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Bright suns! It’s Lily here, just helping out my Frog Fam by sharing the inside scoop on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World. We’ve already told you about one of its build-your-own experiences — be sure to check out how to build a custom droid! Now, it’s time to chat about building your own LIGHTSABER at Disney World. Yes, you read that right, fellow padawans. And I thought it couldn’t get any better than drinking blue milk and seeing my favorite "Star Wars" character, Rey!
Savi’s Workshop at Disney World gives you an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. Be fully immersed as you customize the different pieces of the saber hilt and choose your color. These are high-quality sabers for the Jedis and Siths in your family! Tad already built a lightsaber in Disneyland Resort with Dad, so it was my turn to be the builder with Mommy Frog this time.
Savi’s Workshop is an extremely popular experience (it's about 20 minutes long) at Disney World’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Advanced reservations go quickly, so we recommend planning ahead. Read on to learn what you can expect, especially if this is on your must-do list when you visit Batuu.
At first glance, the cost of a lightsaber might cause a bit of sticker shock. At $249.99 plus tax, it’ll certainly take a chunk out of your (or in my case, Mommy Frog's) wallet. Know that you’re paying not only for the lightsaber itself but also for the experience of building it in the workshop. Is it really worth the price? If you’re a "Star Wars" fan and can fit it into your budget, we absolutely think so. However, it’s important to note that only one other person can attend the experience with the builder. If you have a larger frog family, you’ll need to think about the pros and cons.
Here are several other important details that you need to know:
If you want to be sure that you'll be able to visit Savi's, make a reservation. Savi’s Workshop at Disney World is popular, and it's subject to availability. Walk-ins are not guaranteed. Disney (and super-planner Mommy Frog) highly recommends that you book a reservation, which can be made up to 60 days in advance. You can check availability and make Savi's Workshop reservations on Disney's website.
When booking a reservation, have a valid credit card ready. It will not be charged until you arrive at Savi's Workshop. However, if you fail to cancel the reservation at least a day before and do not show up, you will face a "no-show" fee. The "no-show" fee is the cost of the experience at $249.99 per builder. That would be a costly boo-boo! Late arrivals may not be able to enter and could face the same fee. Keep this in mind when picking out your reservation time. You'll need time to arrive at Disney's Hollywood Studios, get through security and the turnstiles and walk to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at the back of the park.
Located in Black Spire Outpost, finding Savi’s Workshop at Disney World can be a bit hard. Signs are written in Aurebesh, so you’ll likely need a park map for reference. Savi’s Workshop is sandwiched between the Droid Depot and Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities and is across (and down the stairs) from Ronto Roasters. It doesn’t help that lightsaber-building is a covert operation at Disney World and the shop is top-secret. Don't ask if you can build a lightsaber, or you'll quickly be corrected! Savi's deals in "scrap metal."
If you have a reservation and need to check in, arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your assigned time. There will be a check-in location in front of the shop. Each person in your party must be present upon checking in and entering Savi's Workshop. Be prepared to show your reservation confirmation, valid photo ID and the credit card you used to book. Once again, cancel your reservation at least a day in advance (if you need to), or don't be late! Otherwise, you'll risk having to pay the hefty "no-show" fee.
Don't have a reservation? You can still check to see if the workshop is taking anyone from standby. Ask the cast members about the standby list first thing in the morning, because if they are taking down names, those spots will fill quickly. There are still no guarantees, but sometimes times can open up for later in the day, depending on no-shows and cancellations.
Warning — the rest of this post contains some spoilers!
When you meet one of the “Gatherers” outside the workshop, the Gatherer will explain the four themes for the hilt, or handle. If the Force within you is guiding you toward a specific one, choose it! Then, you’ll receive a cool pin that represents your selection.
Your lightsaber hilt theme options include:
Once you go inside the build room, the lead Gatherer will welcome you and explain who they are: a group of lightsaber-building experts who have traveled all over the galaxy to collect ancient relics, pieces and “junk” that will be forged into the lightsabers.
When begin with choosing the heart of your lightsaber — the kyber crystal. The crystal determines the color of your blade. The available colors are red, blue, green and violet. You can purchase additional kyber crystal colors at Dok-Onder's Den of Antiquities next door, including white and yellow, when available.
After selecting the kyber crystal, you’ll start building your hilt. Savi’s Gatherers will provide the parts based on the theme that you chose previously.
