Although Savi’s Workshop and Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities both sell lightsabers at Galaxy’s Edge, the all-new Star Wars land at Disneyland and Disney World, each venue offers radically different lightsaber experiences and offerings for park guests.
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Savi’s Workshop: A Hands-On Lightsaber Building Experience
Savi’s Workshop requires guests to sign up for a guided build session in advance. A build session is a reserved timeslot where guests construct a one-of-a-kind lightsaber out of mix and match parts. The lightsabers will be higher in quality than the current plastic Disney Parks build-your-own lightsaber stations. Savi’s Workshop can accommodate up to 14 build sessions at one time. Each build session is expected to last 15 minutes.
In order to enter Savi’s Workshop, which is located in the Black Spire Outpost, a guest is required to provide a secret phrase to someone from a group known as “The Gathers”. The mysterious Gathers, which is “a group of men and women who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy”, guide guests through their lightsaber building experience.
Guests select a lightsaber theme: Peace and Justice (Jedi inspired), Power and Control (Sith inspired), Elemental Nature (nature style, including a Rancor tooth option), or Protection and Defense (intended to “reconnect users with the ancient wellspring of the Force”…whatever that means).
The lightsaber theme selection determines the type of pieces the guest may access in order to build the saber. Guest may NOT mix and match components from different themes at Savi’s Workshop. For example, a builder at Savi’s Workshop may not combine a Rancor tooth from the Elemental Nature theme with a salvaged Jedi Temple piece from the Peace and Justice theme.
Each one-of-a-kind lightsaber from Savi’s Workshop is ‘powered’ by a special kyber crystal and is compatible with a Disney parks blade. The blade, which is part of a universal blade system, may also be used with a lightsaber from Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.
The guest is required to purchase the lightsaber at the end of the build session.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities: Off-the-Shelf Legacy Lightsabers, Holocrons, Kyber Crystals, and Other Relics Available for Purchase
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities sells off-the-shelf legacy lightsabers and NOT one-of-a-kind, mix-and-match lightsabers. Legacy lightsabers are a pre-built series 10 of officially licensed lightsabers modeled after popular lightsabers from Star Wars canon. Available legacy lightsabers will include: Ahsoka Tano, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Mace Windu, Luke Skywalker (ROTJ), Luke Skywalker (Graflex style), and 4 other designs.
Each legacy lightsaber includes a satin-lined display box and is compatible with a Disney parks blade. The blade, which is part of a universal blade system, may also be used with a lightsaber from Savi’s Workshop.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities is arranged in a seeming haphazard and ‘random’ matter, allowing guests to feel like they stumble onto hidden treasures much like they would in a real world antique store. In addition to legacy lightsabers, the store also offers: statues, Jedi and Sith holocrons, kyber crystals, artwork and other relics.
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Lightsabers Savi’s Workshop and Dok-Ondar’s Den will likely cost a similar price to the existing Hasbro Force FX Lightsabers (i.e. around $120 to $200 each). Lightsabers offered at both venues are higher-end than inexpensive plastic toy lightsabers. Disney has not yet released final pricing details, however.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on May 31, 2019 at Disneyland and August 29, 2019 at Walt Disney World.
COVER IMAGE CREDIT: Lucasfilm/Disney
artist rendering of Galaxy’s Edge (left); Disney publicity photo of completed lightsabers from Savi’s Workshop (right)