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All the Details You Need to Build Your Own Droid at Galaxy's Edge in Disney World

by Tad on August 23, 2019 50 Orlando   Video

Build Your Own Droid at Disney World‘Sup! Tad here. Some of my favorite characters from the Star Wars movies are the sidekick droids who accompany the main heroes on their galactic adventures. Ever since I first saw the films as a young tadpole, I’ve always wished I had my own. So, you can probably imagine my excitement when I had the opportunity at Disney World’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge not only to take a droid home, but also create it myself! I named mine F2-0G ;)

Droid Depot isn’t an ordinary store. It’s where you can build your own droid at Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World. This is just one of the many toadally rad experiences you can find on the planet of Batuu. The droids even interact with certain elements while you’re inside the land. If you’re a Star Wars fan like me, you won’t want to miss out on this experience. Here’s everything you need to know.

Making Reservations to Build Your Own Droid at Galaxy's Edge

Droid Depot - Girl in Droid Costume

While we frogs can't see into the future, we can expect that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be a hoppin' place for some time. You may experience lengthy wait times for the attractions, restaurants and shops. Disney highly recommends making a reservation for Droid Depot, which can be made up to 180 days in advance on Disney's website or through the My Disney Experience app. Droid Depot may be able to accommodate walk-ins each day, but it's subject to availability.

A valid credit card is required when booking, but won't be charged until arriving at the shop. If you need to cancel a reservation, you must do so at least one day in advance to avoid a $99.99 per builder "no-show" fee (this is the full cost of the experience!). It would be charged to the credit card that you provided when booking. Late arrivals may not be allowed to enter. Keep this in mind when picking a time! You'll need to account for the time that it takes to get to the park, go through security and the entrance touch points and walk to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

The experience is also limited to the builder and one guest. At least one person must be 14 years old or older. If this experience is high on your must-do list, we recommend snagging a reservation if one is available. However, don't fret if you aren't able to get a reservation. Arrive early in the morning or late at night as these are the best times for walk-ins. Most Batuu travelers build their droids in the afternoon (noon to 3 p.m. is a peak period for this experience, according to one of the cast members).

Finding Droid Depot and Checking In

Droid Depot at Galaxy's Edge - Droids Outside Shop

If you enter Galaxy’s Edge by Toy Story Land, Droid Depot will be one of the first shops you’ll see. It’s right next door to Savi’s Workshop, which is where you can build your own lightsaber. Despite all of the signs being written in Aurebesh, it’s pretty easy to spot the store because there are audio-animatronic droids lined up outside.

If you have a reservation and need to check in, you should get there no earlier than 15 minutes before your reserved time at the check-in location in front of the store. Each person in your party must be present upon check in and entering Droid Depot. Be prepared to show your reservation confirmation, photo ID and the credit card that you used when booking. Once again, if you do not cancel the day before and do not show up, you'll be charged the cancellation fee. If you're late, you may not be allowed to enter and have to face the "no-show" fee.

It’s a bit overwhelming as you walk inside! There are droids of all shapes and sizes everywhere. Some even move around in the background or on the walls. Be sure to look up high and down below, as lots of details are packed into this space.

Droid Types and Pricing Logistics

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World - Droid Depot Cast Member

First, you must pick between the two styles of astromech units: the R-series (the classic R2-D2 style) or the BB-series (the newer BB-8 style). Once you make your selection, you will be given a blueprint with assembly instructions and a basket to put the parts in.

But let’s pause for a moment to talk about the price. Each droid unit costs $99.99, plus tax. It comes with a special carry box and instructions. Once you’ve built your droid, it’s nonrefundable, as the people of Batuu believe the droid and its person pair for life. However, the personalized building experience is part of the price tag — and you've got a loyal friend for life. So, don’t rush through choosing your parts, and try to have an idea of what you want it to look like beforehand! There's a wall with all of the available options just to the left of the register. There are no discounts available, including annual passholder. For an additional charge, you can purchase personality chips for $12.99 each, as well as other various accessories.

Droid Depot - Personality Chips

In addition to the regular build-your-own droid at Galaxy's Edge, Droid Depot also has model kits, pre-made and premium droids for sale. These range from small to larger authentic replicas of the droids from the films.

How to Build Your Own Droid at Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World

Build Your Own Droid at Galaxy's Edge Disney World: Droid Depot Parts Menu

Once you’ve paid, it’s time for fun! The process is basically split into two stages: the parts station and the building station.

At the parts station, you’ll choose which pieces to use for building your droid. Each style of droid has four different parts. The BB-series model has a dome, a dome connection plate, a body sphere and a motivator. Meanwhile, the R-series model has a dome, a body, a center leg and a pair of side legs.

