Build a Droid at Disney World
Visiting Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World for the first time with 3 Stars Wars loving boys was awesome. Any Disney lover knows that they go all out when it comes to theming, and Galaxy’s Edge is a prime example of that. We would all agree that one of the best parts of the day was watching them participate in the hands on experiences. My two older boys got to build lightsabers but we thought it would be better for our 6 year old to experience Droid Depot Disney World (more on that later).
Yes, these experiences come at a cost, but we explained to our kids beforehand that these experiences were a significant portion of their Christmas gifts, which to me is way better than more toys they’ll soon forget about.
So if building a droid at Disney World is on your vacation bucket list, here’s what we thought about it whether or not we think it’s worth the cost.
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Where is the Droid Depot in Disney World
You can find the Droid Depot in the Hollywood Studios theme park within the world of Galaxy’s Edge. See the map below for where it is located in proximity to other attractions.
Do I need a reservation to build a droid in Disney World?
Reservations are not required but they are highly suggested. You can make a reservation as far as 180 days in advance through the My Disney Experience app or on the Disney World website. If you DO NOT have a reservation you will want to look for a cast member with a sign that says “Droid Depot End of Line.”
If you DO have a reservation look for a cast member near the entrance that will point you in the right direction.
Disney Droid Depot Options
When you get to the register you will have to decide which droid you would like to build. The builder can choose between the BB-Series and the R-Series. Both options are super cute, but more accessories and customizations are available with the R-series so keep that in mind. If you need help deciding there are displays showing all of the possible parts available for each series along with some examples of what you can build.
After you decide you will be given a basket with blueprints showing all of the parts you will need to choose to build your droid.
Droid Depot BB Series Parts
- Dome Connection Plate
- Body Sphere
Droid Depot R-Series
- Center Leg
- Set of Side-Legs
Next you’ll head towards the conveyor belt to choose your parts! I thought this was one of the coolest parts of the process. You can take as much time as you need to pick out the colors and styles you like the best as they pass by you on the belt. My son chose all black parts (he’s very deep and mysterious) and then we moved on to the assembly station.
Here a cast member will guide you through the process step by step as you assemble your droid. I loved how hands on it was and all the little details like the electric screwdriver that you pull down from overhead to screw everything together. It was really sweet to watch how serious my little guy was. It’s a very important job after all ;).
Then once you’ve assembled everything, you get to activate it! This is the real “Wow” moment as you push the “Activate” button and watch as your droid comes to life! Once you see him start to move and light up you’ll be given your remote control and have a chance to try out the functions of your droid before you box him up.
Picking Disney Droid Depot Accessories
Droid Depot Personality Chips
To customize your droid even more you can purchase a personality chip for $12.95 (they work in both R-series and BB-series). The chip will change how your droid sounds and how it interacts in the park. You can test out the different chips to see how they sound before you decide which one you’d like.
If you didn’t buy one while you were in the parks, have no fear, you can still buy them on Amazon!
- Red (First Order)
- Black (First Order)
- Blue (Resistance)
- Orange (Resistance)
- Purple (Smuggler)
- Silver (Smuggler)
Droid Depot Backpack
If you want to carry your droid around in style, you can purchase a backpack for $49.99. If I had thought ahead I would have brought my own bag large enough to carry it in, but instead we carried it around all day in the box that comes with your droid purchase. If it’s raining (like it was for us) be sure to ask for 2 large plastic shopping bags… one to drape over the top, and one to carry it in.
Droid Depot Disney World FAQ’s
How long does it take to build a droid at Disney World?
As long as you have a reservation, I would say that you could be in and out of the workshop in about 30 minutes.
How much does it cost to build a droid at Disney World?
Each droid costs $99 plus tax and is not eligible for annual pass holder discounts. The price includes a carrying box and instructions. The builder is allowed to bring one guest with them and at least one person in your party has to be over the age of 14. You can also purchase additional accessories like personality chips and a backpack in the store (more about that above!)
How to Save Money on building a droid!!
If you’re looking for a way to get a discount on this and all your other Disney expenses check out this post on Discounted Disney gift cards (you can use them on pretty much anything in Disney World).
What ages will enjoy building a droid?
Disney World suggests this activity for ages 3 and up. My son was 6 when he built his droid and loved it. There are a few parts of the process that would be a little tricky for a 3-5 year old, but with a parent’s help they would be just fine.
Is building a Droid at Disney World worth it?
I really enjoyed being a part of the process with him and loved watching his enthusiasm in picking out the personalized elements of his droid and then watching his face when it all came together. Plus I love that there are so many possible combinations and that you can walk away with a really unique souvenir from your vacation.
Do the droids come with instruction manuals?
You don’t get a physical instruction manual when you purchase your droid but you can find them online.
Which is better – Building a droid or building a lightsaber?
The 2 experiences are very different and I’m glad that our family got to experience both in some way. The droid is definitely more of a toy and might be better suited for younger kids. The Lightsaber is more of a high quality display piece. I had to tell my 9 and 11 year old to be careful with them so many times in the hotel room because they just wanted to battle it out with their new “toys.” If you don’t think your kids will take good care of the lightsabers I would consider the droid from them instead.
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