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Coinciding with the opening of Star Wars Launch Bay, DHS has also launched an updated version of the popular Jedi Training Academy show, now subtitled Trials of the Temple. The old set, which was modeled after an Endor bunker in order to blend in with Star Tours’ Ewok village exterior, now resembles an ancient sandstone structure, with an extended lower section of the stage to accommodate additional participants.

The new Jedi Training show has a similar structure to before, with a Jedi Master and his assistants leading their young Padawan volunteers through a simple series of lightsaber strikes. One difference is that the kids no longer use cheap plastic flick-out swords, but are instead loaned light-up blades that look much better, especially after sunset.

Once the initial training is over, Darth Vader enters accompanied by the show’s other big new addition: the Seventh Sister, an evil Inquisitor character voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) in the second season of Star Wars Rebels. Vader duels half of the trainees, while the Seventh Sister faces off against the others.

After each volunteer has had their turn, the entire class uses their Force powers to banish the baddies, but the show isn’t over yet. Darth Maul arrives, wielding his signature double-bladed lightsaber, and confronts the Jedi Master’s apprentice in choreographed battle that serves as the show’s new climax.

If you want your young Skywalkers-in-training to appear on stage, visit the sign-up area at the the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost shop (next to the 50’s Prime Time Café) as early in the morning as possible; also, cast members are sometimes stationed outside the entrance just before and after the park opens. Spots go quickly and are first-come, first-served and are for kids 4 - 12 years old only.

A Windham, New Hampshire, mother of three describes a common conundrum:

I'm guessing many families will have to chose between racing to Toy Story Mania! to ride or racing to sign up for Jedi Training (children MUST be present at sign-up). We hopped on TSM, then crossed the park to sign up for Jedi Training. By the time we got there, we were pushed to the 2:20 p.m. show, which eliminated the possibility of leaving for a nap after lunch.

Touring Tips

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple (formerly Jedi Training Academy) is staged several times daily to the left of the Star Tours building entrance, opposite Backlot Express. Jedi Training Academy is currently not listed in the Park Map or Times Guide. Look for the show schedule on a sign to the left of the Star Tours entrance.

Surprisingly popular, given that Disney hasn’t promoted it at the same level of hype as other shows. In the summer, grab drinks at Backlot Express, right next door, about 20 minutes before the show starts.

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To sign up your children to go on stage, visit the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost shop early in the morning: spots are first come, first served.

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