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Magic Bands to Become Obsolete at Walt Disney World?

Magic Bands to Become Obsolete at Walt Disney World?
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Innovation lies at the heart of Walt Disney World, constantly pushing boundaries and redefining the theme park experience. Although innovative techniques make for wilder shows and attractions, one of the most groundbreaking innovations in recent years has been the introduction of the MagicBand. 

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This simple yet powerful device has revolutionized how guests interact with Disney theme parks, offering a seamless and personalized experience like never before. Guests have traditionally utilized their MagicBand, which comes in a variety of colors and designs, to make purchasing merchandise, entering park and ride queues, and opening Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms much simpler.

But, as modern technology catches up to Walt Disney World, and despite the recent release of the Disney MagicBand+ upgrades, are these tech-savvy little beauties becoming obsolete?

The MagicBand: An Introduction to Personalized Magic

The MagicBand is a wearable device that serves as a guest’s key to the enchanting world of Disney. More than just a wristband, it acts as a virtual wallet, room key, park ticket, and personalized magic maker. This all-in-one device is linked to the guest’s My Disney Experience account, allowing them to effortlessly access various aspects of their visit.

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Gone are the days of fumbling for park tickets or worrying about losing room keys. With the MagicBand, guests can unlock the magic with a simple touch. By holding their band up to designated touch points, they can enter the theme parks, access all their pre-booked experiences, and even open the door to their Disney World Resort room.

The MagicBand seamlessly integrates with Disney’s mobile app, further enhancing the guest experience. Through the app, guests can easily manage their Individual Lightning Lanes, make dining reservations, and even order food and beverages from select locations. This integration ensures that guests can make the most of their time at the parks and minimize waiting in lines.

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One of the most appealing aspects of the MagicBand is its ability to personalize the Disney World experience. Guests can choose from a wide range of colors and designs, including limited-edition and themed bands. These bands become not only a practical tool but also a cherished keepsake, allowing guests to express their individuality while immersing themselves in the magic of Disney.

Magic Band Plus: Taking the Experience to New Heights

Building upon the success of the MagicBand, Disney has recently introduced the MagicBand+. This enhanced version incorporates advanced features such as location tracking, augmented reality experiences, and interactive elements within the parks. With Disney MagicBand+, guests can embark on unique adventures, such as hunting down bounties in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and unlock hidden surprises throughout their Disney World journey, like interactive character statues across all four theme parks.

As Disney continually looks for ways to enhance the guest experience, the MagicBand is undoubtedly set to evolve even further. With the introduction of the Disney Genie service and Lightning Lane, the MagicBand now plays a crucial role in optimizing the park experience. Guests are be able to access their personalized itineraries, book Lightning Lane selections, and enjoy a seamless journey through the parks, all with the power of their MagicBand.

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Innovation is at the core of Walt Disney World, and the MagicBand stands as a testament to Disney’s commitment to creating magical experiences. With its seamless integration, personalization options, and advanced features, the MagicBand has revolutionized the guest experience at Disney World. As Disney continues to push the boundaries of innovation, we can only imagine the exciting future that lies ahead for the MagicBand and the immersive world of Disney.

Are MagicBands Obsolete?

MagicBands were once an essential tool for guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. As mentioned, these innovative wearables bracelets are equipped with a variety of features that enhance the overall Disney experience. MagicBands can serve as a ticket, hotel key, payment method, and reservation holder all in one convenient device. 

However, as they utilize RFID technology to allow guests seamless access to the parks, attractions, and dining experiences, some security concerns have been considered among users. Still, with adorable characters and designs that cover a wide range of Disney productions and the ability to link a magic band to their Disney Experience account, guests still often choose to personalize their visit and make the most out of their time at the parks. The MagicBand not only adds this convenience but also adds a touch of Disney magic to the overall guest experience.

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This all sounds great until you consider the fact that a large majority of Disney World guests now own Apple watches. As watch technology continues to advance, the question arises: will the iconic MagicBands at Walt Disney World be replaced by the increasingly popular Apple Watches?

The Rise of Apple Watches

Apple Watches have gained significant popularity in recent years, becoming more than just a trendy tech gadget. With their sleek design and an array of functionalities, Apple Watches have become an essential accessory for many individuals. The convenience of having various features, such as notifications, fitness tracking, and even contactless payments, all on your wrist has made them a favorite among consumers.

Although Disney’s MagicBands have long been an integral part of the guest experience at Walt Disney World, many are starting to forgo them in favor of their Apple Watches. Why? Well, because of the integration of Apple Watches with My Disney Experience.

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In recent years, Walt Disney World has made efforts to integrate Apple Watches into its digital ecosystem. Through the My Disney Experience app, guests can link their Apple Watches to access park tickets, make Lightning Lane selections, and view attraction wait times. This MagicMobile service has provided added convenience for Apple Watch users, making their park visits more seamless.

Advantages of Apple Watches

While MagicBands offer a range of functionalities, Apple Watches have their own unique advantages. For instance, the ability to receive notifications directly on your wrist allows guests to stay connected without constantly checking their smartphones. Additionally, the fitness tracking features of Apple Watches can enhance guest’s ability to track their activity levels while enjoying the parks.

One of the challenges ahead is ensuring compatibility and accessibility for all guests. While many guests may already own Apple Watches, there are still those who do not own or prefer not to use them. Disney World would need to consider alternative options or ensure that MagicBands continue to be available for those without Apple Watches.

