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Old 03-05-2010, 09:29 PM   #1
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Jedi Academy.... You don't get "picked" anymore?? What time??

I was recently told that they no longer pick kids for the Jedi Academy, and that now you get there and stand in line. I understand why they would do this, how would your kid feel if they weren't "picked"... like the last kid on the playground to be picked, but only worse because your in Disney!?!? I know it's gotta be easier to tell your child that you just didn't get there in time, rather then telling them they weren't picked!!

Anyway, that being said, can anyone tell me what time the Jedi Academy is held each day??

How soon should you be there to get in line??

Do they generally take ALL the kids that are in line when their ready to start, or is there a specific number of kids they'll let get in line before they shut the line down??

My son has watched the videos others have been putting on youtube, so now he's totally excited about attending the Jedi Academy!! He wants me to get him a light saber now so he can practice!! I told him you need an official one issued to him!!!

Hmmmmmmmmm..... which just made me think... do they GIVE them to the kids or do you have to purchase them??

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Off hand I don't know the whole days schedule for the shows, but I can recommend being there for the first show which is 9:50 ish. When the park opens you should go straight to that area. They take the first 15 (I think that's the number) children in line. If you are not within that 15 you can chose to wait for the next show. You can not leave or you lose your spot. There have been children/families who have had to sit through a couple of shows before they could get there turn.

Each child is given an outfit and light saber to use for the show but they have to give them back immediately following the show.

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Old 03-05-2010, 10:47 PM   #3
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I understand why they would do this, how would your kid feel if they weren't "picked"...
... completely heartbroken, I learned from experience. I answered this question on another thread. My 6 year old and I sat through FIVE shows and he was not picked to go up on stage. He cried after each one - not an angry cry, but a truly pathetic cry with great big tears. It broke my heart, and was the worst part of our trip.

The line up is definitely the way to go. I'm so glad they changed this. My little guy was not the only disappointed one, there were lots of kids who were unhappy not to be selected. This will help loads.

You can check the schedule when you get into the park, but if I remember correctly, Jedi Training took place pretty much every hour, so if you miss one, you can always wait for another. Or another. Or another...

But be prepared, the area is not covered and is located at a dead end, which gets extremely hot in the mid-morning sun!! You may want to bring a towel or something to sit on or cover yourselves with. I could feel my arms burning while we waited.

It is a great treat though, and worth a reasonable wait, if your kids get called up.
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Old 03-06-2010, 05:10 PM   #4
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check out

http://pages.prodigy.net/stevesoares

At the top of the page click on whatever park you want info for. He lists the showtimes for meet and greets, shows, and parades. He updates every weekend, so check back before your trip to make sure your information is up-to-date.
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Old 03-06-2010, 07:05 PM   #5
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We were eating in the restaurant right across from Jedi training. We saw it going on and decided to wait in the air conditioning until a few minutes before the next one. We trot out the kids and then realize there's a big butt line of kids already waiting.

Our group wasn't upset, but wish we knew. I do agree the line is more fair for the kids.
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Old 03-06-2010, 07:19 PM   #6
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My strategy would be to arrive at Rope Drop, ride TSM or fastpass then sprint to Jedi Academy and wait.
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Where exactly is this in the park? My 7y/o is SW obsessed and has every light saber known to man, lol
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Old 03-06-2010, 09:24 PM   #8
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http://pages.prodigy.net/stevesoares

At the top of the page click on whatever park you want info for. He lists the showtimes for meet and greets, shows, and parades. He updates every weekend, so check back before your trip to make sure your information is up-to-date.
I searched for it... and I admit failure!!! (Obviously by this post!!!)

But you came through for me and I am eternally greatfull!!!
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What time do they arrive to "pick you" prior to the show? Is the queuing area outside or inside. I ask because I wondered if I could arrive 5 or so minutes before my DS5 and "hold a spot" - we have very slow movers coming with on this trip!

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I think you would want to take your ds5 with you to hold his spot. I bet the other parents/kids in line would frown on you holding a spot for your son if he's not with you (and the CMs might not allow it). Just take him along and let the slow movers in your party catch up to you and your ds at their pace.
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Question for you guys. My 12 yo nephew will be at WDW for his Make a Wish trip in a few weeks. He has battled brain cancer, and will hopefully be declaired in remission very soon. He and his 2 brothers are Star Wars finatics!!! I dont think though that he could be out in the sun waiting - is there shade in any part of the line? Also, how long do you have to stand if you make it into the show? Im not 100% sure how long he can stand before needing to sit in his wheelchair???
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I do believe there is some shade in some spots but not the entire line. Keep in mind that not everyone needs to wait in line. This is how we did it. I ran with my DS5 to Star Tours to get in line for the training. My DH ran to get fastpasses for Toy Story Mania and then shopped, got breakfast with my DD16. We were #14 only one other child behind us made it into the training. This fills up quickly. I was told they only take 14 to 16 kids. I think it depends on family size. They would never let one child of one family do it and make the other wait. My advice is go early and run.
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Question for you guys. My 12 yo nephew will be at WDW for his Make a Wish trip in a few weeks. He has battled brain cancer, and will hopefully be declaired in remission very soon. He and his 2 brothers are Star Wars finatics!!! I dont think though that he could be out in the sun waiting - is there shade in any part of the line? Also, how long do you have to stand if you make it into the show? Im not 100% sure how long he can stand before needing to sit in his wheelchair???
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If you were there within the first 15 kids and talked to the CM there, I am POSITIVE they would make accomodations for a Make A Wish child.
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If you were there within the first 15 kids and talked to the CM there, I am POSITIVE they would make accomodations for a Make A Wish child.
If they arrive within the first 15 kids there wouldn't be a wait, they would be in the first show.............
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:33 PM   #15
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Question for you guys. My 12 yo nephew will be at WDW for his Make a Wish trip in a few weeks. He has battled brain cancer, and will hopefully be declaired in remission very soon. He and his 2 brothers are Star Wars finatics!!! I dont think though that he could be out in the sun waiting - is there shade in any part of the line? Also, how long do you have to stand if you make it into the show? Im not 100% sure how long he can stand before needing to sit in his wheelchair???
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It is my understanding that Wish kids can get some exceptions made. rather than making him stand in the sun i would check at guest relations and maybe they can just register him in at a certain time. worth a try. keep that in mind for other activities. They usually will make some special allowances for wish kids
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