|Joey was awfully smiley for a Padawan about to face|
Darth Vader! Here the Padawans waited before
heading up to the stage.
In 2013, the number one thing on my "must do" list was to make sure Joey had the opportunity to battle Darth Vader. I did not want to see that very sad look Joey had on his face again. And, since I don't want any other mom (or dad) out there to experience seeing that face on their own child, here is what we learned during our 2013 trip.
First, if you want to experience Jedi Training Academy, be at the turnstiles prior to park opening. The day we went, Disney's Hollywood Studios was opening at 9am. We were at the turnstiles by 8:20. It was my dad, Joey and I. We left everyone else behind at the Polynesian to get ready and have breakfast. Just after 8:30 they started letting people through the turnstiles. As we walked down Hollywood Boulevard, there was a cast member directing people to the ABC Sound Studio where the sign ups were. There were several families running to the sign up spot even though cast members were asking them not to. Funny enough we walked and arrived just behind the runners and waited in line. We were at least 20 people back when we arrived.
|Inside the ABC Sound Studio, the Padawans|
were given their Jedi Robes and lined up by
height. Parents were asked to walk next to
their padawan until they reached the stage.
After our second go round on Toy Story, we headed back to the ABC Sound Stage. Joey was given a Jedi robe and lined up with the other Padawans. The rest of the family made their way over to the stage. Once they were ready to start the Padawans walked in a line to the stage. There was a space for the parents to stand right in the front.
I was so relieved that Joey finally got to experience this. I will share his experience in a future post, but let me just say, this show was so fun and an amazing experience for Joey. He can't wait to do it again!
So if you want to get your child into Jedi Training Academy, my advice is to get to the parks early and know where the ABC Sound Studio is. There is one more way to be sure to be at the parks early enough to sign up for Jedi Training Academy. If you reserve an early breakfast time for the Disney Junior Play N Dine character breakfast at Hollywood and Vine, you will already be in the park well before anyone else and can pop over to the ABC Sound Stage to sign your child up and then head back to finish breakfast!