Hands-on with Walt Disney World's MagicBand replacement - MagicMobile on iPhone and Apple Watch

Mar 22, 2021 in "MyMagic+"

Disney MagicMobile screenshots
Posted: Monday March 22, 2021 4:07pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

MagicMobile, Disney's iPhone and Apple Watch MagicBand replacement, is now available for some guests at Walt Disney World via a recent update to the My Disney Experience app.

Disney MagicMobile service is billed as a convenient and contactless way to access MagicBand features like theme park entry through the power of your iPhone, Apple Watch and coming later - Android devices. Most features will be available by just holding up your smart device near an access point, just like you do with a MagicBand. You can choose to use Disney MagicMobile service or a MagicBand, and can alternate between the two for added flexibility. 

The setup process is incredibly easy. Using the official My Disney Experience app, you choose which guests in your account to setup for MagicMobile access.

Next you get to choose a virtual pass style - which is the pass that will be displayed in your device wallet. There are lots of designs, including park specific, passholder and even favorite park food offerings.

The final step is adding the pass to the Wallet app, where My Disney Experience transfers your pass to the digital wallet on your iPhone and Apple Watch.

The pass works without waking up the device or using FaceID or TouchID, and can also work when out of usable battery life.

And here is what it looks like in the Wallet app on Apple Watch. The Apple Watch version is animated, and shows off some nice shimmering effects.

And this is how it appears in the Wallet app on iPhone. You can go back at anytime into My Disney Experience to change your pass style for a different look.

And that's it. You can now use your iPhone or Apple Watch in place of your MagicBand in the parks. We'll be testing it out this week, so keep a look-out for updates on how it performs.

So far, MagicMobile is only available for iPhone and Apple Watch, but Disney has said that it will be coming to Android at a later date.

With this new offering, Disney has has already retired complimentary MagicBand distribution to Disney Resort hotel at the start of 2021. For those who don't wish to use MagicMobile, Disney Resort hotel guests will continue to have the option to purchase new MagicBands at a discount, and retail purchase of MagicBands for all guests will remain available.

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cmhJul 01, 2021

I'd sent tickets but hadn't received a reply. Nonetheless I figured it out. Apparently it was due to using the max number of cards in Apple Wallet. Fixed it by removing Apple Cash to make room since I wasn't using it. Was able to add the MagicMobile Pass after that. Didn't realize a "Pass" would be treated not as a pass but as a card.

brettf22Jun 30, 2021

Assuming you've already got Apple Wallet set up, I'd send a note to MDE tech support. Give them your iOS, WatchOS, and MDE version numbers, as well as your phone model, and mention that you've already set up Apple Wallet and have two-factor authentication activated. Also quote the exact error message you're seeing, and when you're seeing it. That will help them narrow down their advice to you.

cmhJun 30, 2021

Two-factor authentication is already ON on my iPhone. App and iOS are up-to-date; reinstalled, restarted. Still getting that error. Advice?

wendysueJun 23, 2021

Thanks for the tip. I just booked for November when the Christmas festivities start. So excited!

AshaNeOmahJun 22, 2021

We're right outside of Chattanooga, only about 3 hours from Dollywood. DreamMore is a really good hotel if you haven't stayed there yet. It reminds me of Disney resorts in many ways.

TouchdownJun 21, 2021

Make sure you see Christmas in the Smokies, probably multiple times. The other shows are great but that one is on its own level, best stage show in a theme park (but only because Candlelight is really a concert.)

wendysueJun 21, 2021

We also just canceled our July trip. Still have one booked for September, but that looks iffy as well. They say there is a 25% off rooms until Sept. 29, but can't find any that aren't stupidly expensive and can't find a room for November either. I think you have a good idea going to Legoland. The kids will love it. We are opting for Dollywood this holiday season. :)

TouchdownJun 17, 2021

May I suggest getting this then? My personal favorite, I get comments on it all the time when I “bring him home” to Epcot. https://www.shopdisney.com/figment-magnetic-shoulder-plush-5-400920513312.html

Fable McCloudJun 17, 2021

All the best Figment and Orange Bird stuff is for AP holders. I don't have the money to go to WDW every year, so I don't buy the APs, but I love Figment. I hate buying from scalpers on secondhand sites, but I don't know any people who are AP holders to scoop merch for me. Sad.

GillyanneJun 16, 2021

I've never really used Google Pay, nor does my current smart watch support it. Curious if you use Google Pay on your watch does it show the card? (EG: if I have the figment card and pull it up on my watch to use, will it show figment?) Slightly tempted to upgrade my current watch if I can find a reasonably priced one that will support Google Pay. It will help w/ the multitude of things on my wrist when at the parks (watch, motion sickness band, sometimes MB (or the puck on the watch band))

AshaNeOmahJun 16, 2021

I really wanted to buy 4 APs the first week of April. After out 8 day April trip, I had 6 days booked in July, another 4 in October right after the 50th, and was looking at New Years week. Since I couldn't, I've now cancelled the July trip and replaced it with Legoland while my kids are the right age, staying off property in October, and New Years isn't looking good. We spend thousands over a few days on hotels, food, and stuff. Most of that is going to be lost this year because I wasn't allowed to spend $5k on tickets a full nine months after they reopened from shutdown. I still don't get it.

wendysueJun 16, 2021

Yep, we will be former AP holders at the end of the year.

DCBakerJun 16, 2021

Figment and Orange Bird passholder cards have been added -

drnilescraneJun 07, 2021

So… Apple fixed it. In iOS 15 you will be able to unlock the hotel room using NFC. Note that WDW is a launch partner for this too: