I Made a Lightsaber

So my friend Jeffry organized a “guy’s trip” to Disney World. This was my first ever guy’s trip and it set a high bar.

The main goal of the trip was Galaxy’s Edge, or as I call it, “Star Wars Land”

It was a blast. Disney has truly outdone themselves. Everything about Batuu is immersive. Dollars aren’t accepted, you have to pay in Imperial Credits. The denizens all have back stories, the characters don’t stand in one place for photo ops. Storm troopers patrol the small outpost stopping visitors randomly. Rey and Chewie walk around going about their business.

I’m not going into a full review of Galaxy’s Edge, they’re all over the internet, just Duck Duck Go-it. When the idea for this trip formed, I was in. “I don’t care what else we do, where we go, etc. I want a lightsaber.”

The entire process is truly amazing. Before you check in you get a ‘menu’ of the four main lightsaber styles. There are a few file cabinets with the parts in them so you can touch them and get a feel for them. They’re secured in the drawers so you only really get to rub your hands on them, but whatever.

Once you’ve selected you pay, buy your add-ons (you know you need a stand, and a belt clip!) and you’re given a pin that matches your selected design. That’s how the junk collectors know which tray to hand you.

Once you go inside, it’s amazing. You’re walked through the story and the construction process. There’s an amazing ceremony where you ignite your blade for the first time, it’s pretty awesome.

I chose Power and Control, mostly for aesthetic reasons. The Blue Kyber crystal called to me, so I’m a bit of an outlier in that Power and Control is more a sith thing, but whatever, I’ve never been a follower!

One more bit about Galaxy’s Edge, stay until the end of the day! We lucked out and there were extended hours the day we went, and by the end of the day, it was mostly empty. During the day getting near the Falcon is tough, at least without hundreds of people around you. At night, we all took pictures without a soul in the way.

Getting together with friends I haven’t seen in years, and Dave, the brother of a friend, was really awesome. Tom and I hang out at least once a year usually. I haven’t gotten to hang with Jeffry in at least ten years. The bar for future guy’s trips is hella high.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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