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Old 06-08-2007, 04:22 PM   #1
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Jedi Academy - Tips & Highlights

Although over 3 years old,...... most (if not all) of the information & tips that are discussed in this thread would be helpful for young Padewans wanting to participate in the Jedi Training Academy. I had received great tips & advice here on the DIS on how best to be chosen by the Master Jedi....& the advice worked!

HydroGuy has included this post on his "Tip Thread" sticky so it gets bumped up from time to time. Most (if not all) of the information is still valid & good. But please feel free to add new information, opinions or experiences.



THE BEGINNING OF THIS THREAD WAS AS FOLLOWS:


Our 8 y/o DS - "Jedi Alec" - put the hurt on ol' Darth Maul this past Tuesday.



I wanted to let the parents with young sons (& daughters) aged (aprox) 5-11 years old know.....that the Jedi Training Academy can be a trip highlight - especially if your child is picked.

Note: DS was a fan (but not a fanatic) of Star Wars, but his getting picked & turning Darth Maul into chopped liver is all he has talked about since we got back yesterday.

The following link provides some good info & background:

www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1466649

A few additional comments:

- Padewan Alec did NOT have a Star Wars T shirt, but it wouldn't hurt to have your child wear one.

- He DID have a sign. We simply took an 8X11 manilla folder and folded it out. Thus an 11 X 16 "sign". Wrote a little something & had Alec hold it over his head with instructions to show it and wave it (& he was jumping up and down) when the Master Jedi was making his picks. (note: i had folded it into a 4 X 4 size and carried it into the park in my cargo pants pocket.)

- There are two areas to stand...one closest to Buzz/SM & the other closest to Matterhorn/Nemo. (with a walkway from the stage to the food court separating them).

- The Nemo side had far less kids when we arrived at 10:15 (for the 10:30 show). Jedi Alec easily found "rope space" next to other Jedi applicants. (Parents stood behind their children). The other side (toward Buzz/SM) was more crowded and kiddos were standing two deep.

- (from the Hub) We walked down the path between the Matterhorn & the back side of Buzz & the entrance area for young Padewans was just past the food court on the right. We entered here to secure the desired front row rope position.

- After 5 minutes of music & light saber techniques by the Master Jedi & his two assistants, Master Jedi stepped up to the stage and began to select applicants for the training.

- He picked 3-4 from the Buzz side & then 3-4 from Nemo side (back & forth until about 25-30 children had been chosen).

- There were about 100 - 120 kids there, & I'm sure it was sad for the ones not chosen.

- A couple of girls were chosen (which made sense since there were 10 or so girls on the rope).

- All kids with Star Wars / Jedi outfits & all kids with signs were chosen first. (Alec was the 3rd chosen on the Nemo side after a couple of boys with Star Wars costumes were chosen, (& i believe it was because he was the only person on the Nemo side with a sign.) There were 3 kids on the Buzz side with signs & they also were among the first chosen on their side.

- After Jedi Outfits & young padewans with signs, it appeared to me that the Jedi Master then selected children with Star Wars T Shirts, etc.

- The remaining 8-10 kids were chosen at random (perhaps rounding out age/gender/ethnic mix, or perhaps they just jumped and yelled the most enthusiastically)

- I've also been advised that for siblings....if they have matching shirts or outfits, it is more likely that BOTH would be picked (as opposed to just one).


After being chosen, the kids were given brown Jedi robes & light sabres. Then learned many very cool Jedi moves for about 10 minutes.



Then each was given a chance to have a light sabre duel to the death with either Darth Vader or Darth Maul. Padewan Alec is very sorry if Darth Maul is missing any arms or legs....but hopefully your child will be one of the lucky ones selected to have a light sabre duel with one of these evil-doers from the "dark side".


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UPDATE - Disney prefers that guests not carry huge elaborate signs when touring (they could get confiscated). Better to use a folded up Manilla folder & carry it in your pants pocket (or some other out of sight place) & only take it out for the Training Academy.

But signs continue to be an effective way to get a young padewan selected. In fact, not one person here on the DIS has reported NOT getting selected.... if their young padewan was waving a small sign.


Definitely read jjames's family experience on Page 3 of this thread. It's a great read & a great description of the JTA experience


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Old 06-08-2007, 04:41 PM   #2
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THanks for teh idea of wheer to stand. My DS (7) is a HUGE Star Wars fan. In fact for Holloween this year he was Anikan Skywalker. He has the full brown robes. I was planning on dressing him in those already. This is one event I have yet to tell him they have a DL. We were their two years ago and did not have it then. He will be SSSSOOOO excited. I can't wait to see him do this.

