If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ve most likely thought to yourself “it would be awesome to have a lightsaber.” I know I definitely have, so when I saw that I could make my own lightsaber in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, I had to do it.
If you’d like to make your own lightsaber, you’ll need to get a reservation at Savi’s Workshop, which is located in Galaxy’s Edge (Black Spire Outpost) in both Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park. This experience is very popular, so reservations are highly recommended and are available up to 60 days in advance.
In order to build a lightsaber, you will need to follow a few rules.
- Each lightsaber builder may bring along a guest who will not take part in the building process.
- Guests must be at least 5 years old in order to participate.
- Guests under the age of 7 must be accompanied by someone over the age of 14.
The current cost to build your own lightsaber is $219.99 and does not include tax. No discounts are available and payment is required when you arrive. I should note, when you make a reservation you will be asked to provide a credit card. This card will not be charged unless you do not show up or cancel less than 24 hours prior to your reservation.
Building a Lightsaber
When you reserve your time slot, you will be asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled reservation to check in. You’ll notice as you walk up to Savi’s Workshop that there is no clear signage notating what the location is. This is so the First Order is not able to identify the location.
Once you arrive, you will check in with a Cast Member and they will ask you to scan a QR code that brings you to a diagram of the available lightsaber options. Each builder will have the opportunity to construct their own custom lightsaber using the pieces provided. Prior to entering the workshop, builders will select the theme (type of lightsaber) they would like to build. Available lightsaber themes include:
- Peace and Justice: Salvaged scraps from fallen Jedi temples and crashed starships in these Republic-era designs honor the galaxy’s former guardians.
- Power and Control: Originally forged by dark side warriors, this style features rumored remnants from the Sith homeworld and abandoned temples.
- Elemental Nature: This theme embodies the Force—an energy created by all living things, like Brylark trees, Cartusion whale bones and Rancor teeth.
- Protection and Defense: Hilt materials bear mysterious motifs and inscriptions that reconnect users with the ancient wellspring of the Force.
I picked Peace and Justice when I built my lightsaber and was provided a pin to wear that notated my selection. Along with the pin, you are also given a card that identifies your build group. Once you have both of these items, you will be brought into a sectioned off area that is right outside of the entrance of the workshop. You will be held here until it is time for your build. We were brought in about 15 minutes after our reservation time.
Inside, you will be asked to stand at a spot around a circular table while Gatherers (the Cast Members who will assist you throughout the build process) prepare the materials. This is when the experience really begins, as a Gatherer will lead you through the process of building a lightsaber and explain the importance of each of the pieces you select and assemble.
First, you will be asked to select one of four kyber crystal colors – blue, red, purple or green. The Gatherer shares information about each, highlighting some of the most famous Star Wars characters who have wielded lightsabers with each kyber crystal.
I selected blue and was instructed to place it in front of me. After, you will be provided the hilt and a tray of parts to assemble your lightsaber. For each part, you will be able to select one of two options that are available in the tray. You can mix and match as much as you’d like.
Gatherers will assist you in assembling your lightsaber if needed. After you have completed the assembly, Gatherers will place your lightsaber in a special slot to the right of your building station.
The final ceremony is the highlight of the experience, as you get to see everyone’s lightsabers lit up in the darkened room. Upon exiting the workshop, you will be provided a carrying bag.
The experience from start to finish is about 30 minutes in length.
Is Savi’s Workshop Worth It?
While a hefty price tag (at $219.99 plus tax), Savi’s Workshop is one of the best experiences I have ever had at a Disney Park. The lightsaber itself is high quality and the overall “show” of the experience is exceptional.
Tips for Building Your Lightsaber
Build your lightsaber in the evening – While Galaxy’s Edge is incredible any time of the day, being able to see your lightsaber lit up in the evening can’t be beat! Be sure to stop by the PhotoPass photographers who are set up around Galaxy’s Edge for some awesome photos.
If you’re flying home, ship home your lightsaber – You can ship your lightsaber home for an additional cost (about $15-$20) by going to the Droid Depot or Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.
Grab a reservation in Oga’s Cantina after – I have to give my husband credit for this one. When I told him I was going to build a lightsaber, he said we had to get a reservation at Oga’s to complete the experience! He was right – bringing your lightsaber into Oga’s Cantina made it even more exciting!
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