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  • On May 18, 2024
    Janie from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, I will be visiting WDW in Sept with a friend and her two boys (11 and 5-turning 6 in during the trip). Both want to do Savi lightsaber, but the younger has ADHD. Do you think he will be able to get thru the event (time and focus may be an issue)?

    Bright Suns, Janie!

    We are quite pleased to know of your plans to visit Batuu. Our allies in the Resistance welcome additional recruits who might lead us towards victory against the First Order. The boys seem perfect for training at Savi's Workshop with the highly skilled Gatherers. Given the age and special gifts of the younger Padawan, I would suggest that the 11-year old build by himself and the mom assist the younger one. 

    Let me say - as you suspect, the build does require some attention. The Gatherers' guidance, however, is stellar. If your friend allows the young one to stand in front of or closely beside her, she should be able to directly assist him with following the instructions and assembling his lightsaber. I would also recommend that she guide him in practicing his Jedi stillness prior to the trip. This stillness is an important Jedi skill. Pick up some Star Wars stickers and let him earn a sticker for every minute he can stand fairly still. Double the stickers for each additional minute. Once he can stand fairly still for five minutes, have an official "ceremony" and tell him that he is ready to begin his Jedi Journey at Walt Disney World. Rewards are optional - she knows what motivates her Padawan best! Once you arrive to Batuu, when they enter Savi's Workshop, just tell her to gently remind him of his Jedi stillness and that should get them through the first set of instructions.

    I will add one additional note. Your friend and you must not neglect your own pre-visit training and research. Special operatives have posted footage of Savi's Workshop online. Watch carefully so that you all can determine when and where your friend can assist with the build. As long as she can let him actually hold and insert some parts throughout the build, he should remain engaged for most of, if not the entire time. Also, if you are not going into Savi's with them, she may also need to assist the 11-year old at some point. If you are planning to build, it might be helpful for you to keep an eye on the 11-year old. Once the parts are placed near you, it moves pretty quickly and may feel intense. One of you just needs to make sure the older son is also progressing in the build. 

    Janie, we are profoundly grateful that you intend to join the Cause. It may help to have special outfits for the day of the visit. This will also signal to our younger Padawan that he is on an intergalactic adventure with the Resistance, and we are depending on his skills. Do not worry if the pre-trip training does not go perfectly. Once on Batuu, I am confident that the young one will be committed to the Cause. After the lightsabers are built, you will want to mingle with other allies. Be sure to have a reservation for Oga's Cantina. We stand ready for you to join us to defeat the First Order!

    Good journey,
    Donyell







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