One of the major attractions of Disney's new Star Wars land will be the opportunity for fans to build their own unique lightsabers. Now, thanks to a special VIP-only performance from the Disney Parks team, we finally know how the construction process will work. We also hold the final product in our hands. I'm glad to report that these are remarkable reproductions, and are much heavier than they look.
Product experts from the Disney Parks team are on hand at this year's Star Wars Celebration in Chicago for some presentations that include examples of the final product. Here's how the process works.
There will be two different lightsaber stores in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge when it opens to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The first, called the Den of Antiquities of Dok-Ondar, will sell a series of 1
Both the legacy and the custom lightsabers are compatible with a universal blade system. Blades are available in different lengths and sizes, and each one will light up with different colors depending on the ring attached to.
The legacy blades presented at the Celebration include replicas of both Luke Skywalker's lighthouse simultaneously, as well as iconic weapons carried by Ahsoka Tano, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and Mace Windu. Each one will come packed in its own satin-lined presentation case, complete with a unique chevron on the outside.
Some blades will also have additional accessories to make them more accurate. The blade of Kylo Ren will come with two additional blades to accommodate its iconic crossguard, whereas Luke Skywalker's lightsaber from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi features a special attachment point for its extremely narrow emitter.
Blades are a variety of animals in total. Building one will be part of a prominent small group experience inside the park.
Before entering the "build chamber" at Savi's Workshop, visitors must first choose from one of four types of lightsaber kits. Options are set by Jedi dedicated to Peace and Justice, the dedicated Power and Control gained by Sith, the more naturalistic Elemental Nature set, and the mysterious Protection and Defense kit. Once inside the building room, cast members called Caregivers will come and offer a choice of three different colored kyber crystals.
The crystals themselves are random. Visitors can find color, but not cut or crystalline type until they open it. Once selected, the crystals will be inserted into a holocron, which will allow character icons from the Star Wars universe to whisper the Mysteries of the Force. Disney employees emphasize that crystals contain new and extraordinary traditional knowledge about the Star Wars universe.
From there, caregivers will help visitors use a discrete set of parts they choose to customize their blade
for a moment in the Disney Parks booth before the live demonstration, and surprisingly, the exhibitor dropped one of the individual ingredients into the table. The tiny, two-square-square module clanged off the table like a piece of beautiful brass plumbing hardware. Later, when I had the opportunity to hold a custom lightsaber in my hand, I was amazed at the weight of the thing. It's easier than any old school, the 12-inch Maglite flash lite.
Unlike the old Maglites school, however, these lightsabers run on AA or AAA batteries. The weight comes from all the high quality materials built from.
A host of accessories is also on sale, including full-length carrying cases that are available for purchase of optional blades. Clips can also be used with strong, universal belts. They offer the same direct attachment points and clips for the D-rings that are common to some lightabers. Additionally, fans can also buy their own holocron so they can "talk to the Force" and learn about their own, unique crystal home. is available for fans when Galaxy Edge opens in California on May 31. Nearly identical stores will also be opened at Disney World in Orlando, Florida on August 29.