|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.