MagicBand+: Disney World unveils upgraded MagicBand for 50th anniversary

ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World officials announced on Thursday that they are adding even more magic to their MagicBands.

Officials said the new MagicBand+, which will be available for purchase beginning next year, retains the features of the original MagicBand with added functionality.

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After you enter a theme park, MagicBand+ will come alive at various times with color-changing lights, haptic vibrations and gesture recognition. Officials said the wearable will allow guests to engage with favorite Disney moments in new ways. That includes:

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  • Playing like a bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away and finding virtual bounties throughout Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Interacting with the “Disney Fab 50 Character Collection,” the golden sculptures spread throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks.
  • Experiencing nighttime spectaculars in a new way as the bands light up and complement the magic in the skies, including the new “Harmonious” at EPCOT and “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom Park.

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The new bands will be offered for a discounted, pre-arrival price for Disney Resort hotel guests as well as new and renewing Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.

Officials said current MagicBands will continue to be available, too, along with the complimentary Disney MagicMobile service that extends MagicBand features, such as park entry, to smart devices.

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.