It’s finally official. MagicBand+ will launch at the Disneyland Resort this fall, Disney confirmed on September 20.
Disneyland visitors have been waiting for this news, especially after seeing the launch of MagicBand+ at Walt Disney World on July 27, 2022.
Disney World has been using MagicBands for some time now, so it’s nice to see the integration of the band at the happiest place on earth.
For those who don’t know, MagicBand+ is described as “the next-generation wearable technology” and is simply a band you wear on wrist.
You can use the band in a variety of different ways at the parks. What makes it different than the original MagicBand is the interactive additions included. There are smart features like color-changing LED lights, haptic vibrations, and gesture recognition.
Disneyland’s MagicBand+ can be used for a range of items, including theme park entry, Disney PhotoPass, Lightning Lanes, and Batuu Bounty Hunters in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
The band will also “come alive” during World of Color, Fantasmic! and “other select nighttime spectaculars” in Disneyland park.
Here’s a graphic breaking down the features (click to zoom):
As for pricing, MagicBand+ at Disneyland will be comparable to the price at Disney World, which is:
- Solid color: $34.99 ($24.99 with pre-arrival discount for Disney resort hotel guests)
- Design: $44.99 ($34.99 with pre-arrival discount for Disney resort hotel guests)
While MagicBand+ features and experiences will vary between Disney World and Disneyland, the bands are interchangeable on both coasts. But, you will need to link the band in both the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps in order for it to work at the respective resorts.
Here’s hoping guests staying at the official Disneyland Resort Hotels will one day be able to use their MagicBand+ to unlock their hotel rooms, along with making direct room charges. No word on if either of these will occur or not.
Until then, guests will still need the Disneyland app for hotel room entry, redeeming parking, Magic Key discounts, and charging to the resort room folio.
That said, Disney also noted that “this is just the beginning – there are more MagicBand+ features and experiences still to come!” We will be sure to update you regarding any new details announced, along with the official launch date.
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