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November 21, 2007

Jedi Training Academy

Once just a part of the Star Wars Weekends at the Disney/MGM Studios, the Jedi Training Academy was a small stage show where children could learn to use the lightsaber and battle Darth Vader. The show proved so popular that Disney built a permanent training academy next to the entrance of the Star Tours attraction.

Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction

Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction

The show begins with a Jedi Master performing a short routine of lightsaber moves.

Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction

He then selects around twelve children from the audience (ages 4 - 12). I would suggest arriving early if your children hope to be picked. Those chosen are presented with training lightsabers and brown Jedi robes. After donning their outfits and becoming familiar with their weapon, the Jedi Master demonstrates a combination of lightsaber tactics.


Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction


The children are then walked through these moves, one by one. After they have mastered their new skills, they are combined into a choreographed routine.


Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction


When their training is complete, two Stormtroopers arrive on the scene, preparing us for the arrival of Darth Vader.


Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction

Vader appears moments later through a thick mist. He struts menacingly around the stage then approaches the children, offering to teach them the Dark Side of the Force. The Jedi Master refuses.

Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction

Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction



Vader then accepts a challenge to fight each Jedi Trainee, one by one.

Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction


With the help of the Jedi Master, each child approaches Vader and uses their new fighting skills against evil. The audience is very supportive and cheers on every trainee.

Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction

Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction


After all of the children have battled Vader, he once again tries to seduce them to come over to the Dark Side.

Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction


But during his attempt, Yoda's voice magically echoes from the surrounding trees, telling Vader that he is outnumbered and doesn't stand a chance. Vader leaves, but vows to try again.


Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction

Jedi Training Academy - Disney's Star Tours Attraction


Even if you don't have children, this show is entertaining and will bring a smile to your face. It's very well done and a lot of fun.

Several shows are presented daily. Times can be found on the "Times Guide" handout available throughout the park. There is also a sign posted near the Star Wars attraction listing today's shows. Each training session lasts approximately twenty minutes.


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