These parts come in various styles and colors, so you can mix and match however you please. Just make sure you’ve got each of the four main parts! For easy selection, they move down a conveyor belt. If you miss something or change your mind about a piece, you can put it back on the belt and wait until another comes back around.

After you've selected all four parts, you'll bring your basket to the building station. You'll follow instructions on your placemat or the digital monitors to assemble the parts in the right order. Once it's completed, your droid will be paired with a remote control and activated! It was toadally cool watching my droid, F2-0G, come to life.

Droid Depot - Building Station

Droid Interactivity Inside Galaxy's Edge at Disney World

Build Your Own Droid at Galaxy's Edge Disney World: Droid Depot BB Unit

These customizable droids use Bluetooth technology to communicate with other astromech units, as well as other elements and objects on Batuu and at Disney parks and resorts. Using the remote control to operate a droid while at the theme parks is not allowed, but you can carry it around in its box so it can interact with these elements in the land and other droids.

After we walked out with F2-0G in its box, we noticed it started to make noise when we passed by the droids outside of the shop. F2-0G also started beeping and chirping around the Millennium Falcon. We chatted with a Batuu resident (cast member) who mentioned that droids associated with the Resistance will have negative reactions to The First Order. Sure enough, F2-0G started to make noises around the TIE fighter.

However, if you're spending more time in the park and don't want to carry it around with you, you can send your droid to your Disney Resort hotel if staying on-site. You may also have your droid held at a designated location near the Disney’s Hollywood Studios main entrance for convenient pick-up as you exit the park. Just let the cashier know at the time of purchase.

Would you rather build a BB-series or a R-series droid? What would you name it? Let us know in the comments below!

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

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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May 13, 2020 at 5:05 a.m. Crystal Says...

We have 3 boys and plan on letting each of them build one. Will the droids interact with each other when we get home? Also, I am trying to schedule a time but don’t know how to time it . Is it better to do later in the day or early in the morning. We have 2 days planned there, were thinking maybe on the second day? Trying not to interfere with food and fast passes. So much planning ???? thank you!

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May 13, 2020 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal!

Yes, the droids will interact with one another when you get home - and the new Droid Depot app gives you a lot of fun options for your droid at home, too! The experience itself takes about half an hour, but the droids are a little bulky to carry around. If you can time it close to the end of the evening, giving yourself enough time to play around in the land with them, then head home, that may be ideal.

Stay cool!

Tad

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May 2, 2020 at 12:46 a.m. David Says...

Can you build the droid online?

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May 4, 2020 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

The droid building experience is in-person only at this time in the parks. However, Disney just released a brand-new Droid Depot app that allows you to virtually build a droid on your smartphone! :)

Stay cool!

Tad

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Mar 28, 2020 at 7:02 p.m. Chad Duncan Says...

Haha, pretty sure that kid in the picture underneath the headline, Finding Droid Depot, is my son Cole. Hahaha. Small world.

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Mar 30, 2020 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chad!

It's a small world after all ... or should we say, galaxy! :) That's awesome! Thanks for hopping by!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Mar 6, 2020 at 4:34 p.m. Jacky Arteaga Says...

Hello,

I purchased my BB-8 yesterday night and this morning is not working. When the buttons on the remote are pressed it doesn’t respond. How can I fix this?

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Mar 11, 2020 at 8:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacky,

It sounds like your BB-8 went into sleep mode, and you may need to pair the droid with the controller again. Here are the instructions to do so. Hope this helps!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Feb 27, 2020 at 9:43 a.m. Matt Says...

Hi im trying to book from the uk and it seems the app and website isnt allowing any bookings. Also the website wont even load. Any other ways to book the droid exp. We are bow within the 180 days and i want to make sure that we have this in place before we go. Any suggestions appreciated

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Feb 27, 2020 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt!

Oh no, so sorry to hear it! The good news is that you can call the reservation line directly to make a reservation for Droid Depot! They can be reached at 0800 16 90 749 (UK).

Stay cool!

Tad

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Feb 18, 2020 at 5:04 p.m. Rachael Says...

Hello,

i am visiting from the UK in November and i am wanting to build one. do you think they'll work over the seas? which ones are the evil personality? |

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Feb 19, 2020 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachael!

Yes, droids should work in the UK too - they are battery-operated :) There are some droids aligned with the Dark Side via a Personality Chip that you can purchase separately during the experience. Have fun!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jan 28, 2020 at 5:32 p.m. Amber Says...

Was building a droid worth $100? I don't know if I want to spend that much money.

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Jan 28, 2020 at 2:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber!

