Flashing your lightsaber in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge may get you in trouble

Nerd Reactor's John Nguyen wielding a lightsaber at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Credit: Hanae Cajigas / Nerd Reactor

Nerd Reactor’s John Nguyen wielding a lightsaber at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Credit: Hanae Cajigas / Nerd Reactor

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland has opened over the weekend, and the crowd at the theme park was concentrated inside the new land. We were able to reserve a time for Saturday morning and had four hours to try everything we could before our time was up. There’s plenty to do including flying the Millennium Falcon in Smugglers Run, building droids at the Droid Depot, drinking at Oga’s Cantina and listening to DJ Rex’s music sets. (He was the original tour guide for Star Tours.) Our very own Mark Pacis had the chance to build his own custom lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop.

Savi’s Workshop isn’t as noticeable as the other activities, and since there are only 14 stations available for building lightsabers, which cost $200 a pop, that means that not everyone’s going to be able to experience it. If you try to ask the citizens of Black Spire Outpost about the lightsabers, they’ll be wary of you. That’s because the Jedi weapon is contraband, and you’ll need to use the correct term, “scrap metal.”

We were able to get some drinks at Oga’s Cantina, and I was excited to check out the custom-built lightsaber from Mark. Being able to wield and turn on a lightsaber inside a cantina felt like a scene from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope where Obi-Wan Kenobi sliced an arm off of a disgruntled drinker. In my case, the patrons here were cheering as I was waving it around while DJ Rex was playing the latest hits from outer space. The cantina staff, however, quickly made it known that my actions weren’t welcome. We didn’t want to get kicked out, so we decided to put the lightsaber away.

Throughout the experience, the citizens would let us know that wielding a lightsaber isn’t recommended, and the First Order stormtroopers may take us away. The citizens were always in character, and it truly immersed us in the world of Star Wars.

There is a moment when one could show off their lightsabers without receiving flak from the citizens, and that’s when you get to complete your custom lightsaber for the first time inside Savi’s workshop. I was also able to pose for a photo with the lightsaber in front of the Millennium Falcon. So your mileage may vary.

Credit: Hanae Cajigas / Nerd Reactor

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