At a D23: Destination D presentation yesterday, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek…
In a surprising announcement today, Disney unveiled the new MagicBand+ coming to Walt Disney World in 2022. This new generation MagicBand system will add many new features and improvements over the old one.
In this post, we will update you with everything we know so far about the new MagicBand+. We’ll let you know all the new features, the release date, how much it will cost, as well as differences from the old system.
As more information comes out we will update this post to answer all your FAQs as best we can. Think of this as your MagicBand+ 101 class.
The Walt Disney Company is always trying to push the bar with new and exciting technologies. As Walt Disney once said, “We’ll always be introducing and testing and demonstrating new materials and new systems.” MagicBand+ is now the next one in the pipeline.
The new MagicBand+ will work very similar to the original MagicBand that was introduced in 2013, and retain all the popular features we have grown to love in recent years.
You will still wear them on your wrist and it will include hands-free eatures such as park and guest room entry, retail and dining, Disney PhotoPass, and more.
Besides the old features, many new ones will now be available with MagicBand+ that Disney promises will take the guest experience to the next level. MagicBand+ will help immerse you in Disney stories and connect with characters you love like never before.
After you enter a theme park, MagicBand+ will come alive at various times with color-changing lights, haptic vibrations and gesture recognition. The wearable will allow you to engage with favorite Disney moments 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 Park.
MagicBand+ will be available for purchase starting in 2022 and will include a discounted, pre-arrival price for Disney Resort hotel guests as well as new and renewing Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.
Disney has not yet revealed how much MagicBand+ will cost, but it will likely be a significant amount more than the current MagicBands. Something close to $50 is our guess at this time.
Current MagicBands will continue to be available, too, along with the complimentary Disney MagicMobile service that extends MagicBand features, such as park entry, to smart devices.
I guess MagicBands are not going away as previously thought, or at least we are getting a new version of them.
This is only the beginning and Disney will be releasing much more info in the near future. Stay tuned for more updates on the new MagicBand+ soon!
If you are going to Disney World soon, make sure to read our Disney World Planning Guide for all the tips and info you will need to cover everything! Also, check out our Disney World Crowd Calendar so you know when the best time to visit is!
I want to know what you think about the new MagicBand+ coming to Walt Disney World in 2022…
- Are you happy about this new addition?
- What other features would you like to see it have?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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