Confession: I haven’t worn a wristwatch in almost 20 years, yet when I slip on a MagicBand not a day goes by that I don’t look down at that band on my wrist to check the time.
For more than a year, I have been looking at the internet for some sort of watch attachment for a MagicBand. Finally, Disney created a watch slider (or MagicSlider) attachment for your MagicBand, on sale anywhere that MagicBands and accessories are sold. But is this really what people have been asking for?
First things first: Yes, it tells time and it attaches to a MagicBand. Unfortunately, there are several aspects to it that make what should be a WOW piece of merchandise into a hearty meh.
For one thing, apparently the RFID touchpoint on a MagicBand isn’t especially easy to detect, because once you get the watch attachment home, the fine print says the following:
This Slider is intended to be worn on either side of the MagicBand. Do not push the slider to the top of the MagicBand as it will interfere with the proper function.
That’s right—you cannot wear the watch in the middle of your MagicBand, where a watch face would go. If it was a small slider (similar to those given to DVC members or Annual Passholders) that wouldn’t be an issue, but the second problem with the watch slider is that it is fairly large. I can get an Apple Watch that does an amazing amount of things, and is the same size as this MagicBand slider that just tells me the time, date, and a second counter.
It doesn’t have a backlight; It doesn’t show you your FastPass+ times or your ADRs; It doesn’t have an alarm. It also doesn’t come in any color other than charcoal grey (although I expect that other color choices will become available in the future). It is a very basic digital watch that tells the time and not much else.
In essence, it is the latest in 1980s technology, with similar style sensibilities.
There are a few things that it does do well, however. First, it does say it has a replaceable battery (although I don’t remember seeing a 395 battery at my local store, there’s no directions about how to replace the battery provided, and the screws holding it in place are smaller than eyeglasses screws). It also doesn’t say whether it is waterproof, so I put it through some Timex-like testing.
After five minutes in my salt-water swimming pool and five minutes in the hot tub, it still worked. I dropped it repeatedly from a height of five feet onto tile and concrete and it suffered no damage. It is easy to remove from the rubberized case, but not so easy that it would come out on its own, and it has a Mickey on it (because, let’s face it, that’s how you know it is a Disney product).
At $17.95, I think it is priced a little high for what it does, but it is in line with other items Disney sells to decorate your MagicBand. And let’s face it, you will get more use out of a watch than out of a set of plastic-like Mickey clothing pieces that you can attach to your MagicBand.
Is it what everyone has been asking for since MagicBands first debuted? Technically, yes. You can now have a watch for your MagicBand. Is it what fans have dreamed of? Hardly. The style is lacking, the size is larger than ideal, and the lack of features is discouraging. Hopefully this is just to test whether there is demand for a watch to attach to your MagicBand and better looking and more functional attachments will come in the future. Until then, I will wear mine. Not because it is great, but because, while the watch slider may look goofy, it isn’t as goofy as looking at a plain MagicBand to try and tell the time.
The Watch MagicSlider is $17.95 and can be purchased wherever MagicBand accessories are sold.