Disney unveils debut date for all new MagicBand+

Band will be available July 27 online and at theme parks

New MagicBand+ debuting at Walt Disney World and ShopDisney.com on July 27 (Disney)

BAY LAKE, Fla. – MagicBand+, Disney’s next-generation MagicBand, will be available for guests to purchase starting July 27, Disney announced Thursday.

The new wearable technology will do all that an old MagicBand could including getting into theme parks, resort room entry and scanning for Disney PhotoPass service, plus a lot more.

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The new MagicBand+ technology will launch summer 2022. (Disney) (Disney)

“Our newest wearable also has great new features, including color-changing lights, haptic vibrations, and gesture recognition – plus it pairs to your smartphone using the My Disney Experience app,“ Disney said on its blog. “Once you get your hands on one, you’ll want to do it all – and there’s a lot you can do when MagicBand+ launches!”

The original MagicBand was introduced in 2013 at Walt Disney World, allowing guests to go hands-free.

MagicBand+ (Disney)

Some of the new MagicBand+ features include:

  • Guests can embark on the “Disney Fab 50 Quest,” a scavenger hunt throughout the four Walt Disney World theme parks using MagicBand+ to help spread pixie dust and interact with the golden character sculptures. With the Play Disney Parks app, guests can dive deeper into the experience to find hints and keep track of sculptures, which will unlock digital achievements, including an augmented reality feature
  • In the “Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters” experience, guests can join the Batuu Bounty Hunters’ Guild in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Using their MagicBand+ to find numerous virtual bounties hidden throughout Black Spire Outpost, guests will follow the band’s light patterns and haptics to complete their mission. Then they will return to the local guild master, who will reward them with galactic credits..
  • Allowing visitors to 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.
The new MagicBand+ technology will launch summer 2022. (Disney) (Disney)

Guests can select from more than 25 different designs and buy MagicBand+ at select stores across Walt Disney World and online at shopDisney, starting at $34.99.

At Walt Disney World, leaders said guests can purchase a MagicBand+ at the following locations:

  • Magic Kingdom Park: Emporium
  • EPCOT: Pin Traders – Camera Center
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Celebrity 5 & 10 and Tatooine Traders
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Discovery Trading Company
  • Disney Springs: Disney’s Pin Traders
  • Select merchandise locations at Disney Resort hotels

Disney said MagicBand+ will be available at a discounted price for Disney Resort guests and new and renewing Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.

“Before you embark on these experiences, make sure your MagicBand+ is charged, up to date and paired to your device,” Disney said.

Click here to learn more about the new MagicBand+.

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.