Behind the Scenes at the Jedi Training Academy

24 Jan

StarWars.com has an interview this week with Mark Renfrow, Show Director/Writer of the Jedi Training Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Since 1977, fans have dreamed of visiting a galaxy far, far away and learning the ways of the Jedi. Many have gone to extreme lengths, from building their own lightsabers, costumes, and robes to creating their own “character” and back-story, but none have come close to true Force powers… And those are just the adults. What about the children? How can they learn to be real Jedi?

Kids are great at using their imaginations which is the heart of the Star Wars universe. But sometimes you really want your fantasy to become reality. So what better place than Disney World?

Jedi Training Academy is an interactive experience that began as a part of Walt Disney World’s Star Wars Weekends. It’s part show, part experience and in the tradition of Disney, magical.

Can I go there now, pleeeeeeeeze? I’ve been good all week, I swear.

I’m traveling on business this week, in Northern California, just about 6 hours’ drive from Anaheim. There are Disneyland brochures in the lobby, tempting me, taunting me. No fair.

4 Responses to “Behind the Scenes at the Jedi Training Academy”

  1. Biblioadonis aka George January 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm #

    Here’s the plan.

    MouseFest 2008.

    We get Lou Mongello to distract the Jedi Trainers and we bound onto the stage…steal the lightsabers and take on Vader. We can do it like Obi-Wan and Anakin when they face Count Dooku! Let’s go in slow….

  2. Matt January 25, 2008 at 11:20 am #

    Great find on the article!

  3. mother looking for sww help February 12, 2008 at 11:52 am #

    we will be at sww june 13 my 10 year old son is autistic and does not do well with crowds how can i make this a fun time he is a die hard star wars fan and talks only about jedi trainning

  4. Delaney June 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    I like star wars

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