are disney magic bands worth it

The Pros and Cons: Are Disney Magic Bands Worth It?


Maybe you’ve heard of them, maybe you haven’t.

Disney Magicbands!

Are Disney magic bands worth it in 2021 though?!

You may have glimpsed these on wrists around Walt Disney World (Yes, these are only for WDW).

However, these colorful wrist straps were first introduced to in 2013. Disney wanted a clever and fun way to for guests to enjoy their WDW vacation without worrying about what was in their pockets. You know, the headaches of keeping track of room keys, park tickets, and money.

Thanks to the Magicbands, with the flick of a wrist, you can enter your room, pay for food, collect souvenirs, enter the park, and also setup FastPass (when that was a thing).

We are a long way from 2013. Things have change… a lot.

What’s interesting, is that magic bands are still readily available and collected at Walt Disney World. Once they were even given away to all resort guests for FREE.

But not anymore.

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Essentially, Magic bands are colorful wrist bands that give you access to different conveniences around Walt Disney World. These are MagicBands and they can make navigating your Disney World vacation a whole lot easier!

JUST ANNOUNCED: MagicBand+ 2022

New MagicBands will debut in 2022 at Walt Disney World as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. This wearable technology is becoming more and more popular, so Disney wants to make sure that it’s still a big part of your experience when you visit their resorts.

The original MagicBand was introduced back in 2013 with the goal of making the guest experience at Walt Disney World more convenient and hands-free.Yes, as you move throughout the resort, the MagicBand+ will come to life with pulsing lights, vibrations, and gesture recognition.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can virtually become a bounty hunter at Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. You can also find the “Disney Fab 50 Character Collection,” golden sculptures of your favorite characters, strewn about the Walt Disney World resorts. Try out EPCOT’s new “Harmonious” and “Disney Enchantment” attractions at Magic Kingdom Park while watching your band light up and complementing the magic in the sky.

MagicBand+ will be accessible for purchase towards the end of 2022. Walt Disney World annual passholders and hotel guests who book early get a discounted, pre-arrival price, as well as new and renewing Annual Passholders.

How much are Disney magic bands?

Despite the release of the the new MagicBand+ in 2022, Disney said the older versions of the bands will remain functional and active. In fact, the older models will simply serve as a basic version of the magic bands.

The basic and traditional magic bands are probably going to stay the same $19-$24 range.

While the new MagicBand+ will probably be sold by Disney for upwards of $40-50.

Then there are the limited edition releases. We don’t know what those would go for.

The limited edition releases of the traditional magic bands sold for upwards of $40-50. Which leads us to believe the limited edition releases of MagicBand+ will be upwards of $75-100 each.

Are Disney magic bands worth it?

Yes, we believe the new MagicBand+ will be worthwhile. The old magic bands are not worth it. They basically replicate what the app on your phone can do. nThe new MagicBand+’s enhanced interactivity with you in certain attractions will be well worth it. nYes, rather than being free, as they were in the past, Disney magic bands are now sold for a high price on Ebay (some limited edition and original Disney magic bands sell for over $100).

Are Disney magic bands water proof?

Yes, you can use your MagicBands underwater. You don’t need to be concerned about protecting them from water exposure when you go to the Disney water parks, visit the Disney theme parks for fun water attractions, swim at a Disney Resort hotel pool, or get caught outside in the rain because they’re waterproof.

Final thoughts

The new MagicBand+ will allow you to have a more interactive experience with certain attractions. It is worth the price. If you have an annual pass or are staying at any of the hotels, you would get a FREE magic band. Ebay has some limited edition and original Disney magic bands that are going for over $100. Yes, MagicBands are waterproof so don’t worry about them when visiting the water parks or swimming at your resort hotel.




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