New MagicBand+ Interactive Experiences Revealed

by | May 5, 2022 | WDW Blog, WDW Merch, WDW News

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The new MagicBand+ will change the way we navigate the Parks and usher in an era of next-generation storytelling.

We first broke news about the latest in Disney wearable tech back in September 2021. The release is part of Walt Disney World’s ongoing 50th-anniversary celebrations.

MagicBand+ joins a growing family of innovative Disney technology that already includes Genie+ and Disney+. Hmmm … we’re starting to see a family resemblance with that naming scheme.

We knew it would make its debut sometime in 2022. Now, we have confirmation that it’s coming this summer in a wide range of designs. 

How Is MagicBand+ Different?

The very first MagicBand was released in 2013. Now almost a decade later, Disney is harnessing the magic of technology once again.

It has all the features you already know and love about the original like:

  • ✋ Hands-free room and park entry
  • 📷 PhotoPass scanning
  • 🎢 Ride interactions
  • 💵 Simplified payment options for food and retail

But there’s a “+” for a reason. So what new magic does MagicBand+ bring to your Disney Parks experience?

The new MagicBand+ on display at a Disney media event.

Photo by Danny Shuster

Well according to a press release from Walt Disney World News, it’ll allow guests to “interact with Disney stories in all new ways.”

With a MagicBand+ on your wrist, the magic begins as soon you enter the park. The wearable will begin to interact with the environment around you. You may see the lights on the band start to change color, feel haptic vibrations, and even try out some gesture recognition functions.

But where the band really comes alive is with three new interactive experiences. 

Interactive Experiences Made Possible With MagicBand+

Disney Fab 50 Quest

Guests use the new MagicBand+ to interact with the Fab 50 Character statues

Photo courtesy of Disney

Get ready for a scavenger hunt throughout all four Walt Disney World parks. Find the Disney Fab 50 Character statues, spread some pixie dust, and use your MagicBand+ to interact with them along the way. If you’ve downloaded the Play Disney Parks app, you can get hints and earn digital achievements.

Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters

Guests use the new MagicBand+ to unlock the Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters experience

Photo courtesy of Disney

Your mission is to join the Batuu Bounty Hunters’ Guild in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and pursue virtual bounties. Throughout Black Spire Outpost, you’ll follow the band’s changing lights and haptic vibrations to complete your mission. If you’re successful, the local guild master will reward you with galactic credits. Play Disney Parks users can use the app’s built-in augmented reality thermal viewer to find their virtual bounty. 

Nighttime Spectaculars

The new MagicBand+ is integrated with the nighttime spectaculars.

Photo courtesy of Disney

Fireworks at the parks will never be the same! If you wear your MagicBand+ while you watch Harmonious at EPCOT or Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom, the band will react in time with color-changing lights and patterns. 

How Much Does MagicBand+ Cost?

At the time of writing, Disney still hasn’t announced a price for MagicBand+. 

But we do know that Disney Resort hotel guests and Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will eventually be able to purchase one at a discounted, pre-arrival price.

Will The Old MagicBand Still Work?

Rest easy. The original MagicBand will still work at Walt Disney World. In fact, the wearable that started it all will continue to be available for purchase.

Will MagicBand+ Work At Disneyland?

Yes, but not quite yet. MagicBand+ will make its way to Disneyland later this year. There’ll be some differences between the features offered at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. We’ll share more details once we have them. 

Get Excited For These MagicBand+ Updates

What MagicBand+ features are you most looking forward to trying? We’d love to hear what you think over on our Facebook page

Thanks to Disney for hosting us on a 2-night The Celebration Continues: Even More Magic Media Event where we got to conduct interviews, learn about exciting updates made for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary, stay at Gran Destino Tower, and experience new entertainment offerings. #SaveTheGalaxyTime #CosmicRewind #DisneyWorld50

Written by Natasha Szostak

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Natasha is a brand copywriter, storyteller, and unapologetic pop culture lover. As a ’90s kid who lived in great fear of the Disney Vault, Disney+ is the childhood dream she always wished would come true.
Natasha Szostak

Written by Natasha Szostak

Natasha is a brand copywriter, storyteller, and unapologetic pop culture lover. As a ’90s kid who lived in great fear of the Disney Vault, Disney+ is the childhood dream she always wished would come true.