The box of Savi's Workshop parts includes:
Now that you've got all of the parts in front of you, the first step is placing your kyber crystal inside the chassis. Then, assemble the rest of the hilt from your choice of sleeves, emitters, pommel caps and activation plates. Parts of the building process can be a bit tricky, so feel free to ask for help! The Gatherers are there to help you if you have any trouble. Don't worry if you're the last one to finish building ... nobody gets left behind! Upon completion, the Gatherers will collect the unused parts and return them to Savi’s inventory.
When all of the hilts have been built, you'll take a step back from the building station as the Gatherers walk around and insert each of the hilts into separate stabilization chambers. Inside the chamber, the hilt is forged to its blade!
The lights dim, the room turns green and Master Yoda talks to the group, announcing that it's time to forge the bond between lightsaber and builder. The lead Gatherer asks all of the builders to step forward, place their hands on their hilts and activate the lightsabers. The stabilization chamber opens, and all together, everyone raises their own lightsaber. This is hands-down the best part of the experience. Music is playing, and the lightsabers are humming. The lead Gatherer reminds everyone that you can change the galaxy — it only takes a spark!
Before you depart, you deactivate the Disney World lightsaber. Each builder receives a saber sheath on the way out in order to protect their lightsaber (and keep it out of sight from the First Order). However, you'll definitely want to take it out for some photo-ops around Batuu. Plus, they look super cool lit up at night!
If you're spending more time in the park and don't want to carry it around with you, you can ship it home for an additional cost. Home shipping is the only current package option offered, but any merchandise location can process the shipping if you want to take some froggerfic photos first.
The saddest part of any Disney trip is, of course, the trip home. If you're driving home or live locally, getting your lightsaber home is easy-peasy. However, if you'll be flying home, you may have some questions about what that transport is like.
TSA made an announcement that sabers are toadally safe and permissible for air travel in either your checked or carry-on luggage. A TSA agent may ask you to remove the lightsaber from the padded sheath for additional screening (we were not asked, but it does hoppen). It can head through the screening area just like any other carry-on luggage.
Where air travel gets a little tricky is actually with your airline. On Southwest, for example, your lightsaber counts as one of your carry-on items. Be sure to check with your airline to see what their policy is before you travel so that you don't end up with extra bag fees!
Lightsabers do fit into the overhead compartment, but be sure to check with a flight attendant in case they have a preferred place to store them during the flight. If helpful, the blade and hilt can be separated when packing.
Are you excited to build your own lightsaber inside Savi's Workshop at Disney World? What kyber crystal or hilt theme would you pick? Don't froget to check out our full guide on Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World.
Related: Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World
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Hello, I have heard that only the participant can build, the guests cannot. Make-a-Wish is giving us a trip next year and all four of us want to build. Do you think they would let us all? Thanks!
It is true that typically for the Savi's Workshop experience, only the participant can build and they're allowed to bring one guest with them. So if four people wanted to build their own, you would need to make sure the reservation is for four builders. That said, we're not toadally familiar with the logistics regarding Make-A-Wish trips. If you're making the reservation, you would need to make sure it's a reservation for four. But if Make-A-Wish is planning and organizing the trip, we'd encourage you to reach out to your Make-A-Wish coordinator. And if there are any frogs who have experience with this, feel free to chime in!
I loved your write up. Time is limited in our upcoming trip. How long is this experience generally.
Thanks for the kind words! We'd budget about 45 minutes in total for the experience - the saber building itself only takes about 20ish minutes, but you'll want to be there about 15 minutes early to check in and make your selections. Have fun!
We have a reservation for next week for our boys ages 10 and 15 but they are only making one lightsaber because of the cost. Will they be able to switch back and forth to build? Or at least both help pick the parts? We want them both to be able to experience this but the cost is a bit much to build 2.
There isn't much space in Savi's Workshop, so what happens is that the guest will stand behind the builder during the experience. As far as switching goes, it might depend on the cast members' discretion, but we think it should be fine if one helps point out which parts to use.
Are you able to actually hit other sabers with your sabers like for teens to play ? Is it recommended or is it mostly for decoration purposes only?
The lightsabers are pretty sturdy, so a light duel would likely be OK. Though keep in mind that electronics are in half the hilt and half the blade, so if it's whacked hard enough, some LED lights in the blade might go dark. If they want to do a full-contact duel, then it's not recommended.
