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If you’re like me, then the thought of building your own droid at the Droid Depot in Galaxy’s Edge is almost too exciting to handle. This guide will show you everything you need to know before heading over to the depot so that your droid build is a success! Not only will you have a custom-made droid by the end of it, but you’ll also have bragging rights for being one of the few who built their droid themselves.
This article will explain how droid building works, and what you need to know before you start. Building your droid is a fun experience for children and adults alike, and it’s a great way to learn more about Star Wars droid technology.
What is the Droid Depot?
The Droid Depot is located in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This unique experience allows you to build your own droid, which can be carried and used in the park. You get to choose from a variety of parts and accessories to create your perfect droid. These droids are fully operational and can be used to interact with the park’s attractions. They also interact with elements within Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Droid Depot location
Landmarks for finding the Droid Depot are the speeder and viewing area where Rey and Chewbacca normally hang out in Galaxy’s Edge.
Who can build a droid?
The experience area is limited to the builder and one Guest—at least one person in the party must be age 14 or older.
When we were in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, my daughter was the only one who wanted to construct a droid, so I scheduled a session for her and came as a guest. In the end, I did assist with holding a few of the pieces while she was using the tools to put her droid together. Several visitors are assisted at once while they build their droids with a cast member.
Here’s a video of our experience building BB8!
Reservations are recommended!
With the popularity of droid construction in Galaxy’s Edge, it’s a good idea to make advanced reservations if you wish to do this on your Disney’s Hollywood Studios park day. Reservations may be made up to 60 days ahead of time online using your My Disney Experience account. To discover availability and scheduling options, search for ‘droid depot’ in the search bar.
How much does it cost to build a droid?
An astromech droid unit is around $99.99, plus tax (subject to change). This includes the carry box and instructions. Various personality-affiliation chips and other accessories are available for an additional charge.
When we built our droid in 2019, we paid for the experience first after picking which type of droid we wanted to build. We also made an advanced purchase of a Droid personality chip and one of the Droid Depot custom-carrying backpacks.
Click here to view additional information on the Disney website about droid building.
How does droid building work?
The Droid Depot’s Droid Construction area works by first checking in at the front of the shop with a cast member. Once you are checked in, you’ll go into the Droid Depot, where yellow guides will be on the floor in the gift shop area directing you to the cash registers to pay for your droid. This is where you can purchase a custom backpack or personality chip and pay for the droid you will be building.
Then, you’ll be guided over to the rotating belt by a cast member, where you’ll be selecting various components to design your perfect droid. You can build your own droid by picking from various heads, torsos, legs, and arms. You can also customize your droid with colors and materials to make it your own. After selecting all of your component parts, you’ll take your creation to the assembly station, where a cast member will help to put it together. Once your droid is built, a cast member will help to pair it with a remote and will show you how to operate your droid. A final spot check will also be done to ensure your droid is in good working order.
Once you’ve built your droid, there are several areas within Galaxy’s Edge where you can take it out to explore.
One experience I’d like to share about our BB8 unit is when we had it out, and it was very interactive with the Galaxy’s Edge land making noises, chirps, and vibrating when we went past certain elements. We purchased a personality chip that made BB8 sound slightly different from what he sounds like in the movies. I noticed his personality chip went from a ‘chirp’ to a ‘slow mumble,’ so we took it back to the Droid Depot the next day while in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A cast member was happy to take BB8 to the back for us to ‘run diagnostics’ on him, and as it turns out, his power cells, aka batteries, were running on the low side and had to be replaced.
Also, keep your receipts! That was also a recommendation by a cast member if we had any further issues with our BB8.
Here’s a quick overview of the Droid Depot backpack that you can purchase separately at the Droid Depot.
The night we were walking around Galaxy’s Edge after building our BB8, we caught a glimpse of a custom backpack someone had made for their R2 unit. This thing was seriously too cool! It had lights, vinyl, and so much more! The guy that had it said his wife custom makes these!
If you want a serious upgrade to your droid’s transportation method, you can check out the Etsy shop Jenniferboxerdesigns to get yours!
There you have it! I hope this information and the few tips will help you decide whether you’d like to build your own droid at the Droid Depot in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.