Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Jul 13, 2011
    Whitney from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is the Jedi Training Academy something we should do with my 5 year old when we come in October? He knows of Star Wars but hasn't seen the movies, etc. as he is too young. I just didn't know if we should spend a lot of time at this?

    Hi Whitney,

    The Jedi Training Academy (JTA) is a very popular experience & with great reason, its super cute. If your son is familiar with Luke Skywalker (a Jedi Knight), Darth Vader & Storm Troopers he'll should totally understand it. 

    Approximately 15 Padawan participants who have registered for each show are invited to put on a brown robe & pledge the sacred Jedi Oath. Then a real Jedi Master teaches the young Padawans moves in an easy, step-by-step process.

    After completing their training, each participant "battles" Darth Vader under the close supervision of the Jedi Master with the routine they learned. The Jedi Master stands beside them verbally calling out the moves.  At the end, everyone receives a certificate.

    Guests must be between the ages of 4 & 12 to participate. Registration will be near the JTA stage & any Cast Member in that area can direct you to the registration area. Once your son is registered, he will need to report back 15 - 20 minutes prior to the show he's scheduled to participate in.  The show itself lasts about 30 minutes.

    There are lots of videos posted on YouTube that you and your son could check out to see if this is something that he'd like to participate in.

    The number of participants is limited and registration starts first thing in the morning and stops once the spots are filled for the day which typically happens fast. If this is something your son decides he'd like to participate in, head that way first. He will need to be present with you to register because they will ask him a couple of questions to make sure he can follow some basic directions.

    JTA is held several times a day. The times will be listed on your Times Guide that you pick up along with your Guide Map when you enter the park.

    Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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