating on stage.
Similar To: Its small scope is difficult to compare it to much other than a brief, popup show that would occur elsewhere on property. It’s sort of like Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage if 90% of the performers were 12 or younger.
Requirements: None to watch the show.
In order to sign a child who is between the ages of 4 and 12 up for the show, you’ll need to take the participating child to the sign-up location. It’s located in between the entrances to Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and 50’s Prime Time Cafe:
While Jedi Training signups were once a top priority, most people head directly for Toy Story Land or Galaxy’s Edge first. To sign the kids up, you’ll still want to be here within two hours of opening. The earlier you arrive, the more slots and shows will be available. The best shows to sign up for are typically in the late morning or early evening.
Check the weather because rain and lightning cancel shows. If there’s a high probability of rain between 4pm and 7pm, then you obviously want to select an earlier show.
30 minutes before showtime, kids will need to return to the same area as where you signed them up for brief instructions and the parade over to the stage. Factor that into your touring plan as well.
Scary Factor: For the adult audience with no participating children, none. For the kids, they’ll need to be comfortable being on stage and seeing “Darth Vader” up close. You and/or your children can watch the show on YouTube to get an idea about what’s in store.
What to Expect:
According to Disney:
Driven into hiding by the Empire, the Jedi now train in remote hidden temples. The last Jedi Knights have assembled Force-sensitive children from throughout the galaxy. These fearless young recruits will learn how to wield lightsabers—and feel the Force.
The show will be most engaging if your child is participating. If they’re not, most people watch for a minute and then keep moving. There isn’t much plot beyond the fact that the kids are learning how to wave a plastic wand and Darth Vader has a surprising amount of trouble fending them off.
Where to Watch: There are no seats near the stage, which means onlookers watch while standing out in the uncovered sun. Backlot Express, the quick service adjacent to the stage, does offer tables with chairs. You might enjoy your food or a drink there while a performance is underway. The stage is raised and much of the show will be viewable from back there. If your child is participating, you likely want to be closer for some pictures and moral support. I wouldn’t go up against Darth without Mother rooting me on.
FastPass+: No. The standing-room-only area in front of the stage is first-come, first-served.
When to Arrive: If you’re just casually watching the show, strolling up a couple minutes before showtime is fine. When Disney offers it, they typically schedule about 15 shows per day, which means one is almost always either happening or about to start. If your child is participating and you’d like to be near the front, then arriving earlier is smart. You might get your child acquainted at check-in and then head over to the stage. BaseLine Tap House, with a great draft lineup, is also right across the way. I’m just saying.
Rating: 10/10 for the eager, participating child. 2/10 for most adults passing by.
Josh’s Take: Jedi Training Academy was once so popular that it was absolutely the highest priority at Hollywood Studios, with the roster of spots filling shortly after the Studios opened. It remains to be seen what things look like after the show gets underway again, but you can be relatively certain that Slinky Dog Dash, Rise of the Resistance, Smugglers Run, and others will be most people’s first stops. With just one shot at signing the kids up to participate, it makes sense to visit the sign-up area in the first two hours of operation.
Without kids, the show likely won’t hold much interest. Luckily, there is virtually no barrier to entry. You won’t have to sit there for a half hour waiting for the show to start and then make a hasty exit if you’re not into it. You can simply waltz up at the last minute and watch for as long as you like.