Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is host to some truly unique experiences, especially for anyone who is a fan of anything considered canon in the Star Wars universe. For such fans, the “planet” of Batuu is conveniently located in both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. Right in the heart of the Black Spire Outpost is Savi’s Workshop, where you can take one of your first steps towards being one with the force by building a lightsaber.
If you’re considering building your very own lightsaber in Savi’s, we’ll give you the details you need to know ahead of time, as well as our 10¢ on whether the experience is worth the cost. So, without further ado, our Savi’s Workshop Review!
Savi’s Workshop is a hush-hush place where guests can build their own “scrap metal”, though from this point on, we’ll only call them lightsabers. In keeping with the outposts immersive experience, Cast Members throughout Galaxy’s Edge will refer to lightsabers as “scrap metal” or something similar. Because the First Order will quash any mention of the Jedi, the inhabitants of Batuu know to speak in code (albeit a fairly obvious code). If you ask where you can build a lightsaber, don’t be surprised if you get a slightly cryptic answer.
Building a lightsaber involves a number of steps, but I’ll start by saying this is more than just a building tutorial…it’s an experience. Not only are you getting to build a lightsaber, but you’re also going to participate in a really well-designed experience that will elevate your immersion in the story around you. That’s the whole point of Galaxy’s Edge – immersion in a story that takes over the entire land.
Speaking of the experience, let’s not dance around the fact that building a lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop will cost you $199.99 USD plus tax. There’s no denying that this makes it one of the more expensive souvenirs you can purchase at a Disney Park. I’ll reiterate that you’re not just paying for a lightsaber, you’re also paying for an experience as well, which is why the price is fairly high.
While there is a possibility of walking up to Savi’s Workshop and requesting a spot to build a lightsaber, I would always recommend making a reservation ahead of time. This way, you know you’ll have a guaranteed spot and you can select the time that suits your schedule. Walk-ups are first-come, first-served, but if the session is full, you’ll have to come back or wait for another time slot.
Reservations can be made online, or through the My Disney Experience app (which will currently direct you to the mobile Disney site). Select a day and time that work best for you and then use a credit card to guarantee your spot. Your card would only be charged in the event of a no-show. If you need to cancel your reservation, you must do so at least one day prior to your reservation to avoid a per builder cancellation fee. If you fail to cancel and you are a no-show, the credit card will be charged the full $199.99 USD amount. That’s an expensive mistake so make sure you remember your details.
Once you have made your reservation, it should show up in your My Disney Experience plans.
Savi’s Workshop is a fairly small space. You are immersed in an experience and story that is intentionally intimate so you personally feel more invested in what you’re doing. To limit the crowd inside, Disney has imposed a one guest per builder limit. You don’t have to experience Savi’s alone, but you also can’t bring your entire group with you if only one of you is building a lightsaber. The guest of the builder will not be able to also build a lightsaber when accompanying the builder.
At least one person in the party must be 14 years old or older and Disney recommends that all guests should be 5 or older.
When you enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, take the time to get to know your way around. Find Savi’s Workshop ahead of time so you aren’t scrambling to find it when your reservation is imminent. It’s recommended that guests check in no earlier than 15 minutes prior to their reservation time at the check-in location out front (it’s hard to miss…it’s a fairly large counter).
While Disney hasn’t been checking lately, they do request that you carry your confirmation (e-mail or on the app), photo ID and the credit card you used to book the reservation. They just want to make sure that the person who booked the reservation is the one showing up to the experience.
The most important part of the check-in process involves selecting the theme for your parts. When you arrive, you’ll be given a sheet that shows you the 4 different themes of parts for you to work with inside Savi’s Workshop. It’s essentially a menu for you to browse ahead of time. The four themes are:
- Peace and Justice – Think traditional Jedi
- Power and Control – Definitely embodies the Dark side
- Elemental Nature – Has a more natural feel
- Protection and Defense – Portrays a more ancient use of the Force
You’ll have some time to decide which set of themed parts you’d like to choose from inside, but once you’ve made your choice, you head up to the counter to pay for your lightsaber (it’s really happening now) and tell them which theme you have chosen. You’ll receive a pin that identifies your selection to the Gatherers inside.
