First look at Disney's new MagicBand+ as online and in-store sales begin at Walt Disney World

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Hands on with MagicBand+
Posted: Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:21am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's next generation of wearable, MagicBand+, is now available to all guests at Walt Disney World, with online and in-store sales underway.

Guests arriving at the parks today found limited availability in stores. Although there are currently almost 35 designs available, stores are carrying only a limited selection and in limited quantities. See all MagicBand+ designs.

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, a short line gathered outside Celebrity 5 & 10, where a limited number of MagicBand+'s were on sale. The cheapest MagicBand+ is $34.99, with a $7 discount for passholders, which drops that starting price to $27.99. See a list of all in-park stores carrying MagicBand+.

At the park's other MagicBand+ location, Tatooine Traders, only two styles were available, the Darth Vader and Grogu band.

The new version will be immediately familiar for those who use the original MagicBand. It carries a very similar form factor, the same fit, and the option to reduce the band size for kids.

Where the MagicBand+ will feel a little different is the setup process. Getting started with MagicBand+ is like pairing a device to your phone and relying on My Disney Experience to link the MagicBand+ to a user account, pair it to Bluetooth, and then perform a software update. If everything goes to plan, it is as simple as opening My Disney Experience and holding the button on the back of the MagicBand+ for 3 seconds. Our experience on iOS was very straightforward.

The MagicBand+ comes pre-charged, but not to 100%. It is enough to pair and update the software and begin using it.

Charging the MagicBand+ requires you to supply your own USB type A charger and use the provided 6-inch cable with cradle. Approximate battery life can be seen in My Disney Experience and is expected to last 1 - 3 days, depending on use. Disney recommends daily overnight charging.

You can learn more about the MagicBand+ in our FAQ, and stay tuned for more coverage of Disney's new wearable.

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911deb19 hours ago

I am the one already in FL with bands that appear to be going to my home. I check in tomorrow, not the 28th, which only actually gave the bands 3 mail days to arrive even if I didn’t leave home earlier.

lewisc20 hours ago

I would have expected receiving the bands in the 11 day time period stated when ordering. I would have expected Disney to ship 2nd day air or at least pure 1st class mail without a shipping partner I would have expected an easy way to change delivery to a resort if necessary. Disney gets all the blame.

CaptainAmerica20 hours ago

*Shrug* If you order a band for your August 28 check-in, I don't expect Disney to anticipate that you're leaving home on August 14.

Disstevefan120 hours ago

The timing could have been better. As Maxwell Smart used to say:

CaptainAmerica20 hours ago

It's not Disney's fault that you're not hope when the MagicBands that you ordered shipped to your house are shipped to your house.

Disstevefan120 hours ago

Thanks Disney 😡

911deb1 day ago

So I didn’t get the email with the refund offer and $50 gift card, and my bands shipped Thursday and appear to be headed to my house near Chicago. But, I’m already in Florida….

JohnD1 day ago

Don’t be fooled. The exterior is just plain cardboard with the USPS address label affixed to it.

lewisc2 days ago

I waited on hold. Original order went out before the within 14 days ship to resort policy was implemented. Supposedly a second set of bands will be waiting for me at my resort

Figments Friend2 days ago

Nice box! :) -

WDWYankee152 days ago

No it doesn’t. I had 4 people/bands. Same $50. Still ahead considering it was $10 off per band for resort guests to preorder. So some extra compensation for your troubles. Some compensated a little more. All good. I’m glad they made things right and finally communicated about their issues and a plan to resolve them.

Disstevefan12 days ago

This is good to see.

drumbum672 days ago

Just received my $50 digital gift card via email, as promised. ”We apologize we were unable to fulfill your MagicBand+ order in time for your vacation. We would like to offer this complimentary gift card for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.” I’m also curious if that amount goes up if you have more people/bands on your reservation. My $50 is for 2 people/bands.

Disstevefan12 days ago

YAY! Hershey Park has 14 coasters!!!