Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple Tomorrowland Disneyland
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, closed at Disneyland on November 3, 2018
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 30-minute session that takes place at the Tomorrowland Terrace. The Jedi Master and his assistants instruct participants in a light saber training exercise – robes and plastic light sabers are provided. Those who successfully complete the training are recognized as the future of the Jedi.
Sign-up in advance is required, and takes place outside the Star Wars Launch Bay. (See TOURING TIPS below.) Children ages 4-12 can participate. Participants are required to meet 30 minutes prior to their show time at a designated location. From there they are walked to the stage just before the show.
The show begins with a fanfare of the Star Wars music. A group of robed and hooded figures come down the ramp from the restaurant to the stage, including the kids in their robes. After the Jedi Master talks with his apprentice about how fear can lead to the Dark Side, he tells the group that this is the place where they must face their fears, though even he does not know what to expect.
The Jedi Master performs a skillful light saber demonstration on stage, and then it’s time to start training the students. Some of the children are up on stage with the Jedi Master, while the rest are on ground level with his apprentice. The students are cautioned to remember the three rules: Remember your training position, Be mindful of your light saber, and No falling off the upper level.
Step-by-step the kids are instructed to perform a short light saber routine. The Jedi Master keeps things moving along with an entertaining patter that the adults will also enjoy.
As they prepare to begin the Trial, the Jedi Master asks all of the students reach out with their feelings, and the Temple slowly rises into view. The Jedi take the students over to one side, where the Jedi Master tells them that they must face their fears, stressing that what they will see is not real.
Suddenly Darth Vader appears from the Temple in a cloud of mist. He tells the students that he is there to turn them to the Dark Side. Then another ominous figure comes out of the temple — Kylo Ren.
While again emphasizing 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 Kylo Ren using the routine they have just learned. Fortunately the Jedi Master and apprentice are standing by to remind, help, and encourage the kids to follow through.
The entire show is accompanied by appropriate light saber sound effects, and dialog from Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, and the Jedi Master and apprentice.
After all the students have had their turn, the voice of Master Yoda reminds everyone that there is still something to be learned. The students lay down their light sabers and Darth Vader and Kylo Ren are forced to admit defeat. They exit when the group uses the “Force push” to send them back into the Temple.
However, the Jedi Master’s apprentice has begun down the “dark path,” expressing her fearfulness that they may come back. The mist comes from the temple once more to reveal that Kylo Ren has indeed returned. The apprentice fights with him to conquer her fears and eventually lays down her weapon, effectively winning over her fear and the villain. With a final “Force push” from the students, Kylo Ren is banished back into the Temple, which descends, taking him with it.
The students pose for a final photo, then return their robes and light sabers and receive a “Trials of the Temple” button.
Jedi Training is very popular for children. However, due to the nature of the show it is available to a relatively small number of guests per day. There are generally six shows per day with a maximum of 36 students per show.
Those who wish to participate must sign up in advance. Should your child wish to do so, it’s highly recommended that you make this a priority when planning your visit to Disneyland. Here are some tips:
- Arrive Early: Sign-ups or Jedi Training start as soon as the park’s turnstiles are opened (this includes Extra Magic Hour/Magic Mornings). Sign up for the show at the kiosk located at the exit of the Star Wars Launch Bay, near the entrance to Autopia. This should be your first stop once you enter the park — the earlier you sign up, the more choices of show time you will have. Spots fill up very quickly. 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 some 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 25 to 30 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. 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.There’s very good viewing of the show from the tables at the edge of the restaurant level – grab something to eat or drink from the Galactic Grill restaurant while waiting.
- 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 asked to return 20 minutes prior to any of the shows. An alternate must be present in order to be placed into the show. Note that alternates can return for as many (or as few) shows as they want until they are placed into an available spot.
Photopass photographers will take photos of the kids before and during the show. All the kids will receive a Photopass card and these photos can be added into your account.
Galactic Grill, offering Star Wars-inspired burgers, sandwiches, and snacks, is part of the show complex.
Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, serving pizza, pasta, and salads, is located across Tomorrowland.
The nearby Star Traders offers a wide selection of Star Wars costumes, t-shirts, build-your-own light sabers, and character figures.
The original Jedi Training Academy featured Darth Vader and Darth Maul as the opponents. It opened on October 1, 2006. The Trials of the Temple opened on December 8, 2015.
In the original version of Trials of the Temple, the students faced Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister, a villain from the Disney XD series, “Star Wars Rebels.” Kylo Ren appeared only at the end of the show to battle the Master’s apprentice.
The Tomorrowland Terrace stage opened in 1967 as part of the “New Tomorrowland.”
The Tomorrowland Terrace has been home to a number of shows over the years, which take advantage of the stage’s unique ability to ascend and descend. In addition to Jedi Training, the Tomorrowland Terrace also hosts dance bands in evening shows on the weekends.
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