Have you heard? The Disney Parks Blog announced back in November that a new MagicBand is headed to Walt Disney World as part of their continuing effort to innovate and personalize their guest’s vacation experiences. They called it “MagicBand 2.”
MagicBands are colorful, waterproof wristbands, which somewhat resemble a watch or bracelet, that you can quickly and easily touch in designated places. These secure all-in-one devices allow you to effortlessly engage plans and choices you’ve made for your WDW vacation using the My Disney Experience Mobile app. By touching your band to a sensor called a ”touch point,” you can redeem FastPass+ selections, enter parks, unlock your Disney Resort Hotel room door, connect Disney PhotoPass images to your account, and charge food and merchandise purchases to your room.
Guests receive MagicBands for free when they stay at a Disney Resort Hotel in Florida or you are a Walt Disney World Resort Passholder.
If you are staying off property and/or are not a Passholder, you will receive a card upon purchase of your park admission. You then have the option to purchase a MagicBand at Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, Disney Springs, or DisneyStore.com. At that point, imply link your park admission ticket using My Disney Experience and use your MagicBand to enter the parks.
As you can see from the screen shot, plain MagicBands currently sell for $12.99.
MB 2.0, which is my unofficial name for the new bands, will feature a new larger design for the middle of the band, which you can see in the pictures brought to you from our friends at Disney by the Numbers.com. The Parks Blog says this design will help make MagicBand 2 more versatile and customizable, while at the same time, they will still function like the current MagicBands.
MB2 will have a “pop out” feature allowing the Mickey section to be used in multiple optional holders, similar to key fobs. The Mickey icon can be removed with a small screw driver, under adult supervision, and more information will be provided on that option later.
You will still be able to be able to link your MB 2.0 to My Disney Experience. Your band will continue to operate as your theme park ticket and Disney PhotoPass card, as well as function as the resort room key for Disney property guests. The band will still provide access to your FastPass+ selections.
For now, all your old MagicBands will continue to work as Disney transitions to the new MagicBand 2. That’s good news for me, because being a creature of habit, I don’t consider myself someone who transitions well. AND I just purchased a specialty MagicBand last summer for about. I am hoping to get some more use out of that gem for another year at least. Then I can wear it next to my FitBit as a fashion accessory and vacation reminder. I’m also a Disney hoarder, so no way can I throw that out…
During the transition from the original MagicBand to MagicBand 2, some merchandise locations will continue to offer original MagicBands for a short period of time, but eventually these will no longer be available to purchase.
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