At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new 14-acre, $1 billion Star Wars attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California opening today, park-goers can fly a replica Star Wars starship at the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction and try Star Wars-themed food and drinks at Black Spire Outpost’s market.
They can also build their own “real” lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop — for $200.
The price may seem unreal, but the Workshop is an interactive experience that can reportedly last up to three hours; it tells the story of Savi and his Gatherers, who help visitors build their own lightsabers, which they take home.
Here’s how the Disney Parks blog describes Savi’s Workshop and its backstory:
”[S]eek out the hidden workshop and arrange an appointment to meet with the Gatherers ... who have dedicated their lives to ... passing on their knowledge of the Force and the ancient ways of the Jedi. The Gatherers guide those who seek their assistance in creating their own unique customized lightsaber.
“Savi was one of the original Gatherers ... [who] created a salvage business as a front to hide his clandestine mission of guiding the next generation of Force wielders and helping them create their unique lightsabers.”
Here’s how the experience goes.
Galaxy’s Edge is set in the land of Batuu, and Savi’s scrapyard and workshop are in the Black Spire Outpost (one of the main attraction areas), safely hidden from the First Order, according to the backstory.
A maximum of 14 guests at a time, called “Builders” at the attraction, are ushered into the workshop by the group of Disney actors who play the Gatherers, according to the Disneyland blog. To set the scene, the workshop is “packed with unusual parts, whimsical pieces and miscellaneous memorabilia collected from the far reaches of the galaxy,” the blog says.
The Gatherers demonstrate how to build a lightsaber, tell stories of past heroes and villains, and say they hope for a new hero... maybe it will be one of the Builders who will soon have their own lightsaber.
To make their lightsaber, builders choose from one of four styles, which each look slightly different and has its own theme:
Peace and Justice is made from “salvaged scraps from fallen Jedi temples and crashed starships,” and its “Republic-era designs honor the galaxy’s former guardians,” according to the Disneyland blog.
Power and Control is “originally forged by dark side warriors” and use “rumored remnants from the Sith homeworld and abandoned temples.”
Elemental Nature “embodies the Force — an energy created by all living things, like Brylark trees, Cartusion whale bones and Rancor teeth.”
Protection and Defense whose “hilt materials bear mysterious motifs and inscriptions that reconnect users with the ancient wellspring of the Force.”
At the builder’s table, where the lightsabers are assembled, Builders get their lightsaber parts, including:
1 hilt (the handle)2 sleeves (the grips)1 emitter (where the blade goes)1 pommel cap (protective end to the hilt)1 set of activation plates and switches (to turn the lightsaber on and off)
Builders choose a red, blue, green or violet “kyber” crystal to power up their lightsaber. After Builders assemble their lightsabers, a Gatherer adds a 36-inch lightsaber blade. When the lightsaber is turned on, it glows the color of their chosen crystal.
Builders also get a carrying case for their new weapon.
Each workshop reservation is limited to one lightsaber builder and a guest (at least one person in the party has to be 14 or older) who build one saber.
The May 31 phase one opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland includes attractions like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Black Spire Outpost market and Savi’s Workshop, and is currently only open to those with reservations. (Reservations for Galaxy’s Edge for May and June were booked in less than two hours.)
Phase two of the opening, which includes attractions like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, where visitors are part of an interactive “Rebellion battle ” with the First Order bad guys, opens later this year.