Posts Tagged ‘Jedi Training Academy’

The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Disney’s New Seven Hour STAR WARS Guided Tour

by on February 4, 2017

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Disney’s new Star Wars Guided Tour! One of the most underrated attractions at Walt Disney World are the guided tours available across property. Behind the Seeds at EPCOT is a true gem, Magic Kingdom’s Keys to the Kingdom is a must-do for hardcore Disney fans, and the Sanaa Cultural Tour at Animal Kingdom Lodge is a fascinating look at all the details in one of Disney’s best restaurants. In late 2016, Disney announced that a new seven hour tour based around Star Wars would be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at a price of $121.12 per person, not including cost of admission to the park.

Star Wars Guided Tour check-in. (photo by Meg Stump)

Star Wars Guided Tour credentials, where guests are separated into different planets. All theme park bloggers hail from “Mustafar.” (photo by Meg Stump)

To put seven hours into perspective, if you were to watch A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi consecutively it would take less than six and a half hours (although watching the prequels back to back would probably seem like 100 hours). The price is also one of the highest of any tour that WDW offers, would there be value to be found? Thanks to an in-depth investigation by SATURDAY SIX editor in chief Megan Stump, we’re happy to report back the answer is a resounding YESToday we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite parts of the new guided tour, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – March Behind the First Order

One common theme you see among many of our favorite shows that go to Walt Disney World – including Full House, Step By Step, and last year’s Blackish – is that characters from the show end up joining Disney parades or other shows in the parks. I think this because there is a subconscious, or maybe even conscious, feeling by many people that they want to be part of the show. Guests who take part in the Star Wars Guided Tour get to live out their theme park fantasy by being a part of Captain Phasma’s march of the First Order. Guests meet up up with Captain Phasma and the gang as soon as they come onstage and you travel directly behind the stormtroopers as they make their way down Hollywood Blvd.

Captain Phasma leads the First Order. (photo by Meg Stump)

Guests doing the Star Wars Guided Tour follow directly behind the First Order. (photo by Meg Stump)

Where else can you be this close to the action other than the Star Wars Guided Tour? (photo by Meg Stump)

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Disneyland Season of the Force Videos & Photo Gallery

by on January 17, 2016

Disneyland season of the force videos photos

Celebrate Star Wars at Disneyland with new Season of the Force videos and photos.

With the latest Star Wars movie breaking the all-time domestic box office record less than a month of its release, it’s pretty clear that the Force is wide awake all over America, but nowhere has the film’s impact been more evident than inside the Disney parks. I’ve already covered the newly added Star Wars attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, and recently I had the chance to fly west and compare Orlando’s offerings to their Anaheim analogues. While in California, I captured this gallery of Season of the Force videos and photo gallery to give our Disneyland-deprived readers a taste of the Happiest Place on Earth’s take on a galaxy far, far away…


Season of the Force Crowds

The first thing to know about Season of the Force is that the crowds are strong with this one! Even though the days of my Disneyland visit were predicted to have moderate attendance, Tomorrowland was packed from open to close, only becoming busier as the afternoon and evening continued. If you want to experience all the popular attractions that are part of Disneyland’s Season of the Force, get there at rope drop or be prepared to wait in line!

Star Wars Launch Bay, Trials of the Temple, and More Now Open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on December 3, 2015

Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars Launch Bay and other galactic goodies have joined the lineup at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

Brace yourselves for the jump to hyperspace, because Disney’s Hollywood Studios has unleashed an army of new Star Wars attractions upon Walt Disney World visitors, just ahead of the worldwide debut of The Force Awakens. As of December 1, Star Wars Launch Bay has joined the DHS attraction lineup, along with Path of the Jedi, and an enhanced Jedi Training Academy: Trails of the Temple show. Plus there’s some exclusive new Star Wars snacks to sample.

We were there for opening day of the new Star Wars attractions to bring you this detailed photo review of the additions. Let’s start with a look at the current Times Guide, with the new offerings highlighted by a red symbol.


Star Wars Launch Bay

Additional Information About Star Wars Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on November 18, 2015

As I mentioned recently, for Star Wars fans, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be the place to be coming up this winter at Walt Disney World. The fun will be staggered, but begins soon – December 1. Actually, some of the fun has already started, as the new scene and other fun surprises have already been added to Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.

