Galaxy’s Edge Droid Depot Custom Droid Building Experience (Updated for 2020)

Galaxy’s Edge is full of unique shops and immersive experiences. There are two custom building experiences at Galaxy’s Edge: Droid Depot and Savi’s Workshop. On our first trip to Galaxy’s Edge we decided building a custom droid at the Droid Depot was our top priority. We have now visited Droid Depot many times, built a second astromech, researched personality chips, and tested a Droid Depot backpack to help you plan your own experience.

Updated March 2020

Droid Depot Location 

Like much of Galaxy’s Edge, the signage is subtle or non-existent. It is best to use a map or the My Disney Experience App to find your way around Galaxy’s Edge. An easy way to spot Droid Depot is to find four droids outside a large building with doors on either side.

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Galaxy’s Edge Droid Depot Building Experience

The Droid Building experience is broken into four parts: purchasing the droid, picking out parts, building your custom droid, and finally activating your droid.

Step 1: Buy The Droid

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It seems a little counter-intuitive, but the first thing you do is purchase your droid. There are custom BB and R units in a multitude of colors and some varying styles. Sample pieces for both R and BB units are inside a cage along the queue for the register. We also found a personality chip for our droid and brought that with us to avoid having to wait in line twice. 

Elizabeth knew she wanted a BB unit and was hoping for one in purple. There have been some part shortages, so before paying for our BB unit we surveyed the parts conveyor belt. We saw plenty of purple BB parts gliding by and completed our purchase.

After paying for your droid a cast member provides you a parts basket. This basket has an insert indicating what parts are needed for your specific droid type.

Step 2: Pick Out Your Droid Parts

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Take your droid parts basket to the conveyor belt. The conveyor belt slides past with everything you need to make your custom droid. Paired items are taped together, for example the two half spheres for a BB unit, so you only need to grab one. 

Although the Droid Depot was incredibly busy I did not feel that cast members rushed us through the droid part choosing process. We grabbed each of the parts we needed off of the conveyor belt and placed them in the basket. We watched the belt for a full rotation before moving on to the building process to make sure we had the parts we liked best.

Step 3: Build Your Custom Droid

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After you have collected all of your droid parts in the basket, a cast member will direct you to a building station. The building station has Ikea-type step-by-step instructions for putting your droid together. At first the instructions seemed daunting, but as we started the process we discovered it was pretty easy.

If you get stuck in the building process you can push a button to alert a technician who can help you. We were able to put our BB unit together with very little assistance from the technician. Most pieces either click together or twist closed, but a handful of pieces must be screwed together using an electric screwdriver located at each droid building station. 

Pro tip: If you have purchased a personality chip for your BB style droid it is best to install it while the droid is not fully assembled.  

Step 4: Activate Your Custom Droid

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After building your droid it is finally time to activate it and a technician assists in this process. The tech places your droid in an activation pod where a basic controller is paired to your droid. You push a button to activate the droid and indicator lights on the board light up to show the activation process. 

After a few seconds your custom built droid comes to life, and it is time to box it up. The Galaxy’s Edge Droid Depot provides a cardboard carrying box as part of your purchase price. The cardboard box has openings where you can see your droid interact all around Galaxy’s Edge.

Droid Depot Custom Built Droid Cost

At time of publishing BB and R units are the same price and currently sell for $99.99 each. Additional accessories vary in price.

Galaxy’s Edge Droid Depot Personality Chips

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I heard lots of talk about Droid Depot personality chips but could not find any specific information until I actually went to Galaxy’s Edge to research the Droid Depot. Personality chips come in a variety of colors, but the colors are not the only defining characteristic.

There are three types of droid personality chips: First Order, Resistance, or Scoundrel. Each type of personality chip comes in two colors. We have two scoundrel personality chips, one in each color. The droids react similarly, but have different chirps and tones because of the slight variation between the different color scoundrel chips.

You can identify which kind of chip it is by looking at a symbol on the back of the personality chip box. First Order personality chips have a First Order symbol, make your droid speak in lower tones, and your droid is more likely to interact with other First Order droids or areas.

The Resistance personality chips have a Resistance symbol on the back of the box. Droids with this kind of chip are more likely to avoid anything to do with First Order and interact in areas that seem friendlier to the Resistance. 

Elizabeth opted for Scoundrel personality chips, which have a unique symbol on the back of the box. Scoundrels look out for their own interests, showing no particular allegiance to either the First Order or the Resistance. Our scoundrel droids get incredibly nervous in the First Order areas. They even made a kind of whimpering beep when we visited First Order Cargo. Our scoundrel droids seem most comfortable and chatty in the main marketplace, but are not a huge fan of the Resistance base either.

Droid Depot personality chips cost $12.99 for each chip purchased. Custom built droids come with a basic personality even without the purchase of an additional chip, but the chip was an added layer of fun for us.

