Disney World is about to get some new additions!
We’ve been watching construction progress on things like Roundup Rodeo BBQ and the TRON coaster, as well as following progress on the EPCOT transformation. Besides those projects, we’re also expecting some new tech soon, including the Hey Disney! virtual assistant in hotel rooms and the brand new MagicBand+. We’ve been waiting to get more news on MagicBand+ specifically, and now we’ve got a BIG update!
It’s official — MagicBand+ will be launching at Disney World on July 27th! The new version of the popular MagicBands will feature “color-changing lights, haptic vibrations, and gesture recognition.”
You’ll be able to pair your MagicBand+ to the My Disney Experience app and use it for all the same functions as a regular MagicBand, including opening your hotel room, scanning at the park entrances, and tapping in at Lightning Lanes and virtual queues. On top of that, there will be special ways that MagicBand+ interacts with the parks, including special effects when you’re watching Disney Enchantment or Harmonious, interactive features when checking out the Disney Fab 50 golden character statues, and the new Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters game in Galaxy’s Edge.
When it launches, there will be more than 25 MagicBand+ designs to choose from! Disney Resort hotel guests can purchase MagicBand+ online before their arrival at special prices, and discounts will be available for Annual Passholders as well. All guests will be able to purchase MagicBand+ at stores across Disney World and online on shopDisney, starting at $34.99 each.
MagicBand+ will be available in Disney World at the following stores:
- Magic Kingdom Park: Emporium
- EPCOT: Pin Traders – Camera Center
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Celebrity 5 & 10 and Tatooine Traders
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Discovery Trading Company
- Disney Springs: Disney’s Pin Traders
- Select merchandise locations at Disney Resort hotels
And for our west coast friends, don’t worry! Disney noted that MagicBand+ will be coming to Disneyland Resort later this year. No specific date has been announced yet, but we’ll be on the lookout for more updates. (Add that to the special perks coming soon to Disneyland hotels, and it’s an exciting time to plan a trip to Walt Disney’s original park!)
Let’s talk a little more about the features that make the MagicBand+ unique! First of all, it has a rechargeable battery, as well as customizable light-up themes, vibration patterns, and motion recognition settings. Each of the bands comes with a charging cord, and the battery lasts between 1-3 days. But good news — even if your battery is dead, you can still use your MagicBand+ for the following:
- Park entry
- Lightning Lane entry
- Disney Resort room entry
- Disney Resort folio charging
- Disney PhotoPass photographer interactions
Stay tuned to DFB for more updates on MagicBand+, as well as all the news when it’s released in the parks! We’ll share all the details you need to know.
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