Disney Releases New Pixar-Themed MagicBands

Earlier today Disney released five brand new Pixar-themed MagicBands at Shop Parks.  The movies that are being featured are Toy Story, Monsters University, Up, Cars, and Wall-E!

The brand new designs are for the MagicBand 2.0 and for the first time, two of MagicBands have designs on the center icon that is not the Mickey Head symbol we’ve come to expect.

Each of the new MagicBands sells for $22.99 plus tax and can be found in the Shop Parks app and on the Shop Disney website.

Here are the new designs –

I’m kind of partial to the Toy Story and WALL-E ones myself.  How about you?

I imagine that these new MagicBands will be extremely popular, so if you like them and want to get some, you might not want to wait around too long.  Just sayin’.

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New My Disney Experience app Launches, Makes Planning Walt Disney World Vacations Even Easier

As Disney fans know, the My Disney Experience app is a one-stop shop for all things Walt Disney World from viewing park hours, purchasing tickets and merchandise, making FastPass+ selections, getting turn by turn directions, accessing vacation photos and sharing them through Disney PhotoPass and much more.

The enhanced My Disney Experience app features a look and feel to make planning and enjoying your Walt Disney World Resort vacation easier than ever.

The new My Disney Experience mobile app opens right to the park maps to help you find attractions, restaurants, restrooms and more. It makes it easier for you to navigate through our parks so you can spend more time enjoying the magic of Walt Disney World Resort. A new section called “Spotlight” highlights new park experiences and entertainment offerings to help you find out the latest and greatest happenings at the parks.

And when you stay at one of the Disney resorts, you will be able to use the new feature called “My Resort Dashboard,” which gives you access to your resort reservation details all in one place, including the ability to see room number, theme, building and floor once you have your room assignment. “My Resort Dashboard” even gives you directions to your resort using Disney transportation options, a map showing you the location of your room and a link to directly call the Resort Front Desk if you need further assistance during your stay.

For guests who enjoy visiting our other Disney Parks around the world, the new My Disney Experience app now features the same look and feel as our other park apps, making the mobile experience seamless across the globe.

To check out all of these exciting new app features, take a look at this short video!

The My Disney Experience app and MagicBand still work together seamlessly, allowing you to effortlessly connect all your vacation choices from the My Disney Experience app to your MagicBand.

 

FCC Testing Reveals that Walt Disney World is Working on New Type of MagicBand

Standard FCC testing has revealed that Disney’s next generation of MagicBand is being worked on.

The original FCC filing was placed in May 2016, and has just been declassified by the FCC.

Named Model MB-R1G2 (the original as MB-R1G1), the band differs significantly from the first in that it does not appear to have a strap.

It may be possible that Disney is planning to offer straps separately from the main body of the MagicBand, which can then be attached, much like the Apple Watch. By doing this it would allow guests to change the look of the band, without having to dispose of the electronics and re-register the new band in the My Disney Experience app.

Like the original, the new model of the MagicBand has been developed by Synapse, and includes a 2.4GHz radio, along with a passive HF RFID tag radio.

Artwork Added to Retail MagicBand on Demand Stations at Walt Disney World Resort

Last fall, Walt Disney World introduced retail MagicBand on Demand stations in select Walt Disney World Resortmerchandise locations. At these stations, you can create and personalize a retail MagicBand in just a matter of minutes. The on-demand MagicBands are offered in a variety of colors, and, once printed, they can be easily linked to your My Disney Experience account.

Magic Band Artwork 2

There are currently three on-demand stations at Walt Disney World Resort – Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. in Magic Kingdom Park, D-Tech on Demand boutique in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace, and Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (the latter only offers Star Wars-inspired designs).

The “Beauty and the Beast,” Duffy the Disney Bear, and ShellieMay designs are found at both the Magic Kingdom Park and Disney Springs locations. You may also find “Bride” and “Groom” options as seen in the first image of this story.

There are two incredibly cute designs by one of our favorite artists, Jerrod Maruyama. These two options are currently only found at the Marketplace Co-Op location in Disney Springs.

Magic Band Artwork 3

Fans of the Haunted Mansion will love these four designs reminiscent of the stretching portraits from the attraction.

Magic Band Artwork 4

The Tomorrowland location also has some unique designs available including several current Magic Kingdom Park attractions. Look for additional artwork of classic attractions such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

Magic Band Artwork 5

Finally, there are four Pirates of the Caribbean attraction options for guests who visit the Magic Kingdom Park location.

If You Have a MagicBand ‘it’s a small world’ Now Says Good-Bye

Walt Disney World guests are now incorporated into the finale of the “it’s a small world” ride at Magic Kingdom, thanks to their MagicBands.

The final scene of the Fantasyland attraction has signs with the words for “good-bye” in multiple languages. There are also three big screens built in to display the names of the people in the ride boats.

The effect is triggered by activated MagicBands in those boats, a Disney World spokeswoman confirms. A FastPass reservation is not required to get a name up on the board.

