Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple opened December 1, 2015. This show is a reimagined Jedi Training experience that takes younglings to the secret site of an ancient Jedi temple where they face their fears in the form of Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister — a villain from the Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”
Do you have what it takes to become a Jedi Knight? The Jedi Masters at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple will help you find out!
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple is a 20- to 25-minute session that takes place on a special stage adjacent to Star Tours in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Jedi Master and his assistants work with participants in light saber training exercises — robes and plastic light sabers are provided. Those who successfully complete the training are proclaimed to be Padawans, and receive a certificate.
Sign-ups take place at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost. Children ages 4-12 can participate. Participants are required to meet 30 minutes prior to their show time at a designated location. Ten minutes prior to the show they are walked down to the stage.
The show begins with robed and hooded figures coming to the stage, followed by a group of children in similar robes. The Jedi Master proclaims that they have arrived at “the place” and that the Force is strong there. After talking with his assistant about how fear can lead to the Dark Side, he tells the group that this is the place where they must face their faces, so that they can all become Jedis.
NOTE: See sign-up process in Touring Tips below!
The Jedi Master gives the children step-by-step instructions on how to perform a short light saber routine. The Jedi Master keeps things moving along with an entertaining patter that the adults will also enjoy.
Suddenly the Jedi senses a disturbance in the Force, and takes all of the kids over to the side. The doors to the temple open… and, amidst a lot of mist, Darth Vader comes into view. He informs the Jedi Master that he is there to turn the students to the Dark Side. Suddenly, another ominous figure, all in black, comes out of the temple — the Seventh Sister, a villain from the Disney XD series, “Star Wars Rebels.”
While stressing that these figures are not real, the Jedi Master tells the youngsters that they must face their fears and do battle with either Darth Vader or the Seventh Sister, using the routine they have just learned. Fortunately the Jedi Master and assistants are standing by to remind, help, and encourage the kids to follow through.
The entire show is accompanied by appropriate music, light saber sound effects, and dialog from Darth Vader, the Seventh Sister and the Jedi Master.
After all the students have had their turn, Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister are forced to admit defeat and exit when the group uses the “Force push” to send them back into the darkness.
However, the Jedi Master’s apprentice has begun down the “dark path,” expressing her fearfulness that other villains may appear. The mist comes from the temple once more to reveal another enemy — the double-sabered Darth Maul. The apprentice fights with Darth Maul to conquer her fears and eventually lays down her weapon, effectively winning over her fear and the villain.
The children are proclaimed to be on the path to Jedi knighthood, and after they strike a pose for the photographer, they return their robes and light sabers and receive a certificate.
The Jedi Training has become one of the most popular offerings for children at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, due to the nature of the show, it is only available to a relatively small number of guests per day. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple offers 15 shows daily with a limited number of participants (15-20) per show.
As a result, if your child wants to participate, signing up for the Jedi Training should be high on your priority list when planning a visit to Hollywood Studios. Here are some strategies to help set you up for success:
- Arrive Early: Sign-ups for Jedi Training start as soon as the park’s turnstiles are opened (this includes Extra Magic Hour mornings); if the park is scheduled to open at 9 a.m., they tend to open about 15 minutes prior. Sign up for the show at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost. This should be your first stop once you enter the park — the earlier you sign up, the earlier the show you will get into. Spots fill up very quickly and it is not uncommon for all spots to be filled by 10 or 10:30 a.m., depending on park attendance. One parent should go immediately with the children to sign them up.
- Have Your Children With You: As part of the sign-up process the cast members need to ask your children a couple of questions to make sure they will follow instructions and be safe on stage. Cast members will also ask the children how old they are to verify they are between the ages of 4 and 12. For this reason, you need to have your children with you. Spots cannot be saved for children who are not present.
- Plan on Committing an Hour for the Show: When you sign up for a particular show you will be asked to return to the sign-up location 30 minutes prior to the show time. This is to ensure that all the children participants are present before heading to the stage. With the show lasting 20 to 25 minutes, this means that the whole Jedi Training experience will take almost an hour out of your day. You should take this into account when signing up. If you have a dining reservation let the cast members know. They are generally very accommodating with getting you into a show that will work for you.
- Show Viewing Areas: The viewing area at the stage is first come/first serve and does fill up. If possible, have one parent go with the child to the check-in area and the other adult go to the stage area to secure a viewing spot.
- Know the Alternate Process: Once all guaranteed spots have been filled for the day, cast members will begin to sign up alternates. THIS DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOUR CHILD WILL GET INTO A SHOW, but it does give them the possibility of getting in if a child with a guaranteed spot does not show up. Alternates are numbered in the order in which they sign up and will be asked to return 20 minutes prior to any of the shows. An alternate must be present in order to be placed into the show and if multiple alternates show up, the lowest numbered alternate will get the available spot. For example, if alternates 3, 7, and 9 were present, number 3 will be placed into the show if a child with a guaranteed spot does not show up. Note that alternates can return for as many (or as few) shows as they want until they are placed into an available spot.
A cast member will take the children to an area next to the stage about 10 minutes beforehand. Family members of the participants are given spots in the front of the audience. A PhotoPass photographer takes pictures during the show. You can have the photos of your child added onto your PhotoPass or MagicBand after the show.
Backlot Express, offering burgers, sandwiches, and snacks, is nearby. It now features several Star Wars-themed food and beverage offerings.
The nearby Tatooine Traders offers a wide selection of Star Wars costumes, t-shirts, light sabers, and character figures. There is also a Build-Your-Own-Lightsaber center located here.
The Jedi Training Academy became a regular feature at the Studios in October 2007. Previously it was only featured during Star Wars Weekends.
The Jedi Training Academy show was updated to Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple in late 2015 to include the Seventh Sister from the Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.” It debuted officially on December 1, 2015.
You can find the Disneyland Resort version of this live entertainment HERE.