How To Build Your Own Droid Counterpart
Updated: Jan 17, 2023
A comprehensive guide to building your own droid at Galaxy's Edge.
As C-3PO once said, “This is madness!” Star Wars fans can finally create their own interactive, custom Astromech Unit after wanting an R2-D2 or C-3PO buddy for years. Located in the Black Spire Outpost in Galaxy’s Edge, the Droid Depot will make those dreams come true. And don’t worry, the droid detector is turned off at Oga’s Cantina so no need to smuggle them in.
This magical experience allows guests to create their own remote control BB-series or R-series companion. After choosing a series, each builder will be given a basket and sent down a line to pick parts off a conveyor belt. There is a wide variety of shapes, colors, and components to choose from to customize the droid. If building a BB-series, the builder will choose a Dome, Dome Connection Plate, Body Sphere, and Motivator. If building an R-series, the builder will choose a Dome, Body, Center Leg, and Set of Side-Legs.
Once the builder has chosen their parts, they will be placed at a building station where they will follow instructions from a monitor to assemble the unit. Once it is put together, a remote control will be paired to the droid to activate it.
As stated on Disney’s website, advance reservations are highly recommended. This means while reservations are not required, it is the only way to guarantee a spot. A limited amount of same-day reservations will be taken, as well as walk-ins depending on the day’s availability. (Please note: this is different than park reservations. A valid ticket and park reservation is required to enter Hollywood Studios and access the Droid Depot.)
To make a reservation, go to WDW Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Custom Astromech Units page or the My Disney Experience App. Next, select your date range of when you will be there. Select the number of guests that will build a droid. Each builder is allowed one guest, however, the guest is not allowed to build a droid. Note: at least one person in the two-person party must be 14 or older. Select the time of day and a specific time slot. Click "Continue." It will match your My Disney Experience Account to your reservations. A credit card must be attached to the reservation/account at the time of reservation and will be charged if the reservation is canceled less than 24 hours prior to the time slot or if the builder is a no-show.
The whole experience including the astromech droid unit, carrying box, instructions, and remote control, costs $120 and is not refundable. Additional personality chips and decals are offered at an additional cost. The experience lasts about 20 minutes.
Builders can check into the Droid Depot no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the reservation time slot. Enter the building and get in line to the left of the entrance. The clerk (cast member) will check your reservation confirmation, photo ID, and credit card attached to the reservation. This is where the builder will choose between an R-series or BB-series unit and will be given a basket and blueprints.