This “surprise and delight” moment at “small world” could be part of a series about which that Disney creative types have hinted. For instance, princesses and other characters might be able to address guests by their names without asking through the magic of MagicBands.

The “small world” system may still need tweaking. On a Friday morning trip through the attraction, the screens were showing “good-bye” words — not names — as vessels backed up for an unrelated reason back into the watery attraction.

Eventually, boats traveled by lower-cased names — that’s the “small world” way, after all — such as “tina & lloyd” or “becky, molly, & sarah.”  We also spotted a screen saying goodbye to “jackson, jackson, daniel, daniel, & erin,” which appeared to have a redundancy issue.

Riders should look quickly as the three screens are on each side of the waterway and could, in theory, need to run through 24 names per boat as they float toward the exit.

The screens with names also sport a figure that resembles the hundreds of audio-animatronic children singing and dancing in the attraction, which opened with Magic Kingdom in 1971.

The “small world” addition is the latest power given to MagicBands, which were introduced at Disney World in 2013. So far the bracelets (with chip technology) mostly have been used as theme-park tickets and FastPass+ attractions reservations. Visitors staying at a Disney World hotel can use MagicBands as room keys and make charges to their room accounts while shopping in Disney theme parks.  The MagicBands also can now be linked to Disney’s PhotoPass system.

Initially, the bands were available only in select, solid colors. Since then, Disney has developed hundreds of designs that feature characters, theme-park locations, movies and special events.

From the Orlando Sentinel

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.

Retail Magic Bands on Demand Opens in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom

Magic Bands to Order

Guests now have a new option to create and personalize retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort. We recently opened a new retail MagicBand on Demand station inside the Tomorrowland Power & Light Co. location near Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom Park. This new option for guests is similar to the D-Tech on Demand boutique first introduced in June 2014 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace (as seen in this video).

At the Tomorrowland location, you may choose to create either a retail MagicBand or a D-Tech phone case. If creating a retail MagicBand, we offer your choice of eight different MagicBand colors including purple.

There are also approximately 40 graphics to apply to your custom MagicBand. There will be a few MagicBand graphics that will only be found in this location that salute classic Magic Kingdom Park attractions and icons (the first image in this story has a few examples).

In addition to artwork, the retail MagicBand can be personalized with a name printed on the outside.

Once designed, the retail MagicBand is printed in the location. The printers use UV ink which dries immediately and requires no cooling time.

For the final step, the custom retail MagicBand can be either associated to your My Disney Experience account, or you can give it as a gift to friends or family who may be visiting Walt Disney World Resort soon.

Retail for a custom retail MagicBand is $21.95 while a personalized retail MagicBand is $29.95.

Disneyland Begins First MagicBand Tests

Image Courtesy of Inside the Magic
Image Courtesy of Inside the Magic

Guests at Disneyland were taken aback recently as the technology from Walt Disney World’s Magic Band system appeared to be undergoing a test at the Space Mountain entrance in Tomorrowland.

FastPass-holding guests were ushered through a newly-roped-off queue and instructed to press the barcode of their FastPass against one of the two readers on either side. The lights on the readers turned green in a very familiar way when the passes were validated. Normally, guests at Disneyland show a print-out ticket displaying their return time to ride an attraction.

At this time, there is no other information available as to future plans for this technology at the Disneyland Resort.

Cast members would not comment on how long the test would run or even whether Magic Bands themselves would make their way to the California parks.

From Inside the Magic

Update to My Disney Experience Web Site Addresses Common MagicBand Complaint

MagicBands

Returning Walt Disney guests frequently comment on how they have a huge stockpile of MagicBands at home, with a new MagicBand being sent automatically with every Walt Disney World Resort hotel reservation.

The update will give those guests who are staying at one of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels the option to opt-out of receiving a band, provided that they have an existing MagicBand already active on the My Disney Experience account, and that the existing MagicBand is less than 1 year old. MagicBands have a non-replaceable battery, so the operational lifespan is limited.

Guests will need to opt-out each time you make a reservation if they wish to use an existing MagicBand, and if you change your mind, you can opt back in to get a new MagicBand.

The update is so far only live on the My Disney Experience website, and is not yet available on the phone apps.

MagicBands to be Used in Place of Parking Permit for Resort Guests

Magic-Kingdom Parking Plaza

The traditional parking permits that have been issued for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests for years are being discontinued.

Disney is beginning the roll-out today with guests staying at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort.  The parking permits will no longer be handed out at check-in, with guests now being asked to use their MagicBand for parking access.

At the theme parks, guests will present their MagicBand at the auto plaza booth to validate free parking permission. When returning to the resort hotel, guests can enter the dedicated guest lane and use the MagicBand for access through the barrier.

Those guests that do not have a MagicBand can use their RFID Key to the World cards instead.

The change to a paperless parking system is especially important following the recent introduction of the direct to room capability that allows guests to bypass traditional check in.

Following the initial introduction of the new system at Yacht and Beach Club, expect the roll out to continue to the other resorts over the next few months.