Disneyland MagicBand+ What You Need to Know: Prices, Tips, Info

Disneyland MagicBand+ finally has an official launch date. After a year of anticipation, we have more information on the Disneyland Resort's first wearable.

In addition to sharing the date that MagicBand Plus is coming to the Disneyland Resort,  Disney also shared that there will be a special preview period for Disneyland Magic Key Holders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Cast Members.

See the official launch date and preview date below.

MagicBand+ Disneyland Launch Date

disneyland magic band plus on wrist

The Disneyland MagicBand+ system has officially debuted for all guests. Previously there had been special previews for Cast Members, Magic Key Holders, and Disney Vacation Club Members.

One of my favorite things about using MagicBands at Walt Disney World is the hands free convenience of not having to pull my phone or park ticket out as often!

MagicBand+ at Disneyland can connect your band to your theme park tickets or Magic Key to allow you to be more hands free at the parks.

After you've connected your park tickets or Magic Key, then you can access all of the convenient options MagicBand+ offers. Guests can use their MagicBands to enter the theme parks, redeem your Lightning Lanes from Genie+, and to link PhotoPass photos to their Disneyland account.

Since we last updated this article, Disney has also announced that the new MagicBand+ will interact with the two new Disney100 Celebration shows – World of Color – One and the Wondrous Fireworks – and the holiday shows – World of Color – Season of Light and the Believe…In Holiday Magic Fireworks.

View all MagicBand+ styles currently on sale on the ShopDisney website.

Disneyland MagicBand+ Exclusive Preview REPORT

Editor's note. We had one of our contributors attend an early preview of MagicBand+ at Disneyland last night to preview how the band interacts with the shows, the tech behind the new bands, and the new Batuu Bounty Hunters game. We will be back on the first days of MagicBand Plus to see the system actually in action and report back with any additional types you should be aware of.

Late last night we attended a media preview of Disneyland MagicBand Plus, experiencing the interactive ways the band works inside Disneyland. At the event, we heard from some of the MagicBand product team about all the ways the bands will enhance the park experience. These “+” bands have the next layer of tech built on top of the classic MagicBands that have been in use at Walt Disney World in Florida for years. This next generation of Magic Bands has updated technology and can do things such as recognize hand gestures (this feature is not available in Disneyland, yet!) The new MagicBand Plus also has unique faces and designs instead of just the standard Mickey head silhouette.

Here's a closer look at the designs that will be available for Disneyland…

new magic band plus designs disneyland

The bands range in cost from $34.99-$44.99 and come with a charger. The band is customizable through the Disneyland app. You'll have the option to change the color it lights, whether it vibrates, and brightness. All the bands are a one-size-fits-all, suitable for both adults and children.

To maximize your band's battery life, fully charge it and then turn it off until you are ready to use it.

batuu bounty hunters disneyland

One experience we got to partake in at the event was playing Batuu Bounty Hunters. This is a game of “hot and cold,” similar to what you may have played as a child. You’ll need the Play Disney app on your phone in order to be able to play. When you’re ready, you’ll tap into the station located inside Batuu where you’ll be given your assignment.

galaxys edge with magic band plus

Once assigned, you’ll begin searching around Batuu and your band will guide you, turning green and vibrating faster a you get closer, or turning red as you move further away. Your band will then turn purple and you’ll hear sounds coming from the area alerting you that you’ve found your bounty. You’ll then use Play Disney app to scan the door where you found your bounty to see them hiding inside. Finally, head back to station where you’ll share your finding and you’ll receive your galactic credits! This game is perfect for adults and kids alike, and you don’t need to be a hard core Star Wars fan in order to enjoy it.

Finally, we were able to watch World of Color with our MagicBands on and experience the show in a more interactive way. The bands light up and vibrate throughout the show in tune with the music and theme. What I really liked about this was that the bands were not a distraction during the show. They only enhanced what was being seen in the show. There are only a couple short segments where the band vibrates during the show, and it was placed very well with the audio. I loved this because, as mentioned before, I didn’t feel distracted during the show. The beautiful lights that danced around on the band as the show was on really brought the show to life in a unique way.

Overall, I am pleased with the arrival of MagicBand Plus at Disneyland for both the ease and convenience and entertainment. I really appreciate the reduced hassle of not having to pull out my phone, scroll to the app, and wait for my ticket to load in order to enter the parks. My kids, ages 5 and 7, will also really enjoy the Batuu Bounty Hunters which will be fun for the entire family.

What is MagicBand Plus at Disneyland?

MagicBand+ at Disneyland

MagicBand+ is the newest edition of the MagicBand that debuted in July at Walt Disney World. The MagicBand+ has all the features of the original MagicBand but with new technology that allows guests to interact with areas in the park. Plus this band features a rechargeable battery (includes recharging cord) giving it a longer lasting lifespan than regular MagicBands. The band is also waterproof.

The immersive elements you can use your MagicBand+ to access at Disneyland will include Batuu Bounty Hunters Interactive Quests which has already begun construction in Batuu. Numerous virtual bounties will be hidden around Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and guests can use their Magicband's light patterns and haptics to complete missions.

Disneyland MagicBand+ will also enhance the entertainment offerings.

World of Color and Fantasmic! will also trigger lights and vibrations on the MagicBand+ which reminds me of the Glow with the Show Mickey Ears that used RFID technology that would glow along with the nighttime spectaculars.

Initially tap to pay and hotel entry access for Disneyland hotel guests won't be available but will be added at a later date. This is just the first look at what we have to expect with MagicBand+ at Disneyland. Be sure to join our FREE Mickey Visit newsletter so that you don't miss out on more coverage and our full review of Disneyland MagicBand+ when we get to test it out.

Will MagicBands Be Required?

No, MagicBands have never been required at Walt Disney World and won't be required at Disneyland. Even for Disneyland hotel guests, you will still have the option of a hotel key card or using the mobile app.

Are MagicBands Free?

MagicBands were included in your hotel stay at Walt Disney World in the past but this practice was discontinued a few years ago. Hotel guests at Walt Disney World do receive discounts on MagicBands and free shipping before their hotel stay. It is possible that Disneyland hotel guests will receive the same perks when the service fully launches.

If I already have an older edition of MagicBand will I be able to use it at Disneyland?

Older editions of MagicBands won't be compatible at Disneyland so you will need to purchase the newest MagicBand+ to use at Disneyland. This newest edition of the MagicBand is the only one you can use with the immersive storytelling elements that are built into the parks so you'll want to upgrade regardless!

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the editor of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and writing Disney culture pieces on DisneyDose.com- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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12 comments add your comment

  1. Does the same Magicband+ for Disneyland also work for Walt Disney World? Or do you have to have separate Magicband + ‘s for each

    • MagicBand+ will work at both results! It’s just the older styles of MagicBand won’t work at Disneyland.

    • You can purchase them on shopdisney.com or when you arrive to the parks!

  2. Hi. When can we purchase a magicband. We are going from 25 October so we able to buy that day to use following day

  3. Can anyone with a Disneyland ticket & reservation use the Magic band +? Or is it just got magic key holders?

  4. Are there features the magicband+ can do that an applewatch cannot? Wondering which I should be in the market for. Visiting Disneyland mid November.

    • Well, an Apple watch will always have more features than a MagicBand will! But it won’t light up or have the same ‘extra’ features the MagicBand+ will that are specific to the park. Why not get both? 😉

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