Disney’s MagicBand+ 101

The MagicBand+ is about to launch officially at Walt Disney World and soon after at Disneyland. There has been a lot of discussion on the bands… Are going to be the “next big thing?” Or just a money grab from Disney?   We have all of the information about the new bands, and what you need to know to decide if the MagicBand+ is for you on your next trip to the parks!

Everything You Need to Know About MagicBand+

First, what was the original MagicBand?

When Disney originally launched the MagicBand at Walt Disney World it was meant to use technology allowing the wearer to have their Disney hotel room key, a credit card linked to use at point of sale locations on the property, a way to collect Disney PhotoPass images, and Walt Disney World tickets. Guests would simply set up their My Disney Experience account and link the bands there to have all that accessible from the tap of their wrist. It has recently been updated to include access to Disney Genie+, Lightning Lane reservations, and Park Pass reservations. You could purchase the bands in the parks, resorts, and online for prices ranging from $15- $55.

How do the MagicBand and MagicBand+ work?

The current MagicBands use Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to scan at touchpoints throughout Disney property. You simply set up your My Disney Experience account to have all of your information, link your MagicBand, and then tap your band to use! It is incredibly simple. For families, you can restrict that only adults or certain members of your family have access to charging privileges. There is also a pin required to make any purchases on your account. The MagicBand+ features all the same technology as the previous models, the MagicBand+ will become an even more interactive part of the Disney experience.

Once purchased, MagicBands and MagicBand+ can be brought back to the parks and reused time after time. The original MagicBands will still be sold and more styles will be released regularly for guests that don’t want the MagicBand+.

What does the new MagicBand+ do that the original doesn’t?

This new band does all of the things the previous bands did but the MagicBand+ will also include color-changing lights, gesture recognition, and haptic vibrations, as well as a new look. As before, the MagicBand+ will sync with a guest’s My Disney Experience app, where Disney Park tickets, Park Pass reservations, and more can be connected with the device. The new MagicBand+ is also rechargeable and comes with a 6-inch USB charging cord.

After the Guest has chosen their MagicBand+ from 25 designs, they can begin partaking in the various interactive activities around the Disney Resort. From Magic Kingdom to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, MagicBand+ can be used at every Disney World location in one way or another. Disney states that MagicBand+ will have a starting price of $34.99.

New Interactive Capabilities

Disney Fab 50 Quest

As part of the Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration 50 golden “Fab 50” statues were placed around all four parks. The statues are characters from Disney and Pixar films. The new MagicBand+ allows guests to interact with these golden statues!

“As part of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration, you can interact with the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection throughout all four theme parks with the “Disney Fab 50 Quest.” Help Tinker Bell bring the sculptures to life across all four Walt Disney World theme parks using virtual pixie dust from Tink. You can wave your hand to sprinkle virtual pixie dust at each Disney Fab 50 Character sculpture for different reactions! To unlock even more during your quest, use the Play Disney Parks app to collect the sculptures and enter the worlds of your favorite characters through an augmented reality feature.”- Disney

 

Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters

There is a new Star Wars Quest you can take part in with the new MagicBand+ that works with the Play Disney Parks app.  Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios you can take your band to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge where guests can become the next Boba Fett or Din Djarin! You can hunt for bounties across the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu.

“On Batuu, the bounty hunting business is booming. MagicBand+ is your guide to seeking numerous virtual bounties hidden across Black Spire Outpost with the Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters experience. Vibrations and lights on MagicBand+ guide you down the right path. When you find your Bounty, you can use the Play Disney Parks app’s augmented reality thermal viewer to reveal who’s hiding in the shadows.** Local guild master Raga Bua will reward you with galactic credits. Do you have what it takes to join the guild?”- Disney

Nighttime Spectaculars

Fireworks will never be the same with the MagicBand+!  Now your MagicBand+ can “come to life” during the special nighttime spectaculars in the parks.

“MagicBand+ brings the magic of Disney nighttime spectaculars closer than ever before during “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom Park and “Harmonious” at EPCOT! MagicBand+ complements the magic in the skies, lighting up and vibrating in sync with fireworks, visual effects, and music. Your MagicBand+ will also engage as all four theme park icons transform into Beacons of Magic!
Disney advises that a Guest’s MagicBand+ be fully charged — a new feature of the model — and synced to a Guest’s device, as well as being up to date.”- Disney

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Where can I buy the MagicBand+?

Beginning July 27th you will be able to purchase MagicBand+ online. They will also be available to purchase in person on Disney property.

All Guests can purchase a MagicBand+ at these select locations around Walt Disney World Resort:

  • Magic Kingdom Park: Emporium
  • EPCOT: Pin Traders – Camera Center
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Celebrity 5 & 10 and Tatooine Traders
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Discovery Trading Company
  • Disney Springs: Disney’s Pin Traders
  • Select merchandise locations at Disney Resort hotels

 

UPDATE: 7/28/2022

Yesterday was launch day for the MagicBand+ at Walt Disney World and we spent the whole day using ours in the parks. We have a list of important information we are sharing here with you!

1). If you can, order your band online through the My Disney Experience App

  • The bands are more expensive in person at the parks. They were about $10 more than the options online.
  • The bands come with little to no charge. You will need to charge them to 100% before use
  • You will have to pair and update the band and that should be done before you arrive at the park

2). Download the Play Disney Parks App

  • Most of the challenges and quests that you can access in the parks all need you to have access to the Play Disney Parks App
  • Each person with a band needs their own Play Disney Parks account
  • The Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Bounty Hunter Quest and the Fab 50 Anniversary statues all need the app to play

3). Bring backup battery packs with you

  • If you are using the band for a quest or interacting with the nighttime spectaculars you will need to charge your MagicBand+ while you are there in the park.
  • The battery life was about 6 hours if you are using it all day for missions in Galaxy’s Edge but normal use will allow you to have at least a full day or two.
  • It comes with a 6 in USB cord so bring a power bank of some kind or a longer cord and cube to charge while you dine or rest.

 

Are you ready for the new MagicBand+? We will be posting our firsthand experience with the bands on the 27th here and on our social media! Make sure you follow us below on Facebook and Instagram!

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