Purple Retail MagicBands and More Coming to Walt Disney World

Some of the most popular on many Disney fan websites have been about retail MagicBands. With only a few weeks left in this year, here is an update about new and upcoming retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort.

Purple Magic Band

One of the most requested MagicBand colors this year was purple. In fall, Disney introduced a purple option for guests who create retail MagicBands at the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. in Magic Kingdom Park. Soon, guests will be able to find an individual purple retail MagicBand in select Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations. This solid color retail MagicBand will join the other solid color MagicBands that Disney currently offers. Look for the purple retail MagicBand in late December.

Character Magic Bands

Another popular MagicBand request this year was for the Orange Bird.  This retail MagicBand was recently released along with a Princess Tiana MagicBand and a red holiday sweater pattern MagicBand featuring Mickey Mouse.

Magic Bandits

In addition to retail MagicBands, we have new MagicBand-its inspired by classic Disney characters and attractions at Disney Parks. These small accessories can be easily attached to the side of any MagicBand.

Disney has added new artwork to the previously mentioned Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. location. They include Orange Bird (which you can now have printed on eight different colors including orange or green as pictured). Disney also has A-E Tickets that are reminiscent of ticket books once used at Disney Parks until the early 1980s.

Magic Band 2016

Finally, Disney will have two new MagicBands celebrating 2016 that will be released on January 1, 2016.

You may find select retail MagicBands using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app. Some retail MagicBands I mentioned may be available first on the app before being released in merchandise locations at Walt Disney World Resort. To download, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

Disney Cruise Line Announces Ports & Itineraries for Early 2016

DCL Eastern Caribbean

Disney Cruise Line has announced that their tropical itineraries are getting an extra dose of pixie dust in early 2016! They’ve added the popular Caribbean ports Tortola and Martinique to our already spectacular destination lineup, and we’re returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico for another special season of Southern Caribbean sailings.

You can start booking early 2016 cruises on October 30, 2014, so keep reading for more details about our newest options …

Port Canaveral to Eastern Caribbean, including Tortola

In 2016, Tortola, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, is a port of call on select Disney Fantasy and Disney Magicsailings to the Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Fla. These seven-night voyages also include stops at St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.

Tortola is known for tranquil beaches, stunning scenery, authentic Caribbean fare and activities for the whole family, like swimming with dolphins, exploring centuries-old ruins, sampling local spices on Main Street and taking in the views from Sage Mountain National Park.

San Juan to Southern Caribbean, including Martinique

Disney is returning to the Southern Caribbean with four sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico, calling on the French island of Martinique in addition to Barbados, Grenada, Antigua and St. Kitts. These seven-night voyages on the Disney Wonder depart January 2016.

Known as the “Flower of the Caribbean,” Martinique offers a unique island experience with its natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture of French and Creole influence. Families can spend the day here exploring the rainforest, waterfalls and volcanic landmarks or, for a more upscale experience, enjoying delicious French cuisine and fantastic shopping.

Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including Castaway Cay

Disney Cruise Line will also continue sailing from Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean on a variety of itineraries. Options include three, four and seven-night cruises from Port Canaveral and four and five-night cruises from Miami. All of these voyages include a stop at Castaway Cay.

More details on 2016 itineraries can be found on the Itineraries and Ports for 2016 page of disneycruise.com.