Jedi Academy to Replace Endor Village?

5 Jul

Bittersweet news for Star Wars fans . . . reports that:

Disney has filed plans with the Orange County Comptroller’s Office to begin construction on a permanent stage for Jedi Training Academy. According to the plans, the stage will be built where the Endor village currently is.

I’m stoked about the Jedi Training Academy becoming a permanent feature at Disney-MGM Studios, rather than just a special event during Star Wars Weekends. But man I love that Endor village, especially in the evenings where you can hear the little dudes celebrating.

Big hat tip to MouseExtra, not just for bringing my attention to’s posting in the first place, but also for being a big freakin’ Star Wars geek (yay!):

The description of the project offered within the official files is “to design, engineer, construct, and install an outdoor stage reminiscent of the Imperial Bunker on Endor from Star Wars”. Not withstanding the fact that the bunker was in Return of the Jedi and not Star Wars [emphasis mine], we can only assume that such a stage must be for the Academy, although in the file I read there is not mention of the Academy.

10 Responses to “Jedi Academy to Replace Endor Village?”

  1. Matt July 5, 2007 at 9:27 am #

    Star Wars geeks, unite!

  2. Thomas July 5, 2007 at 9:41 am #

    No, you are not SW geeks. The Imperial Bunker was in Star Wars … Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. What he said was true …. from a certain point of view!

    But the Jedi Academy will be very cool!

  3. Kitty-chan July 5, 2007 at 10:14 am #

    Ah, I sense a great disturbance in the Force, a resurgence of the epic battle between those who will call all movies in the Star Wars franchise “Star Wars,” and those aged geeks for whom there is only one Star Wars, and never shall it be called A New Hope. 😉 (Y’all certainly know which camp I’m in, cranky old broad that I am.)

    And hey Matt, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! is a great site, and of course I totally love your WDW Today podcast! The only podcast brave enough to discuss the darker side of Narcoose’s, and also the providers of my most-excellent Scopa Towers t-shirt!

  4. Matt July 5, 2007 at 1:39 pm #

    Glad to be here and thanks for the kind compliments. Someone has to investigate Narcoosees, may as well be us (even if it is 2 table service credits).

  5. Thomas July 5, 2007 at 3:48 pm #

    Great, this is turning into a Matt-fest like all the Lou-fests…

    “Matt, Matt, oh we love you Matt!”

    And I’m plenty old and cranky too! But if The Maker (aka George Lucas) calls it Episode IV: A New Hope, then that’s what it is! 😉

  6. Kitty-chan July 5, 2007 at 8:34 pm #

    Bah, that old man Lucas? Last I heard the guy was saying Greedo shot first . . . . don’t think I can trust him anymore.

  7. Thomas July 7, 2007 at 9:30 am #

    Hey, it’s his sandbox, we just get to play in it. And besides, Han and Greedo shot at the same time. 😉

  8. sktch October 9, 2007 at 1:15 am #

    yes, we are installing a jedi training achademy at MGM, but I do not belive that they are replacing the endor ewok village scene, but I suspect will be placed against the building where the SW Weekends stage is usually built enhancing the scene already there, seeing as I had just totally rehabed the entire ATAT walker just two years ago. That is ALOT of $$$$ they would be throwing down the toilet if they were to replace the scene and trust me, disney doesnt do that often.

  9. Kitty-chan October 9, 2007 at 4:28 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by and posting, sktch . . . I did notice over the summer that it didn’t look like the ewok village was going away anytime soon, given the placement of the construction walls.

    I ❤ ewok village!


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