Season of the Force – Everything You Need to Know

Updated May 2016

Season of the Force has arrived at Disneyland and it doesn’t disappoint on any level. I’m only mildly knowledgeable when it comes to Star Wars and I have thoroughly enjoyed everything. This new part of Disneyland can be found in Tomorrowland.

This area is very crowded and you’ll want to know what you’re going to encounter prior to visiting. After walking down Main Street and taking the right into Tomorrowland, you will immediately notice the congestion. It’s crowded! But, it’s super, super cool.

Let’s look at what Disneyland has to offer.


Hyperspace Mountain – Nothing short of amazing! This is the former Space Mountain themed now for Star Wars and the upcoming movie. It feels less scary than the normal version of Space Mountain and the effects are super cool. This is a VERY popular attraction and should be first on your list. We’ll cover strategy further into this post. Must be 40″ or taller to ride.


Here is what you can expect from the ride:


Star Tours – Redesigned for Season of the Force – The former Star Tours has been transformed into one that matches the movie. BB8 is a big part of it this round and you travel through space and down into the water, as well. The original Star Tours made me violently ill. This was milder, in my opinion. Kids will love it. Must be 40″ or taller to ride.


Here is what you can expect from the ride:

Star Wars Launch Bay 

Formerly known as Innoventions, this building has been completely transformed and it’s my favorite part of the Season of the Force. The first floor includes the Star Wars Launch Bay. The second floor is currently under renovation from what used to be the Super Hero HQ. The new version will include even more Star Wars stuff.

Here’s what you can expect:

Star Wars Launch Bay


*Character meet-n-greets with Chewbacca and Darth Vader Kylo Ren are here. These guys can be seen from 10am-8pm each day.

Chewy’s line:

Current average wait times are about 30 minutes.


A couple of photos from the meet-n-greet:



Kylo Ren’s line:

Current average wait times are about 30 minutes.


A few photos from the meet-n-greet:



There is a Star Wars themed souvenir shop, too, on this level and they will do package check for you and hold your items until the end of the day if you wish.



Also included is the cantina. It’s a cool photo op.


Randomly, Boba Fett will appear for photos. He’s awesome. The average wait time to see him is about 20-30 minutes.



In between the two character meet-n-greets, you’ll find interactive games only available at Disneyland. There are also super cool pieces on display from many of the movies:


Upon entering The Launch Bay, take an immediate right to watch a short film that will catch you up to speed on the movie franchise. I love this part. Don’t miss it.



There is also a Disney Visa Cardholder meet-n-greet with Darth Vader Kylo Ren. It’s open from 4-8pm each day and is available to Disney Visa Credit Cardholders (not Debit). You must have your driver’s license with you to confirm identity.

The line up starts here:

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Super Hero HQ

****Since April 3, 2016, Thor will no longer be seeing guests. Captain America is now available instead, along with Spider-Man, and they’re currently over in Hollywood Land in California Adventure. The top floor of this building will be dedicated to Star Wars. Check out my character post for details on Captain America and Spider-Man.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple


The Jedi Training Academy has theming to match Season of the Force. Trials of the Temple now includes a sign up registration that begins during Extra Magic Hour. Cast members will fill 1/2 of the day’s available spots during Extra Magic Hour and will leave half for those arriving at regular park opening. It is imperative that you go immediately here at park entry to ensure your child gets a spot. Most often, the entire sign up registration is full within an hour of park opening. Once it’s full, there will be no option for your child to participate.

***If possible, try for a morning without early entry privileges if you are not staying at a DLR Hotel. Magic mornings happen on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at Disneyland.

The sign up location is in Tomorrowland, on the outskirts of the Star Wars Launch Bay, closer to Autopia. See photos for reference:



When it’s your turn, your child will be asked his or her name and age from the first cast member.


Then, you’ll proceed to the second cast member, where you may choose a time to participate. You may choose from the options that are still available. If you arrive early enough, you can really plan your day well. Otherwise, you’ll have to take what is left. Upon choosing, you’ll be given a piece of paper confirming your time. Keep that. You will need it when you return at your time.


Insider tip: Once you finish registering your kids, and if it’s open, go directly in to meet characters if this is a priority for your day. We saw Chewy, Kylo Ren, Spider-Man and Thor….plus tried on Iron Man suits……all within 30 minutes of entering the Star Wars Launch Bay and Super Hero HQ building. Below, I provide other tips on Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours. Read this post thoroughly to decide what works best for your crew.

