Earlier this summer, MagicBand+ launched at Walt Disney World Resort. MagicBand+ gave Guests all the traditional aspects of a MagicBand — including holding your Park tickets and reservations, along with being able to open your hotel — with some incredible upgrades. First, and probably the most exciting, is that the new MagicBand+ is rechargeable. That’s right! You can buy MagicBand+ and not have to worry about the batteries dying in just a couple of years.
MagicBand+ also brought some fun features, like allowing Guests to become Bounty Hunters in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and lighting up with the nighttime shows Disney Enchantment at the Magic Kingdom and Harmonious at EPCOT.
Now, after months of waiting, Disney has finally shared that MagicBand+ will launch at Disneyland Resort this fall! Since the Halloween season has already started at The Happiest Place on Earth, that means the launch is just weeks away!
Disney Parks Blog shared more on the exciting Disneyland addition:
At launch, this wearable will boast a host of convenient capabilities – with more to come in the future! Connect your MagicBand+ to your theme park ticket or Magic Key pass in the Disneyland app for an easy way to enter the Disneyland Resort theme parks (valid Park admission and reservation required), or use it to check in at Lightning Lane entrances (separate valid Lightning Lane entry required). After capturing precious memories with a Disney PhotoPass photographer, a tap of your band links the photos to your Disney account.
MagicBand+ also adds new, immersive elements and surprises to park experiences. In sync with special moments during select nighttime spectaculars, your band will complement the magic in the skies by pulsing with colorful, dancing lights and vibrations.
MagicBand+ will come to life during “World of Color” in Disney California Adventure park and “Fantasmic!” and select nighttime shows in Disneyland park.
You’ll also be able to explore Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland park like never before with the Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters interactive quest. Vibrations and lights from your MagicBand+ will help guide you to find virtual bounties across Black Spire Outpost. When you find your bounty, you can use the augmented reality thermal viewer in the Play Disney Parks app** to reveal who’s hiding in the shadows. Once your mission is successfully completed, local guild master Raga Bua will reward you with galactic credits.
Disney also shared a fun video to help teach Guests more about Disney’s MagicBand. MagicBands have been a Walt Disney World Resort for nearly a decade, but this will be the first time that they have come to Disneyland Resort.
If you still have some questions about all the great features that will be included with MagicBand+, below is a chart to help you out!
When Disneyland Resort launched its new Magic Key (formerly Annual Pass) program, they did away with a traditional, physical pass. That means that Guests have to whip out their phones in order to access their theme park tickets, which also includes their discount. When MagicBand+ comes along, the phone will be able to stay in your pocket, and you can just hold your wrist up to the reader!
Each MagicBand+ costs about $44.99 and Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can receive a discount on their purchase. Disney has not said how much the Bands will cost when they launch at Disneyland.
Disney Dining will keep readers updated when an official date is announced.