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When you visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you will find that two of the most popular attractions are Oga’s Cantina and the custom lightsabers at Savi’s Workshop. If you are a big Star Wars fan, making your own custom lightsaber will probably be high on your to do list. The custom lightsaber building is an experience as well as a souvenir and it comes with a high price tag. The cost is $199 and there are no annual pass discounts.
If you want to ensure you get a spot in one of the lightsaber workshops I highly recommend booking a reservation, you can now book reservations for Savi’s Workshop up to 14 days in advance. In the future, Savi’s Workshop will go to the usual 60 days in advance Disney reservation system. You can also check if there are any opening first thing in the morning the day you visit Disneyland. You must first have a Disneyland.com account. Once you’re logged in to your account, you should easily find where to make a reservation. If same-day reservations are available, they will be posted at 7 am PT that day. If you decide to make a reservation, it will require a credit card deposit.
Now that we’ve got the scary stuff out of the way (the price), let’s talk about the experience, because it is pretty amazing. We attended Savi’s Workshop opening weekend and there was not a lot of information out at the time about the experience and there are things we wish we would have know prior to visiting Galaxy’s Edge.
The cast members act as if they really are from a galaxy far far away. They are playing a role and some of them play it a little too well. We missed the first workshop because when we enquired about where we go to make lightsabers, they told us they had no idea what we were talking about and that they only sell “scrap metal”. By the time we figured out that “scrap metal” was actually the lightsabers, the workshop was booked. We were fortunate to have found an opening later in the day and jumped at the chance to buy some “scrap metal”.
Because lightsabers are not allowed by The First Order, Savi’s Workshop is unmarked, there is not a huge flashing sign that says “Make your lightsaber here”. You will want to look for the building with the blue banner. And don’t get caught saying the “L” word, you might get in trouble!
Once you get in line to pay for your “scrap metal” you will be given four options to choose from and each option has a different style hilt. This is something that is handy to know ahead of time, you can check out the different options ahead of time so you’ll know exactly which one you want to make. We felt a little rushed choosing our lightsaber because things were so busy (no regrets though, we are super happy with our choice). Here is peek at the four different styles. You will not use all of the pieces in each collection, they give you a couple different options so you can truly customize your lightsaber.
Peace and Justice
Protection and Defense
Power and Control
These pieces are not made of flimsy plastic, they are made of metal and have some really nice weight to them.
Once you’ve chosen your design, you will be given a pin that coordinates with your design choice and a color coded card that will assign you to a certain group. We were part of the orange group and we chose the Elemental Nature design. Each person that is building a lightsaber is allowed to bring two people in with them to witness the event.
Everything in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is interactive. While we were waiting to make our lightsabers we were visited by Kylo Ren and a couple of Stormtroopers. They questioned people about what they were doing and of course we all had to pretend that we were only interested in buying scrap metal. This land is totally immersive, it’s truly amazing.
Once we were ushered into the workshop area, everyone was put at a station where we received a brief introduction to the lightsaber.
They shared the different colored Kyber crystals and who owns lightsabers with those colors (example: Yoda has a lightsaber with a green Kyber crystal).
We then had the chance to choose our own Kyber crystal. You can choose from blue, red, green and purple. You can also purchase additional Kyber crystals in Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.
Your Kyber crystal is placed in front of your building station and then the fun begins.
There are several people there to assist with the building process if you get stuck on any of the steps, but it really isn’t too hard to understand.
Here is my husband’s finished hilt using pieces from the Elemental Nature lightsabers kit. It’s a lot of fun customizing and trying out the different options. The pieces in the tray are leftover pieces that he didn’t use.
Once everyone has constructed their lightsaber hilts, they are attached into the the lightsaber area that is connected to the tables.
This is one of the most magical parts…all of the lightsabers light up and are revealed at the same time. It seriously gave me chills, but I am a Star Wars nerd who grew up in the 80’s, so your experience may be different.
At the end everyone raises their lightsabers! More chills! The whole experience was so cool, I would highly recommend it. The lightsaber also has realistic sound effects.
Lastly, you are given a padded bag to carry and protect your lightsaber. I love that the bag was included in the price and not another added expense. For the $199 price tag it totally makes sense that the bag is included, but Disney is known to charge extra here and there for things. Here are a couple things to think about when you make a custom lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop:
- You will have to carry the lightsaber with you all day, so if that is a concern make plans to take it back to your hotel room or maybe book a spot towards the end of the day. It won’t be easy to go on attractions like Space Mountain with the big lightsaber.
- We didn’t have any problem traveling home with the lightsaber. We made it through security without a problem. When we boarded the plane, we simply put the lightsaber at the very back of one of the overhead bins. It wasn’t a problem at all (we flew on Alaska Airlines). I can’t guarantee that everyone will have the same experience, but it is possible to fly home with the lightsaber.
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