We chose 11:30am for our performance time. We were told to be there by 11:05am. When you return, go up these stairs and hang out until the cast members start to collect the kids and put robes on them.


Your kids will wait here until everyone is ready. Here is where I would have done things differently: Once kids were settled and felt comfortable in their robes, I would have taken the opportunity to get a good place for seating at the actual performance area. You’ll just be standing around at this point. (Also, a photo will be taken of your child in his or her robe and you’ll get a photo card to grab that image at a later time. This image will be included in your PhotoPass+ One Day package.)


Once the kids are all robed, cast members will tell you to go find a seat. Had I been there earlier, I would have gotten front row and settled at the center of the seating area so that I could see my kids come down the ramp and into the Jedi Training Academy arena. Instead, I was seated with this view:


You’re better off as close to that blue railing so that you can see both angles….them walking in and then on stage, too.

Kids will become part of the show and eventually battle Darth Vader or the Seventh Sister.








The final line up:


Once your Jedi finishes, he or she will return the light saber and receive this button. They LOVE this:


Depending on when the park opens, these times could change. Be sure to check your day’s Entertainment Schedule to confirm.


I highly recommend being organized and registering your kids for this fun experience. My little ones really enjoyed it!

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi


Stop in to watch this 10 minute short film that ties together past and present Star Wars and gives you a glimpse of what is to come. This is shown in the Tomorrowland Theatre from 8am to 9pm each day.

Star Wars Themed Food

Both The Galactic Grill and Red Rockett’s Pizza Port have Star Wars themed food. Plus, you can find other snacks like popcorn with Star Wars containers throughout Tomorrowland.



Walking Through Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is filled with so many fun things right now and just walking through the area is an experience. Be on the look out for Storm Troopers. They don’t stop often, but occasionally, you might get lucky enough to see a scene like this:


There are souvenirs beyond those in Star Trader and they’re all pretty awesome.



Because this new ‘season’ is so popular, the attractions are crowded and you’ll be better off with a plan. Take a look at my advice.

*Arrive an hour early to park opening and do one of two things upon entry:

  1. Take the family immediately to Hyperspace Mountain if you have any interest in riding this. Forget about FASTPASSES and get in line to ride standby. (This is your best bet. While I almost never suggest riding standby, this will allow you to enjoy the attraction and then pull FASTPASSES for Star Tours.)
  2. Select one person from your group to ditch the family and take everyone’s scanned theme park tickets to the FASTPASS distribution point to pull FASTPASSES for Hyperspace Mountain. FASTPASSES are not available for Extra Magic Hour or Magic Mornings, so they will not be passed out until official park opening. Be warned, however: If you choose this route, you might not be able to enjoy the attraction until later that day. On my recent visit, I went directly to pull a FASTPASS and was given an 8:50pm return time! If you get a return time like this, you should be able to pull another FASTPASS in the park two hours after you pulled those for Hyperspace Mountain.

*Once you either ride Hyperspace Mountain or pull FASTPASSES for it, proceed on with your other FASTPASS selections. Buzz Lightyear is also in Tomorrowland and this FASTPASS is disconnected, meaning you can pull it and others. More on FASTPASSES in a previous post.

*Star Tours is also a very popular ride here. Although you may be tempted to pull these FASTPASSES en route to Hyperspace Mountain, don’t do it. Every minute you spend getting to Hyperspace Mountain will result in a longer wait time. Ride Hyperspace and then once you are finished, then go pull Star Tours. You’ll still get a FASTPASS for later in the day, but you’ll have both of the major attractions covered this way.

*While waiting for one or both of the big attractions, enjoy the Star Wars Launch Bay, Path of the Jedi and other Season of the Force options. Character meet-n-greets get more crowded as the day progresses, so enjoy those early if you can.

*Slow down and take a deep breath. There’s a great energy to this part of the park right now and I want you to enjoy it. Try to tolerate the crowds and instead focus on the fun. Little kids are LOVING this area as much as adults right now. It’s really fun to see.

*If you’re considering wearing a costume of any sort, be sure to review Disneyland’s specific guidelines for Season of the Force:

All Guests—including adults—may dress in their favorite Star Wars costume and must follow at least these guidelines.

Costumes Should

  • Be child-friendly

Costumes Should Not

  • Be obstructive, offensive or violent
  • Drag on the ground
  • Contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest
  • Contain any weapons which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon


  • Masks may be worn, but they must not obstruct vision and eyes must be visible at all times

Know Before You Go

  • Please be sure costumes meet these guidelines
  • If a costume cannot be modified, a Guest may be refused entry
  • Guests who dress like Star Wars Characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs

I’ll be updating this post as things change – including the strategy for attractions and other important details. Leave me a comment if you have any questions.

