For those who are unaware, earlier this year Disney announced details about its NextGen project entitled MyMagic+. One of the major pieces of this new plan is known as the MagicBand.
We already knew a little information about the MagicBand: it is a hypo-allergenic rubber bracelet that will serve as your room key, park tickets, FastPass+ reservation identification, PhotoPass card. It also will allow you to make payments in the parks and resorts.
Recently, we have learned that MagicBands will be waterproof. (Perfect for use at the Disney water parks or even in the event of one of the oh-so-prevalent Florida afternoon downpours.) They will also be ventilated, to release heat. (No sweaty wrists here.)
The MagicBands will come in a single size; however, they can be adjusted to fit, and there is a removable layer that will be useful for child guests. They can also be reused, so guest who come back year after year may bring their MagicBands back with them. Guests who do not wish to wear the bracelet are not required to do so; they will be able to use an RFID chipped card similar to the Key to the World card that is already in use.
Guests will also be able to customize the MagicBands. Seven possible colors will be available to guests to choose from: red, black, blue, green, pink, orange, and yellow. Names can also be included on the underside of the MagicBand; if a guest wishes, this can be requested in advance using the My Disney Experience website or app. If a guest does not choose a specific band before arrival, a gray band will be given to the guest at check-in.
MagicBands will be included without any additional charge for resort guests and Annual Passholders when the system launches. Other guests will have the option to buy a MagicBand when arriving at the parks.
Specialty Bands will also be available for purchase. These will likely include Disney characters, as well as the ability to purchase charms.
Please keep in mind, the MagicBands are not being used yet in the parks.
Stay tuned for more details as we continue to learn about all what MyMagic+ has in store for park guests!