Thursday, April 24, 2014

How To Sign Up for Jedi Training Academy in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Joey was awfully smiley for a Padawan about to face
Darth Vader! Here the Padawans waited before
heading up to the stage.
In 2011, there was just one thing on Joey's "must do" list for that trip.  He just HAD to experience the Jedi Training Academy at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Unfortunately, I was not prepared for just how the system worked and Joey did not get into one of the shows the last day we were in Walt Disney World.  I had some serious mom guilt, since Joey rarely asks to do anything and just enjoys being in Disney.  So my mission for our following trip was to get myself together, make a plan and get Joey into the Jedi Training Academy.

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.