Enjoy it all!

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  1. Can we only sign up for Jedi training in the morning? We’re headed to the Halloween party tomorrow, but just doing the party. My 5 year old would LOVE it! Thanks so much

  2. When we go to Disney in Nov, my daughter will be 2.5 yo and I’ll be 5.5 months pregnant. Is there anything we can do in Season of the Force? She’s scared of characters right now, too young for the training camp, and it looks like she’s too short for the rides. My husband and I do love Star Wars though and our daughter will wear her Rey costume.

    • There’s a lot to do and see just by walking around. The Launch Bay itself (where Chewy and Kylo Ren can be seen) has video games to play, a short movie about the history of Star Wars, costumes and props from the movies, etc. You could dine at Galactic Grill, which is a counter service restaurant that serves Star Wars themed food. You could really just walk the area and maybe get lucky and run into a Storm Trooper or two. Check out this post, too, for how to bring your baby to Disneyland and how to enjoy it while you’re expecting:

  3. Hi Casey,

    We are planning our first trip to Disneyland with our 3 year old (it is my first as well) and we are going just for Disneyland! I am loving your site on how to make the most out of the trip for a toddler. I am looking at the tour plans and I do not see a place for Star Wars. Where would you incorporate this into our day? We are thinking that we will do 2 days at Disney Land and 1 day at California Adventure.

  4. Jedi training is a priority for our upcoming trip, we are staying at DL Hotel, and will be there for EMH. Just wondering about the monorail into Tomorrowland – will that be open during EMH? If so, would you recommend riding that from Downtown Disney to Tomorrowland in order to minimize walking time to sign up for Jedi training?

  5. Hi! My little girl is 3 and a half, but looks older… do you think they’ll let her register for Jedi training? She would be so disappointed if her big brother gets to participate but she doesn’t! Do they ask for some sort of proof of age or how does it work? Thanks! 🙂

    • Hi, Ale.

      Proof of age is not required, but she will be asked a series of questions to ensure she’s ok with being on stage. The park tries to avoid any panic situations by allowing children age 4 and up participate.

  6. Hi Casey! Will the Jedi training sign up still happen in October? Last year my son wasn’t chosen and had an epic meltdown. I’m hoping this new sign up process will smooth the way this year.

  7. Thank you for all of this information! Our #1 at Disneyland is for both boys to do Jedi Training (oldest did it last time and youngest now has to), Star Tours, and I would like a family pic with Chewbacca. If we 1st sign up for Jedi Training during magic morning, do you think we should head to Chewbacca at Launch Bay next? I’ve heard his line gets long and would love to get this done in magic morning if possible. I can’t find his character hours. I’m not too worried about Star Tours line, but we would run over there before Launch Bay if it doesn’t open until regular hours. Thank you!

  8. What’s the typical age range for the Jedi Training? My son is 4 and obsessed with Star Wars, but I don’t know if he would be too young. Thanks for the help!!

  9. Thanks Casey for great info! I am a single mom and trying to plan a trip in a few weeks. It will be just me and my 10 year old son. Kinda difficult to be quick on getting FP. Do you recommend hopper tickets or one park per day. I am planning our trip for 2 days.

  10. Hi Casey, your site is GREAT, I’m trying to soak it all in pretty quickly for our first trip!
    If we are staying at a Disney hotel and go on a morning that we can get in an hour early, do you recommend we sign up for Jedi Training and then go straight to Hyperspace Mountain and pull a FASTPASS or do standby? Or is there a different order?
    Thank you!

    • Hi, Christina.

      If you have two adults, I would send one to grab Hyperspace FASTPASSES while the other stands in line (with all kids wanting to participate) to register for Jedi Training. If there is only one adult, go to Jedi registration first and then get FASTPASSES for Hyperspace after.

      The standby line builds quickly. I wouldn’t recommend using it. Always go for FASTPASSES. Enjoy it all!

  11. Hi Casey,
    thanks for all of the work you put into your site! I’ve used so many of your articles to plan our Disney trips and sent articles to friends who were going as well! We’re planning to go to CA Adventure in the next few weeks, but won’t be going to Disneyland. I know Star Trader in Disneyland is the main place to shop for Star Wars paraphernalia, but is there anywhere in Downtown Disney or CA Adventure where I can find Star Wars items as well? Thank you!

