Posts Tagged ‘MagicBand’

Ask It Results: Do You Order New MagicBands for Each Trip?

by on January 24, 2018

It’s a well-known fact that nothing is free at Walt Disney World (except, possibly, a sunburn–remember that sunscreen kiddos!). One thing that feels like it is free is the set of oh-so-fashionable MagicBands that your party gets when they book a stay at a Walt Disney World resort. Way back in the early days of MagicBand 1.0, you didn’t have the option not to get MagicBands. Just like clockwork, they’d show up on your doorstep. If they didn’t for some reason, you could get them at check-in. If you were a frequent Walt Disney World traveler, you ended up with an unhealthy number of these bands. Add some on for DVC or for Annual Passholders, and you had to get creative with what you could do with them.

Now you have the option to skip the automatic shipping of MagicBands to you, and many people spend quite a bit of money on beyond-the-basic MagicBand designs at stores all around Walt Disney World. But old habits are hard to break. So we asked you:

Do you order new MagicBands for each trip?

Here’s your results.

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Ask It: Do You Order New MagicBands for Each Trip?

by on January 17, 2018

When my husband went to Shanghai for a month before the park opening, our daughter and I strung a chain of MagicBands across the baker’s rack in our kitchen to use as a countdown calendar. Each day, we’d remove one MagicBand until it was time for my husband to come home. Almost every one of those MagicBands were used once and only once. At one time, it was a challenge to get Disney not to send MagicBands for an upcoming vacation, and so people often ended up with huge collections of bands in every color offered. Now with “designer” MagicBands sporting characters, attraction art, and more, and the option not to have MagicBands sent to you, it is easier to reuse old MagicBands from trip to trip. Yet, there is still a thrill of getting a new box of MagicBands in the mail that builds trip anticipation.

This week, we’re asking you

Do you order new MagicBands for each trip?

  • Yes (84%, 743 Votes)
  • No (16%, 144 Votes)

Total Voters: 887

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The poll is live here and on Twitter. We’ll have your results next week. In the meantime, let us know in the comments what you do with your collection of MagicBands.

Special MagicBands and Gift Packaging For 2018 Walt Disney World Vacations

by on October 10, 2017

Holiday package MagicBand from Walt Disney World

Thanks to Small World Vacations for the heads up.

Disney is offering new MagicBands which will arrive in special packaging when you book your 2018 Walt Disney World vacation under the Disney Gift Vacation Package offer. This can be booked through your travel agent, by calling Disney, or online with this package.

Booking window: October 10 – November 15, 2017

Travel window: January 1 to December 31, 2018

Other info: minimum three night stay. If you want to receive the bands by December 15, Disney says to order the bands through MyDisneyExperience by December 1. This offer does not seem to be available for room-only bookings. For more details, contact Disney or your travel agent.

What you get: Holiday MagicBands in a specially themed box. This is not a discount.


New MagicBands Shipping to Walt Disney World Resort Guests

by on January 5, 2017

I have some exciting news to share today! The new MagicBands are shipping to Guests! How do I know? Well, today, in my mailbox, I received two brand new MagicBand 2 bands.

©Rikki Niblett


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Updated MagicBands Coming to Walt Disney World

by on November 18, 2016

MagicBand 2 / MagicBands


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.



Walt Disney World Guests Can Now Order Purple MagicBands

by on March 9, 2016

You guys! I’m so excited! I know it’s a silly thing to be thrilled about, but I have been waiting for this day for a while. Purple MagicBands are here!

Purple is by far my favorite color, so I actually even put off ordering my most recent Annual Pass MagicBand when I initially bought my Annual Pass. I had (correctly) suspected that we would soon see the purple MagicBand complimentary option available for Guests the moment Disney released the information that they would start selling purple MagicBands that could be customized in the park. This week, my wait paid off!

I logged into my My Disney Experience Account and there it told me I had a MagicBand waiting for me to order.

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SATURDAY SIX: Six Reasons We’ll Never Forget 2015 (No Matter How Hard We Try)

by on January 2, 2016

This week’s  SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons We’ll Never Forget 2015 (No Matter How Hard We Try). With this being the first edition of the SATURDAY SIX for 2016 it is time for our annual tradition of looking back at some of the most memorable moments of the past year. Now we already covered some of the great things that happened during the past 365 days, and some of the worst as well, so today let’s look at six theme park stories that fall into a different area. Events that are almost hard to believe actually happened, but we promise they did, and we’re here with the proof. So let’s kick it off with…

# 6 – Universal Bans Water Bottles


Bringing a Dasani into the park? You just may be doing some hard time! (photo by Matt Cleary)

Monday, February 16th. A day that will live in (theme park) infamy. This was the day when the Universal Orlando Resort mysteriously banned guests from bringing water bottles into the resort. No official reason was given as to why the new procedure was put into place, and after a huge social media outcry, the ban was lifted by Thursday. No advanced warning was given, so guests showing up to the parks found out at the security bag check at the parking garages that bringing bottled water onto property was not allowed. This caused lines at bag check to grow frustratingly large (which – as it turns out – was just foreshadowing for events later in year, but we’ll get to that later).

