Disney MagicBand 2 is here, and it’s a completely new beast. The new MagicBands still give you the same great experiences of being able to link your tickets, scan as a FastPass and even link your credit cards. Now, they have the added feature of including a removable “Icon”, which can be taken out and used in different accessories.
Over the past few weeks, my wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Walt Disney World Resort. Whether you stay for a week or a day, the resort sends you a brand new MagicBand that you can link to your room. Some of the advantages of linking a MagicBand to your room, as well as putting a credit card on file is that you don’t have to do things like go to the front desk to check in. Instead, you get a text message telling you when your room is ready. Plus, if you’re not a passholder, you can link your tickets to your MagicBand and go about your day in the parks, without having to stop and pick up tickets. It’s really convenient.
Those are all things that you’ve been able to do before with MagicBand. Now Walt Disney World is sending resort guests the new MagicBand 2, before their stays.
When we booked our Disney trip, we were sent our new MagicBands and took the time to get a good look at them, as well as play with them and take them apart.
Video-We explore and take apart a MagicBand 2
While the original MagicBand was fairly simple, Disney has complicated things with MagicBand 2. Honestly, the band is a little bigger, and more sturdy feeling. The problem comes when you want to take it apart. The clips that hold the puck in place do not pop back in easily. Also, as my wife (the computer tech) points out, the screws are not magnetized. If you drop them, you can’t use a magnet to find them, nor can you pick them up with a magnetized screwdriver. With the size of the screws, if you drop them, they’re pretty much gone.
Still, the convenience of the MagicBands are undeniable. Currently, Disney has a few accessories with the MagicBand 2, which is nice, but you have to wonder if it’s really worth it. The upside is that there is no major price difference in MagicBand 2 tech, and the park sends them to you for free if you purchase a stay at their hotels. MagicBand has definitely changed the way that theme parks are doing things, with Universal Orlando launching their own version called “Tapu-Tapu” later this year.
We will venture into the accessories of MagicBand 2 in the future, so make sure to check back often!