    • Thank you, Adrianne! Gone Hollywood off of Hollywood Blvd has a lot of Star Wars gear. Five and Dime on Buena Vista Street does, too. World of Disney in Downtown Disney has plenty, too. You won’t miss much!

  12. What time does Boba Fett usually start meeting and what time does the Stormtroopers usually come out? Also, is there any chance of meeting Darth Vadar?

    • Hi there! Boba Fett and the Storm Troopers come out at varying times, but neither have set schedules. Some days, they are our often and others, rarely. No way to tell, unfortunately. Darth Vader can often be seen at Jedi training, but he’s not currently at a meet-n-greet.

  13. Hello love your blog !!! My husband, two year old girl, grandpa and me are going to the parks July 15 and 16. The plan is to ride first my husband and I while grandpa is with granddaughter and then use sigle rider lines for grandpa but in FP rides I notice that they say “return anytime between 2:30 and 3:30 pm” can be get the FP together and use them in that hour? for example parents riding first and then grandpa during that same hour.
    Any advice and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

  14. I noticed in your article that they now allow you to sign your kids up for the Jedi training during the Magic Hour. So, would you go straight there for Magic Hour and then do the other activities?

  15. So would you recommend going to Tomorrowland over Fantasyland first thing in a.m.? Is it more advantageous to get a FP to Star Tours over Indiana Jones?

  16. Can we sign up for Jedi training first thing on a Magic Morning? Or do we have to wait until regular park opening hours? I want my kids to be able to do this, so plan to go there very first on our Magic Morning day, but don’t want to waste precious morning time going there if they won’t take names until regular opening time.

    • They won’t allow you to sign up prior to official park opening. But you can line up during magic morning. I include lots of details on where to go and how the sign up works in this post. Definitely pay attention to the line as it is forming, but you can spend your hour doing more productive things. Let me know if you have any more questions!

  17. Hi Casey,
    After riding Hyper Space pilling Star Tours and signing up for Jedi training on a Magic Morning what fast passes would you suggest to pull next. I was going to follow your Disney for the entire family chart but it doesn’t follow this itinerary

    • Hey there. I didn’t include Season of the Force because it’s temporary. You won’t be able to pull any other FASTPASSES because you pulled Star Tours. The only option left is Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, which is disconnected. So definitely grab that one!

  18. I’m very new to all of this and I’ve been trying to do my research!

    We get to do the early morning so we’re planning on going straight to Tomorrowland. Is Hyperspace mountain available to ride early? I’m finding it difficult to find info on what open during the magic mornings.

    We can’t sign up for Jedi training until the regular park hours, correct? My plan is to attempt to ride Hyperspace Mt and whatever else we have time to enjoy before hurrying to sign up for Jedi training. Does that sound reasonable?

  19. Love all the info!! We are first-timers coming in March and are SO excited!! Do you know, can you sign up for Jedi training during magic morning? If we are there with the extra hour should we ride Hyperspace Mountain and then go to sign up for Jedi training, or just get that done first no matter what? We will be there with two kids, 5 and 7, should we divide and conquer a bit? One parent wait in line and the other pull fastpasses/visit the launch area? Are characters out during the magic morning?

    • Characters should be out, but Jedi training does not register until official park opening. And all kids have to be present for the registration. I would go straight to Hyperspace Mountain, ride it, try to grab FASTPASSES for Star Tours, but be checking the line for registration. It will start building during magic hour. No need to stand there the entire time. But get there before the end of the hour.

  20. Hi Casey!
    This is one of our top picks for our trip coming up! Question for you; Should we sign the kiddos up for Jedi training first thing, and THEN head to HyperSpace?
    Or sign them up after riding? Would hate to miss the JEdi Training if it fills so quickly! Thanks!

  21. I’m incredibly bummed that we will be going in October and hat Seaon of the Force will be done. Any guesses on what parts will stay and/or what will replace it when October comes around?

  22. Do you know if there are any special passes/surprises like they had during the 50th anniversary? I remember bonus fast passes you could “win” that were good all day on all FP rides. Just curious if the 60th had anything similar.

  23. Yay!! Thanks so much for all the great info 🙂 we will be there next week and I am so excited to see the build up before the movie premier. I will be such the amazing mom armed with all the inside knowledge once my kiddos find out we are going to Disney!

  24. Perfect timing on this one, Casey! My kids are going to be soooo excited this week, and now we know what to expect! Thank you!!!

    • Thanks Casey! Great article. I’d add that for Star Tours during this time, Disney has added a new scene from the upcoming Force Awakens movie. Everyone gets to see it. Lots of fun — I like this new “season.” 🙂