Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be opening on May 31st, 2019 at the Disneyland Resort and August 29th in Walt Disney World.
Besides the amazing views and attractions, guests will have the opportunity to purchase special merchandise, including building your own droid at the Droid Depot.
Something to look forward to are the audio-animatronic droids that will be outside the shop interacting with those visiting Batuu.
According to Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director, Chris Beatty: It’s kind of reminiscent of the droids in ‘Episode IV’ outside the Sandcrawler that were for sale. These will look like droids that are for sale. You can come up and get your picture with them.”
“It’s just going to be stacked with droid pieces and parts,” Beatty said. “There are two animated droids back there. They will be getting an oil bath. They’re getting a little bit of refurbishment.”
Once inside the shop Beatty indicated the adventure will conintue:
“It’s just going to be stacked with droid pieces and parts. “There are two animated droids back there. They will be getting an oil bath. They’re getting a little bit of refurbishment. This shop will be polluted with droids that are full size. The whole back wall here is filled with astromechs and BB units. There’s an Imperial droid in here. There’s a medical droid. If you’re a fan of Star Wars droids, there’s a droid from almost every one of the franchise films. It’s going to be just chock full of fun characters that you know and love.”
This sounds absolutely amazing! Something else that’s super cool! “These droids use Bluetooth® technology to communicate with other astromech droid units as well as certain other elements and objects on Batuu and at Disney Parks and Resorts.”
The Droid Depot
This is a special workshop full of parts, chips, tech and manuals to construct your very own droid! It’s run by an Utai named Mubo (the photo below is of the Utai race in Star Wars.)
Guest will be able to choose between a BB-series or R-series unit. Once a unit is chosen the shop clerk will give them a basket and blueprint. From there they will proceed to the following stations for droid-building.
Droid Building Stations:
Select from a colorful variety of components to customize your droid as they roll by on the shop’s conveyor belt:
- Dome Connection Plate
- Body Sphere
- Center Leg
- Set of Side-Legs
Once here you’ll follow simple “placemat” instructions or graphic monitor displays to assemble your droid in the proper sequence. Once complete, your droid will be paired with a remote control and activated as you watch it come to life!
Each droid will cost $99.99 (plus tax) as well as a carrying box and instructions.
If you would like to add personality-affiliation chips and other accessories they are available for an additional charge
- Age Recommendation: 3+
- The experience area is limited to the builder and one Guest—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
- The Droid Depot experience is subject to availability and reservations may be required
- If reservations are required, late arrivals may not be accommodated
- Experience and offerings are subject to change without notice.
This one sounds like a lot of fun and the price isn’t too bad for what it is!
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