**Spoiler Warning** If you don’t want to spoil anything about the experience at all, skip down to our 10¢ for our verdict. Otherwise, while I won’t give everything away, it’ll spoil some of the details. Personally, apart from looking at the themes for the parts ahead of time, I didn’t want to know anything about the Savi’s Workshop experience so I could see it with fresh eyes and be surprised by it all.
When you walk inside, you’ll be placed around the outside of a large oval workspace. Every builder will have their own workstation to build upon. Savi’s Gatherers (Cast Members) are the ones who have collected parts for you from the far reaches of the galaxy. They are also the ones who will help you construct your lightsaber and guide you through the process.
Based on your theme selection, the Gatherers will place a box of parts in front of you. The box contains:
- 1 hilt
- 4 sleeves (you’ll pick 2)
- 2 emitters (you’ll pick 1)
- 2 pommel caps (you’ll pick 1)
- 2 sets of activation plates and switches (you’ll pick 1 set)
This is part of the fun in your experience as you still have choices to make once you’re inside. Which pieces look the best together? You may have an idea already in your head, but even I made game-time decisions based on actually holding the pieces in front of me.
Your building experience begins with one Gatherer welcoming you and introducing you to the lore around lightsabers. It’s engaging, methodical and has a serious tone. This particular Gatherer will act as your main guide through the experience and has a presence that really sets the mood for the room. The rest of the Gatherers are there to aid you on your journey.
After a brief lesson in Jedi history and the ways of the Force, Gatherers will help you select a kyber crystal for your lightsaber. The crystal is what gives your saber its colour. Don’t worry if you can’t make up your mind here, as there are other colours you can purchase from Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities to swap inside your lightsaber.
Step by step, you are told the purpose of each piece of the lightsaber. There are a number of choices to be made here, but as you choose each piece, you are instructed to add it to your hilt. Once all the pieces have been selected, it’s time to attach the hilts to pods where your lightsaber will activate for the first time. The Gatherers are there to help attach the hilts to make sure they are properly connected and then you’re set for the big reveal.
Once all hilts have been connected to their respective pods, you will activate the lightsaber for the very first time, seeing the colour of your kyber crystal shine brightly until the housing opens up and you see your blade. Lifting it up in unison and holding them high, the newly created lightsabers are ready for you as you take your first step in the ways of the Force.
This moment is the wow-factor of your entire journey. It’s great to build your lightsaber but it’s so much more when you give it some importance.
For me, when the lights dimmed and I held my newly-crafted lightsaber as the music swells, it brought me back to my childhood and the awe I experienced seeing Star Wars for the first time. I didn’t expect to be so caught up in the nostalgia, but I didn’t fight it once I was heading in that direction. The best part is…it doesn’t really seem to matter what age you are. Savi’s Workshop was equally engaging whether it was a young child who was just learning about the Force for the first time, or an adult reconnecting with their youth.
When you look at it from a distance, you can say that Savi’s Workshop is just a place to make a toy lightsaber and guests both young and old seem to have a good time. I’d argue, however, that it’s much more than that. The story that Disney has crafted around this experience is so unique. It’s easy to be swept up in what you are doing to the point where it feels important…it feels real. The Gatherers really make this experience. They believe in what they are doing, so it frees you up to feel the same. The room really comes alive over the course of this 20 to 25-minute story. The lighting, the soundtrack and a couple of surprises along the way truly make this one of the most engaging experiences I’ve ever had at Disney.
That being said, I happen to be a big Star Wars fan. Would everyone get the same enjoyment that I would? I guess that depends on your ability to suspend your disbelief and throw yourself into the world and story around you. Lauren was my guest, and she enjoyed the experience overall, but admitted that she didn’t get the same feeling that I did. I’d likely attribute that to the fact that she wasn’t actually building a lightsaber alongside the rest of us in the room.
The biggest question here…is it worth it? Is building a lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop worth the roughly $200 USD price tag? I’ll be brief (after this overly in-depth review). Yes, Savi’s Workshop was worth every penny for the memories I made while making my own lightsaber. Would I build another one? Not at the moment. I’m happy with the fact that this may be my once-in-a-lifetime experience at Savi’s Workshop, unless there are major changes and they have new designs and experiences to draw me back. Savi’s was absolutely worth the money for this one time and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who wants to experience their own nostalgia with fresh eyes. It’s not something I may ever need to do again, but I’m so glad I did it this one time!
Have you built a lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop? Are you planning on trying it? Let us know about your experiences in the comments below. As always, we love to hear from you!