At Savi’s Workshop you walk into a mysterious world, immerse yourself in role play, are entertained, and leave with a fun souvenir to boot. But, is Savi’s workshop –building a custom lightsaber at Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge – really worth the time and money?
More importantly, is it right for you? Let’s consider why you and your children might see this awesome Disney experience of building a lightsaber very differently.
Disney World’s Hollywood Studios and Galaxy’s Edge
The magic of Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge really is enchanting. We aren’t ashamed to admit that Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of our very favorite attractions at all of the Disney parks.
If you already love Star Wars, you will love being a “traveler” in Batuu, drinking blue milk, and snapping pics in front of the Millennium Falcon.
(Here, you can see that we were able to carry the lightsaber around with us throughout the park)
But, in true Disney style, you can always pay a little extra for an upgrade – a real fan upsell.
One of our favorite upsells at Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge is Droid Depot, where our kids have built, not one, not two, but three different droids. All of which have become some of their very favorite toys and Disney memories.
However, if you are wondering whether you should choose to spend the $250.00 (actually $249.99) to build a lightsaber at Disney World in Savi’s workshop, then let me give you a few different pointers.
What is Savi’s Workshop?
Unlike many of the free interactive role playing attractions in Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge, Savi’s workshop is an experience that requires not only extra money but forethought. You must book your time to build your custom lightsaber well in advance.
Currently, you can book your lightsaber build time as many as 60 days in advance by clicking here, but a limited number of same-day reservations are available.
When you make your reservation, you are the only person who may enter. Only the actual builders (and one adult if the builder is a child) can enter the workshop.
Building a lightsaber in Savi’s workshop is no ordinary retail experience. Sure, you pick your hilt, your shaft, and your crystal. But, you build along with the story narrator as they detail the plight of the Rebellion against the Empire.
The culmination of the entire experience is choosing and lighting your crystal –the true heart of any lightsaber. The lights dim, the scene builds, and you leave ready to take on the Empire as a newly forged Jedi!
Sound nerdy to you? Then Savi’s workshop probably isn’t for you. But, if it sounds fun and entertaining, then you are exactly the kind of person who would love the whole process.
Savi’s workshop is not just a robotic building process, it is a storytelling, interactive experience. Shopping and a show if you will.
However, know that spots fill up quickly, and the experience is in groups. So, if you book a time in the workshop, you can’t show up later and hope to jump in line.
How much is it to build a custom lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop?
Like most things on Batuu, the credits (money) add up quick. Building a lightsaber at Savi’s workshop will set you back at least $250.00.
When you make your reservation, you book your spot. You are required to pay for your lightsaber upon entry. Currently each lightsaber build starts at $249.99 and includes a carrying case.
Of course, the customizations, add-ons, and personalizations are extra and endless for building a lightsaber at Disney.
So, you can expect that by the time you leave the workshop having purchased an extra crystal or other accessories, you could easily spend $300.00
Further, due to the size and shape of the lightsaber, you may not be able to simply walk onto an airplane with it. You know those rules about weapons and airplanes…well…this package may have to be checked or shipped.
For us, shipping was much cheaper than checking the lightsaber and fearing that it would be crushed between mountains of luggage.
So, add shipping, a shipping container, or checking the lightsaber to the price if you didn’t drive.
What is Savi’s Workshop like?
Sure, the actual lightsaber is expensive, the shipping is expensive, and the accessories are expensive. However, you didn’t only pay for a toy.
You also paid for a stage-worthy interactive experience.
The entire build can take up to an hour. This is not because buiding is so complex or difficult, instead, it is because the cast on Batuu direct you in a role play experience.
My son (the builder in this case) and my husband still have secret sayings between them learned in Savi’s workshop. They remember what they did and what they built, but they created a magical memory together that is far more valuable than the toy itself.
Is building a lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop worth it?
What you really want to know though is whether Savi’s workshop is worth it.
I mean, you spent thousands of dollars on a Disney vacation, hundreds of dollars just to get into the park, and now you are going to spend time and more money on an add-on?
Our family has 2 different opinions on Savi’s workshop.
For pre-school or elementary children, Savi’s workshop may not be worth it, but for teenagers or adults who love Star Wars, Savi’s workshop is a CAN’T MISS. So, let’s consider whether Savi’s Workshop might be worth it for you or your children.
Comparing: Is Savi’s Workshop Worth It?
First, the cost is steep. Most kids would have to use all their Disney money and more to pay for a lightsaber. Then, to make it even worse, they can’t even carry, play with, or take home the lightsaber.
For kids who want to play with something right then and there, they will be disappointed.
The lightsabers are large and heavy. Thus, they are not exactly conducive to wielding among thousands of Disney-goers.
And, if you ship it back home, they will have to wait until after your vacation to play with it.
Add onto that the fact that perhaps you don’t want your 6 year old waving a$250 toy around. One bad strike, and the entire toy would be broken.
For adults, on the other hand, who can appreciate the experience and wait a few days to play with their toy, the cost is more than worth it.
Not only do they have the fun park experience and make the fun memory, but they now have a fun toy or better yet an expensive piece of wall art to add to their home or office.
I know a lot of adults who would love to have a life-size lightsaber to add to their collection!
Time away from the park
Yes, the experience is expensive, but it also means time away from the park. It means that you might not get to ride Slinky Dog or that you might have to forego a character dinner.
For young children Savi’s Workshop might be a little over their head. So, their time may be better spent building a droid at Droid Depot or attending Jedi training rather than losing a couple of hours to lightsaber building.
For adults however, Savi’s Workshop is one of those experiences that elevates the entire Disney World experience.
If all you can think of when you think of Disney World is hot, crowded, cartoony, and princesses, then Savi’s Workshop is the kind of experience that might redeem your entire trip.
It is still my husband’s favorite Disney memory.
Finally, the souvenir itself…is it worth it?
Well, the lightsaber is a high-quality, heavy toy. It is certainly more durable and more impressive than the standard retractable plastic lightsaber that you can find in any big box store.
Therefore, your child will have a long-lasting memento of a really fun experience.
However, if your child would much rather play with a standard plastic retractable sword than be constantly told to “be careful,” then the souvenir is probably lost on them.
For adults however, who can appreciate both the experience and resist the urge to hit their brother upside the head, then they are left with a really fun souvenir and memory.
My husband’s light saber still stands in his office proudly, while my young son has hardly ever touched it.
While my son loved the experience, he is much happier to play with his droid and cruise around in his X-Wing Pilot uniform and helmet.
Savi’s Workshop is a great experience for teenagers and adults
We are a Disney-loving family who has found Galaxy’s Edge to be one of our favorite parts of the park. However, not all additional experiences are created equal for all ages.
Savi’s Workshop is 100% worth it for any Star Wars loving teen or adult. However, if you have small children, consider the cost, time away from the park, and the type of souvenir they will walk away with. It might not be worth it for young children.