Building your own customized lightsaber in Savi's Workshop at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

May 08, 2019 in "Savi's Workshop"

Savi's Workshop overview

Scott Trowbridge, Portfolio Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering put out a great article today giving an overview of Savi's Workshop in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The workshop will be the main location on Batuu to customize and build a lightsaber.

Savi's Workshop builds on the interactive buying experience that we have seen in Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Pandora, taking the shopping experience to a new level.

There still isn't any pricing information, but given the experience and quality of the product (dye cast metal), expect it to be on the higher side.

Here is a description of the experience from Scott Trowbridge.

For those travelers to Black Spire Outpost who feel a stronger connection with the Force, you are not alone. To find like-minded others, make your way to Savi’s Scrapyard. Those who have felt the call can seek out the hidden workshop and arrange an appointment to meet with the Gatherers – a group of men and women who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by 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.

The Gatherers have amassed a great collection of stories, kyber crystals, and other saber parts from around the galaxy. As “keepers of the Force,” they have passed down their knowledge from generation to generation, striving to keep the flame of hope alive. Savi was one of the original Gatherers and a friend to Lor San Tekka (whom we met briefly at the beginning of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). Like Lor, Savi was a believer in the ideals of the Jedi Order and helped to pass on his knowledge of Jedi lore. He 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.

Those ready to learn this knowledge will find a symbol displayed on the front of the workshop indicating that they are in the correct location and they must give the secret phrase to the Gatherers to enter inside. Once inside the workshop, the Builders will be surrounded by various odds and ends, pieces and objects. These pieces become key elements in the building and refinement of their lightsabers. At the center of the room is the Builder’s Table, a large oval-shaped table assembled from ancient pieces salvaged from across the galaxy that can accommodate up to 14 builders at a time to choose their crystal and craft their lightsaber.

There are four themes of lightsabers that guests can build:

Peace and Justice: Salvaged from fallen Jedi temples and crashed starships, these lightsaber pieces were created for Force wielders of the Republic era. The simple designs reflect the commitment to the devout life of those whom they were created by – the Jedi Order – the once guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy.

Power and Control: Reclaimed from the ashes of the rumored Sith homeworld and abandoned Sith temples, these lightsaber pieces were originally forged by the Sith of their time. Characterized by sharp and strong forms, these pieces showcase the brutality and relentlessness of the Sith’s insatiable desire for power and control.

Elemental Nature: As we have been told, The Force is an energy field created by all living things; it surrounds us, penetrates us and binds the galaxy together. These lightsaber pieces are born of that same Force. They are as unique as the user and as the elements of nature: the wood from a Brylark tree, a bone of the Cartusion whale or even a tooth from a Rancor.

Protection and Defense: Cultivated from a time forgotten, these earliest lightsaber pieces contain designs and inscriptions that are shrouded in mystery. Believed to be created for protection and defense, conferring anonymity and symbolizing emotional detachment, a lightsaber made from these pieces reconnects the user with the most ancient wellspring of the Force.

Savi's workshop will open at Disney's Hollywood Studios on August 29 2019 as part of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

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Article Posted: May 08, 2019 / 9:14am ET
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I am TimmyJan 16, 2020

We did, I just hope they didn't have SO much fun that they need to do it again next trip, lol. I'm already sweatin' about the Star Wars hotel - I really wish Disney would put put some info. early on this one so we could save our pennies in time! I wonder if they will let people bring their sabers and droids? I would imagine so, but will be interesting to find out what a stay will entail.

I am TimmyJan 16, 2020

No red crystals? It seems like it's way busier than it was in Dec. - we were there until the 24th and had no trouble with most things. Even the standby lines were short. My son got both holocrons and all the crystals (including a black one!). They do feel a bit cheap to me, but he was thrilled (and he's 27) when he put each of the crystals into them for the "secret messages". And yes, the sabers are great quality - there are bags you can buy for the sabers in a barrell in Dok Ondar's for 49.99 (on your left if your facing the saber counter, almost look like they're supposed to be props for the shop) and the saber stands were in the case with the sabers if you didn't buy one at saber check in. Droid backpacks were also $49.99, if one didn't want to carry around the awesome cardboard box those sweet babies come in!

