Description And Comments

Staged at the Tomorrowland Terrace, the Jedi Training Academy recruits 30 young volunteers and trains them to fight with a lightsaber (an elegant, if plastic, weapon). The training consists of practicing a surprisingly-long set of fencing-styles "moves," while the audience gets to enjoy the minimal comprehension by some of the youngest Jedis. Just when the training ends, Darth Vader and Darth Maul arrive with a couple of Stormtroopers, and the young recruits meet them in "battle," which each Jedi getting their turn to take a whack at a Darth. The whole thing lasts about 25 minutes, and all volunteers are awarded a Jedi Training Academy diploma. It's a great photo op for parents and a major hoot for everyone else. For a London, England, mother, Jedi boot camp was a highlight of the trip:

My 8-year-old son literally cried with joy after participating in the Jedi Experience in Tomorrowland. You advise sitting in the front two rows to be picked, but actually, they picked my son only after my husband launched him onto his shoulders to draw their attention. I noticed they especially picked other kids on their parents' shoulders.

Touring Tips

There are two prime viewing locations: standing room on the show floor underneath the overhang, and seating at the Terrace counter service restaurant. There are only 10-20 tables with decent views of the show, so make sure to stake them out early. Otherwise, there is plenty of standing room space around the sides of the stage.

To be chosen to participate, arrive 20-30 minutes early and seat your child in the first couple of rows surrounding the stage. Jedi's look for energetic and excited children to recruit; wearing a Star Wars T-shirt helps, but don't bring your own lightsaber because those are supplied. Showtimes are listed in the daily Times Guide.

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