Disney will be ending complimentary MagicBand distribution to Disney Resort hotel guests as it moves to smart devices

Jun 19, 2020 in "MyMagic+"

As part of today's announcement on theme park reservations, Disney has stated that it will be retiring complimentary MagicBand distribution to Disney Resort hotel guests.


Disney plans to move MagicBand functionality to smart devices, which would seem to suggest that devices such as Apple Watch may be able to be used in place of the MagicBand.

In a posting on the official Disney Parks Blog, Disney said:

As you begin planning your upcoming visits, we’re also exploring engaging ways for guests to use their mobile tech to experience the magic – particularly now as the use of phones and apps continues to evolve. In 2021, we plan to unveil an innovative new offering as part of the My Disney Experience app that will bring features of a MagicBand to your smart devices, building on the app’s existing digital key feature. With this new offering on the horizon, we will be retiring our complimentary MagicBand distribution to Disney Resort hotel guests for new reservations with arrivals beginning Jan. 1, 2021. Disney Resort hotel guests will continue to have the option to purchase new MagicBands at a discount, and we’ll be introducing even more colors and designs featuring favorite Disney characters in the future. Guests who prefer not to purchase a discounted MagicBand will be able to use the My Disney Experience app or a Key to the World card during their visit. We will still offer MagicBands in retail locations and on shopDisney.com, and guests will be able to continue using the wearables throughout Walt Disney World Resort
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Article Posted: Jun 19, 2020 / 10:52am ET