PHOTOS: Droid Testing Now Happening Outside of Droid Depot in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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These are the droids you’re looking for! Outside of the Droid Depot at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios, we’ve found a small collection of droids being tested.

Droid Testing Now Happening Outside of the Droid Depot in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios

Normally in Galaxy’s Edge, guests “testing out” their newly created droids around Batuu was generally frowned upon, and the Batuuans would often tell you this wasn’t allowed, out of fear that the First Order would come and confiscate your new droid companion. The only exception to this would be if Chewbacca, or another Batuuan, would host a droid race when the coast was clear.

Droid Testing Now Happening Outside of the Droid Depot in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios

Droid Testing Now Happening Outside of the Droid Depot in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios

Today, we found this hard plastic mat outside of Droid Depot for guests to play with their new droids, or to test out a few others to see if they really wanted to build their own. Not only does this addition address guests’ yearnings to test out their droids, but it also adds something for guests to do in a land with basically just one attraction and two expensive upcharge experiences.

Droid Testing Now Happening Outside of the Droid Depot in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios
This local Batuuan was supervising these droids in training and encouraging other travelers to bring their own droids to the new testing grounds. It’ll be interesting to see if we get better-themed mats moving forward, instead of just plain grey ones.
Droid Testing Now Happening Outside of the Droid Depot in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios
She was also willing to show younger travelers how to operate their own droids so they could be successful when they travel back to their own galaxy far, far away.
Droid Testing Now Happening Outside of the Droid Depot in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios
The droid remote controls are fairly simple, but this new experience allows guests to properly understand how to control their new droid. The local Batuuans are more than willing to help travelers with this new experience.
If you’re unsure if you wish to create your own droid while on Batuu, make sure to check out this new experience to see if a droid is right for you. Or, check out our own review on when we built our own droid when Galaxy’s Edge first opened up. Keep in mind, the price range for this droid building experience isn’t necessarily cheap, so you might get the same enjoyment from playing with these demo droids outside before making your final decision.

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Sco
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Sco

Lemme get this straight. . . Disney is expecting people to drop $100 bucks on a toy that was being advertised as interactive with the land, only to tell people that they’re not allowed to play with it? I can’t even fathom that decision. They’re missing out on impulsive peer-driven sales. A droid in a box? Boring. Seeing someone drive it around and play with it? Hell yeah! That looks fun, I wanna buy one so I can have fun too. I suppose that’s the reason behind the grey mats now, but c’mon it’s a poor compromise. I can take… Read more »

Richard Pack
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Richard Pack

Rising Suns! Batuu is a fringe planet on the edge of the galaxy. Supposedly it is inhabited by both the empire, and the resistance. Is this planet not a droid neutral territory? If one spends over 100 credits must they find a new planet to test the functionality of their droid? Why would anyone pay the fees involved with visiting this planet to purchase droids if that were the case?