Skip to main content

MagicBand+ at Walt Disney World

If you've vacationed at Walt Disney World since 2013, you're probably very familiar with MagicBands. Well there's a new band in town known as the MagicBand+. MagicBand+ has all the features you've come to love with MagicBands plus some new and improved features to add a little extra magic to your vacation. 

As we reviewed in our MagicBands 101 article, MagicBands and MagicBand+ can be used to open the door to your Disney Resort hotel room, enter the theme parks and water parks with a valid admission ticket linked to your account, check-in at Lightning Lane entrances, add PhotoPass pictures to your account and charge food and merchandise purchases to the payment card on file at your Disney Resort hotel room during your stay. 

MagicBand+ adds an all-new touch of magic to your vacation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. With customizable light-up themes, haptic vibrations and more, MagicBand+ offers a new kind of magical experience. 

What exactly are "light-up themes" and "haptic vibrations"? Good question! I was wondering the same thing before my first trip using a MagicBand+. Your MagicBand+ will light up at various instances such as when scanning into the theme parks. You can customize the light up theme for your MagicBand+ through the My Disney Experience app. There are special themes available for specialty bands, like the 50th Anniversary, or you can choose from color themes. 

MagicBand+ also interacts with various aspects in the theme parks such as the 50th anniversary character statues, select attractions and nighttime spectaculars. My MagicBand+ interacted with a few attractions during our most recent visit and it was a neat surprise. At the Haunted Mansion, my MagicBand+ started glowing red and pulsing like a heartbeat right after the stretching room and before we boarded our Doom Buggy. 

You can also use your MagicBand+ for several games on the Play Disney Parks App like Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters and The Fab 50 Quest. I didn't try any of these games on my most recent trip but I'm looking forward to playing them with my kids on my next vacation. They sound really fun and I think my kids will love them!
MagicBand+ interacts with nighttime spectaculars and Play Disney Parks app games like Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters
What I think is by far the coolest feature of the MagicBand+ is when it syncs up with the nighttime spectaculars! The MagicBand+ will light up and vibrate in sync with Happily Ever After at the Magic Kingdom, Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Luminous the Symphony of Us at Epcot. It was really neat watching the MagicBand+ during the nighttime spectaculars but it was also a little distracting. I found myself watching the MagicBand+ and had to keep reminding myself to look at the show instead of the band. 
If you aren't sure about purchasing a MagicBand+, you can consult this guide on the Disney World website to compare features between the MagicBand+, MagicBand and Disney MagicMobile Service. 
I think the MagicBand+ is really neat but I'm not sure if it's worth the additional cost. Don't get me wrong, the extra features of the MagicBand+ are fun but they're not necessary to have a great vacation. With that being said, if there is a MagicBand+ design that you love, then absolutely purchase one! There are a lot of cute designs to choose from. 
You can filter by MagicBand+ when purchasing through the My Disney Experience website
For more information on MagicBands and MagicBand+, make sure to read our MagicBands Step by Step Guide. In that post we cover how to select your MagicBand or MagicBand+, shipping timelines and managing your MagicBands. 

Planning a Walt Disney World vacation? We'd love to help! Contact your Kingdom Konsultant travel professional or submit a request form for a free quote today. For additional help planning your Walt Disney World vacation, visit our Planning for Walt Disney World Vacations page for more posts. 

We Want to Hear From You

Have you purchased a MagicBand+? Do you like it better than the MagicBand or MagicMobile pass? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Ashley has been a Disney Parks fan from an early age and loves anything vintage Disney. You can email Ashley at


Popular posts from this blog

5 Ways To Get Psyched For Your Disney Trip!

Hey-Howdy-Hey, Disney Guys and Gals!      Is anyone familiar with Barney Stinson's "Get Psyched" Mix? Anyone? How I Met your Mother Fans? Ok, great! So you totally get where I'm going with this! If you have no idea what I am talking about, you can watch a clip  HERE!  Basically, the theory is that no matter what's going on in your life, you can get yourself psyched up and ready for something awesome to happen, all by listening to the right piece of music. Playing off of that theory, I feel that one of the very best things about a Disney trip is actually  preparing  for it, or getting psyched! You can have a whole bunch of crappy stuff happening in your life at the time, but if you have a Disney trip on the horizon... even if it's 564 days away, you have something to look forward to and enjoy preparing yourself for. In fact, many Disney fans, (myself included), pretty much get from one day to the next by preparing for upcoming trips. You may even book a ne

Universal's Volcano Bay Private Cabana Review

On a recent training in Universal Orlando Resort, agents Maci, Ashley, Aubrey and Yaritza and I rented a private cabana for the day at Universal's Volcano Bay. There are multiple locations around the park along with the option to have an upper or lower level, all of which reflect in various pricing. Agent Ashley received an email the day before informing her of where to check-in the next morning. While we were personally escorted to the cabana shortly after check in, the line at the check in location is the same as those getting towels, meaning it was not short. As expressed by an additional guest checking into a different cabana, we would have greatly appreciated a separate line, since this caused our group about a half hour wait. We're all adults and made great use of our time getting some fun pictures before the park was filled with guests, but this is important to be aware of if you are traveling with children.  We had an upper level Cabana which came with a splendid view!

The Villas at the Disneyland Hotel Review

I love staying at the Disneyland Hotel so when I got the opportunity to stay at the new Villas at the Disneyland Hotel during opening weekend, I couldn’t pass it up. Because it was opening weekend, we were greeted in the entrance way of the lobby with balloons and many photo opportunities. When we arrived, there was a mural of the Haunted Mansion. I love how the seats in the main lobby were designed like the teacups in the parks. You can check in using the Disneyland app, drop your bags with bell services and head into the parks or use the amenities why you wait until your room is ready. When your room is ready, the resort will send you a text and you can use the Disneyland app on your mobile device to unlock the room. We dropped off our bags and went straight to the parks. We received a text around 1PM that our room was ready. In the new Discovery Tower (the Villas), you'll find that the lobby is very spacious with many places to sit while you read or wait for your family. Th