Jedi Training Academy is a guest experience at Disneyland in California and Disney Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida. The experience was first introduced at Disney Hollywood Studios' Star Wars Weekends event, and later became a permanent attraction. Based on the teachings and practices of the Jedi Knights from the Star Wars films, the experience depends heavily on audience participation, focusing on children. Each participant is given a training lightsaber and Jedi robes and taught a routine set of swordfighting moves.
In November of 2015, an updated version of the show started, entitled Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, which drew inspiration from Star Wars Rebels. This included a new set and premise inspired by Path of the Jedi and the Lothal Jedi Temple featured within that episode, as well as the addition of the Seventh Sister.
Original show synopsisEdit
At Walt Disney World, the children sign up at rope drop for the show. At Disneyland, they are picked from the audience.
They are given training lightsabers and Jedi robes, and then the Master demonstrates what the children will learn in a combination of moves. Under the direction of the Jedi Master, and while receiving advice and an oral history of the Jedi Order and The Force the children are then taught a simple combination of lightsaber attacks. After the last combination practice, the Jedi Master suddenly feels a disturbance in the Force. Darth Vader and Darth Maul (occasionally replaced by Asajj Ventress) come on the stage.
The Jedi trainees face off with the semblances of either Maul or Vader, which are actually a test for the potential padawans a la Luke's battle against the Dark Side on Dagobah. With the help of the Jedi Master and Jedi Knight, the children use the fight combination they were taught to engage the two villains. Jedi Master Yoda uses the force to contact everyone at the audience. Outnumbered, Vader and Maul retreat back to the stage. The stage lowers again and the villains disappear. After the stage lowers, the Jedi Master uses a Jedi mind trick to make the stormtroopers leave. The children then give back the training lightsaber and robe, and are given an official Jedi diploma.
Trials of the Temple synopsisEdit
A group of surviving Jedi, including a Jedi Master, three Padawans, and a group of Younglings chosen beforehand visit a Jedi Temple. The Younglings are taught a basic combination of lightsaber moves. Then then use the Force to open the doors to the Temple. Apparitions of Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister then appear, apparently representing the Jedi's fears. Half of the Younglings fight Vader, while the others fight the Seventh Sister. After they have been defeated, they are Force-pushed back into the Temple after the Younglings are told to put their lightsabers down. However, one of the Padawans worries that her worst fear, Darth Maul, will come out next; right at that moment, an apparition of Darth Maul appears and engages the Padawan in a lightsaber duel. She defeats him and is about to kill him before being stopped by the Younglings. Yoda, whose voice is heard through the Force, senses fear in all of the Jedi. Maul retreats back into the Temple, but after an expression of frustration for not finishing Maul off, he immediately emerges again, only to be Force pushed back in by the Younglings. Celebrating their victory, everyone poses for a photograph in front of the Temple, then returns their lightsabers and robes.
Behind the scenesEdit
The show's stage at Disney Hollywood Studios is a replica of the Endor shield generator bunker from Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. An exclusive Jedi Training Academy set of action figures was released in Disney theme parks including Darth Vader, an unnamed Jedi Master and three unnamed Padawans.