MagicBands, back when they were introduced in 2013, changed the game for a Walt Disney World vacation. They changed how we do everything, from enter the park, access attractions, pay for dining, and more. Today, Disney has announced that they are updating that technology with the next generation called MagicBand+. This new option will be available beginning sometime in 2022.
All of the hands-free perks of using a MagicBand will still work for MagicBand+. Guests will still have a more convenient and hands-free experience. This will include things like park and guest room entry, retail and dining, Disney PhotoPass and more. But there will be more.
For example, after you enter a theme park, MagicBand+ will come alive at various times with color-changing lights, haptic vibrations and gesture recognition. In addition, you’ll be able to engage in new ways, 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 you see your band light up and complement the magic in the skies, including the new “Harmonious” at EPCOT and “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom.
MagicBand+ will be available for purchase beginning next year. There will be a discounted, pre-arrival price for Disney Resort hotel guests, as well as new and renewing Walt Disney World Annual Passholders. Never fear though! If you have a current MagicBand, it will continue to work! So will the Disney MagicMobile service for smart devices.
More information about this new technology will be shared soon and we’ll have the details for you here!