Do you want to build a droid? Oh, we do, Olaf! Every traveler of the galaxy needs a trusty companion and you can build our own on Batuu in the Droid Depot. On August 29, 2019, Walt Disney World opened the gates to Galaxy’s Edge and to a world filled with possibility, including creating your own droid. Let’s dive into the experience of what it’s like to build your own droid from the ground up. Come on, let’s go and build!
Preparing To Build
Before stepping foot into Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, a little planning should go into your trip to the Droid Depot. Through My Disney Experience, you can book a reservation for a time to build. Similar to booking a Fastpass, you’ll search My Disney Experience for the Droid Depot and pick a day and time to build.
Reservations are not required, but we would definitely recommend making one when possible. Travelers of Batuu with reservations are able to move to the front of the line. There is definitely plenty of room for walk-ups when you have the moment where you need more droid in your life.
Passholder Insights: For times when Galaxy’s Edge is at capacity if you have a reservation to the Droid Depot or any other experience you’ll have no problem entering Batuu.
BB unit or R2 unit? It’s the hardest decision you’ll have to make at the Droid Depot. Trust use we went back and forth for a bit. Upon checking in you’ll head to the desk to begin your building experience. Here is where you’ll decide what type of droid you’re going to create. For our experience, we went with a BB unit, and more than likely we’ll be heading back for an R2 as well.
After paying for your droid, the cast member will hand you a metal basket with instructions on what pieces you’ll need to pick out. Off the parts belt, we go!
Passholder Insights: Both types of buildable droids are $99 to create. This includes the building experience as well as the droid. Each builder and can have a guest join in the fun.
You can’t build a droid without parts. In the back of the Droid Depot, you’ll find a conveyer belt spitting out a variety of parts in no particular order. Searching through motors, bodies, and heads, in tons of different colors could the best part. You can mix and match different colors to create a truly unique droid.
Looking at the instructions you’ll find a list of parts you’ll need for assembly. If you see a part from your list you like, you can grab it and put it into your metal baskets. Once you have all your parts it’s time to head over to the building area. Cast members are there to help with questions around which parts are needed, as well as, they’ll let you know which building station to go.
Passholder Insights: The Droid Depot does offer three pre-built droids. You can choose from R2-D2 and BB-8 for the same price as building your own, and then DJ Rex for $130.
Some Assembly Required
Well of course! This is a droid building experience. On the bottom of the basket are the instructions on how to assemble your new friend. The pieces fit together nicely, and the instructions are very straightforward on how put everything together. There are a few screws that will need to be tightened. Hanging from the ceiling you’ll find the electric screwdriver to tighten those last few bolts.
Passholder Insights: The process building takes about 10 minutes to complete after you have all your parts.
Put all together and what do you get? Your new best friend. After tightening that last screw it’s time to bring your droid to life. One of the Droid Depot mechanics will help with the process. You’ll place your new BB or R2 unit in the charging station and this where all the magic happens. The mechanic will say “charging” an off we go! The table lights up with the different stages of activation until your new droid comes to life.
When the last light is solid, your little buddy is ready to explore. The mechanic will take them out of the charging station and walk you through how everything works. The best part is the mechanic explains to you that your droid is still new and will be learning as you explore Batuu. You’ll booth feel and hear them moving and talking as you carry them around.
Passholder Insights: A carry case is included. If you’re looking for a fancy case you’ll want to check out the backpack option with includes a flap where you droid can see out.
Every droid needs personality! After your done building you’ll have the option of purchasing a personality chip. On the far right wall when facing the back of the Droid Depot you see of a wall of personality chips. There is six total to choose from, with buttons to listen to a preview of the personality. The chips cost $13 dollars apiece.
Passholder Insights: Behind the wall of the personality in the back room of the Droid Depot you’ll find the full-scale replica of R2-D2.
Worth it? Yes! For us, hands down a fantastic experience and worth the price. If you’re looking to add a new member to your family, then you’ll want to check this out. Our biggest recommendation is to take your time. There is no need to rush through the experience. We went slower than most of the builders around us to make sure we took everything in. The only thing left to do is name them!