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Is it time to upgrade your Disney experience? MagicBand+ might be just what you need to take your day at the parks to the next level.
The new generation of MagicBand has officially hit the shelves at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort as of July 27th. First announced last fall, fans have waited on the edge of their seats for nearly an entire year to get their hands on the newest Disney tech.
If you’re still a little out of the loop, keep reading to get the skinny on what this upgrade really means.
MagicBand+ – What’s Staying The Same?
Before the MagicBand, Disney guests were at the mercy of their wallets and Key to the World plastic lanyard card holders.
But in 2013, rummaging through your backpack at a park entrance to find your ticket and losing your room key at the hands of mistakenly trusted swim trunk pockets became things of the past when the original MagicBand was released to guests.
MagicBands have made park visits and resort stays seamless for almost ten years. So are we saying goodbye to the features guests have come to expect?
Nope! MagicBand+ includes all of the amenities that you loved about its predecessor and functions in the exact same way. You can still use your band to unlock your resort room, enter the parks, clear Lighting Lane checkpoints, and purchase merchandise and food!
Flashy New Features For MagicBand+
So, if it does everything that the old MagicBands did, then what’s so special about the newest generation of park access? Along with the classic features of the MagicBand we know and love, MagicBand+ brings a variety of new amenities to the table.
Chic New Style
Visually, the new MagicBands take on a slightly different style – the middle circle, also known as the “puck,” is slightly rounder, and the band follows the contours of this piece. While fan-favorite solid color styles are still available, the Mickey head in the center of the band is outlined in chic silver instead of the old charcoal color.
The first release of MagicBand+ also boasts about 20 total designs, ranging from simple solid colors to Star Wars, Marvel, classic character, and Disney Parks-themed designs. A little secret you may not know about the new designs is that each one has its own unique light sequence that follows its theme!
Haptic Vibrations & Light Sequences
MagicBand+ not only lights up during select interactions but also vibrates along with your park and resort experiences!
Although it may seem silly, these touches really make the magic come alive throughout the day. Embarking on Rise of the Resistance feels all the more real (is that even possible?) when you scan your Mandalorian MagicBand+ to use the Lightning Lane, which glows and vibrates in response!
These effects occur during several opportunities: entering the park, using Lightning Lane, interacting with your environment, unlocking your room, and even during night-time spectaculars!
What really makes this advancement exciting is the potential for immersive, free, interactive park experiences. Disney has already rolled out two MagicBand+-powered games that guests can participate in throughout the parks: Fab 50 Quest and Batuu Bounty Hunters.
💛 Fab 50 Quest
Fab 50 Quest invites guests to go on a scavenger hunt around the parks to find gilded statues of their favorite Disney characters. When players wave at the figures, all-new MagicBand+ gesture recognition technology activates unique responses from the characters!
🚀Batuu Bounty Hunters
Batuu Bounty Hunters inspires a more adventurous quest: One involving hidden cargo, fresh character interactions, and those sweet, sweet galactic credits. Scanning your MagicBand+ at different locations within Galaxy’s Edge allows the mysteries and secrets of Batuu to unfold before your eyes!
It’s believed that Disney will continue to roll out more and more experiences made possible by MagicBand+ as time goes on, making the new tech a great investment for those who are looking to get even more out of their visit.
Upgrading to MagicBand+
MagicBand+ brings the classic elements of the original MagicBand that made days at the parks that much easier and marries them with brand new tech elements that bring a new level of immersion to the world of Disney.
Although the new bands clock in at a higher price than the originals (about a $20 increase), their value will compound over time as new experiences become available.
If you’re not quite convinced, check out our guide on everything you need to know (link to “MagicBand – Is It Really Worth It?”) before making the switch!