One of the most exciting things about Disney’s plans for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland resort is the fact that this new land will be both immersive and interactive. One of the most exciting new features of this new land is how guests will be able to make their own, customized, in-universe lightsabers. Instead of simply putting together plastic pieces (like guests used to be able to do outside of Star Tours) Disney has crafted an entire new experience for guests that will allow them to create their own story surrounding their lightsaber. And now Disney has dropped some amazing new details about exactly how that experience will go!
Welcome to Savi's Workshop
Considering Lightsabers are said to be rare in the Star Wars universe, Disney had to make a backstory for how these valuable and hard to find objects could be available to everyone visiting the planet of Batuu. The answer? Savi’s Scrapyard, a special place run by a group of people called the "Gatherers" a group of people 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 story goes that the Gatherers have amassed a great collection of stories, kyber crystals, and other lightsaber 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.And of course, when guests enter this establishment, that will naturally be them!
Entering the shop
Much like the Olivander's wand choosing experience at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, guests will need to go through a bit of a process before they're ready to craft their lightsaber. Guests will first need to find a symbol displayed on the front of the workshop indicating that they are in the correct location and then must give a secret phrase to the Gatherers to gain entry.
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. Guests will then be able to work on their lightsaber, along with a Gatherer, who will help guide their experience, explaining what each lightsaber part does and what makes each weapon unique and special for each guest.