All the Ribbeting Details You Need to Build a Lightsaber at Savi's Workshop at Disneyland

by Tad on August 7, 2019 45 Los Angeles

Savi's Workshop - Building a Lightsaber - Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Lightsaber from Savi's Workshop'Sup! Tad here. Tween frog, head family videographer and young padawan. By now, if you've been following along on our ventures to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Resort, you know it's been a ribbeting experience for the whole Frog Fam. Piloting the Millennium Falcon was more than I could have ever imagined (despite navigating the tight spots and suffering a few crashes), and dropping into Oga's Cantina was an out-of-this galaxy adventure. But building my own lightsaber at Savi's Workshop, well, that was the most toadally awesome experience of them all and one I will never froget!

This is the most popular experience at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland, so you'll need to be prepared if this is something you want to do when you plan your visit to the planet of Batuu. Don't worry: This post will have you toadally prepped and ready! Here's what you need to know.

Savi's Workshop Pricing and Logistics

Let's just get it out of the way. At $199.99 plus tax, this experience is a bit of an investment. You're paying to build your own lightsaber out of one of four different handle, or hilt, styles, then adding customizable options under the tutelage of the all-knowing "scrap-metal Gatherers" in their super-secret workshop. While these lightsabers are hefty, well-made items (way beyond what we'd consider a toy), you're mostly paying for the experience of building the lightsaber in the workshop, and it is sooooooo cool! Now you practical momma and poppa frogs may have your doubts about that price, but trust me, you're going to be toadally blown away by just how moving this 20-minute experience at Savi's Workshop is.

But is it really worth it? If you have a budding padawan in your midst and can afford it, we overwhelmingly think the answer is yes. Of course, if your whole family wants to build lightsabers, you will want to budget for this! It's important to note that only two guests can attend the experience with the builder, so this is another logistic you'll want to work out ahead of time.

How to Make a Reservation for Building a Lightsaber at Savi's Workshop

If you want to build a lightsaber at Savi's Workshop, reservations are highly recommended, as walk-ins are limited each day. The good news is that the reservations system has gotten more flexible. You can now make a reservation up to 14 days in advance. Soon you will be able to book the experience up to 60 days in advance! There are additional same-day reservations released at 7:00 a.m. PST. You can make a reservation through the Disneyland app or at the Disneyland site. These reservations may fill up quickly, so definitely get a jump on it and be ready to reserve at 7:00 a.m. PST if you are hopping for a same-day reservation. You'll need to use a credit card to reserve. The no-show fee is $199.99, so keep your eye on the clock. Missing that reservation would be an expensive mistake! If you make an advance reservation, you may cancel at least one day in advance to avoid the no-show fee.

The nice thing about getting a reservation is that you'll know before you even enter the park that you'll be able to build a lightsaber. What a relief! Plus, having a reservation for building a lightsaber at Savi's Workshop means you are guaranteed access to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (up to six people in the land and up to three people in Savi's), even if it hits capacity, up to one hour before your reservation at the Fantasyland entrance to the land. You do not have to worry about joining a boarding group. Just be sure to check in at Savi's Workshop no earlier than 15 minutes before your reservation. Same-day cancellations are not allowed, so make sure you can realistically get to the reservation (allowing for traffic, parking, security, lines to enter the park, time to walk to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at the back of Disneyland, etc.) before you select a time to build.

If you are unable to get a reservation for Savi's Workshop, and this is your only chance to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, you can still buy a lightsaber. Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities sells legacy lightsabers from heroes and villains. The legacy lightsabers come with a sturdy protective case. The shop also sells a lightsaber clip. The clip fits all custom and legacy lightsabers. We've met some people in the park who managed to get a walk-up spot, but do not count on it.

Here are a few more important details about Savi's Workshop:

  • There is only one lightsaber per builder, per experience (guests accompanying a builder will not get to build).
  • The Savi's Workshop reservation is for one builder and up to two guests. Add all three names on the reservation when booking so that all three will be given access to the land for the build experience. (Up to six people can be included in your reservation to visit the land.)
  • The age recommendation for the experience is 5 and up (we saw many more adults than children during our visit, but there are more tadpoles when the kids are out of school).
  • At least one guest in your party must be at age 14 or up.
  • Additional parts and customizations can be bought from Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities.
  • Custom lightsabers are not refundable.
  • At check-in, be prepared to present your reservation confirmation email, photo ID and the credit card provided at the time of booking the reservation.
  • The experience takes about 20 minutes in total, though you'll need to be ready to check in about 15 minutes before your reservation.
  • Cancellations for advance reservations must be made at least one day in advance. Same-day cancellations are not allowed. A $199.99 "no-show fee" — basically the full cost of the experience! — will be charged to your credit card if you fail to check in for your reservation.

Finding Savi's Workshop and Checking In

Savi's Workshop - Handbuilt Lightsabers Entrance

Savi's Workshop - Entrance Sign The Savi's Workshop sign says "By Appointment Only" in Aurebesh

Just getting to Savi's Workshop can be its own challenge. The areas of Batuu are not well-marked, and besides, pretty much everything is written in the native Aurebesh language. Since lightsaber-building is a covert operation, Savi's Workshop is unmarked. So unless you're looking at the map online or using the Disney Play app, aka your datapad, you may have a little trouble finding it.

The inhabitants of Batuu aren't always as helpful as you might like. If you ask a cast member where you go to build a lightsaber, for example, they may ask instead, "Are you interested in purchasing some 'scrap metal?'" After all, you never know who is listening! The troops of the First Order can and do appear, along with Kylo Ren, so be prepared. Logistically speaking, the unmarked workshop is tucked into a set of buildings just across the way from Ronto Roasters between Droid Depot and Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities.

Once you've arrived, one of the workers will come around and explain the four hilt style options for you to select.

Savi's Workshop - Hilt Styles

Here are the lightsaber hilt options: 

  • 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 - Batuu InhabitantsChecking in to Build

You'll want to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes ahead of your build time to check in outside of the workshop. But you definitely don't want to be late, because you may not get in! You won't be allowed to check in earlier, but when there is so much more to explore in Batuu, we're not sure why you'd want to.

You'll decide which lightsaber hilt you would like to use. You'll also be given a cloisonné pin reflecting your hilt style. The pin is important because it will help the Gatherers know which hilt style you've selected. And it's yours to keep, so it's like a bonus souvenir!

After you check in, you will be waiting to go inside. The time waiting goes by pretty quickly because the Gatherers are interacting with everyone in your group, commenting on the funny "satellites" on people's heads (mouse ears) and sharing more about the customs on planet Batuu. This is a great time to ask about life on Batuu.

Savi's Workshop - Kylo Ren and Stormtroopers

If you haven't yet encountered Kylo Ren and the First Order, be alert, because they may stop by to inspect what's going on inside the shop! The Gatherers, who all wear hoods outside to protect their identity, are working to keep the truth about what's really going on a secret!

Warning — the rest of this post contains some spoilers!

Your Lightsaber Building Options

Once you check in, you'll be assigned to a build group and asked to put on your cloisonné pin.  After you're build group is assembled, you and your guests will be escorted through the corridors of this dimly lit, cavern-like space to a small build room. You'll be stationed on the outside of a large, circular build area that the Gatherers can weave in and out of to inspect your work and bring out additional parts.

The lead Gatherer will welcome you into the workshop and explain the role of the Gatherers, who have traveled all over the galaxy collecting parts and bits of "junk" from abandoned starships and hidden planets that will be forged into these one-of-a-kind lightsabers.

Savi's Workshop - Kyber Crystals

You will begin your build with the kyber crystal, which imbues your lightsaber with energy. The crystal forms the heart of your lightsaber and determines the color of your blade. Your lead Gatherer will present one of four crystals to choose from, and other Gatherers will walk around with canisters of glowing crystals that you will select from.

Here are the kyber crystal colors available in the build:

  • Blue - Once held by Obi-Wan Kenobi and now Rey
  • Green - Once held by Master Yoda and Luke Skywalker
  • Violet - Rare and beautiful, once held by Master Mace Windu
  • Red - The crystal of power, once held by Darth Vader and now Kylo Ren

Additional kyber crystal colors are available for purchase at Dok-Onder's Den of Antiquities.

Savi's Workshop - Tray of Parts

After selecting your crystal, Savi's Gatherers will bring out a tray of parts themed to your particular hilt style. They will instruct you on how to assemble the hilt, the foundation of your lightsaber.

Each tray of parts includes:

  • 1 hilt
  • 4 sleeves (pick 2)
  • 2 emitters (pick 1)
  • 2 pommel caps (pick 1)
  • 2 sets of activation plates and switches (pick 1 set)

Assembling Your Lightsaber Inside Savi's Workshop

The first step in assembling your hilt will be to place your kyber crystal inside the chassis and assemble the rest of the hilt from your assortment of grips, emitters and pommel caps and activation plates. This building can get a little tricky — especially if the instructions are explained quickly — but don't worry if you don't get everything assembled immediately. This what the Gatherers are there for! They will walk around, inspect your work and make adjustments as necessary.