Thanks again for the info Hound.
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Old 06-08-2007, 04:48 PM   #3
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That sounds so cool! My son is going to LOVE this, were gonna make the sign this weekend to take with us next week. Sounds like something to video tape for sure!
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:42 PM   #4
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I don't think my DD 6 had any idea what Star Wars was all about until she got picked for the Jedi Training. She is now a fan and when asked what her favourite part of Disneyland was, she says "fighting Darth Vader". Definately a must see. We were at the first show, no sign, at the rope on the side closest to Nemo, wore pink and white, had hair and facepainting done at Princess Fantasy Faire and she was one of the first 5 to be picked but she was jumping up and down and waving her arms around like crazy. She wants to go back and do it again.
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Old 06-11-2007, 05:24 PM   #5
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That sounds so cool! My son is going to LOVE this, were gonna make the sign this weekend to take with us next week. Sounds like something to video tape for sure!
Cool.

Report back on whether he waged battle with "Darth Vader" or "Darth Maul".

My DS has informed me that although Darth Vader is more famous, Darth Maul has a double sided light saber & is scarier (which if you look at the pic of Darth Maul in the link above, you might agree). But both are formidible foes.

Get that sign in his hand and have him jump & yell when the selecting begins.

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Old 06-12-2007, 09:26 AM   #6
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This may be a dumb question, but I have a girl & not a huge (sorry) fan of Star Wars.......what do you put on the sign? My daughter loves to be picked - for anything - just never has been yet. Everytime we go to the dolphin show at the zoo, she gets so upset that she's not picked And I have her jump up & down w/her hand up & still nothing!
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:51 AM   #7
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This may be a dumb question, but I have a girl & not a huge (sorry) fan of Star Wars.......what do you put on the sign? My daughter loves to be picked - for anything - just never has been yet. Everytime we go to the dolphin show at the zoo, she gets so upset that she's not picked And I have her jump up & down w/her hand up & still nothing!
I'm not a "huge" fan of Star Wars either. (I liked "Empire Strikes Back" alot, though)

For your DD.....I would have her wear either a Star Wars type shirt....or a bright unique shirt - lime green, UofT burnt orange ( )....something that the Master Jedi would easily pick out & announce.

Regarding the sign. I saw "Pick Me!" & "The Force is with Me", etc.

Unfortunately, DS Jedi Alec has a father with a warped sense of humor. His sign read....

"Hey Darth...your Mama dresses you funny!"

Master Jedi (when picking Jedi Alec) merely said "the boy with the orange shirt & the sign" when pointing at him.

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Old 02-13-2008, 09:30 PM   #8
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Thank you very much!

Is there anything like this in the Princess Fantasy Faire i.e. do they pick children to volunteer if they have signs etc.???

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Thank you so much for this info Hound. Over the past year my DS(7) has become a Star Wars fanatic. He doesn't know we're even going to Disneyland in 2 weeks but I know this is the first thing he'll ask about. I plan on going to every show until he gets picked!
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Thank you so much for this info Hound. Over the past year my DS(7) has become a Star Wars fanatic. He doesn't know we're even going to Disneyland in 2 weeks but I know this is the first thing he'll ask about. I plan on going to every show until he gets picked!
I highly recommend making a sign. Thanks to finding that out here we made one before our trip and it did the trick. My DS was selected the first time we went and we didn't get there as early as I had hoped, it was just a few minutes before it started. We rolled it up and packed it in a suitcase so it didn't take much room. You could probably lay something flat at the bottom of a suitcase too and it would be protected pretty well.

Good luck and have a great trip!
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Thanks HOUND!!! We went last week and my DS got picked! He had a bright blue shirt with a big number 73 on it and he jumped up and down and was at the rope. The guy called out #73!!!
We did make him a sign but he did not hold it up!!! I asked him why and he said that no one else was (but I told him well that was the point to get picked if he saw you waving a sign he would see you and pick you). But luckily he still was picked. That was his favorite thing at Disneyland. Glad I read your thread or I would not have not had a clue on how to get him picked.
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My youngest got picked when we were there in OCT.. What I had done was made an iron transfer of the picture of Mikey as Luke from the original Starwars (1977) movie poster... I then put text on it that said "I wanna be a Jedi in Training"... We put the shirt in our backpack and happened to be getting off nemo 15min before it started, so we sat down, front row, and my 5 y/o son was picked about 4 or 5th. I didnt notice anyone with signs. I think the key is to be at the front of the line in the ground they have .... I got some amazing shots of Darth maul point me out when he was walking down the aisle ( I was there taking photos there) he pointed at me and snarled... Quite an Amazing picture... And it was my sons Highlight of the whole trip... Infact that night he had to call grandma and Grandpa to tell them all about it


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Hi!

I am STARWARS Fan an d I have a Question. Ist it possible for me to play in this attraction? Or am I too old?
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I am STARWARS Fan an d I have a Question. Ist it possible for me to play in this attraction? Or am I too old?
The Jedi Training Academy is really for children up tp 12 years in age. After that one is too old.
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Thank you so much for this info Hound. Over the past year my DS(7) has become a Star Wars fanatic. He doesn't know we're even going to Disneyland in 2 weeks but I know this is the first thing he'll ask about. I plan on going to every show until he gets picked!
Let us know how it goes BC.

May the force be with your young Padewan.
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