Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge offers a wide variety of incredible, immersive experiences, but none of them compare to Savi’s Workshop. For children and adults alike, Savi’s is a literal dream-come-true scenario. You get to build your own custom lightsaber. While that should be enough right there, here’s a little bit more info…
As fits the story of Black Spire Outpost, Savi’s Workshop is a bit hidden. More on that later. You’ll find Savi’s just off the main pathway in the center of Black Spire Outpost, in a courtyard next to the Droid Depot. If you’re coming from the main entrance (Resistance Base) it will be on the left. If you’re coming from the First Order side, it will be on the right. If you’re coming from the Millennium Falcon, it is down the stairway and to the left. Regardless of where you’re coming from, look for the blue banner with a white lightsaber icon on it to confirm you’re in the right spot.
When you first approach Savi’s workshop, it looks like a guest information stand. This is to keep the true purpose of Savi’s Workshop hidden from the First Order. There are a few Batuanns stationed outside, and depending on if stormtroopers are near, they will be carrying informational cards about the lightsabers. If you see them, you know you’re in the right place.
When you approach, you may be asked if you’re inquiring about scrap metal. This is all part of the ruse to protect the workshop. Confirm that you are, and then they’ll ask you if you have a reservation (most days you’ll need one), and if you do you’ll be checked in and taken to the register to select your theme. You’ll be given a pin associated with your chosen theme (it’s part of the package) and then you’re directed to a waiting area.
Once everyone for that given session with Savi is checked in, you’re introduced to one of the Gatherers. They will explain the basics of scrap metal, why everything is done in secret, and then guide you into the workshop. The path to the workshop is short and filled with random junk. Again, all part of the ruse. You take your place at one of the workshop’s tables, and then the show begins.
From here, we caution you. Below is a video of our full experience inside Savi’s Workshop from the perspective of my 8-year-old youngling. If you want to retain the element of surprise, do NOT play the video. We intentionally left the physical construction of the saber out as that process is slightly different depending on the theme you’ve selected, but the show is largely the same.
As a massive Star Wars fan (obviously), this process was a religious experience. I cried. Multiple times and I didn’t even build! I still cry when I go back and watch the video. I can’t imagine how I’m going to react when I go back to build my own custom lightsaber for my birthday.
What Can You Buy?
There’s only one purchase you make at Savi’s, the $200 lightsaber building package. The package contains:
- The building experience
- A custom lightsaber built from the pieces of one of four themes (Peace and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental Nature, & Protection and Defense)
- An exclusive pin matching your chosen theme
- An exclusive carrying case for your completed lightsaber
- One kyber crystal to “power” your lightsaber (red, blue, green, or purple)
Additional kyber crystals are available for purchase at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. For more on what you can do with the kyber crystals, see our full breakdown.
While you never meet Savi himself in the show, he does play a small role in Delilah S. Dawson’s Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire novel as well as Zoraida Cordova’s young adult novel A Crash of Fate. Savi is an associate of Lor San Tekka, who you would remember best from the opening scene of Episode VII: The Force Awakens. San Tekka is the one who “begins to set things right” by giving Poe Dameron the map to Luke Skywalker. It is not known whether or not Savi and his Gatherers are not directly connected to San Tekka’s Church of the Force or not.
Make A Reservation
Reservations are strongly recommended for Savi’s Workshop. While the Force may be with you when you visit, walk-up availability even on seemingly slow days is spotty at best. If at all possible, make a reservation. To make your reservation, and for more information, visit the official Disney World site.