Using Your Custom Droid In Galaxy’s Edge

Keep Your Droid Contained 

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Droid Depot custom droids cannot roll through Galaxy’s Edge. Droids must be inside the carrying box provided, the special Droid Depot backpack available for purchase, or otherwise secured. 

The Droid Depot carrying box is an okay way to transport a BB unit, especially if the specialty backpacks are sold out. The openings make it easy to see when our droid is talking or moving in response to something in Galaxy’s Edge. 

The handle of the cardboard box is uncomfortable. The cardboard feels sharp after carrying it for a while. Part way into our day at Galaxy’s Edge I found a low tech way to make the handle more comfortable. I simply wrapped a couple of napkins around the handle to cushion the rough edge. Although kind of ugly, it worked really well. 

We also tried using a traditional backpack to walk BB through Galaxy’s Edge. The regular backpack was decidedly worse than using the provided carrying box from Droid Depot. The BB unit head kept getting knocked off inside the Jansport backpack, and you could not tell when it was interacting with prompts inside Galaxy’s Edge.

The Droid Interactions Are Random

We really enjoyed how our droid seemed to chirp and move as we explored Galaxy’s Edge. At first we thought we knew when and where our droid would interact, but the longer we spent in Galaxy’s Edge the more we discovered the interactions were not reproducible. 

Sometimes we would bring her to a place where she would become very animated, but the next time we walked past nothing happened. At first I was a little disappointed by this lack of consistency, but then I began to appreciate that this randomness made the experience feel more authentic. 

Droid Depot Custom Droid Size And Weight

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We were doing a carry-on-only trip thanks to my amazing Chester carry-on luggage. This meant it was important to know how much space I needed to bring our droid home. Unfortunately, I could not find any measurements for the custom droids before our trip to Galaxy’s Edge Droid Depot.

BB Unit Astromech Measurements

Our Droid Depot BB unit has the following rough measurements: 10 inches tall (12 inches tall with antenna) by 7 inches wide by 7 inches deep, or about 25 by 18 by 18 cm. She easily fit inside a standard size backpack with room to spare. Our BB unit weighs about 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg).

R Unit Astromech Measurements

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Elizabeth also built a R unit astromech on a different trip. The Droid Depot R unit has different measurements which vary depending on whether the legs are folded together or folded out.

The R astromech dimensions when unfolded are 12 inches tall by 8.5 inches wide by 8 inches deep, or about 30 by 20 by 22 cm. When the legs are folded together the dimensions change to 12.5 inches tall by 8.5 inches wide by 6.5 inches deep, or about 32 by 20 by 17 cm. Our R series droid weighs in around 3.2 pounds (1.4 kg).

Droid Depot Box Measurements

Included in the price of the droid is a basic cardboard carrying box. This box is a tall hexagon shape. Rough measurements for the Droid Depot box are 10.75 inches wide by 10.75 inches deep by 18 inches tall including handle or 27 by 27 by 46 cm.

Droid Depot Backpack

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The best way to transport your custom Galaxy’s Edge astromech is in a Droid Depot backpack. These specially designed backpacks work for both R and BB astromechs and have some clever features. 

We previously had an issue with our BB unit. The head kept getting bumped off as we walked around with it in a regular backpack. The Droid Depot backpacks have a special chain that clips to the back of the BB head. This chain keeps the head safe in case the magnets get misaligned.

The bottom of the backpack has thick foam with two different cut outs to cushion the droids. One section perfectly holds the rounded shape of the BB unit while the other supports the legs of the R unit. We tested both of our droids and the same backpack held them both equally well.

A pocket on the side of the backpack easily holds your droid depot remote. The front of the backpack zippers open and a magnet keeps the flap open. This design is perfect to let your astromech peek out. 

Another great feature of the Droid Depot backpacks are they have padded, adjustable straps for comfort. My petite daughter was able to carry her droid around Galaxy’s Edge for hours without any complaints.

We’ve taken our astromechs around Galaxy’s Edge in a regular backpack, the Droid Depot backpack, and in the original box. Of all of these options, the Droid Depot backpack is the most functional and comfortable option.

Galaxy’s Edge Droid Depot Final Thoughts

Going into our first Galaxy’s Edge experience I was a little skeptical about building a custom droid at Droid Depot. However, having our own special droid makes our Galaxy’s Edge visits more fun. In fact, we enjoyed our first droid so much that we built a R astromech, too.

The process to build a custom droid is simple and exciting. Elizabeth loves both of her unique Droid Depot astromechs and has enjoyed bringing them back to Galaxy’s Edge.

Here’s a YouTube video of our Droid Depot experience:

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25 comments

  1. Hello! Thank you for this post. My son has decided that he wants to build a droid during our November trip to Disney World Galaxy’s Edge. I was wondering about size, carry on for the travel home vs. checked, etc. Was there any issue to bringing your droid home in your carry on? Do you recommend carry on versus placing in a checked bag? Thank you!