This is toadally up to personal preference! We've gotten lots of use out of ours at home and had lots of fun building it, but for others, spending that $100 elsewhere makes more sense to them (a new spirit jersey, some time at Oga's, etc.)

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jan 28, 2020 at 7:32 a.m. Sue Says...

Hi we are visiting in August from UK, my grandson wanting to build and do the Droid and Laser exper ince , does the droid come with the back pack and the laser, does this have a carry case or are these an optional extra, are both able to be carried onto plane ?

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Jan 28, 2020 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue!

The droid will come with a box (you can kind of see if in the picture in this post), which will have a carrying handle. The lightsaber will come with a padded case. Both can be carried onto the plane per TSA, but you'll want to look into your luggage limitations with your airline to see if these will count towards your bag allocations :) When we flew Southwest, our droid fit (without the box) into our backpack, and we carried on the lightsaber and stowed it in the overhead compartment, which counted as our personal item and one carry on. Hope this helps!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Dec 27, 2019 at 9:58 a.m. Michael Says...

How big are the droids in centimetres?

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Dec 27, 2019 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

This can vary, since there are several accessories such as antennae that can impact the droid's total size. Our BB unit fit within the laptop portion of our backpack.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Dec 27, 2019 at 9:39 a.m. Michael Says...

In your opinion, is it better to build an R droid or a BB droid?

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Dec 27, 2019 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

We've built both models, and both were super fun! It really just depends on what you'd like most :) R units will move in a more linear fashion, while BB units will roll. The sounds and accessories also vary slightly. We'd say check it out when you get there and let the Force guide your decision ;) Have fun!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Dec 8, 2019 at 7:14 p.m. Monika Limanek Says...

Is shipping offered to get the droids home..

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Dec 9, 2019 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monika!

No, no shipping is offered through Disney to get your droid home. We had no issues packing our droid in our carry on to take it home on the plane!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Nov 10, 2019 at 4:16 p.m. leiann Says...

we just got home from Disney and ours wont work. what can we do

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Nov 18, 2019 at 10:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leiann,

Sorry to hear your droid isn't working! We suspect it's most likely a battery problem. The remote control requires two AAA batteries, and the droid itself needs six AA batteries. However, if you switch the batteries out and it's still not working, you can email Merchandise Guest Services at merchandise.guest.services@disneyparks.com with pictures of the receipt and your droid. They'd be hoppy to help out with an exchange.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Nov 5, 2019 at 3:16 p.m. Jami Says...

If you are staying on property can you have the droid sent to your resort like other purchases?

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Nov 6, 2019 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jami!

You sure can! You can also have it sent to a designated pick up location near the main entrance.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Oct 15, 2019 at 1:26 p.m. Lori Burnett Says...

Can u purchase these from home and have one shipped. We were there opening week but the line was to long :( so thought be a nice Christmas present if I could !

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Oct 15, 2019 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori!

Unfortunately, not that we've seen. These are only available in the park at this time.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Oct 1, 2019 at 2:31 a.m. Mary beth Says...

My 5 year old daughter really wants to build a droid. Is it appropriate for her age? Will she be able to do anything with it one we get home? Can mommy and daddy both go with her to build it?

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Oct 1, 2019 at 1:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary Beth!

Yes, she will be able to control her droid at home, as well! The remote control has big, easy to understand buttons that make it easy for tadpoles. The whole family can be with her as she builds! The only tricky party is that the box can be a little heavy, so you or dad may need to help her carry it ... but be sure she stays close, because her droid will interact with the land! We think it's an experience she would enjoy.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 24, 2019 at 2:55 p.m. Susan Says...

We purchased 2 R units. We were never made aware of the additional chips and were not given any instruction manual. Will these units be able to communicate with each other and us?

We have heard that they respond to commands and play games and dance ?

Where can we get help with this ?

Thank you

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Sep 24, 2019 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan!

So sorry to hear this! We were told about the chips as we purchased the droid itself, at the register. We also received an instruction manual at the end of the building process, which was put into the droid's box. The droids may chirp at each other, but those chips are where some of the more in-depth interaction comes from. We'd suggest giving Disney World a call directly at (407) 939-5277 to see how they may be able to help!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 19, 2019 at 12:02 a.m. Wendy Says...

Hi! I was wondering if 2 people can experience the whole thing or does only one of them be able to see how the droid comes alive ,pick up the pieces ,etc.Thanks!

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Sep 19, 2019 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

One person can be the builder, while one watches - both can definitely be there, but one of you will need to be the appointed "builder!" The quarters aren't as close as Savi's, so there's lots of room (and more than one person can watch! Just be sure to be mindful of other builders' space if it's busy). Have fun!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 17, 2019 at 2:50 p.m. Christina Says...

