Test Driving Disney’s New MagicBand+

Test Driving Disney’s New MagicBand+

This month the new MagicBand+ was released to guests visiting Walt Disney World. Is it worth it? Anyone who has heard enough of my podcasts probably knows where I’m going to side on this product. Still, it’s a good time to take another look at this very popular product so many guests utilize during their stay at Walt Disney World. We’ll look at the timeline that brought us to today. We’ll then step into the parks to make a purchase, get it linked up to the MyDisneyExperience, and take her for a test drive. From there we’ll add up both the plusses and the minuses. There’s a lot of talk on the streets about this new product. Is it worth it? Find out as we take a test drive on Disney’s New MagicBand+.

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A Timeline

  • January 2006: Pixar was purchased by Disney
  • January 2007: Steve Jobs premieres the iPhone
  • October 2011: Steve Jobs passed away
  • January 7, 2013: Tom Staggs introduced the MagicBand as part of MyMagic+
  • April 2015: The Apple Watch premieres
  • November 2016: New MagicBand2 announced
  • May 2017: Volcano Bay opens at Universal Florida with TapuTapu
  • August 2022: The new MagicBand+
MagicBand+ products on sale. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

The following is an outline of what we cover in the podcast!

My Own DisneyExperience

  • My Previous Use with MagicBand
  • Selecting the MagicBand+ and Making the Purchase
  • Setting it Up with a Smart Phone
  • Setting it Up with Play Disney Parks
  • Playing the Bounty Hunter Game in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
  • Doing the Fab 50 Quest–35 Statues Featuring 50 Characters
  • Watching Harmonious Fireworks
Checking out the band during Harmounious. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Pluses & Minuses


  • Lots of fun designs and cool choices
  • Once used, it’s convenient
  • A lot more fun than Star Wars Datapad
  • More value the more times you return
  • Still a Kid’s Cool Status Statement
  • Basics like Room, Park & Lightning Lane Access Still Available When Battery is Dead
  • There is Something to the Tactile/Visual Sensation
Droids waiting for your MagicBand+. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


  • Expensive–Not Free!
  • Painful to Set Up
  • Impact on Smart Phone Batteries Uncertain
  • Need More Portals to Recharge
  • Few things to do–Currently
  • Activities are Unreliable
  • Why can’t I pay for the software on my watch?
Should be easy. But it may not be. Image by Disney.


  • It’s Quickly Becoming Disney’s Wand
  • This is a Big Disney Per Cap Winner
  • It Provides “The Casino Effect”
  • Lots of Possibilities with Sorcerers in the Magic Kingdom and Beyond
  • It Is the Genie+ for Gaming
  • It Makes Genie+ Look Cheap

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