Jedi Academy - Tips & Highlights

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  1. Hound 109

    Hound 109 <font color=teal>So non-screamin' family members c

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    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. :yay:

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    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. :yay:

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    Then each was given a chance to have a light sabre duel to the death with either Darth Vader or Darth Maul. :cool1: 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". :) :darth:


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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 :)


    hound :cool2:

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  3. TeamTnC

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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.
     
  4. JenDisneylandlver

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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!
     
  5. PrincessIM

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    I don't think my DD 6 princess: 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.
     
  6. Hound 109

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    Cool. :thumbsup2

    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. :yay:

    Good Luck.
     
  7. PrincessAbby'sMom

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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:sad2: And I have her jump up & down w/her hand up & still nothing!
     
  8. Hound 109

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    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!" :rolleyes1

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

    hound :chewy:
     
  9. gardengirlco

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    How close is this to the Nemo ride? Just wondering if we need to plan extra time to get through the Nemo crowd to the Jedi training.

    Also, do the kids on the Nemo side generally battle Darth Maul and the ones on the Buzz side generally battle Darth Vader?
     
  10. PrincessIM

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    When we were there, the kids who were up on stage fought Darth Vader and the kids on the floor fought Darth Maul. After they are picked, they direct the kids over to the left side of the stage (Nemo side) to pick up the light saber and robe. They are then directed to either the stage or floor. After their training on how to use their light saber, they kids are ushered to the right hand side of the stage. That's when Darth Vader comes out. I'm not sure if memory serves me right but I think they fill up the stage first and then start filling the floor.

    Jedi training is very close to Nemo. I'm sure that area will be much more congested now than when we were there.
     
  11. Hound 109

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    Good question on if Nemo is affecting Jedi Training. (the Nemo ride is very close) I would guess the Nemo side is now more crowded. Maybe someone who is there now can tell us.

    Regarding who fights who...PrincessIM is correct. After the "training" they move them all over to the right of the stage (large group). Half are put in a line to battle Vader & the other half to battle Maul. (no criteria...they just split them up).
     
  12. gardengirlco

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    Thanks for the additional info! I guess I'll find out next week how Nemo is affecting the Jedi Training. Hopefully it won't be too bad. I think we'll approach from the Buzz side. DS is looking forward to being one of the chosen ones. We finished making our sign today so *fingers crossed* that it gets him picked!
     
  13. JadeDarkstar

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    i think ited be cool if they let them keep the robes or lightsabers lol
     
  14. Mommy26

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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!
     
  16. gardengirlco

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    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!
     
  17. Hound 109

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    Let us know how it goes BC.

    May the force be with your young Padewan. :darth:
     
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    Hound, thank you SO MUCH for your tips here! We went to the 2nd show last Thursday with my 3 boys. We made signs for them ("Darth Vader Annihilator", "Obi Wan has taught me well" and "Judge me by my size, do you?") but I was worried they wouldn't pick 3 boys from the same family. We spread them out along our side of the floor so they weren't all together, but the signs matched, so I'm sure they knew they were related. They were the only ones with signs at our show. The Jedi master started picking from the other side of the floor first, maybe 5 or 6 kids. When he started picking from our side my boys were 3 of the first 4 chosen!! I was amazed at how well it worked! After the show we went to find their signs so we could keep them for memories but we couldn't find one of them. The CM we talked to said the Jedi Master likes to keep some signs because he hangs them on his wall. So cool! My boys loved the whole experience! Thanks again! :woohoo:
     
  19. DTDkettleCORNfan

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    Regarding how they split the children up to fight either Vader or Maul.........

    We have seen the show a couple of times.......perhaps 6. (My son has done it twice.) It seemed as if they have the younger/smaller children fight Vader up on stage, and the older/taller kids fight Maul on the ground. Other people I have talked to have made the same observation.

    Perhaps this is just the way it was in the shows we have seen, and not a trend. My tall 6 year old loved fighting Darth Maul, but he would also like to battle Vader. We thought his chances of that were pretty slim.

    I agree with the original poster's observations and comments.....we love this show!!! Good luck to all who are trying to get their young jedi knights selected in the future.......
     
  20. disneyfan4ever54

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    Thanks for mentioning where some of the signs end up. :) My DS was sad because his sign also disappeared and he wanted to save it. It will make him feel a lot better to hear this. :)
     
  21. sunshinemummy

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    I can totally agree with this, the little guys got Vader, the bigger ones got Darth Maul (he is pretty scary looking). My son is almost 9 and was happy to get DM. We did not have a t-shirt or sign and DS got picked about 17th thankfully with his mommy begging and his 6ft4 daddy pointing like mad. It was truly a highlight for DS...and Dh too!! :D If DH was just a bit younger and shorter.....!!!LOL
     

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