    1. Hi Stephanie,

      I’m glad this article was helpful!

      We had no problem bringing our BB unit home in a Jansport backpack. The backpack counted as my daughter’s personal item for the flight. The only challenge we found was carrying the droid in my daughter’s backpack made the bag heavier than usual. If your son is anything like my daughter, he will probably feel happiest if his droid is in the plane with him as a carry-on item.

      I hope this helps,
      Cristin

  2. Any indication of smartphone interaction, or advanced programmability? The control looks rather limited in functionality.

    1. Hi,

      The control is pretty basic, but my daughter has gotten pretty good at using the controls with practice. I have not seen anything that indicates smartphone or any additional advanced program controls will be offered in the future. If something changes I will keep you posted.

      -Cristin

    1. Hi Tony,

      Unfortunately our box was left in our hotel because we didn’t have room to bring it home. I can tell you that the box is considerably larger than the BB unit. I am skeptical the box would fit under the seat in front of you on a plane, but the boxes could probably be put in overhead bins instead of a carry-on item.

      I hope this helps,
      Cristin

    2. Hi Tony,

      We just got back from another trip to Batuu. The Droid Depot boxes are a hexagon shape with a width of 10.75 inches, depth of 10.75 inches, and height (with handle) of 18 inches.

      Hope this additional information helps,
      Cristin

  3. Could you provide measurements of the controller? I am making my own custom droid backpack and would like to know how big I should make the controller pocket.

    1. Hi Corbin,

      I love that you are making your own backpack! The controller is between 5 1/8 and 5 1/4 inches long, 3 1/4 in wide, and 1 1/4 inches deep.

      I hope this helps!
      Cristin

  4. Hello, thank you so much for sharing – it is so complete and precise. I live in Europe (Switzerland) could you kindly tell me : does this droid building experience exists only in US? Thank you very much! stay warm, Nicolas

    1. Hi Nicolas,

      I’m glad you found the article helpful! Right now Galaxy’s Edge is only available in Disneyland and Disney World.

      -Cristin

  5. How much does your droid get played with now that you are home? I’m worried it will just be something else to collect dust?

    1. Hi Brittany,

      That is a great question. The droids get sporadic use now that we are home. Sometimes it seems like they are buzzing around the house frequently and then nothing for a few days. If your child has remote control cars that may be a good gauge to how often your own droid will be used at home.

      Hope this helps,
      Cristin

  6. Thank you for such an informative post! Especially about the personality chips. I’ve been debating what to do about those and the limited information I’d found wasn’t really helping. You did though! Also the comparison pic of the BB unit by the Jansport backpack really helped me to get a good idea of size. (I’m visual so numbers don’t help.) Some pics the droids look small and others they look huge. So having a good comparison pic like that was very helpful. Thank you! I can’t wait to make my BB unit this October! Just hoping they have purple in stock on my day!

    1. Hi Shadow,

      Thank you for taking time to say you found the article helpful! I will keep my fingers crossed they have a purple BB unit during your trip.

      Thanks again,
      Cristin

  7. Is it an option to have the droid sent back to the hotel like you can with other purchases? I would hate to do this in the morning and have to carry my kids droids around all day:(

    1. Hi,

      I’m honestly not sure. My daughter liked having the droid with us in Galaxy’s Edge so I did not investigate the option of sending it to the hotel.

      Sorry I can’t be more help at this time.
      Cristin

  8. Hi there.

    Thank you so much for this post. There is so little information about what goes on when making the droid. And importantly the measurements on the droids itself. From the pictures it’s hard to tell. Defainlty going to make one now! Thanks again 🙂

  9. Hi, We are headed to WDW in July and my boys want to build the droids and get the backpacks to carry them around in. Do you know if the backpacks are consistantly sold out? Do you think we need a back up plan? Thanks for the great post!

    1. Hi Karen,

      I’m glad you liked the post! When Droid Depot first opened I think Disney was caught off guard by the demand for backpacks. The backpacks seem to be in stock more often now, but I would still have a back up plan just in case they happen to be sold out during your trip.

      Hope this helps!
      Cristin

    1. Hi Matteo,

      Disney World’s Droid Depot has reopened, but with new social distancing procedures in place.

      Hope this helps,
      Cristin

  10. Thank you for this information!
    My boys are trying to decide between the two models. Do you feel they have held up equally well with normal wear and tear?

    1. Hi Janet,

      My daughter’s BB astromech has accumulated more play time than the R unit and recently seemed less responsive in Galaxy’s Edge. Droid Depot helped us trouble shoot and replaced some parts to get her back in top shape. For at home use I haven’t noticed a difference in wear and tear with either astromech.

      Please let me know if you have more questions!
      -Cristin

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