The $200 Question: Episode I “Lightsabers, The Fandom’s Menace”

If you’re reading this, you probably already know about the custom, $200 lightsaber guests can buy at the Galaxy’s Edge inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Park this summer. The experience seems to build on previous cheaper offerings and introduces a show element, similar to an experience offered at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Now, there’s no need to debate the merits of purchasing an expensive lightsaber: superfans and cosplayers have been doing it for decades. But $200 is still a lot of money when you’re on that #ValueLyfe. And let’s be real; you’re already spending a lot of money on a family vacation to Disney. Yet a lot of the prices coming across in Galaxy’s Edge early leaks represent a bold and brazen new assault on the wallet, so it begs the question: what can you get for $200 at Walt Disney World?

  1. Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White

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ValueLyfe senior supreme executive vice editor @BaltimoreLauren reports on the experience: “I tried this dinner with my mom back in March, and between the two of us -- with my annual passholder discount -- I paid a little under $110. The food was incredible, even for a character meal. Plus you can meet Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and the elusive Evil Queen. If you want to get closer to the $200 mark, you can order any of their themed mixed drinks.”

SUGAR

SUGAR

Friend of the blog, @lildisfan, offered up similar praise. It was “a good value (for Disney)” and a better experience than she could have imagined, given the previous high bar the previous incarnation of Artist Point.

Dinner with an Imagineer is expensive, but dinner with this Disney executive is surprisingly affordable. 

Dinner with an Imagineer is expensive, but dinner with this Disney executive is surprisingly affordable. 


2. Epcot
Drink around the world, splurge on festival merch or just spend all your money in La Cava del Tequila. Seriously, it’s not hard to spend $200 having a great time at Epcot. Our readers agree:

I’m honestly worried about @everydayscott or did he and schoolbread legendary influencer @HoCoHowie just become best friends?

I’m honestly worried about @everydayscott or did he and schoolbread legendary influencer @HoCoHowie just become best friends?

Snacks on snacks on snacks:

Let’s turn that frown upside down with some frushi. 

Let’s turn that frown upside down with some frushi. 

And then there’s the need to fuel up on liquid courage at La Cava to have the audacity to spend $200 on a day at Epcot given your current bank balance:

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Here’s a meticulously curated Drink Around the World™️ plan to drop that $200 by @mastergracey:

I think @DrunkAtDisney would approve of this plan

I think @DrunkAtDisney would approve of this plan

While that looks like an absolutely massive list of drinks, inclusive of tax and gratuity (and subject to La Fin Du Monde’s ever mercurial availability) it still clocks in at less than $200. Round that out with your favorite snacks and you have an unforgettable day (especially if you end up in Epcot Jail™️)

3. Swag

While it’s generally accepted that Disney prices are ridiculous, you can still grab some stylish apparel or exclusive plastic stuff that’s really great at collecting dust in your office/man cave/ she-shed/swag shelf/closet/attic/future yard sale box:

Technically, it’s made of the ghosts of dinosaurs. 

Technically, it’s made of the ghosts of dinosaurs. 

You can also nab 3 of the most expensive t-shirts on the planet for $200 (to be fair, they are really well made and comfortable). I think that’s a fair perspective on a plastic LED sword 😏

It’s a wonder that this A) got made and B) is still for sale. 

It’s a wonder that this A) got made and B) is still for sale. 

This is a Star Wars themed blog post, so I’ll tease Episode II. I can 100% promise, it will disappoint you more. May the #ValueLyfe be with you, young Padawans.