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! December 2015 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

by on December 31, 2015

MMM positiveWelcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. In fact, with this edition of MMM Your Humble Author is completing the greatest month in the history of theme park blogging. In December we had the 25 Drinks of Christmas countdown (featuring the Nautilus at Grog Grotto, Deathly Hallows at WWOHP, Candy Apple Cotton-Tini at T-Rex Cafe and more), SATURDAY SIXES on the best souvenir cups at WDW along with Indiana Jones references in Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, our annual IN MEMORIAM – Six Things We Lost From the Theme Park World, and the inaugural 12 Days of a Theme Park Christmas. Of course readers of this fine column will enjoy Six Gifts Santa Can Bring BACK to the North Pole (AKA The Best of the Disney Outlet Stores 2015)

Now while all of you were out buying the wrong gift for your loved ones, Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo and I were hard at work to bring you the Outlet coverage you expect deserve!

Enough jibber jabber! Who is ready to hit the Outlets? Remember that clicking on any picture will open a full size version of it (don’t say we didn’t warn you)

We are going to start off this month’s report with a story so uplifting that, if it was made into a movie, it could only star Kirk Cameron. When the Disney Outlet Store off of International Drive was shut down in June for a “refurbishment,” we were told it would be closed for three months and reopen in September. Well, September came and went and it still wasn’t open. October came and went and it still wasn’t open. November came and went and it still wasn’t open


I made many trips past this closed Outlet Store during the Summer and Fall, not unlike Ralphie Parker hoping to find his Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring in the mail.

A funny thing happened in early December. I had bought tickets to go to a private event in Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort, which is close to the International Drive Outlets. I walked by the Disney Outlet, and found it still closed, but this time there was a sign on the door…


Wait, is that a sign on the door?!

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Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Parade and Fireworks Viewing Tips and Observations

by on April 17, 2014

FastPass+ parade and fireworks viewing tips

Get a VIP view with FastPass+ parade and fireworks viewing areas at the Magic Kingdom (photos by Seth Kubersky)

Welcome to the future of fireworks and parades at Walt Disney World! In recent weeks, as the final rollout of FastPass+ has concluded in the Disney World parks, I’ve been sharing my experiences using the system as an Annual Passholder at Epcot, as well as at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Since my last post, FastPass+ has been fully implemented for all Disney World guests, including day-guests not staying on Disney property, and I’ve finally had the opportunity to experience one of the most controversial aspects of the new system. Without further ado, here are my FastPass+ parade and fireworks viewing tips, based on my personal observations at the Magic Kingdom.


Festival of Fantasy FastPass+ Parade Viewing

When the features of FastPass+ were first announced, the private reserved viewing areas for parades and other spectaculars were the aspect I was most skeptical (even cynical) about. Personally, such performances are usually very low on my priority list during a park visit for several reasons. Most of the parades had grown quite stale to me from years of over-exposure, I have an aversion to spending valuable touring time staking out a spot of asphalt just to get a good view, and I can’t abide being crammed like sardines in the crowd that accompanies the procession. So I would normally use that time to take advantage of marginally shorter queues at my favorite attractions. If I did want to see a parade, I’d typically walk up a minute or so before it started, and make do with a partial view blocked by the sea of shoulder-sitting small-fries in front of me. With a limit (soon to be lifted) of only 3 FastPass+ reservations per day, I couldn’t see myself “wasting” one on something like a parade when Space and Splash are beckoning.

This is currently the closest you can get to Anna and Elsa from Frozen without a mult-hour wait for their meet & greet.


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More MyMagic+ Observations

by on October 7, 2013

In our continuing quest to keep you as updated as possible on MyMagic+ testing and roll-out at Walt Disney World, I’m here to give you a few additional observations based on my recent WDW trip, my second using MagicBands and FastPass+:

MyMagic+ resort check-in materials, front.

MyMagic+ resort check-in materials, front.

  • MagicBand readers are live at the Magical Express check-in station at Orlando International Airport. I was mailed the standard Magical Express vouchers and luggage tags to my home about a month before my trip. I approached the ME check-in stand with voucher in hand, but also wearing my MagicBand. The ME check-in cast member saw the band, told me that I could put away the vouchers, and instead asked me to tap the RFID reader with the band. This worked like a charm. However, on the way home, there was no mechanism for the pick-up driver to read my MagicBand. I needed to have either the mailed voucher or the slipped-under-my-door departure time notification voucher in order to board the bus home.
  • PhotoPass photographers are now equipped with MagicBand readers. However, they still seem to be a little “iffy” at this point. I stood for seven PhotoPass photographers during my trip. Only two of these were able to scan my MagicBand without some sort of a glitch. For the foreseeable future, ask them to link your pictures to a standard PhotoPass card, as well as adding them to your MagicBand.
  • My two MagicBands had completely duplicated functions. I received an orange MagicBand when I stayed at Bay Lake Tower in July. I received a pink MagicBand when I stayed at Beach Club Villas during the last week of September. Both are linked to my personal MyDisneyExperience account with an “active” status. To see what this meant, I put both bands through the paces.

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