It has been nearly two years since MyMagic+ was first introduced at Walt Disney World and in that time this technology has become an integral part of a guest's day at a Disney park. However, like everything else at Walt Disney World, improvements are constantly being made to this system and guests have come to expect frequent changes to this system including expansions, new functionality and more.
Though Disney hasn't officially announced the following changes to MyMagic+, we know for a fact that both are coming to Disney parks soon. And the first change is one that will introduce Magic Kingdom guests to a whole new world of options when it comes to making a MagicBand...
1. Custom MagicBands are coming to Walt Disney World, starting with the Magic Kingdom
Though Disney initially marketed MagicBands as a next generation admission ticket, these colorful bands soon became a fashion statement among the Walt Disney World faithful, with limited edition bands becoming quite the hot commodity, selling out quickly during special events. As a response to the high demand, Disney began creating new designs featuring popular characters and attractions, releasing updated designs on a regular basis. However, it looks like even the addition of dozens of new designs every month weren't enough to satiate MagicBand obsessed fans, as there is a new system coming very soon that will give guests more control of how their MagicBand looks.
Several days ago we told you about the new D-Tech On Demand location that now occupies the far side of the Tomorrowland Power & Light Co. gift shop (which sits at the exit of Space Mountain, where the arcade used to be). While this location is open now and allows guests to design custom phone cases, in the very near future guests who drop by this Tomorrowland shop will be able to be among the first to be able to design their own MagicBands, courtesy of brand new D-Tech On Demand printers.
Essentially, guests will use the existing D-Tech On Demand system to choose from eight different colors (including the seven “standard” colors will be included as well as the much sought-after purple!) and can then add graphics, text, characters and more as personalization options. Even though the customizable MagicBands will initially only be available only at the Magic Kingdom, D-Tech On Demand stations with MagicBand ability will expand to all four parks (and probably Disney Springs as well) in the coming months, with each location offering park- and event-exclusive bands. Once designed, guests will be able to print their bands instantly, and then input a unique "Band ID" into their My Disney Experience app to start using the band immediately. Guests can also chose to design a band for a friend and use the "link it later" option to activate the band at a future time.
Though we have no idea when this first location will open, we know that it will be coming soon, as Disney released a blog post post yesterday confirming this development. However, in a curious turn of events, the post was removed just minutes after it was first published, putting this development back in "unconfirmed" territory. However, considering we've seen the D-Tech on Demand location, it would seem that this "unconfirmed" rumor will turn into fact very soon!