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UPDATE (May 11) - Since Disney made a big mistake and accidentally released MagicBand+ and then pulled it from sale on May 1, there have been many more details announced regarding this new interactive wearable which is set to be officially released this summer. We have now learnt from reporter Scott Gustin in a recent tweet which is embedded below that the MagicBand+ will sync with Spaceship Earth at EPCOT. 

It appears that the MagicBand+ will light up and have sounds when it successfully syncs with Spaceship Earth. We are not exactly sure how close guests need to be for the sync to take place but we are confident that we will have further details soon.  

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May 5 - MagicBand+, the interactive wearable, was announced back in September 2021. This new wristband will unlock new interactive experiences that react in real-time in the parks by lighting up, vibrating, and more. Disney has just officially announced that MagicBand+ will launch this summer.

The new MagicBand+ will light up and will interact with the Fab 50 statues around the park with each statue said to have multiple responses. The MagicBand+ will buzz and light up when you get close to a statue and when you wave the character will give you a response. A first look at the new MagicBand+ from reporter Ashley Carter can be seen in the tweet which is embedded below.

Last week, Disney made a big Mistake when a number of new MagicBand+ were put out on the shelves at the World of Disney at Disney Springs before they were supposed to be. They then were pulled from sale, offering those who had purchased the bands for $29.99 a full refund as the functionality is not yet live. 

Disney recently showcased a new Star Wars MagicBand+ and has currently released the following official list of some of the interactive elements guests will be able to experience with MagicBand+. These include:

  • Play like a bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away and find virtual bounties throughout Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 
  • Interact with the “Disney Fab 50 Character Collection,” the golden sculptures spread throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks. MagicBand+ will bring the sculptures to life and guests can interact with them on the “Disney Fab 50 Quest.” 
  • Experience nighttime spectaculars in a new way as you see your band light up and complement the magic in the skies, including “Harmonious” at EPCOT and “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom.
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MagicBand+ will also have all the same functions of the existing MagicBand so guests can use it to gain admission to the theme parks, unlock their hotel door, link PhotoPass photos to My Disney Experience account, and can pay for food and merchandise. The current MagicBands can still be used at Walt Disnehy World but the new interactive features will only work if you purchase a MagicBand+.

Many thought that it was the end for MagicBands when the complimentary MagicBand program for Walt Disney World resort guests finished at the beginning of 2021. With the seemingly natural move to focus on smarphone features tied to the My Disney Experience app many thought it was only a matter of time before the MagicBand would cease to exist. With many complaining of battery drain when having to continually use the My Disney Experience App, Disney seems to have responded and MagicBand+ seems to be their answer.

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We still don't have an official release date for MagicBand+ or a confirmed price point, but we do know now that it will be launched this summer. We will keep you posted when an announcement is made on our news and Facebook page.

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