Hello, I know in the past a legit lightsaber carrying case was included, then Disney switched it to a plastic bag to transport. Do you know if it is still a plastic bag that they give out?
It's back to the normal case.
How do you recharge or change the battery in your lightsaber?
There are three AAA batteries in a lightsaber from Savi's, and they're located at the bottom of the lightsaber, right below the Kyber Crystal (near the endcap). You will need a small Phillips head screwdriver.
First, remove the endcap piece by twisting counterclockwise until it comes off.
Pull out the black battery canister from the gray cylinder (you may need to rock the canister gently back and forth to free it, though it should slide out).
Remove the one small Phillips head bolt on the side of the canister and keep it in a safe spot.
Slide the battery cover sleeve off to reveal the AAA batteries.
Remove the old batteries and replace with the new ones, making sure they're in the correct positions.
Put the battery canister sleeve back on and tighten the Phillips head bolt.
Place the battery canister back into the lightsaber, making sure that the red arrows are aligned (there is a red arrow on the canister and a red arrow inside the gray cylinder). These arrows should be pointing toward the Kyber Crystal.
Install the endcap piece back onto the lightsaber by twisting clockwise. If you hear a humming sound when it's tight, you've installed it correctly!
Hi, I wondered about bring lightsaber to the airport, my brother said that we will taking a airport and flight to Orlando.
Savi's lightsabers are toadally safe and permissible for air travel in either your checked or carry-on luggage. A TSA agent may ask you to remove the lightsaber from the padded sheath for additional screening (we were not asked, but it can hoppen). It can head through the screening area just like any other carry-on luggage. Be sure to check with your airline to see what their policy is before you travel so that you don't end up with extra bag fees! On Southwest, for example, your lightsaber counts as one of your carry-on items. Lightsabers can fit into the overhead compartment, but check with a flight attendant in case they have a preferred place to store them during the flight. If helpful, the blade and hilt can be separated when packing.
Can you only choose from those four or can you mix and match different pieces from control and power to a different set?
Once you've picked a theme, you can only choose from the pieces within that theme.
I was wondering if they have the photo pass people taking pictures or do you have to take your own?
There aren't any photographers in the room (this is to help with the immersive experience), but you can take photos with your phone and then find PhotoPass photographers outside within Galaxy's Edge.
Hello!!! I have a question, you know if after i build a lightsaber al SAVIs, its possible to do the different rides of the park without problem with the saber? Or theres a place for leaving it at each ride?
You’ll be able to take the lightsaber on all attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios except for Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster. There, cast members will store your lightsaber until you are off the ride.
Is Disney selling scrap for parts?
Savi's does sell extra parts as "scrap metal"!
Hello there! nice and useful article! i'm planning a vacation in August this year and i'll be flying from Italy. i'm trying to understand if the blade and the hilt can be separated to fit the lightsaber in my luggage safely since I have 2 connections on the way back. from the article it seems so, is that correct? both me and my partner would like to build our own lightsaber, how does that work? do I have to book 2 spots on the website? thank you
The hilt and lightsaber can be separated if needed. If you both want to build your own lightsaber, then you would need to book two spots, but you would only need to make one reservation. When you book a reservation online, it should ask you to select the number of builders.
Thank you Lily! Is it normal that even though on the website it says that reservation are available, there is no calendar to make the booking? I have been checking the websit for over a week and nothing has changed. I saw there is also a number that could be called. I tried to use the assistance number to understand better, but the waiting time is considerable.
Try checking the night before if you can't get a reservation. I got a reservation the night of the 23rd of July for a build on the 24th (yes, I KNOW I was lucky). So based on personal (maybe very lucky) experience try in the evening(s) for slots the next day.
Just to confirm, you've been trying to make a reservation here on the website? We're able to get the calendar function to work, but reservations aren't popping up for us. Openings could appear though, so we'd keep checking! Also, not guaranteed, but you could try getting on a standby Walk-Up list once you arrive at the park.
Hello! I am trying to find the best way to book Savi's workshop in Disney World in October. But I am very worried because I have been checking the dates currently open (Mau, June, and July 1) and there is no availability at all. Today, when the availability just open for July 1 in the system, there was no availability already. Is it like this always? I sent a message to Disney and they mention the system updates at 5:45AM, I was logged at the time, and the same thing, no availability at all. Is there something I am doing wrong?
