MagicBand+ to go live at Walt Disney World in June 2022 and sell for under $30

May 01, 2022 in "MyMagic+"

MagicBand+
Posted: Sunday May 1, 2022 2:08pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's next generation of MagicBand wearable will go live at Walt Disney World in June 2022.

Priced at $29.99, MagicBand+ will retain the original features and add new functionality to enhance the park experience.

One of the first shipments was accidentally put on shelves for sale at World of Disney earlier today, and a number were sold before being pulled from sale. Early buyers got an up-close look at MagicBand+, but cannot link them to My Disney Experience to use them in the parks.



According to Disney, MagicBand+ will come alive at various times with color-changing lights, haptic vibrations and gesture recognition, enhancing the environment's immersive storytelling.

The wearable will allow guests to engage with favorite Disney moments in new ways and discover new interactive experiences, including:

  • Play like a bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away and find virtual bounties throughout Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
  • Interact with the "Disney Fab 50 Character Collection," the golden sculptures spread throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks.
  • Experience nighttime spectaculars in a new way as they see their bands light up and complement the magic in the skies, including the new "Harmonious" at EPCOT and "Disney Enchantment" at Magic Kingdom Park.

MagicBand+ will be available at a discounted, pre-arrival price for Disney Resort hotel guests, as well as new and renewing Walt Disney World Annual Passholders. Current MagicBands will continue to be available, as well, along with the complimentary Disney MagicMobile service that extends MagicBand features, such as park entry, to smart devices.

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helenabearNov 07, 2022

Newer apple watches yes, older no. It's software stopping Android watches afaik, but as a whole phones can do pretty much all functions including opening the door through the MDE app. I've had issues with photos coming in using only my phone but I plan to retry again to see at some point. I do plan to have a MB+ puck with me to make sure though so that's not a big deal. I'm not a fan of wearing magic bands as a whole and tend to leave my smart watch at home and just carry a fitbit due to unsightly tan lines from large watches on a tiny wrist ;)

JaxFLBearNov 07, 2022

An Apple Watch (series 3 and newer) can replace a MagicBand for many functions, but not all. An Apple Watch can't (currently) be used to unlock any doors or gates at your Disney Resort. An Apple Watch can be used for park entry, Lightening Lane entry, room charging & manual photo linking. NFC Android smartwatches are not (currently) supported.

KeithVHNov 04, 2022

After 76 pages, I'm looking for the TL;DR version of what I'm wondering - with them utilizing some aspect(s) of NFC, can an Apple watch be sit to mimic the capabilities of an MB now? Since NFC is platform agnostic, what about Android watches?

RSoxNo1Oct 30, 2022

Hey, remember that idea we had to synchronize Mouse Ears with the nighttime entertainment? Yeah... It failed miserably because nobody bought them and it kind of looked dumb when less than 1% of the crowd was wearing them. Ok... but what if we made them more expensive and smaller and on your wrist instead? ...

Prince-1Oct 29, 2022

You do not need one. You can get in the park different ways without one, purchase things without one, and get into your hotel room (if you are staying on property) without one.

DCBakerOct 29, 2022

A new Pixar Holiday MagicBand+ design has been loaded onto the discount page for APs and Resort guests. You can find it here - https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan/bands-cards/

jpedenOct 24, 2022

Before I bought my MB+!I kept my old magic band in my pocket and used my Apple Watch for everything except parking and charging to the room (we also use gift cards) so no, you don’t need to wear one.

ilovetotravel1977Oct 24, 2022

This is "old" magicband related. If we not using G+ and charging stuff to our room (using WDW gift cards instead), do we really need to bother wearing one? I know we can use it for park entry, opening our room, but a regular pass card will do that too. Just trying to decide whether we need to bother wearing one everyday.

JoeCamelOct 23, 2022

Hmmmm, sounds like an aftermarket opportunity

RememberWhenOct 22, 2022

We had that problem too. My wife and I kept dropping ours. My son lost his completely. We kept our daughter’s in a pocket.

MagicHappens1971Oct 22, 2022

I feel this way

jpedenOct 22, 2022

Does anyone feel like the MB+ falls off your wrist more than the OG bands? My old ones never fell off but I’ve had my MB+ for two days and it keeps falling off.

SquishyOct 22, 2022

Somehow MagicBand+ seems to be better synced to the shows at Disneyland?

DCBakerOct 17, 2022

A few new MagicBand+ designs have appeared on ShopDisney - a couple of them were already on the discounted Magicband+ page for Resort Guests/Annual Passholders and some have also already been available in the parks. The Tiana band has also hit a new high of $59.99.