PeoplemoverTTAJan 15, 2020

We just missed each other - glad you had fun!

CaptainAmericaJan 14, 2020

Hm must have been sold out or just buried behind the swarms of people. I thought I combed that place pretty well but no stands, and no red kyber crystals. (Side note... those holocrons are super junky feeling next to the lightsabers.)

LukeS7Jan 14, 2020

There is a stand (for just the hilt) available at Dok Ondar's. I think the price was $24.99 when we went

CaptainAmericaJan 14, 2020

The cast members there were SUPER friendly and helpful. They're currently fully booked about two to three weeks in advance but we got there first thing in the morning and asked about standby availability. There was nothing at the time but they told us to keep checking in throughout the day. Apparently what happens is families will book a reservation for a "party of four" but only dad and brother want to build, while mom and sister are just going in to watch. Savi's considers that a party of two, so when a family like that checks in they get some builder slots that open. We got in around 10am on a day the park opened at 7am. Almost everything about the experience was an A+. I was very impressed with the host's ability to deliver lines that should have been cheesy and ridiculous, but came across as sincere and believable. My only complaints are the carrying case, which is extremely poor quality, and the lack of a display stand. Whether it's included in the price or available for purchase, they really should have had some kind of stand you could get.

Surferboy567Jan 14, 2020

...sorry I didn’t see this sooner. As you probably know by now, they are super hard to secure usually needing to book them WELL in advance. Perhaps though you could ask the Batuu locals but I’m not sure how much that would help escipally with the Rise crowds. Droid building however, might be able to get you in but I just saw photos of a line out the door today.

I am TimmyJan 14, 2020

Droid building was at 10:20am, saber res. at 12:50 pm.

CaptainAmericaJan 12, 2020

What's the current situation regarding reservations and whatnot? We're here on a short trip without the kids and my wife is pregnant so we were planning on skipping Studios entirely. We might head over if I can be reasonably confident in getting a lightsaber without too much hassle.

Back!Elbow!Shoulders!Jan 12, 2020

Good news: lightsaber is working. Blade lighting and sounds etc all in order. Bad news: The Force isn’t strong with me. I had the hilt upside down. 🤦🏻‍♀️ So the videos all make it look easy because it is.

Back!Elbow!Shoulders!Jan 12, 2020

Battery replacement and blade removal were easy. I’m stuck at the battery pack reinsertion step. I have a red arrow on the battery pack but no second red arrow inside or on the hilt. I can get the pack most of the way but it meets resistance about 1/2 inch from totally in. There’s two little plastic thingies that it won’t go past and I’m too afraid to force it and snap them off. DH joked it was my final trial of training. I think this is how people go to the dark side. 🤬

PeoplemoverTTAJan 12, 2020

What time did you go on 12/19? We went that day too!

I am TimmyJan 12, 2020

We were there & made 2 sabers on 12/19 - & had to buy 2 sets of every color kyber crystal (2 adult sons & I went, got to see them build droids too!!) So much fun, really worth it to do once - the experience should probably be considered when looking at the price on these 2 items. The crystals are 14.99 in DW now, droid backpacks are 49.99, saber packs you can buy (not the ones that come with the saber) are 49.99. Side note: one of my boys got the black crystal, we had to go get and buy another red one, because he "needed" every color & now did not have a red one. Much hooping & whooping ensued in Dok Ondars. The holocrons were 49.99 at the time. Those prices went up FAST, as I had already been watching them when DL opened & reports were coming in. Droid backpacks came out at 34.99 (summer in DL), & had already gone up to 49.99 for DW opening. The Rancor tooth beer flight in Oga's came out at $75, now $85. Kyber crystals were 12.99, now 14.99. All this within 6 mo. of opening - can't wait to see how much it will go up this year.

Surferboy567Jan 11, 2020

Always a pleasure to see another TRON Legacy fan.