Generally, these reservations only open up about 60 days prior to your trip, so we'd recommend checking back a little closer to your visit. Good luck!
We are planning on visiting in Sept 2022 however we will be coming from Canada. I read in your blog that Disney will ship the lightsaber do you happen to know if they will ship to Canada?
Yes, Disney can ship merchandise internationally.
Hi, I was wondering if you are able to choose any crystal you want even if someone else picked it before you. I want to pick the red one but what if someone else picks it first? Are all the crystals available for every person there or whoever gets it first?
The colors are available for every participant. If you don't see the color you want, just let one of the Gatherers know.
Loving your blogs....preparing for a trip of a lifetime with my two boys in April. So do the lightsabers not fold or reduce in size in any way? We'll have a 10 hour flight home and just wondering how that will work with two lightsabers?
That's correct - the lightsbers do not bend or fold and stay at their built length. They DO fit into overhead bins, but may count as one of your carry-ons :) Hope this helps!
For the 60 day mark, I'm scheduled to arrive on September 4th, my park days at Hollywood Studios are the 8th and 10th. When can I make reservations?
Disney World releases availability 60 days in advance on a rolling basis - so you'll want to check back on July 10 and July 12. May the Force be with you!
Says recommended 5+. It will be myself, husband, 5yr and 4yr old. We all want one
Can my 4yr old still make one?
It's up to your discretion, as your youngest would need to be able to follow directions. We'd also take the table height into consideration, as it's about waist-high for the average adult, so they'd need to be able to reach the top of the table in order to assemble the lightsaber.
Very disappointed to not be able to schedule a reservation for late July. This is one of the things we were most looking forward to for our trip.
there were just a bunch of times that were on there when i just booked my husband a reservation for our june 23rd HWS day
Keep checking back - and if you aren't able to secure anything ahead of time, be sure to stop by and see if they are accepting walk-ins :) Not all hope is lost just yet - crossing our fingers for you!
I am just wondering what time reservations will become available? I have been looking but cannot find an accurate site that says. Any help would be appreciated.
Reservations for Savi's Workshop open online at 7 a.m. Eastern time.
Hi, I was wondering if there was an exact time 60 days in advanced to make reservations. I tried to make reservations this morning at the 60 day mark but it was already full. I’m wondering if reservations open at exactly 12:00am. Thanks!
Reservations are supposed to open online at 7 a.m. Eastern time. It might not hurt to check at midnight, as we've heard that some other frogs in the pond have been able to make a reservation then. If you're still unable to get a reservation, keep checking regularly, as someone may cancel. You could also try getting on the waitlist on the day of your visit (we'd suggest that's the first thing you do once you arrive, as those slots go quickly as well).
Is Savi's still letting you make reservations 180 days out or is it only 60 now?
Savi's Workshop has a 60-day booking window now.
WE aren't able to get a reservation. Are walks in available?
It never hurts to ask the cast members at the check-in area if there is any last-minute availability. During our most recent trip (over spring break), Savi's had a standby list that day. It was full by the time we asked (around midday), so we'd suggest going there first thing in the morning to double check if there are any open spots due to cancellations. While it's not guaranteed, the earlier you ask, the better chance you may have! Also, keep checking the website until the day of in case any times pop up!
How much was the tax on the lightsaber and the droid. I have been looking around but everything I see just says the price plus tax and not telling me what the tax actually is.
6% tax. So it is about $265 with tax.
Is the light saber building open or will it be open in December?
At this time, Savi's isn't open as a lightsaber building experience (only a walkthrough shop). We aren't quite sure when it'll reopen as a building experience, but we'll be sure to update this post as soon as we know more!
We are building lightsabers later in the day when we are in HS. Right after our reservation at savi’s we have a FP for Slinky Dog. Can we take our saber to the front gate and have then hold them for us (we can’t sent them to POP b/c we are leaving the next day and sending them from Savi’s to the front takes a few hours and we are leaving HS to go to a ticketed event at MK). What do you recommend??
This is a tough one; since you aren't in a position to have the saber sent to the front of the park or your resort, we'd suggest having the lightsabers shipped home or asking about holding options at Savi's. Let us know how things go!
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