As a reminder, here is what Guests can expect to see beginning December 1 in the park, transporting them to a galaxy far, far away:

Star Wars Launch Bay
Located in Animation Courtyard, the Star Wars Launch Bay will be a primary location within the park for fans to celebrate all things Star Wars. Guests will be able to see special concept artwork, interact with beloved Star Wars characters, tour galleries featuring treasured memorabilia and replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including ones from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and play the latest Star Wars interactive video games, plus you’ll of course, have access to special Star Wars merchandise.



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Disneyland vs. Disneyland Paris Attractions Head-to-Head with Video

by on November 6, 2015

It’s been a little over a month since I left Europe behind, but I’ve still got a wealth of international Disney fun left that want to share. I’ve already raved about the walk-through attractions at Disneyland Paris, but today we’re taking a hard look at some of the park’s rides and shows. Every hardcore Disney fan has probably already heard about the Paris park’s unique takes on Disneyland originals like Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion (a.k.a. Phantom Manor). However, you may not know about some other Anaheim originals that have also migrated across the Atlantic, and mutated along the way. Just in case you can’t afford to fly off to France to see them for yourself, here’s a video head-to-head comparing four Disneyland Paris attractions against their Disneyland equivalents.


Disneyland Storybook Land Canal Boats vs. Disneyland Paris Le Payes des Contes de Fees

One of the oldest operating attractions at Disneyland, Fantasyland’s Storybook Land Canal Boats benefit greatly from exquisite horticultural design and live narration.

Disneyland Paris has the superficially similar Le Payes des Contes de Fees, but it replaces the human guide with recorded music, and the agricultural detail isn’t nearly as meticulous.

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Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 25, 2015



The Jedi Training Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will soon be re-imagined.  A brand new version of the show is slated to debut later this year and it will feature new characters, as well as a new villain, which will be from the Disney XD show, “Star Wars Rebels.” This new version of the stage show that takes place multiples times a day will be called Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

This means that the current version of the Jedi Training Academy will see it’s last Padawans temporarily on October 4.

No official date has been announced for the updated show to debut, but one would expect that it would be in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Also expected to debut later this year (officially on tap for December) just in time for the upcoming movie, will be the Star Wars Launch Bay, where guests will be able to meet characters and enjoy gallery exhibits. The Star Wars Launch Bay will be located in the former location of The Magic of Disney Animation.


A Star Wars Weekends Experience Without a Plan

by on June 10, 2015



One of my favorite annual events at Walt Disney World is Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars Weekends takes place Fridays through Sundays from mid-May to mid-June and has only expanded over the years.

Today fellow fans of the force can get autographs and photos with Star Wars characters and celebrities, watch the Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade and the Symphony in the Stars fireworks display, take in the Stars of the Saga Star Wars Celebrity Talk Show, and, for the kids, participate in the Padawan Mind Challenge and Jedi Training Academy.

There’s also Star Wars themed dining and shopping and even more events for the major fans! Clearly, Star Wars Weekends is true to its name as you need weekends to do it all; but what if, like me, you really don’t want to spend hours in line or have to live by your times guide. What if you just want to check out the event? Sure there are touring plans that work great, but is it actually possible to enjoy a day at Star Wars Weekends by flying casual? Last week, I decided to find out and went to the event on a whim with no plan, no FastPass+, and absolutely no agenda. As it turns out, I was still able to see and do quite a bit. So for today, I’m going to share with you Padawans how I had A Star Wars Weekends Experience Without a Plan.

I Visited on a Friday – I decided to check out the event on a Friday; and as Friday is still a work day, I found that the crowds and wait times weren’t quite as bad as what I could have experienced on a Saturday or Sunday. For example, The Great Movie Ride had only a 30 minute wait time on Friday while on Sunday, the posted wait time on My Disney Experience was 60 minutes.

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Disney World Planning Challenges: Jedi Training Academy—A Guide to Being Part of the Show

by on November 4, 2014

Jedi Training Academy (photos by Sarah Graffam)

Jedi Training Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Photos by Sarah Graffam)

Jedi Training Academy is one of the most interactive and exciting experiences for kids ages 4-12 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. However, despite the show’s many years of popularity, Disney doesn’t offer FastPass+ to become a Jedi Training Academy participant or any other way to sign up in advance. The result is that participating in Jedi Training Academy requires more planning than many other experiences at Disney World.

During the approximately 20-minute show, children train with a Jedi master and then test their lightsaber skills against the dark side. Following are some basics about the show as well as some tips to help your child become part of the action.

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