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  • On Mar 11, 2010
    Lisa from FL 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.

    My 4 year old is really into Star Wars. What is the Jedi Training academy and is it appropriate for his age? Also, is he to young to go on the Star Wars ride at HS?

    Hi Lisa!

     Both my sons are big Star Wars fans. When my oldest son, about your sons age, participated in the Jedi Training Academy, it was the highlight of our trip and he still talks about it!

     The Jedi Training Academy is a live show, about 20-25 minutes long, where a Jedi Master trains the young padawans on a few Jedi techniques. They review a few patterns with the lightsaber and sporting the Jedi robes both provided for use during their training.Once the padawans have practiced, they are interrupted by a disturbance in the force...Stormtroopers and Darth Vader (though character appearances are subject to change), where they then battle against the darkside, one on one, using the training they just received. Finally, they are awarded with a diploma.

      The cast members also ask you a few questions before allowing your child to participate to make sure it is suitable for them, and they also go over a few rules before and once again on stage to remind the padawans of the expected good behavior. I was concerned if my son would be old enough for the experience, and was happy to see that he was.

     Just as a tip: The photopass photos from the Jedi Training are among the best I have from any of our trips. The Photopass photographer swivels around near the stage in a chair making it easy for him to get great shots, so even if you aren't sure that you'll purchase the photos, it's a good idea to have the photopass card so you can review the pictures when you get home.

      The Star Tours ride doesn't have an age requirement, but a height requirement of 40 inches. The ride is a full motion flight simulator, and it feels rocky and jerky, but my son enjoyed it. You would be the best person to judge if your son is ready for these experiences, of course!

    Hope this helps, and have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Maria, Florida

I am a Mom of two boys, and I love enjoying the Walt Disney World magic with my family. Helping others with their trip is something I hold dear because I know I'm helping families create some of their most cherished memories while at Walt Disney World. Learn More About Maria

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