Posts Tagged ‘Magic Band’
by Rikki Niblett
on November 18, 2016
Disney has been playing with the idea of an updated MagicBand for a while. Matter of fact, back in August, I discussed in In Case You Missed It that a new patent had been revealed surrounding this new version. Today, the Walt Disney World Resort has introduced the MagicBand 2 during their Destination D event.
This new MagicBand 2 will work the same way that the current MagicBands do, they will just be a bit more versatile and customizable than the version that is out now. This new MagicBand 2 is being introduced due to technological advances that have come about since the first MagicBand was introduced.
MagicBand 2 works exactly the same as the current MagicBand with more comfort and flexibility. According the patent images, Guests should be able to switch out the pucks in the center and place them in new MagicBands, if they choose. The new band itself is just a little wider in the center, due to the puck. (Which is where the Mickey icon is located. You know, the one you use at touch points throughout the park.)
These MagicBands will not only be available in standard versions, but Guests will also be able to purchase graphic MagicBand 2s, limited-edition and limited release versions, and more. Additionally, Guests will be able to purchase items like key chains to place their puck in instead; so you won’t have to rely on a MagicBand, if you don’t want to.
Current MagicBands will continue to work, so don’t worry if that’s what you have. The new MagicBand 2s will be begin to be released within the next few months. Stay tuned as we find out more.
by Daisy Lauren
on June 19, 2014
Hi, everyone! Welcome to the best week ever! This week we’re starting with the 4th annual Car Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney. If you can believe it, I’d never attended this event before last year. Even then, we only caught it by accident during the last few hours. Since then, my hubby hasn’t stopped talking about it. This year we were there bright and early, an hour before the event officially opened. Doing so allowed me to get some photos without tons of people in the frame, but don’t be fooled, it was pretty busy even this early!
The event featured over 100 cars. My favorite were the classic vehicles, but there were lots of modern muscles cars featured, too. Many had signs declaring they weren’t street legal! That’s a little too fast for me, but it was fun to look. And looking was pretty much all you could do, as many cars had big signs demanding that you not touch the cars. I can understand why, but there were many disappointed kids who wanted to sit in the cars desperately! Just be aware if you’re taking your little one that very few cars are kid friendly. There were a few cars with signs declaring they were kid-friendly, and I think Disney should put them in a section together to make it easier for parents.
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by Erin Foster
on September 4, 2013
Disney’s new MyMagic+ system is undergoing larger and more frequent testing. A key component of MyMagic+ is the MagicBand, which means that more guests are having questions about the ins and outs of MagicBand use. Here’s a handy primer with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions abut MagicBands.
What exactly is a MagicBand?
MagicBands are plastic/rubber bracelets containing an electronic chip. Depending on which features you activate, the MagicBand can function as your room key, park ticket, charge card for food and merchandise, FastPass, interactive game piece, and more.
While these features are not currently active, future MagicBand purposes might include use as a PhotoPass identifier, MagicalExpress voucher, resort entrance gate opener, attraction special effects activator, etc.
What technology is used in the MagicBand?
The MagicBands contain an HF Radio Frequency Device (RFID). The device sends and receives signals via a small antenna in the band. The Radio Frequency device works in short range situations (touching the band to a hotel room’s “key pad”) or in longer range situations (perhaps activating a portion of a ride or game).
Out in the real world, RFID technology is used in some credit cards, in highway toll paying such as EZPass or SunPass, in some video game controllers and in many other situations. Chances are you may already be using an RFID device at home and not even be aware of it.
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