Mom And Son Safari
  • On Feb 5, 2011
    Marcy from NS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be travelling to Disney from March 12 - 17. My son is very interested in Star Wars but we cannot find information on when Star Tours reopens or when Jedi Training is held. Are dates/times available?

    Hi Marcy,

    Your trip is super soon & I am so excited for you! Star Tours is scheduled to reopen May 20, 2011 which will kick off Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios (DHS).

    During the Star Tours refurbishment, Tatooine Traders located next to the Star Tours attraction will remain open. It carries some great Star Wars merchandise & your son can build his own lightsaber there. He can also do this at Once Upon A Toy located at Downtown Disney.

    If your son is between the ages of 4 & 12, he can participate in the Jedi Training Academy (JTA) which is very popular among young Star Wars fans.  After completing their training, each participant "battles" Darth Vader. JTA is located next to Star Tours & is held several times a day.  The times will be listed on the Times Guide that you pick up along with your Guide Map when you enter DHS. The number of participants is limited & they start registration first thing in the morning & stop once the spots are filled for the day (they usually fill up fast during peak seasons).  If this is something your son wants to participate in, head that way first. He must be present with you to register. They will ask him a couple of questions to make sure he can follow some basic directions.

    All Guests can have pictures taken with Darth Vader & a couple of Storm Troopers next to the entrance of Star Tours. They appear intermittently throughout the day usually between JTA sessions. Across from Tatooine Traders there is a model of one of the racers (don't laugh - I don't know the exact name of it) with a backdrop that your son can get on for a picture. 

    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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