Lightsabers at Savi's Workshop

When the hilts have all been assembled, the lead Gatherer will ask everyone to step back so that the Gatherers can do the dangerous work of inserting the hilts into separate stabilization chambers. Inside the chamber, each hilt will will be forged to its respective blade! When that is done, it's time to forge the bond between lightsaber and builder!

Savi's Workshop - Lightsabers Come to Life

The lights are dimmed and John Williams’ "Force Theme" plays as Master Yoda addresses the group, congratulating everyone on their work. Builders are then asked to step up to their individual lightsabers, put their hands on their hilts and activate their lightsabers while still in the chambers. They are then asked to raise their lightsabers all together as one! This is the most powerful moment of the whole experience — I still get goosebumps just thinking about it! Even if you're not a Star Wars fan, you'll be ready to go out use the Force!

Builders are then asked to power off their sabers as they prepare to exit the workshop. Each is provided a saber sheath, a padded case to protect their sabers, as they head out into the galaxy! You'll definitely be pulling out the lightsaber for more photo ops around Galaxy's Edge, and they look toadally cool at night when they're turned on! After you are done building your lightsaber, you might want to hop next door to Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities to purchase a lightsaber clip for wearing your lightsaber.

Savi's Workshop at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland - Lightsaber and Padawan

Are you ready for the power and responsibility of building a lightsaber at Savi's Workshop? Drop me a line and tell me what you're most ribbeted about. 

Related: Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland

Related: Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Sep 11, 2019 at 12:17 p.m. Luke Says...

I really would like to mix and match between the themes of the sabres? I even thought about getting two experiences, and then mixing and match the themes.

Sep 11, 2019 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luke!

From what we understand, the themes unfortunately can't be mixed since they fit together a certain way. You can, however, buy special additions at Dok Ondar's to personalize your saber!

Stay cool!


Sep 10, 2019 at 12:46 p.m. Laura Says...

Thanks so much for this detailed review! What are the lightsaber blades made out of? Is it the same kind of plastic as the toy lightsabers?

Sep 10, 2019 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

Hoppy to help! They are plastic, but it's a thicker plastic with a much nicer blade than the traditional toy versions, and is made up of two layers. It's also pretty heavy! :)

Stay cool!


Aug 31, 2019 at 1:21 p.m. Darrell Says...

What are the rules or are they selling extra scrap metal at dok's?

Aug 23, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. Salliemcg Says...

Any advice on packing these to fly home? Do the light blades collapse like the old ones?

Aug 23, 2019 at 11:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sallie!

These don't collapse, but the blade can be removed. They come with a padded carrying case, so our best suggestion is to fly with it as a carry on and store it in the overhead bin.

Stay cool!


Aug 21, 2019 at 4:46 a.m. Laser Master Says...

I'm waiting for a lightsaber of future which can covers all disadvantages current one.

Aug 14, 2019 at 3:07 p.m. Deric Says...

I have a reservation for 8pm but will get to the park around 3-4pm.

do i need to go stand in line and pay. Then return around 7:50ish for my reservation checkin?

Aug 14, 2019 at 10:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deric!

Nope! You don't need to arrive until your official check-in time at 7:45. You'll be charged upon arrival. Have fun!

Stay cool!


Aug 14, 2019 at 4 a.m. Sarah Lee Says...

Do you know the exact dimensions of the lightsabers? Your earlier post says they are TSA compliant and could possibly be carry-on luggage, ideally I'd like to find a way to put it in my suitcase as checked baggage.

Aug 14, 2019 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah Lee!

It is probably too long for any suitcase, but maybe could fit at an angle in a large bag. The exposed blade is 31 inches (but is actually 34 inches once you remove it from the hilt). The hilt is removable and can vary in size.

Stay cool!


Aug 12, 2019 at 2:32 p.m. KnotWorthy Says...

Thanks so much for the info about claim tickets - I had no idea and was worried about taking a lightsaber onto rides elsewhere in the park,

Aug 12, 2019 at 12:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You bet! We're just hoppy to help :)

Stay cool!


Aug 12, 2019 at 3:48 a.m. Tim Says...

Will I be able to have my saber sent back to my Disney resort room after the experience?

Aug 14, 2019 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim!

You can drop your saber off at a number of stores inside Disneyland and pick it up before you leave the park. They do not send them to your room, unfortunately.

Stay cool!


Aug 9, 2019 at 1:28 a.m. Deric Says...

Do you have to pay to get into the park and then pay for this?


Could I just do the Saber build?

Aug 9, 2019 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deric!

You will need valid park admission in order to head to Savi's Workshop to build a lightsaber.

