Disney has announced that guests will be able to purchase Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening day merchandise outside of the land, which is a welcome relief for those who don’t have reservations or want to brave the crowds to enter Star Wars Land. In this post, we’ll cover how to buy Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge souvenirs, and share pricing on two of the most highly-coveted items.
For starters, merchandise line-ups will officially begin at 2 a.m. on May 31, which follows the opening of the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure at midnight. If past precedent is any indication (and it almost certainly is), Disneyland diehards will start forming an unofficial line well before then; possibly before the park even closes on May 30. Not that lining up this early is even remotely necessary–Disneyland fans just love camping out overnight in Anaheim, I guess.
Limited edition & release merchandise, plus Annual Passholder exclusives will be sold in Star Wars Launch Bay (the old Innoventions building) in Tomorrowland. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Day merchandise, including AP items, will be sold in the Disneyland Emporium, Launch Bay, Mickey’s Star Trader, and Pooh Corner. Open edition items celebrating Star Wars Land will be sold at all of the aforementioned locations, plus Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure, World of Disney in Downtown Disney, and shops at Disneyland Hotel.
Note that many or most of the items at the aforementioned locations will not be sold on within the boundaries of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, as only “on-planet” items will be sold there. All merchandise is subject to availability, while supplies last.
Speaking of the merchandise available inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, we have new insight on that, thanks to some updated pages on Disneyland.com…
At Black Spire Outpost’s industrial Droid Depot, guests will find a workshop stocked with parts, chips, manuals, and other tech items that can be used for constructing a droid to take home. To start the process, guests register a BB-series unit or R-series unit with the shop’s clerk, who’ll provide a basket and blueprint for parts.
Following that, guests will proceed to various stations and begin the droid-building experience. The first of these is the Parts Station, where there are a variety of components to customize the droid as they roll by on the shop’s conveyor belt. These include the following domes, bodies, connection plates, center and side-legs, and motivators (as applicable to each droid series).
From there, guests continue to the Build Station to follow simple “placemat” instructions or graphic monitor displays to assemble the droid in the proper sequence. Once complete, the droid will be paired with a remote control, activated, and come to life.
Droids will cost $99.99 plus tax per astromech unit, include a carry box and instructions. Various personality-affiliation chips and other accessories are available for an additional charge. The Droid Depot experience area is limited to the builder and one guest, and at least one person in the party must be age 14 or older. Custom astromech droid units are nonrefundable and are not eligible for Annual Passholder or other discounts.
Most notably, the Droid Depot experience is subject to availability and reservations may be required. If reservations are required, late arrivals may not be accommodated. This note about reservations for Droid Depot has been hinted at previously, and it’ll be interesting to see how it works in practice–sure beats standing in line for a low capacity experience!
Next, details about the experience of assembling your own handbuilt lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop have also been revealed. Here, guests will meet one of Savi’s Gatherers outside his workshop, and choose one of 4 available hilt themes and receive a cloisonné pin to identify your selection.
There themes include Peace and Justice (with salvaged scraps from fallen Jedi temples and starships in Republic-era designs), Power and Control (forged by dark side warriors, using remnants from the Sith homeworld), Elemental Nature (embodying the Force and comprised of living things, like Brylark trees, Cartusion whale bones, etc.) and Protection & Defense (mysterious materials that reconnect users with the ancient wellspring of the Force).
The Gatherers will then help guests select the heart of your lightsaber—the kyber crystal–which is available in red, blue, green or violet. The next stage is assembling the hilt, with parts provided based upon theme and cloisonné pin. Each box of parts includes 1 hilt, 4 sleeves (pick 2), 2 emitters (pick 1), 2 pommel caps (pick 1), 2 sets of activation plates, and switches (pick 1 set).
Upon hilt completion, unused parts will be collected by the Gatherers and returned to Savi’s inventory. These are not included with your lightsaber package. Finally, the Gatherers will masterfully connect the hilt to a 36” lightsaber blade to prepare guests for battle. (Note: do not do battle on Batuu.)
In terms of pricing, this experience is a staggering $199.99 per lightsaber, plus tax with a carry case included. As with the droids, custom lightsabers are nonrefundable and are not eligible for Annual Passholder or other discounts. Additional customization items can be purchased at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. The experience area is limited to the builder and one guest, with at least one person in the party age 14 or older.
As with Droid Depot, the Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers experience is subject to availability and reservations may be required. If reservations are required, late arrivals may not be accommodated. Again, it’ll be interesting to see how this works.
I’ll preface this by saying that I am far from a lightsaber expert. In fact, when I first saw the prices, I assumed that they were reversed, as $200 for a bluetooth droid and $100 for a lightsaber makes more sense to me. I know there are replica-grade lightsabers that are really expensive, but I personally do not see the appeal. It’s ultimately a handle with a light-up blade. (Or am I missing something?)
With that said, the experience is obviously part of the cost, and you’re paying a premium for the ‘show’ element of doing this within the themed setting of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. For a lot of fans, that has to hold a lot of value. Moreover, if the quality is there and people are into this type of thing, I don’t see the harm.
The lightsaber building experience reminds me a lot of the Ollivanders wand selection ceremony, and when I first learned the prices of those glorified sticks, I about fell out of my seat. However, with Ollivanders, I gave props to Universal for crafting a story (and interactivity) around the product to boost demand. I do the same here with Disney and these lightsabers. If guests are willing to pay these prices for souvenirs, let them.
I’m curious about how this process will work in person, but have no intentions of buying either a lightsaber or a droid, so perhaps I’ll never know. I already have my sights set on an assortment of other Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge merchandise, and while that stuff is cheaper, I’m sure we’ll still end up dropping some exorbitant sum on Star Wars Land opening season souvenirs.
If you’re planning on visiting the new land, you’ll also want to read our Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Guide. This covers a range of topics from basics about the land and its location, to strategically choosing a hotel for your stay, recommended strategy for the land, and how early to arrive to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to beat the crowds. It’s a good primer for this huge addition.
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What do you think about Disneyland selling Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge merchandise at other locations throughout Disneyland Resort? Will you buy a customized droid or lightsaber? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!