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JUST ANNOUNCED: MagicBand+ Will Debut in 2022 at Walt Disney World Resort as Part of 50th Anniversary Celebration

Jeremy Schoolfield

by , Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Resort Public Relations

Innovation is essential to The Walt Disney Company story, dating back to its inception nearly a century ago. As Walt Disney once said, “We’ll always be introducing and testing and demonstrating new materials and new systems.” Well, that promise will come true once again next year when Walt Disney World Resort releases our next-generation wearable technology, MagicBand+. 

The original MagicBand was introduced in 2013 at Walt Disney World, making the guest experience in our theme parks and resorts more convenient and hands-free for things like park and guest room entry, retail and dining, Disney PhotoPass and more. MagicBand+ will retain those popular features and add functionality that unlocks new moments of magic for you. 

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 beginning next year, including a discounted, pre-arrival price for Disney Resort hotel guests as well as new and renewing Walt Disney World Annual Passholders. 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. 

MagicBand+ will help immerse you in Disney stories and connect with characters you love like never before. We’ll have more to share about this exciting new technology in the future, so keep following us here at the Disney Parks Blog for updates. And be sure to check out all our coverage of the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary, because “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” begins tomorrow!  

Comments

  • Will our current bands continue to work and for how long? Can we use our existing bands and just swap out the center piece? I realize we’d still have to buy the entire thing, but we really love some our special edition characters.

  • We have a trip planned in May 2022. Will the Magic Bands+ be available for purchase before then?

  • My sister & I are going this fall. We hope the new magic bands will be on sale by then. How much will they cost though?

  • Any word on when the new bands will become available?

  • I have a trip coming up in March 2022. When / where can I purchase the new Magic Bands for 2022?

  • My trip is scheduled for June 2022. Will the new band be available in time to order it for my trip?

  • Any news on when we can expect these new Magicbands to go on sale? We leave for Disney on March 28th and I’m wondering if I should just buy the original Magicband that are available? I am in Canada so I would have to factor in shipping time. Has anyone waited and bought their Magicband on-site?

  • Yes!!!! We leave next Wednesday, we have waited till the absolute last day to order and nothing😢 we have plenty of activated old bands but would love one of the new ones….come on Disney give me some magic…magicband plus that is🤩

  • I’ve been holding out ordering our magicbands because of the magic bands+ being released but so far nothing, it’s 1/7/2020 and it would be nice if we had an idea when these drops. Our trips in March!

  • When do the new magicbands+ come out this year

  • It’s 1/4/2021. I want one! So far I haven’t seen them for sale anywhere. Where are they?

  • Are the two pictured above the only options for the new bands?

  • I’m going to wait as long as I can to pre-order my bands now in the HOPE that the new ones area available before my March 2022 trip!

  • I would love to know when these will be available for purchase. We are putting together a package for our boys for christmas to surprise them with a trip to Disney in March of 2022!
    We cannot wait, and have been waiting for years to make this happen 🙂

  • Very disappointed that the 50th anniversary celebration started without these !! We were just there from November 6th until the 12th , going to the parks everyday! It wild have been amazing to have this as a part of our souvenir to bring home 🙁

  • I can’t wait for these!

  • I won’t be sad if these come out December for Christmas gifts! What a great thing to get the “hard to buy for” person. 😍

  • Hi,
    Really wish Disney would not have released this info for the next-generation wearable technology, now since we will be coming in November and I would like one! I would be honored if you would like me to test one out for you! Here is to some magic moments!

  • I just got a magic band last year and so did my brother-in-law and my sister and I am wondering if these new Magic Bands will interact with the genie plus app and The Lightning Fast Lane

  • Well the magic bandsWork with the genie+ app. And the lightning pass

  • Will Annual Passholders be notified when they are available for pre-order?

  • Running the marathon in early January 2022; will the bands be available for that time? How can we be notified to preorder.

  • Will marathon runners be able to preorder for our very early January 2022 trips?! 🙏🙏🙏

  • The new MagicBands sound interesting, but the one thing that would get me to purchase a new band is if they added a digital clock. I’m always looking at it to see what time it is!!

  • I will like to be notified as soon as pre order I’d ready fir the new Magic band. Thank you and have a magical day

  • When will the campground reopen?

  • Just booked a trip for March, and ordered the 50th bands today. Now I see this available. So sad!

  • This all sound great and spectacular but when is Disney going to bring this latest and greatest technology out to sea? It would be great if we could something like this or use these exact Magicbands on Disney Cruise Line!!!

  • I just got my regular Magic Bands in the mail for our upcoming trip in January 😭 will I be able to purchase these for the pre-arrival price even though I have a set already?

  • So excited! °o°💜

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