Guests Consider MagicBand a Novelty Idea

Despite the necessity of the Disney MagicBand for some staying at a Disney Resort or spending the day in a Disney Park, a large majority of MagicBand and MagicBand+ users now feel as if the systems are nothing more than a novelty.

When posed to Reddit, user @Excentrix13 found out that most who are familiar with Walt Disney World choose to forgo a MagicBand as they don’t really see the necessity. As most of the features of your MagicBand can be accomplished just by using your smartphone, which many are already utilizing for My Disney Experience access, most commenters felt as if MagicBands were becoming obsolete.

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Outside of utilizing them as a magic key or for interactive games like Batuu Bounty Hunters, the majority of those who responded felt as if Magic Bands were a waste of money, that “sit in a drawer for five years after one use.”

While Apple Watches have become increasingly popular and provide numerous conveniences, it is unlikely that they will completely replace the beloved MagicBands at Walt Disney World. The MagicBands have become an iconic symbol of the Disney experience, offering a tangible and customizable memento for guests. However, the integration of Apple Watches with the My Disney Experience app demonstrates how technology can enhance the guest experience, providing added convenience and connectivity. Whether guests choose to use the MagicBands or Apple Watches, both options will likely continue to coexist, offering different yet complementary benefits to visitors at the most magical place on earth.

About Michael Arnold

Michael is a father, husband, and an Army Veteran. Michael spends his weekends at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando checking out new merchandise and food. Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has an education background in Public Health. You can find Michael riding Pirates of the Caribbean over and over again or binge watching new Marvel and Star Wars content. Han shot first. Thor is the strongest Avenger. Roll Tide and Wash Your Hands!

21 comments

  1. Not everyone has an Apple watch or even wants one

  2. Apple watches are nowhere near a “large majority” of guests, they are a significant minority, perhaps, but thats not the same thing at all.

  3. I don’t wear a watch

    • Loved my Magicband+. Hope they don’t do away with them. Also hope they do more of a variety, like for all Disney movies characters.

  4. This sounds like an ad for Apple Watches. Not interested, I’ll keep my beloved Magic Band.

  5. When we went to WDW in Oct/Nov we loved our magic bands! So convenient. I honestly hate apple products and will never buy an apple watch. Not only that but apple got themselves banned from selling the newest apple watch in the US due to stealing technology for the apple watch. I cannot support nor would I recommend a product that blatantly steals tech from companies that do not want to work with then and said no to letting them use their product on an apple watch. Also unless this is changed, currently you cannot get your apple watch replaced or fixed due to the above (unless you have apple care) So…pass. Magic bands are just fine. Plus you can coordinate with your outfit every day fairly cheaply. Everything with apple costs more than a magic band. Just nope.

  6. We were told by a Disney CM things are geared for Apple, Iphones and all that. I hav e an android and so do a lot of others. I will keep my magic band. I dont wear a watch and dont want anything Apple. Even phone covers etc. All Iphone. No android! Makes me sad

  7. Apple watch can only be used with ios devices. IOs might is only 58% of the users in USA of which only 10% possess apple watches. Globally ios users are a 30% vs 70% android. Disney World receives guests from all around the globe. It is absurd to think Disney would loose on making money selling you the overpriced bands for very very few people and lest not forget kids. They miiight add the feature for apple watch users, but I don’t see the magic bands going away unless it is for another form of device or service that they sell to you.

  8. As someone who enjoys traditional watches, I choose to wear a magic band on my right wrist while opting for one of my regular, non-smart watches on my left as usual.

  9. Personally i think it’s a good thing to add but not to take over completely thinking from a parent point of view I’m not gunna get my 6 year old an apple watch and get a compatible device just for Disney I want them to have something special that they get to have solely for Disney as something that can be a key memory like I had when going to Disney with my parents and siblings, an apple watch can be used everyday and takes away from it being something exclusive to Disney and the trip

  10. I don’t own anything Apple and don’t want anything Apple. I’ll keep my Magic Band, thank you.

    • Magic band will never be obsolete…I do not want to bring my phone or watch to the pool so I need mine to order food and get back into room.

  11. We do not own apple anything and won’t. The magic bands are totally awesome and totally Disney and should be continued to be available and used. We’ve loved using the magic bands and don’t even want to have to use the new magic band+, but unfortunately Disney made regular magic bands obsolete. Made us sad.

  12. There should always be a choice,not everyone has or want apple products ,I love getting my magic band at check in

  13. Love collecting and using Magic Bands. Normally purchase one for each trip. Some ladies collect Loungefly backpacks,I collect Magic Bands!! I don’t want to constantly be on my phone while at the parks and an Apple Watch isn’t on my must have list.

  14. Whatever I say here will just be a repeat of what’s already been said by others: Apple products MAY be some of the best in the world, but they are SO PROPRIETARY that I’d never even consider owning one. I usually wear two Magic Bands when I’m at WDW — one on my left arm allows me easier access to the resort gate “tap thing” for my car & one on my right because it’s easier to use to open my room door, access the parks, & pay for other things. I’ve been an Annual Passholder now for more than 15 years & really miss all the things that have “disappeared” since the Pandemic like FREE Magic Bands, Tables in Wonderland discounts, food via Room Service, etc., etc. — the “New Disney Normal” really sucks for the most part!

  15. What about people that can’t afford a Apple watch

  16. I’m surprised to hear that Magic Bands might become obsolete at Walt Disney World! I’ve grown quite fond of them during my last few visits. It’s so convenient to have themembedded with my ticket and hotel key. I hope they reconsider this change. It would definitely make things more complicated for guests

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