Today we have some news that is a really big bummer to report. The Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple at Disneyland is now closing down. We’ve heard rumors about hiring for the new Star Wars themed land Galaxy’s Edge and a “test” on knowledge of the Star Wars universe for potential cast members. Hopefully the team at Trials of the Temple is brought over to Galaxy’s Edge and integrated into the new shows and experiences that land will have to offer.
Since my and wife and I started our family, we always wanted to bring our kids to the Jedi Training event near Star Tours. We usually would watch the show with our three and four year olds while they had lunch at the Star Wars themed eatery. Luke Danger who is four is still has a little stage frightened and Penny Rebel is still too small. We used to tell him we’d buy them the Jedi robes at the Star Trader after they went to Jedi school. I’m bummed that we have less than a month to see if they can maybe try it, but we don’t like forcing them to try things so it seems unlikely.
The cast members in that area were always really nice and seemed to enjoy their time with the children. Those are real people and it is really unfortunate that they have lost their jobs. We hope Disneyland can save their jobs and allow some of these cast members that have been doing this Star Wars gig for over a decade can continue to do so moving forward with so many obvious opportunities coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
A friend was given this message which was passed onto me this morning with their permission:
It was always somewhat obvious that Star Wars in Tomorrowland was going to change and shift moving forward and we could only guess in which ways. With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge having a very strict continuity and the rumor the park will have “seasons” which start after Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it seemed like Tomorrowland would be the place to experience characters that do not fit into the sequel trilogy era. The Jedi Training show allowed kids to fight against evil with both Darth Vader and Kylo Ren at the same time. Darth Vader isn’t around at the time of The Last Jedi so that afforded kids that opportunity.
Our best wishes go out to the people that are losing their jobs from the Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Hopefully new opportunities come their way. They made a lot of people really happy over the years and made a lot of Star Wars fans childhood’s a little more special.
Remember, if you do wish to somehow let Disneyland know your concerns, do so respectfully. The person your sharing your concerns to is an employee just like the people at the Jedi Training show. The best thing you can do is let them know how much you as a fan valued that team and how you wish to see them continue their employment as cast members inside Galaxy’s Edge or Disney Parks.