Droid Depot Review- Why You Should Build a Droid at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The Droid Depot is where guests can build their own personal droids that will act as their friends throughout Black Spire Outpost. Guests can build their own R-series or BB-series droids along with other droid varieties. These droids will be capable of interacting with the immersive elements of Batuu making them a popular merchandise option. Our Droid Depot review is here to show you why you should build one of these cool droids on your next visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!
Droid Depot Review- Building and Reservation Process
For guests visiting Droid Depot, you no longer need a reservation to build a droid! When you arrive, register your choice of the BB-series unit or R-series unit with the clerk, who’ll provide a basket and blueprint for parts. Next, proceed to the following stations and begin your droid-building experience.
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
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!
- $99.99 per astromech droid unit, plus tax
- Carry box and instructions included
- Various personality-affiliation chips and other accessories 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 discounts
- The Droid Depot experience is subject to availability and reservations may be required
- If reservations are required, late arrivals may not be accommodated
The droids will not be allowed to roam the land but must be carried in order to to interact with the elements of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. You can purchase a backpack made just for your new droid friend for $39.99.
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Droid Depot Experience Review
My son built a droid on trip to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge this past summer and he absolutely loved every minute of it. I made a bargain with him on our trip that this time he would do the droid and I would do the lightsaber. I timed this so we did them on the same night so that he didn't feel left out when it was time to head over to Savi's Workshop.
I made the reservation via the app, they began offering online reservations right after we arrived, and was easily able to grab the reservation I wanted. When we checked in, I heard other people asking if they had openings and they did. So it seems like while a reservation is recommended, you may have good luck walking up and getting to build your droid on the spot. Anyone can walk around the store but only builders can go behind the gates to look at the droid building up close.
After we checked in, we paid right away and were asked which unit we were building: BB-Series or R-Series. Both cost the same price but they will give you a corresponding basket for the one you pick that will tell you which pieces you need.
Once you have your basket and you've paid, you proceed over to the conveyor belt and begin picking your pieces. You can have as long as you want and we didn't feel rushed at all during this process. Which is good because my son took a long time to make up his mind.
Once you have your pieces, you will head over to a building station and one of the cast members will direct you on how to put it all together. But really, there are instructions on the table in front of you that are pretty easy to follow. My nine year old was easily able to assemble his without any help at all. He loves to build things so when they came to ask if he needed assistance he shooed them away.
Once it's complete, you get to activate it! The cast member will come over and put the magic chip in that makes the droid come to life.
This is a little bit of a experience in itself, watch the video below to see what I mean. My son was so excited at this point, I thought his head was going to pop off!
Our finished work of art!
Afterwards, if you bought the R-Series you can head over to the store to look at accessories. We ended up getting the jet attachments and the serving tray. The serving tray is purely decorative, it falls off easily when the droid moves around. The jet attachments are cool, they snap in on the sides and light up with sounds when you push the button on the remote. I'd recommend those! There are also blaster attachments and a tool set to chose from for the R-Series. If you're into accessories, I'd get the R-Series just because of all the options. They're all $17.99.
Overall, I'd recommend the droid building experience! I don't think this is just for kids either- all the adults in our group built one too and had a blast. I hope our Droid Depot review gives you an idea of what this experience is like and whether this is a worthy splurge for your trip.
Droid Interactive App Now Available
In honor of May the 4th, Disney has released an app to download that allows you to build your own droids and adds additional features for interaction with the droids you already own!
The Droid Depot app is available in the U.S. and Canada and can be downloaded for free on the App Store or Google Play.
Guests can also now choose pre-built versions of BB-8 and R2-D2 interactive remote control droids from Droid Depot at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are available for a limited time, while supplies last, on shopDisney.com – they’ll arrive at your home, ready to play as soon as you sync them with the app.
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