As time passes, more and more information seems to be coming to the surface about Disney’s new MagicBand system. While much of it is based on speculation, Disney has begun to release new facts about the bands to the public and will continue to do so over the upcoming weeks. This will be welcomed by many including those who spend the most amount of time in Walt Disney World’s theme parks: Annual Passholders.
Image: Disney is beginning to release new information about MagicBands to the public.
It is common knowledge now that Disney is currently providing the opportunity for those with an Annual Pass (AP) to switch their paper ticket for a new plastic RFID card. Doing so allows guests to bypass the traditional turnstiles and instead use those that compliment the MagicBand system. Stationed in groups of three, the new RFID ticket readers stand on a metal pole topped by a circular Mickey icon. A guest gains entry into the park by tapping his RFID-enabled card on the Mickey head and placing his finger on the scanner to match the person to his ticket. Each pole will be a slightly different shade depending upon the park it at. For example, Hollywood Studios will feature RFID readers that are silver while Magic Kingdom will have those that are gold. This keeps in with the theming and feel of each park.
Image: The new RFID readers at the turnstiles are ready for MagicBands.
I know what you’re thinking, okay, so how is this news? We have already seen pictures of this online. Well, one of the bigger questions has been regarding color choice. Annual Passholders have been questioning if you get to pick your Band’s color before you receive it. Rumors have even surfaced stating that those who have an AP will not have such an option and instead will receive one designated color for this ticket media. After speaking at length with cast members working directly with MagicBands and the new My Disney Experience app, it has now been confirmed that AP holders (as well as other guests) may pick which color Band they receive through the app itself. Once the system has the green light to be fully put into place, those with an AP will be contacted directly via email. Directions to a special location on the app will be included in this communication so guests can visit and select a color of their choice for the Band. It will then arrive in the mail in a box similar to the one seen below. I have to say that I was really excited to hear this news especially when rumors circulated that AP holders would all have the same color and one that they would not be able to choose. A big kudos to Disney for allowing us the opportunity to do this and express our individual style!
Image: MagicBands will be mailed to guests after each person chooses a color using the My Disney Experience app.
Today I also learned a few more things about the Band itself. As stated in my last related blog, they are made of a smooth material that is hypo-allergenic, heat resistant, and waterproof. After spending a long day in the hot Florida sun, the Bands may be washed with ease. I was even told that it would be safe to put one in a dishwasher; I’m not so sure I will be trying that though. Similarly, the sizing of the bands will be easy to customize. Both adult and children Bands are fully adjustable and come on and off with ease. And, something that amazed me, the children’s Bands are actually one layer of the adult-sized bands. You’ll notice this in the picture below:
Image: A child-sized MagicBand is nestled on top of an adult Band to allow it to be sized appropriately.
As we already knew, MagicBands will be available readily at the parks. With the amount of miles covered during a trip to Disney, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if a Band was lost here or there. Apparently, the company already a plan in place for this. I learned today that it will be very easy to get a replacement for a lost or malfunctioning Band. Upon hearing this, I immediately guessed that this would come into play with the sales of “designer” or character Bands, which, by the way, Disney is being very hush-hush about. In fact, I was told this afternoon that options like these are just rumors because some guests who are testing the Bands have customized them on their own. However, we have seen official Disney-released photos that speak otherwise:
Only time will tell us how the MagicBand changes our way of vacationing, and I’m excited to hear that Disney will give its guests options for customizing the Band itself. New information is forthcoming quickly now that testing of the system has resumed – it was abruptly halted recently, but that has now changed. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for this show to get on the road. Here’s hoping that will come to fruition sooner rather than later.