The number one thing Elias wanted to do at Disneyland was the Jedi Training Academy. This is a special show in Tomorrowland where about two dozen kids are selected to learn how to become Padawans. (The Jedi Training Academy is at both Disneyland and Disney World.)
The timing worked out that it was one of the first things we did when we arrived to Disneyland, and it was a magical way to start our adventure – especially because Elias was selected to be part of the training. It was really neat for Elias – and Matthew and I both teared up for him.
I know. I know. ☺
There is no formal seating for the Jedi training academy, which lasts about 20 minutes. You just sit on the ground in a half circle around the stage. The academy has several Jedi trainers and a Jedi Master that take the kids through a practice exercise with their light sabers.
Here are a few tips we followed to better Elias’s chances of being selected when we attended the show. We were so thankful he was selected at the show we attended. I have friends who went to several shows before their child was selected.
Tip #1: Arrive early. We arrived 15 minutes before the 11:35 training and were able to find a spot in the front row.
Tip #2: Sit in the front row. This will ensure the Jedi Master who selects the children will see your child.
Tip #3: Wear something Star Wars. We brought a Star Wars t-shirt for Elias to wear and slipped it on over his tshirt before the Jedi Training Academy. Every child who was wearing Star Wars apparel was selected. Several kids had light sabers with them and one was wearing a full costume.
Tip #4: Be energetic: The kids who were selected jumped, yelled, waved their hands, etc. Elias was so cute jumping and yelling pick me, pick me.
Has proven to be worthy of training to become a Jedi, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy. The bearer of this honor is now a padawan, a student devoted to the anxiety training of the Jedi Knights.
From this day forth, remember a Jedi uses the force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.
The force be with you always.
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