The Droid Depot is Black Spire Outpost's industrial workshop filled with parts, chips, manuals, and tools to build a custom Astromech Unit. When you arrive at the Depot, you'll have the choice between building a BB-series unit or R-series unit. Once you make your selection, the clerk will provide you with a basket that includes a blueprint to design your droid. When my son and I visited, we opted to make a BB Unit.
After you've made your series selection, you'll make your way over to the Parts Station. This is where you'll gather the parts for your droid. You'll see a variety of parts pass by on the conveyor belt and each part is available in an assortment of colors. Look at the blueprint on the bottom of your basket to determine which parts you need for the series you selected. I found it to be slightly confusing as to which parts went with our series but the Cast Members were very helpful in letting me know which parts I needed to look for. You can pick whatever colors you'd like for each part. My son picked out all red pieces and then wanted to switch to orange to match BB-8 so we put all our pieces back and started again!
|Parts Station Conveyor Belt|
Finally have all of our parts. The basket was a little heavy for my 3 year old!
|Build Station Instructions|
My son absolutely loved the experience and is ready to go back to make another droid! The experience lasts about 20 minutes and despite my struggles, it's really not too difficult to build. Disney recommends that guests participating in this experience be ages 3 and up and after going with my 3 year old, I agree. (Although, you probably want to wait until they're a little older, if not for them but for your own sanity.)
|Testing our BB-8|
Reservations are highly recommended but the Droid Depot can also accommodate walk-ins based on availability. If this is on your Must-Do list, I recommend making a reservation 60 days in advance. The experience area is limited to the builder and one guest, with at least one person in the party being age 14 or older. Only the builder gets to build a droid so if you want to build 2 droids, you'll need to make 2 reservations.
|Droid Package Backpack|
A theme park reservation and a valid park ticket or Annual Pass are required to enter Disney's Hollywood Studios for this experience so make sure you have a Disney Park Pass Reservation for Disney's Hollywood Studios on the day you book your Droid Depot reservation. Remember, your Kingdom Konsultant Agent can help you make those reservations.
If you're a Star Wars fan I would highly recommend this experience at least once. It's really fun and makes for a great souvenir to bring home!
*Pictures were taken in February 2020 before COVID-19 safety guidelines.