VIDEO and REVIEW: Build Your Own Lightsaber Experience in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

When I was young, and I began to appreciate Star Wars for what it was, I wanted to be able to create my own adventure in the Star Wars universe. Face off against the dark side (or Resistance), enjoy the delicacies in the universe, and of course have my very own lightsaber! Thanks to Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, you can now live your own Star Wars adventure AND make your very own lightsaber inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge now open at the Disneyland Resort and opening August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

Savi's Workshop at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Exterior of Savi’s Workshop at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland, photo by Dave Parfitt

Now that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open in Disneyland, visitors to the Black Spire Outpost can find Savi’s Workshop where they can build their very own custom-built lightsaber. However, you will not find a big sign saying you can build your own lightsaber here because the First Order has landed in Black Spire Outpost, and the Gatherers of Savi’s shop have gone into hiding. Before entering the workshop, you need to pay 200 credits ($200 plus tax) in order to enter. There are no discounts available to Annual Passholders or others. At this point, the builder will also decide what theme to go with for the design. The themes are as follows:

  • 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.
Savi's Workshop at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Lightsaber materials scavenged by collectors in Savi’s Workshop at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland, photo by Dave Parfitt

I, being a fan of the Sith, had to go for Power and Control. Once that decision has been made, you (eventually) head into the workshop.

Inside, the Gatherers explain why you’re here, tell the origins of the lightsaber, and illuminate the kyber crystal – the mysterious material used to ignite the lightsaber blade color. You can choose between blue, green, purple, or red. If you end up wanting a different (or additional) crystal after your experience, you can purchase more in the nearby Dok-Ondar Den of Antiquities. Next, its time to create your hilt based on theme you chose earlier. You’ll take your kyber crystal, and place it into the hilt’s center core (which can be very challenging.)

Savi's Workshop at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Careful placement of the Kyber Crystal in your lightsaber hilt, photo by Dave Parfitt

Once you’ve assembled your lightsaber hilt, the Gatherers place them into the “crystal stabilization” chamber. Before, the final step, you are greeted by a familiar voice. I won’t spoil who it is here (but if you are eager please feel to watch the full video of the experience below.)

Savi's Workshop at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

A collector inspects lightsaber and presents the finished product to you, photo by Dave Parfitt

Finally, it is time! Ignite your lightsaber and see what you have created. While some may find this overall experience to be boring, quick, and expensive, I found (as a Star Wars nerd) this to be the most memorable and emotional experience I will ever have on the planet of Battu. The lightsaber itself is extremely high end in terms of material and very durable. This is NOT the same material used in the build your own lightsaber at the gift shops elsewhere in the parks. This is heavy, durable, and metal! You get exactly what you are paying for!

Savi's Workshop at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Finished lightsaber ignites, photo by Dave Parfitt

Savi’s Lightsaber shop is definitely an experience I will treasure forever! Below you’ll find video of the full experience. When I went, I was unable to film, however they allowed us to film when I went back to Galaxy’s Edge with a friend!

Savi's Workshop at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

A collector guides you through the lightsaber experience in Savi’s Workshop, photo by Dave Parfitt

DISCLAIMER: Matt Dobrovolsky is a Cast Member for the Walt Disney World Resort, however any opinions expressed in this article are that of his and not of The Walt Disney Company. Lightsaber was purchased by the author with no additional compensation from the Walt Disney Company.

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About Matt Dobrovolsky

Matt is an avid theme park lover and has been going to Disney World since the age of three. Matt was known as the "Disney Geek" all throughout school and in 2013 he moved to Orlando, Florida to finish his Hospitality Management degree at University of Central Florida- Rosen College of Hospitality Mgmt. During his time at Rosen, Matt got the opportunity to work for Disney Legend Ron Logan who is now a professor at UCF. Matt has been working for Disney since 2010 at the Disney Store in Paramus, NJ and was a participant of the Disney College Program in Spring 2011. In 2014, he began his career with The Walt Disney World Resort on the Fastpass+ Team at Magic Kingdom and since then has worked at many attractions including Mission Space, Test Track and was part of the opening team for Star Wars Launch Bay at Hollywood Studios. Matt currently works at Star Tours at Hollywood Studios and runs a YouTube channel: DarthVader92 showcasing the latest from the Theme Parks in Central Florida and the attractions themselves.