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Deciding whether or not to build a custom light saber at Savi’s Workshop in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge can be tough. On the one hand, it’s a fun experience that lets you be creative and feel like a true Jedi. On the other hand, it’s pricey, and there are other things to do in Galaxy’s Edge. So, is it worth it? Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons to help you decide.
It’s a unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else
Let’s be honest; part of the appeal of building a custom light saber is that it makes you feel like a badass Jedi Knight. And who doesn’t want to feel like that?
Savi’s workshop is more than just about the lightsaber you get to build; it’s also about the experience. Disney never disappoints when it comes to narrative storytelling. The storyline component at Savi’s Workshop is no exception, as you begin as early as the line queue and interact with cast members through the end of the experience.
Everything about this journey is designed to make you feel like you’re working against the First Order in secrecy, from waiting in line to selecting your scrap components.
Travel to Black Spire Outpost, where a group known as the “Gatherers” ushers you into a covert workshop packed with unusual parts, whimsical pieces and miscellaneous memorabilia collected from the far reaches of the galaxy. Under their guidance, you can construct your very own lightsaber and bring it to life through the power of kyber crystals. Builders beware—you must protect the shop’s secrecy to avoid being discovered by the First Order!Savi’s Workshop, Walt Disney World Website
One of our favorite things about our experience was the unique pin you are presented with as the builder before the experience begins. This pin lets the ‘Gatherers’ know which type of scrap pieces you will need to build your saber, but it is also a keepsake for the experience. You won’t find this pin elsewhere unless you’ve crafted a saber from junk parts yourself!
Here’s a video of our experience from start to finish.
You Get to Be Creative
When you build a custom light saber at Savi’s Workshop, you can choose from four hilt designs and four different kyber crystal colors (red, blue, green, or violet). This means that you can create a saber that is truly unique to you and your Jedi journey.
There are multiple ways to personalize your light saber. Even if two guests pick the same theme, there are still many options within the same theme to choose from.
During our saber builds, my son went with options from the Power and Control group, while my daughter went with Elemental Nature.
Before building your light saber, a pro tip would be to pick out what options you want to go with. Aside from the check-in process where you pay for your saber building and choose a theme, there is a short period to make the selections during the experience. My son knew ahead of time just what he wanted. On the other hand, my daughter had a more challenging time picking what she wanted but ultimately settled on a neutral design.
It’s a great souvenir to take home
There are a few reasons why a custom-built light saber from Savi’s Workshop is a great souvenir to take home from Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge.
First the light saber’s quality. Compared to the light sabers you can make in the gift shop at Star Tours, there is a big difference! The Star Tours light sabers we made a few years ago were mostly plastic. My kids played with them for maybe a month after we got home before one of the sabers had a crack in the plastic. While some parts and connectors are plastic at Savi’s Workshop, most of your saber will be metal. This means it is going to be solid and heavy! Keep that in mind if you have smaller children building sabers. Savi’s sabers are more of a keepsake than a toy.
Secondly, the experience of building your own light saber is very memorable and something that you will treasure forever. Our experience extended far beyond the build when we visited Galaxy’s Edge at night to get a few photos. Having the sabers light up in that land created some fantastic photo opportunities!
Lastly, the light saber is a great conversation starter and will be sure to impress your friends and family. Imagine your saber on Halloween night or at a costume party! You won’t find many others with custom sabers at events like those!
Now let’s talk about the cons of this experience:
It’s (Somewhat) Affordable: At $219.99+ tax per light saber, Savi’s Workshop isn’t exactly cheap. But when you compare it to other things in Galaxy’s Edge (like the $650 replica Millennium Falcon), it seems downright reasonable. Plus, if you factor in the cost of materials and labor, around $219.99+ tax spent isn’t too bad.
Just to compare costs quickly, you could get a 1 nights room stay at Disney’s Pop Century Resort during peak season vacation times at Walt Disney World for around $219.99. Just needed to put that in there for the frugal-minded readers still shaking their heads at the cost of a custom-built light saber.
Another thing to consider is who is the light saber for? $219.99+ tax might not seem like too much if you’re an adult, but for kids who are just as likely to lose their new toy as they are to keep it in good condition, it might be hard to justify spending that much money.
Opting for a less expensive light saber build is possible at Tatooine Traders next to Star Tours in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. From time to time, this gift shop just outside of Star Tours has a section designated for light saber builds. This is the first option we went with back in 2017, and our kids loved the ability to pick out their saber pieces and the cast members’ interactions helping them ‘build’ their sabers. The facts are that you are getting a mostly plastic light saber with this option, but it comes at a fraction of the price of a Savi’s light saber and still lights up and makes sound effects.
Aside from the website recommending this experience for guests ages 5 years and older, I’ve not seen it mentioned too often when it comes to light saber building and if it is appropriate for younger guests. My kids were 10 & 12 years old when they built their sabers and know the Star Wars story and some of the references the gatherers made during the experience.
Would darker environments with occasional cinematic music and voices from the past send your small builder into fright mode, maybe? Would they be so immersed in the experience that it possibly held their attention for the 30+ minutes it took to get through the process in a room full of guests of varying ages?
During your build experience at Savi’s Workshop, you have a live cast member narrating a story for about 30 minutes, and here and there, the lights dim, and you hear voices from notable characters like Jedi Master Yoda.
This might be worth considering for a younger guest who may not be as familiar with the movies and the storylines (old and new).
If you have a younger builder who still wants to experience something unique without breaking the budget, I recommend building a droid. Droid building is less expensive, goes by quickly, and is a great way for someone to build something unique to take home.
Check out my post & video on droid building below: How to Build Your Own Droid at the Droid Depot in Galaxy’s Edge
It Might Be Sold Out: Because Savi’s Workshop is so popular, there is always the risk that it will be sold out when you buy your tickets. If that happens, you won’t be able to build a custom light saber, which means you’ll have wasted your time (and money).
Pro Tip: Plan Ahead!
An advanced reservation is recommended for a building experience at Savi’s Workshop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, along with a valid park ticket and park pass reservation per person. Plan to book your light saber-building experience at least 60 days before your trip.
Also, don’t forget that you must book a reservation for each builder!
If all else fails and you cannot book a light saber-building experience at Savi’s Workshop, you could always purchase a pre-built legacy saber at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, depending on what they have in stock. We have two sabers (Rey Reforged saber and Kylo Ren’s saber) from Dok-Ondar’s, and my husband says in some cases, they are better quality, and the batteries last longer than the custom sabers built at Savi’s Workshop.
It Takes Time: Building a custom light saber at Savi’s Workshop takes about 30 minutes. That might not seem like much, but when you consider all the other things there are to do in Galaxy’s Edge, it can start to add up.
The wait time can be very long, especially during peak season. When we built our light sabers, it was early August 2021 when summer vacations were coming to a close, but there were still many people in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We booked one of the earlier times and still waited about 40 minutes for our experience to begin.
So, is building a custom light saber at Savi’s Workshop worth it?
Even though it takes time and is on the pricier side of souvenirs you could get in Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Walt Disney World, we think the experience is worth the money.
We decided to invest in custom-built light sabers for future visits to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We take our light sabers back on every trip to get cool night shots on Batuu in Galaxy’s Edge. There are also light saber meet-ups for fans if you can snag a park ticket and park pass on the night of those events. I’ve seen a few times where Ashley Eckstein (the voice of Ahsoka Tano) shows up to those, and that would be a dream to meet her, in my opinion! (Note: these meet-ups are not Disney-sponsored. Check Discord for the groups that set up light saber meets.)
Plus, how often do you get to say you built your own light saber?