I have a reservation for 2, the second person doesn't know if she wants to build yet or not. If she decides after the 24 hour window not to, will I still be charged a "no show" for her even she she just shows up to watch me build?

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Sep 17, 2019 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

According to the policy, she could be charged if she isn't also building, as that's a reservation they could fill with another paying builder, so we'd do our very best to cancel before the 24 hour window. (In practice, cast members tend to be really gracious about this, but we'd defer to the official policy just to be certain.) Hope this helps!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 17, 2019 at 5:19 a.m. Lort Nelson Says...

I have a reservation to build a light saber at 9:44am then a reservation to build a droid at 10:45. Is this realistic or do I need to cancel one? These were the only times I could get.

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Sep 17, 2019 at 7:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

This is realistic; the saber experience should take a half an hour max, and the two are right next door to one another in case it runs long :) Have a great time!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 16, 2019 at 4:49 p.m. Shadow Says...

Hey Tad!

Could you tell me more about the personality chips? Like, did you buy one to insert as you were building it? Where do they go? I want to make sure my BB unit is able to communicate with the world as soon as I get him out of the shop and I've never found good info about the chips.

Great write up! Thank you for sharing with us!

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Sep 16, 2019 at 12:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shadow!

Thanks so much for the kind words! When you hop into Droid Depot, there is a whole wall of personality chips along the back wall. Cast members are available to answer any questions you might have about functionality then, as well. (They answered some for us, though we didn't actually get a chip for ours!) If you have an appointment, head in early to take a look so that you can pick which one you'd most like for your droid! You'll then proceed to the check-in counter, where you'll pick whether you'd like a BB or R unit and pay for the assembly. You'll then head over to begin assembling, first at a conveyor belt, then at a station, and your chip will be inserted during that process (a cast member will help you put it in so that you know exactly how to do it yourself when you get home). The process is truly led by you unless you need a little assistance (which we toadally did at points - no big deal!). It's worth noting that whether or not you have an extra chip, your droid will interact - a lot - with Batuu upon leaving Droid Depot :) Let us know how it goes - hoppy building!

Tad

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Sep 7, 2019 at 1 a.m. Chris U Says...

Hi there - how long would you say it took to complete this experience after checking in for your reservation and same question for Savi’s lightsaber building?

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Sep 9, 2019 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Each experience took about thirty minutes in total.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 6, 2019 at 7:45 p.m. Joe Says...

How do you think this experience compares vs. making the light saber? I'm wondering about overall experience, product, and price -- if you were to only choose one.

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Sep 6, 2019 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe!

Such a tough decision! This really differs from frog to frog. Mommy Frog really loved the droid and how it interacted with the park (you wouldn't think droids could be cute, but they sure are!) The downside is that the box can get heavy, so keep that in mind if you have tadpoles. The lightsaber is more of an overall experience. Many big Star Wars fans, who are more into collectibles and the details that go into things like building the lightsaber, prefer Savi's. Keep in mind that the lightsaber an awkward shape and will need to be carried around (we actually hopped back to our hotel to drop it off once we were done in Galaxy's Edge). If we had to choose just one, we'd personally choose the droid - but again, highly subjective opinion! :)

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 28, 2019 at 11:27 a.m. JoAnn Noyes Says...

Just made reservations for three of us to make one. My grand nephew will just turn 8 when we go and figured what a better birthday gift. Thinking of which I will make, thinking of HH2 for its name. (After my pups Harley and Harper).

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Aug 28, 2019 at 7:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

What a wonderful birthday gift - hoppy birthday to your grand nephew! Have a wonderful time!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 28, 2019 at 12:30 a.m. Kulsum Ahsan Says...

Hi! Will they be able to ship the droids to us? I'm worried about taking it in our luggage and also how are the droids powered? Battery or rechargeable?

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Aug 28, 2019 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kulsum!

They cannot be shipped directly via Disney, unfortunately. We actually removed our droid from its box and put it in our padded backpack and carried it on - it made it just fine! Some folks do pack them, but they are a bit of an awkward shape, and we just felt better with them in our carry on (it still fit under our seat). Other folks went to UPS before heading home and had the droid packed and shipped home that way, which we also think would work :) The droids are battery powered and you'll receive a manual to take home for maintenance.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 28, 2019 at 5:14 p.m. Kulsum Ahsan Says...

Thankyou for the info, hope it doesn't eat up too many batteries. Both my boys want one.

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Aug 28, 2019 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hoppy to help, Kulsum! They take 7AA batteries each; we have had to change them out once since we got ours about two weeks ago. I hope your tadpoles have as much fun with them as I have!

Stay cool!

Tad

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