If you’ve been a part of The Dad community for while, you know just how excited we’ve been for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new 14-acre, $1 billion Star Wars attraction at Disneyland and Disney World.
The Anaheim location just recently opened and Star Wars fans from around the world are flocking to the park to experience the immersive new rides, other-worldly meals, and other incredible experiences from a galaxy far, far away.
The attraction that has garnered the most attention, however, is the ability to build a “real” lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop. Of course, with a hefty $200 price tag, it must be an experience to remember, right?
First of all, it’s not just some expensive flashlight. The workshop is an interactive attraction that reportedly lasts up to three hours, inviting people to carefully craft a weapon that reflects their personality and desires. Along the way, participants learn about Savi, the Gatherers (who accompany you through the building process), and the history of the lightsaber itself.
The Disney Park blog states:
“The Gatherers guide those who seek their assistance in creating their own unique customized lightsaber… [They] have amassed a great collection of stories, kyber crystals, and other saber parts from around the galaxy.
“[Savi] 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.”
Guests begin the process by choosing one of four unique lightsaber styles:
- Peace and Justice: Lightsaber pieces predominantly from the New Republic era, salvaged from fallen Jedi temples and crashed starships. This weapon will “reflect the commitment to the devout life of those whom they were created by.”
- Power and Control: Dark and powerful pieces rumored to have been recovered from the Sith homeworld and abandoned temples, they will “showcase the brutality and relentlessness of the Sith’s insatiable desire for power and control.”
- Elemental Nature: The force permeates all living things, and these pieces are a reflection of that relationship. Elements include things like “the wood from a Brylark tree, a bone of the Cartusion whale, or even a tooth from a Rancor.”
- Protection and Defense: Ancient pieces with “designs and inscriptions that are shrouded in mystery” from a time long forgotten, a weapon created from these “reconnects the user with the most ancient wellspring of the Force.”
From there, participants are ushered to the builder’s table, where they assemble their lightsabers by hand with their chosen parts, including:
- 1 hilt (the handle)
- 2 sleeves (the grips)
- 1 emitter (where the blade ignites)
- 1 pommel cap (protective end to the hilt)
- 1 set of activation plates and switches (to turn the lightsaber on and off)
Then, after listening to a dramatic overview of the various “kyber” crystals colors—blue, green, violet, and red—builders will choose and insert their own crystal into their lightsaber. The lead Gatherer then adds a 36-inch lightsaber “blade” to reveal a brand new “elegant weapon for a more civilized age.”
The reactions participants are having make it seem truly magical—one builder going as far as to call it a “religious experience”—and with the high price tag on top of park admission that costs over $100 as well, it damn well better be.
Check out the video below to see the entire process in detail: