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Walt Disney World’s MagicBands: Tomorrowland’s tech today!

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Upon a recent trip to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, this author was amazed to see MagicBands on sale. Previously, these devices had only been for either a guest of a Disney Resort hotel or a Walt Disney World Passholder. Logically, this made perfect sense as the bands’ functionality (e.g., hotel key, food pass, etc.) was only applicable for the aforementioned individuals. Now, MagicBands’ abilities have been expanded to also include entrance into the parks, check in at FastPass+ stations, and log Disney PhotoPass images; thus, every patron can use them.

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This author purchased his MagicBand ($12.95 + tax) just after entering the Magic Kingdom at the Emporium. The 10” bands are two-toned with grey outer trim and a colored center in either red, blue, pink, green, orange, yellow, or grey. This device is worn around the wrist and adjusts similarly to a watchband (via snapping two pins into 17 possible adjustment holes). Alternatively, if the MagicBand is too large for a user, then the smaller, colored band can be popped away from the grey trim. With a soft rubber feel and lightweight design, even after hours of wear, the full-sized MagicBand was barely noticeable.

After purchasing this device, an employee activates it and the real “magic” is unlocked. Instead of constantly keeping track of one’s ticket (e.g., Is it in my wallet? Did I drop in on the last ride?), all one has to do is hold up his/her wrist to a Mickey-labeled sensor until the light turns green. It literally could not be easier to use.

Moreover, after pairing a MagicBand with the My Disney Experience app, one could do any of the following:
• Reserve FastPasses (up to three at a time)
• See attractions and their wait times
• Locate Disney character appearances
• View menus of restaurants and make reservations
• Interact with a map populated with Shopping, Events, Guest Services, and Restrooms

With such an affordable price for so much added convenience and a battery that last 2.5 years, the MagicBands are highly recommended for one’s next Disney trip. Plus, with so much potential for customization (i.e., CoverBands, MagicSliders, and MagicBandits), one has to collect them all.

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