While we may still be several months away from Galaxy's Edge opening here in Florida, Disneyland guests will get a taste of the new land much sooner. Thanks to California's opening of the new Star Wars themed land being just a few weeks away, we've gotten more details when it comes to shopping experiences that will be found at Black Spire Outpost. Savi's Workshop will be the place to not just shop but build your very own lightsaber. Disney promises that this will be a major upgrade from the current build-your-own lightsaber experience dotted around the parks. Savi's will feature a collection of characters and a full backstory to create a complete story-based shopping experience. Something that Universal parks have mastered with their Ollivanders Wand experience.
For those travelers to Black Spire Outpost who feel a stronger connection with the Force, you are not alone. To find like-minded others, make your way to Savi’s Scrapyard. Those who have felt the call can seek out the hidden workshop and arrange an appointment to meet with the Gatherers – a group of men and women who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of the Force and the ancient ways of the Jedi. The Gatherers guide those who seek their assistance in creating their own unique customized lightsaber.
I do wonder how this will tie into the final film in the Skywalker saga, slated to hit theaters this December. Star Wars fans have been speculating that the film's title 'Rise of Skywalker' could be hinting at an all new Jedi Order that goes away from the old traditions. A rebuilt and new religion similar to the Jedi but perhaps one that puts a bigger emphasis on balancing the dark and the light together as one. It will be interesting to see if the storyline in this shopping experience will reflect the events that happen in the final film that will premiere after the land opens at Disneyland and Disney World
The Gatherers have amassed a great collection of stories, kyber crystals, and other saber parts from around the galaxy. As “keepers of the Force,” they have passed down their knowledge from generation to generation, striving to keep the flame of hope alive. Savi was one of the original Gatherers and a friend to Lor San Tekka (whom we met briefly at the beginning of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). Like Lor, Savi was a believer in the ideals of the Jedi Order and helped to pass on his knowledge of Jedi lore. He created a salvage business as a front to hide his clandestine mission of guiding the next generation of Force wielders and helping them create their unique lightsabers.
Guests will be able to customize their lightsabers in more ways than they ever have before. However these new lightsabers will be centered around four main themes:
Peace and Justice: Salvaged from fallen Jedi temples and crashed starships, these lightsaber pieces were created for Force wielders of the Republic era. The simple designs reflect the commitment to the devout life of those whom they were created by – the Jedi Order – the once guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy.
Power and Control: Reclaimed from the ashes of the rumored Sith homeworld and abandoned Sith temples, these lightsaber pieces were originally forged by the Sith of their time. Characterized by sharp and strong forms, these pieces showcase the brutality and relentlessness of the Sith’s insatiable desire for power and control.
Elemental Nature: As we have been told, The Force is an energy field created by all living things; it surrounds us, penetrates us and binds the galaxy together. These lightsaber pieces are born of that same Force. They are as unique as the user and as the elements of nature: the wood from a Brylark tree, a bone of the Cartusion whale or even a tooth from a Rancor.
Protection and Defense: Cultivated from a time forgotten, these earliest lightsaber pieces contain designs and inscriptions that are shrouded in mystery. Believed to be created for protection and defense, conferring anonymity and symbolizing emotional detachment, a lightsaber made from these pieces reconnects the user with the most ancient wellspring of the Force.