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Will this MagicBand update affect your next Disney World vacation?

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Will this MagicBand update affect your next Disney World vacation?
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Do you love ordering MagicBands for upcoming Disney World vacations? This new update may affect your next Disney trip.

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Many Walt Disney World Guests love the ease of the MagicBand during a trip to the Parks. MagicBands can be used to unlock your Resort room, enter the Theme Parks, make purchases, check-in for Lightning Lane selections, and be scanned by PhotoPass photographers.

Prior to the reopening of Walt Disney World, Disney Parks shared that the future of MagicBands may be a little less magical. 

In June 2020 Walt Disney World shared, “As you begin planning your upcoming visits, we’re also exploring engaging ways for guests to use their mobile tech to experience the magic- particularly now as the use of phones and apps continues to evolve.” You can read more about this HERE.

Event with this announcement, Guests still were willing to pay for MagicBands to avoid using their phones throughout the day. Now, it may be a bit more difficult to order a MagicBand.

Ordering Delays

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Disney Resort Guests can pre-order MagicBands on the Walt Disney World website. These MagicBands are usually available for discounted price and are mailed to your home.

Currently on the Walt Disney World website there are only 13 MagicBands available for purchase. The website shares, “Due to ongoing, industry-wide supply chain challenges, MagicBands may have limited availability or be unavailable in some styles. Our teams are working to improve our selection over the coming weeks and recommend Guests continue to check back to see if their preferred style is available.”

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“If you are traveling to Walt Disney World Resort soon, we encourage you to use the My Disney Experience mobile app to access a digital room key and the Disney MagicMobile service once you arrive. Disney MagicMobile service is available on eligible smartphones and is a convenient way to access MagicBand features.”

Due to ongoing, industry-wide supply chain challenges, MagicBands may have limited availability or be unavailable in some styles.

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What if you do not want to use your phone for the MagicMobile service? If you have a MagicBand from a previous trip, you can use this on your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation as well. There are also many MagicBands available for purchase at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Do you enjoy purchasing a new MagicBand for each Disney trip? How long do you think this supply issue will affect MagicBands? Do you prefer MagicBands or using the MagicMobile feature? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Steve… I’ll pray for you to figure it out for what it is. Stop blaming maga for Disneys many problems concerning children and their message to them and their families.

  2. Phones are difficult for some of us to use at Disney. For example, while carrying a child, or having a disability. (Walking with a cane, having an arm or wrist injury, etc) A magicband is so much easier.)

  3. Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls,
    Went to Disney World a few months back. Magic Bands look to be a great concept. The Magic Bands were a great way to keep our day at the park organized. Too bad that the average band which was free with certain Disney hotel reservations in the past now costs around $25++++. For a family-well everyone can add up the additional cost. That being said, a few events have come to light since our trip that maybe some people may or may not be aware of-all of which maybe contributing to $25+++ magic bands costs. A bill was passed in Florida called the Parental Rights in Education. It involves young children school age K-3 (I think every parent really needs to read this bill). The Disney CEO stated that he is opposed to the bill as he apparently feels it targets certain groups. Even though the CEO feels it targets certain groups it looks like Disney is expanding into the Middle East (the same areas where these same “groups” are known to be targeted with severe penalties). Now it also looks like maybe there is concern for our young children as several Disney employees were arrested during a human trafficking sting (every parent may want to read up on this). Another note is that a Disney President has stated that in the future 50% of the Disney characters will be part of a select group. A lot of Disney “characters” are actually real people so it almost looks like being part of a select group will be more important than actually selecting the best talent-recent Disney movies have had scenes included which seem to be way off the plot of the movie. Disney World also is for the most part self-governed. This means that they get privileges extended to them by the state. But even though the state has allowed this the CEO has decided to interfere in state matters which could result in these special privileges being revoked. Also of note is that the parks have been packed for several months. Disney shares you would think would be going up, they are not, it even looks like they are going down. So prices are going up at the park, certain perks are gone, Disney upper management (who are millionaires) are deciding not to stay neutral for all but actually stating that they have millions to contribute to activist groups (maybe it would be great if these funds were made available for cast members salaries or employ more cast members? Maybe return some of the perks or lower the cost of visiting the parks? Or even a children’s charity?), interfering with state affairs which could cause loss of self-governing etc. It would seem like there is no concern for those of us (everyone included) that consider Disney a place to escape and let children be children. It would also seem that there is no concern if prices increase on customers due to the decisions being made by upper management. As a shareholder or DVC member how are they being affected-are they impressed? I always thought Disney was a one for all, all for one kind of place.

  4. What you can do is stare at your MAGA bumper sticker for a bit, then go watch Fox News for a while. Trust me, you will feel better.

    Or you can wait until the MAGA crowd moves on to their next thing to be outraged and butt hurt about, and move on to that. Then you will be free to go to Disney again.

  5. Disney already forces you to use your phone for everything else, so this shouldn’t be a big deal for the Disney faithful. Before this you had to stare at your phone 90% of the day, now, you will have to stare at your phone for 95% of the day. Not a big deal, after all, staring at your phone all day is part of the Disney “magic”.

    At Universal, I put my phone in my backpack and leave it there. I don’t really need it for anything.

    If you are the kind of person who is fine with being enslaved all day by Disney’s phone app, then Disney is the place for you. If you enjoy navigating through throngs of people while staring at your phone, then Disney is the place for you. Pretty soon, Disney will have you getting Genie return times to use the restroom.

    Me? I will stick with Universal.

  6. I’m going in August also and waiting for the new Magic bands. I hope they give some sort of info about them soon or else I would order the regular one later now.

  7. Magic bands are the least of my concerns regarding Disney and their entire company’s woke philosophy. Won’t be going:(

  8. I have a trip in august and have been holding out purchasing magic bands because I thought the new interactive magic bands were coming out. Has anyone heard anything new about the release?

    • Unfortunately, not yet. Originally Disney shared that we would know when these would be available at the end of 2021, but still no word yet.

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