The Droid Depot has always been a popular experience at Galaxy’s Edge. Travelers are able to build their own custom R Series or BB Series droids. We wanted to find out what the all COVID-19 changes to droid building would be and how they would affect the experience.
As you enter the Droid Depot you are still greeted by Cast Members, but now they are wearing masks and or face shields. One of the Cast Members has an iPad and can check you in or help you make a reservation. We were able to walk right in without a reservation. But we encourage you to make a reservation ahead of time just to be safe.
The Beginning of the Process
When travelers arrive, check-in, and are ready to build they choose which droid they want to build. The experience cost $99. A Cast Member will take your payment and then guide you to a number of the floor where you will choose the parts for your droid.
Choosing Your Parts
Once builders choose which droid they want to build they are given a basket with a blueprint for the assembly. The first step in the droid building process is to choose the parts you want for your droid. The parts still come by on a conveyor belt. As the parts go by travelers simply pick what they need. If you get confused in the process a Cast Member is nearby to assist.
All the parts come in a variety of colors. Builders can mix and match different colored parts or they choose to keep their droid in one color pattern. As you collect the pieces you put them in the basket provided. When all the pieces have been collected a Cast Member will show you where to go next.
Walk to Building Station
New dividers have been added and a small queue has been set up to help with social distancing. Social distancing markers are on the floor to keep builders 6 feet apart. At the end of the dividers, another Cast Member will direct you to a numbered station. All stations are clearly marked with a number and a red rectangle on the floor for builders to stand-in. A small divider has been placed between stations. In the past, there were more stations to build on but with social distancing precautions in place now the spaces are more limited.
Assembling Your Droid
Once you arrive at your build station a Cast Member will instruct you what to do. The build process is pretty much the same. The first thing we did was take all the parts out of the basket and place them on the build station. The Cast Member is available if you get stuck or need help. The directions are still posted on the build station and are fairly easy to follow. The screwdriver tool is still available to use to secure your droids parts.
Once all the parts you collected are assembled the Cast Member helping you presents you with a couple more pieces for the front of your droid. You can choose whatever colors you want or stick to something that matches your droid. All of the surfaces and tools are sanitized in between uses.
Activating Your Droid
Once your droid is built it goes through the activation process. Builders still push the big red button to begin the process. Once everything is done the Cast Member helping you will show you how to use the remote, help you test out your droid, put your droid in a box. After that, you are done and you are free to go.
Overall Changes to Droid Building
All of the COVID-19 changes to droid building do not affect the overall experience. Social distancing precautions are in place but they don’t change the experience at all. The only changes we observed were the addition of the dividers and the small queue, the numbered spots on the floor so you can choose your droid parts, the numbered stations with the addition of the red rectangles for builders to stand in, the dividers between build stations, and the limited number of build stations.
Face coverings are required at all Disney Parks and must be worn during the droid building process. Cast Members in the area are also wearing masks and or face shields. Hand sanitizer is also available at the entrance so you can sanitize before and after the experience.
Full Experience Video
For a full walk-through of the new experience, check out our video below or on YouTube.