Stay cool!


Aug 8, 2019 at 7:37 p.m. Kristi Says...

Do you have to make a purchase? Can you just go in and walk around?

Aug 8, 2019 at 3 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi!

You can go in and walk around Dok Ondar, which has some lightsabers and assorted pieces for separate purchase, but the lightsaber experience at Savi's is in a private area reserved for those with reservations.

Stay cool!


Aug 8, 2019 at 12:13 p.m. Charlie Says...

Hello, can you tell me how long this experience takes. I may have overlooked it in your writing. Thanks.

Aug 8, 2019 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlie!

The experience takes about 20 minutes.

Stay cool!


Aug 8, 2019 at 11:08 a.m. Ashley Says...

How long should plan to be in Savi's?

Aug 8, 2019 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

The Savi's experience takes about 20 minutes in total.

Stay cool!


Aug 8, 2019 at 9:03 a.m. Carly Booth Says...

Thanks for a great article. How long does the experience last? We have been lucky enough to secure a reservation for 1.10pm but have also got a reservation for Oga Cantina at 3.25pm. I was just wondering whether to change the Cantina reservation.


Aug 8, 2019 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carly!

Have a toadally awesome time! That should be plenty of time. Savi's should only take about 20 minutes in total, so making both should be no problem.

Stay cool!


Aug 8, 2019 at 1:29 a.m. Chrystal Says...

How much time should we allocate goe this?

Aug 8, 2019 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chrystal!

You should allocate about 20 minutes for this experience.

Stay cool!


Aug 7, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Dennis Bixler Says...

Hi! Just booked our experience for Savi's, but have a quick question.

Approximately how long is the building experience? We have some other things planned, but have no idea how much time to alot for this.


Aug 8, 2019 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dennis!

Plan for about 20 minutes for the experience. Have fun!

Stay cool!


Aug 7, 2019 at 11:07 p.m. Laura Says...

How long is the experience?

Aug 8, 2019 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

The experience takes about 20 minutes in total.

Stay cool!


Aug 2, 2019 at 2:18 a.m. phill Says...

I made reservation, do you have to purchase the light sabre that you build?

Aug 2, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phil!

Yes, the cost of the lightsaber is included in the cost of your reservation.

Stay cool!


Jul 26, 2019 at 1:59 a.m. Hannah Says...

Are you then able to continue to go on the rides with the lightsaber?

Jul 29, 2019 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hannah!

You can take it on most rides (including Millennium Falcon), but you may run into an issue with some very rough rides such as Indiana Jones Adventure. If that happens, you have two options. You can use rider switch to have one person stay with the lightsaber and take turns riding (we did this at Indiana Jones, and three lucky party members got to ride twice!). Or drop off the lightsaber at a store (bring same-day purchase receipt) such as Pioneer Mercantile, Star Trader, Small World Toys, Mlle. Antoinette's Parfumerie, Port Orleans, Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure or at the stroller shop in the Esplanade. The store will give you a claim ticket. We dropped it off after riding Indiana Jones and it made out day much easier not to lug it around or worry about breaking it!

Stay cool!


Jul 20, 2019 at 3:29 a.m. Lorylee Hensley Says...

We are headed to Galaxys Edge in Orlando in October. Any word of they will do reservations for Savis Workshop like Disneyland?

Aug 7, 2019 at 8:34 p.m. Cameron Says...

Reservations opened up this morning

Jul 22, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorylee!

So far it's looking like no, but we haven't heard for certain one way or another. We'll update you as soon as we hear more!

Stay cool!


Aug 8, 2019 at 2:13 a.m. Kathy Says...

we made our reservation for November in Orlando.

How much time should we allow for the experience?

Aug 8, 2019 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy!

Allow about 20 minutes for the experience. Have fun!

Stay cool!


Jul 15, 2019 at 2:21 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Seems like these lightsabers would be hard to fit in luggage for a plane ride home. Do they easily come apart for transport home?

Jul 15, 2019 at 4:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

We had the exact same thought, but of course, Disney was prepared! The lightsabers come with a padded case and are TSA compliant, although they may count as your carry-on. You can store them in the overhead compartment. The blade does not collapse down, but you may remove the hilt if you like.

Stay cool!


Jul 5, 2019 at 8:21 p.m. Mark Clarke Says...

App? I was told to get a app prior to arrival with credit card info in the system and if no show nothing would be deducted. I this true or not?

Jul 9, 2019 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

Reservations can be made using the Disneyland app, or by going to Savi’s will charge you $199.99 if you no show (similar to the no-show charge for dining ... just a little steeper!).

Stay cool!


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