Show Spotlight: Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

The entrance of the Jedi Master.

The entrance of the Jedi Master.

What is Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple?

Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister face off against the Jedi Master and his apprentice.

Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister face off against the Jedi Master and his apprentice.

The newest iteration of the Jedi Training Academy was introduced as part of the Season of the Force event being celebrated at Disneyland Park in Tomorrowland and at the Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios in various locations.

Several things have changed from the original version of the show including the characters, the storyline and (in Disneyland) the registration process. Even the light sabers are now updated!

The plot of Trials of the Temple features a Jedi Master and his apprentice, in the course of teaching Jedi-wannabe younglings, who learn that fear is the greatest enemy of all and can only be overcome from within.

In this process of facing their fears, they encounter several dangerous foes.

Who are the performers?

Kylo Ren in the current version of the show.

Kylo Ren in the current version of the show.

The Jedi Master and his apprentice are joined by other Jedi who help guide the younglings in their mastery of their light sabers and facing off against the likes of Darth Vader, the Seventh Sister (from Star Wars: Rebels) and Kylo Ren.

For the first few months of this new show, Darth Maul was the final villain who appeared, but he was recently replaced by Kylo Ren.

Darth Maul fighting the Jedi apprentice in the earlier version of the show.

Darth Maul fighting the Jedi apprentice in the earlier version of the show.

When and where can I find it?

Lord Vader. Vadering.

Lord Vader. Vadering.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple runs multiple times daily in Disneyland Park’s Tomorrowland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Echo Lake.

Although in the original Jedi Training Academy at Disneyland, the participants were chosen out of the crowd at the time of the show, now the Disneyland version follows Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ lead and has the parents sign their children up starting at the beginning of the day. This means spots can go quickly, so if this is a priority for your young ones, make sure you go as early as possible in the day to sign them up!

Check your daily Entertainment Times Guide or the Disneyland or My Disney Experience apps for the schedule.

Why spotlight it?

You go, Sister!

You go, Sister!

While I quite like the addition of the Seventh Sister, plus having three characters appear that all appeal to the current generation of Star Wars fans, I find this show to be a far lesser experience than the original Jedi Training Academy in many ways.

First of all – it’s LONG and incredibly wordy. Way too much scripted material happening onstage instead of focusing on the getting the young ones involved. I really don’t care about the Jedi apprentice or her fear (and in fact I find her character rather annoying) – this experience is for the little ones and all the extra attention on the performers takes away from the ones who should properly have the focus.

I miss the Stormtroopers who are no longer part of the show – and therefore some lucky youngling no longer gets to use the Force push to shove them backwards, which was always a highlight of the experience.

I miss Darth Maul, but I understand that Kylo Ren is more relevant – and at this point more intimidating – to the young ones.

The Seventh Sister really is awesome – l do love having her there working the light saber and being all cool and battle-trained.

But overall, I find this show less compelling than the Jedi Training Academy – although I think there’s still room to get better. If it returned to its roots of being just about the younglings but gave them the three characters to battle and they dumped the plotline about the apprentice, I think it would really tighten it back up again as a show and make it more enjoyable to watch.

It will be interesting to see if after the Season of the Force (or “Star Wars Awakens” as they’re now calling it), Jedi Training changes again. But for now, it doesn’t hold as much appeal for me even with three great characters in the show.

Have you seen Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple? Do you like the new version or the original Jedi Training Academy better?

Update 10/14/17: I’ve heard the Seventh Sister may no longer be appearing in this show; it’s just Darth Vader and/or Kylo Ren.

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