MagicBands arrived at two Walt Disney World resorts this summer, and our Cheapskate Pirate Andy from WDW Shutterbug snapped photos before they disappeared until a larger roll-out that has not been announced.
What Are MagicBands?
Tom Staggs, Chairman of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, detailed on the Disney Parks Blog in January of 2013 how the MagicBands would take the Disney experience to the next level. Staggs described how the Disney Company would be rolling out a collection of tools at the Walt Disney World Resort called MyMagic+ that would give guests more opportunities to customize and personalize their entire visit. MyMagic+ would allow guests to book guaranteed ride times for their favorite shows and attractions even before setting foot in the parks. MyMagic+ was designed to enable guests to spend more time together, thereby creating a more enjoyable experience for everyone.
Staggs said, “Linking the entire MyMagic+ experience together is an innovative piece of technology we developed called the MagicBand. Worn on the wrist, it will serve as a guest’s room key, theme park ticket, access to FastPass+ selections, PhotoPass card and optional payment account all rolled into one. We’ve began testing certain aspects of MyMagic+ in Florida last month and the early reactions we’ve gotten have been fantastic.”
Where can you find the accessories now?
Andy made a trip to the Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort on June 21st and reports, “The accessories were only being sold through June the 26th at the Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club guests are expected to get the bands beginning in August/September as long as the band system continues to roll out without problems.”
So while you cannot purchase the accessories at any parks or resorts right now, these are photos and prices from the limited showing/purchasing period in June.
This is Andy’s photo of the MagicSliders, priced at $12.95 and $14.95. These just slide over to the center of your band.
Andy says, “It was nearly impossible to take pictures because everyone was hovering over this tiny display that’s set up in the gift shop. Several guests were there with their MagicBands, all talking excitedly about how ‘cool’ the bands are, especially the convenience of opening their room door and paying for stuff at the parks.”
These are the MagicBandits, priced at $6.95 for three, $8.95 for four. Items priced at $12.95 are not for sale as of yet.
Want to change the color of your MagicBand? You’ll need a Cover Band, and these are $6.95 for one and $15.95 for a pack of three. Andy tells us the CoverBands are made out of stretchy nylon. They look and feel like spandex material. The MagicBands themselves are made out of hypoallergenic silicone and it’s waterproof.
There you go…Disney’s latest technology all ready to customize your vacation with accessories to customize your wrist. Let me predict that along with the Mickey Mouse ears hats nearly everyone sports these days, these magic Band accessories will soon become the Must Have Item on your vacation souvenir list.
A big thanks to our Cheapskate Pirate Andy for getting us such great information and photos for the MagicBand accessories.
Andy is an Orlando resident, an Annual Passholder, and a former Disney Cast Member.
He also likes to photographs the Walt Disney World resort.
You can find Andy on WDW Shutterbug.
His photography is absolutely amazing. Check out his night shot of Gaston’s Tavern.
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If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World this fall or after, you had better bring in the kids to look at photos of the MagicBand accessory options. Have them look at the prices as well so you can decide together what is and what is not in your vacation budget.
Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you swiping your new MagicBands at the Parks.
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