Disney announces the MagicBand+ - the next generation of wearable for Walt Disney World

23 days ago in "MyMagic+"

Posted: Thursday September 30, 2021 9:37am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced the MagicBand+, the next generation of the MagicBand that was introduced to Walt Disney World guests in 2013.

The next-generation MagicBand+ will retain the features of the original and add new functionality to unlock experiential moments of magic throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts. It will also be the first MagicBand to be rechargeable, a nd will come supplied with a charging cable.

Pricing will be higher than the current MagicBands, and will vary depending on style and edition. No pricing is yet available.

After a guest enters a theme park, 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.

More details about MagicBand+ and its capabilities will be revealed in the future. The wearable will be available for purchase beginning next year. 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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LittleMerman10 days ago

Anyone know a release date? Or is it just "2022?" Thanks!

MickeyLuv'r14 days ago

DDP also had a Quick Serve option that was called, I think, a 'continental breakfast.' It consisted of using a QS to 'pay' for 3 snack items. Some locations/CM's allowed it, but some did not allow it, which was odd because 3snacks almost always cost less than a big platter. It was always a crapshoot. ********** The last time I used the DDP, my magic band didn't work. I asked her to try my companion's Magic Band, and that worked. She never apologized. I made 3 attempts to get that band fixed at the WDW hotel that trip, but to no avail.] Thanks to the Disney forums though, I learned how to solve the problem; the solution was to deactivate all my old Magic Bands! Alas, I hope these new bands will work flawlessly.

BlackCauldron15 days ago

That has always been a major pet peeve of mine. I remember using it back in the the early 2000s (back when you got an app, entrée, dessert AND it covered tax an tip - what a steal!!!!) and having most servers stare at me blankly because they had no idea what I was talking about. Now that the DDP is more mainstream, CM knowledge has gotten markedly better, but some of the finer points still have inconsistencies. Like the "fine print" rule about swapping a dessert for fruit, soup, or salad. That will still get you blank stares and flat out denials most of the time.

CntrlFlPete15 days ago

yep...and 'lifetime' was meant as the age of the refillable cup, not the lifetime of the owner. I was just recalling the 70's when they made a big deal about tickets not expiring. I feel like Disney often allows folks memories to be more true than reality. My example of this is how folks always seem to bring up Disney's customer service yet when I am in business circles, it is companies such as Chick-fil-a or Four Season that lead in customer service-- it has been at least 20 years since I've heard anyone in business talk about Disney as a customer service leader. I took a long break from Disney visits but alas my wife and daughter are big fans. Now last weekend I had a good laugh when they finally saw something as I would. Our waitress offered the (non-alcoholic) 50th special drink they had, they mentioned how it comes in this special 50th cup -- the look on their faces (I think we all broke out laughing) when they brought a small plastic cup that is about the equivalent of a Dixie cup.

CaptainAmerica15 days ago

"Disney tickets never expire" and "Disney tickets will never expire" are two different statements.

MickeyLuv'r15 days ago

Again, this is actually what I was told, not that it really matters. I even recall the specific location: the Guest Services booth at the IG, and who was with me. That was before MYW tickets. And I chuckled at the CM who said it. He didn't like that I chuckled. From there he mansplained- er Disney-splained? to us that WDW was a premium park, etc. Since then, well, have you ever tried to upgrade a park ticket? Go to 3 different Guest Services CM's and they will almost certainly all tell you a different price. Maybe things are different now that tickets are date specific, but somehow I doubt it. In 2019, a front gate CM even told me park tickets can't be upgraded! I can think of many times CM's have said things to me that were flat out not true. That is a big part of why I read these forums. Another somewhat funny example I recall was. well it was almost like Abbott and Costello's baseball bit, "Who's on First." The Contemporary's main building is called the "tower." and the lake behind CR is called, "Bay Lake." The DVC next to CR is called "Bay Lake Tower." The rooms that are located in CR's main building either face towards MK, called "theme park view" or they face towards Bay Lake. On WDW's website, rooms that face towards Bay Lake are now called either "standard view" or "lake view." But previously they were were called, "Bay Lake view." Do you see where this is going? WDW's Club level is sometimes called club level, and sometimes called 'concierge level' even though the ground floor of CR has a 'concierge desk' that is available to every CR guest. To matters even worse, the Contemporary also has 2 club level areas. One of CR's club levels is called the "Atrium club," even though it is located on the 12th floor. CR's other, smaller, less well-known club level is located on the 14th floor (there is no 13th floor at CR). The smaller club level is called - get this - the "Tower Club Level." The 14th floor is tiny, and is mostly large 'suites', but it has 3 rooms that are roughly standard hotel room size. Two of the rooms face Bay Lake, and 1 faces MK. All three are categorized as 'standard' view rooms. Nowadays, most club level rooms and suites are listed on WDW's webpage, but for many years that was not the case. Previously, the only way to book CL rooms was by calling WDW, or a very knowledgeable TA. I once had the misfortune of calling a WDW and getting a CM that didn't know any of the above. He kept trying to tell me I didn't know what I was talking about, and kept quoting me the price of a 1 bedroom 'suite' at "Bay Lake Tower" DVC, and that the Atrium of CR is the open lobby that extended above the monorail. In any event, the above names all terribly overlap one another. I long thought the 14th floor of CR was an internet myth, because it initially took me quite a few calls to find a CM that knew what I was calling about whenever I attempted to call WDW for pricing. Mind, I was nearly certain staying there was out of my price range, but calling was the only way to even get pricing. CM's are people just like everyone else. most are very nice, and do the best they can. In some cases though, if they don't know an answer to a question, they just say it can't be done or doesn't exist. The Disney Dining Plan also had all kinds of inconsistencies depending on which CM you asked. I could give examples, but this post is already too long. I've long said WDW's polices are too complicated. I fear this new band looks nice, but I know WDW. Having two types of bands is likely to be another example of WDW being too complicated for their own staff to manage. :p

DisneyExpert15 days ago

Honestly, if the quality is anything like Disharmonious and KiteFails, abbreviated show times might be a blessing.

DisneyExpert15 days ago

They likely wouldn't enjoy much of what I'd have to say...

Sirwalterraleigh15 days ago

Gonna be more than that unless they always lied to me…that’s what you DONT want 🤔

Sirwalterraleigh15 days ago

I’m onboard with Disney listening/data mining me…cause this is what they’ll hear: “Make OT based Star Wars” “Make OT based Star Wars” “Make OT based Star Wars” “Make OT based Star Wars” “Make OT based Star Wars”

DisneyExpert15 days ago

Will Lightning Lane be available? Asking for a friend... :angelic:

CaptainAmerica15 days ago

Only $66.99 (per person, per day).

Sirwalterraleigh15 days ago

You beat me to it… …Delaware is favorable for companies to operate from a legal standpoint. The federal circuit courts in Delaware are also easy/useful to navigate.

DisneyExpert15 days ago

Calm down, kids. It's too early in the day for WDWMagic After Hours+.