MagicBands 2.0? New Style Surfaces & Excites Fans

| January 3, 2014 | 18 Replies

Back in March, I brought to you word of new styles for Disney’s MagicBands that began appearing all over the Net. This was just as the program began its official testing period involving the brightly-colored bracelets that allow guests to use them as their room key, park ticket, dining voucher, FastPass+ medium, and form of payment at merchandise locations. Since then, the Bands have popped up all over Walt Disney World property and are the topic of discussion among many.

 

Disney's MagicBand is a new way for guests to experience a vacation at Walt Disney World.

Disney’s MagicBand is a new way for guests to experience a vacation at Walt Disney World.

 

Even though MagicBands are still in the testing phase – albeit a very large one – Disney fans are finding ways to personalize them. This includes the color options provided by Disney, additional purchase trinkets and fabric covers, and even using craft supplies like paint pens and rhinestones. For those looking for something more, I may just have found it. There’s a new style of MagicBand that has surfaced, and let me tell you, this one is definitely E-Ticket worthy.

 

In fact, it’s just that….continue reading to see it.

 

A new E-Ticket themed MagicBand surfaced today on the Net. Supposedly it has been created by Disney, not a fan looking to customize his own Band. There's no word on whether or not this style will be available to guests or even when, but it leaves many intrigued.

A new E-Ticket themed MagicBand surfaced today on the Net. Supposedly it has been created by Disney, not a fan looking to customize his own Band. There’s no word on whether or not this style will be available to guests or even when, but it leaves many intrigued.

 

This new “E-Ticket” style MagicBand has surfaced and is sure to be a prized possession among Disney die-hards. The Band pays homage to the old coupon booklet system the parks used from Disneyland’s birth until the early 1980s. Back then, guests would purchase tickets of varying quantities to ride the attractions; tickets ranged from A to E with the latter being reserved for the most thrilling or exciting rides.

 

An Original Disney Ticket Booklet

An Original Disney Ticket Booklet

 

An A-Ticket from Disney's Past

An A-Ticket from Disney’s Past

 

An A-Ticket would allow guests to ride smaller attractions like this omnibus.

An A-Ticket would allow guests to ride smaller attractions like this omnibus.

 

Since these booklets were retired, Disney and fans alike continue to refer to the “best of the best” as E-Ticket experiences. Likewise, merchandise featuring replicas of the tickets has been produced for the parks here and there including pin sets and magnets. These are quickly bought by collectors and can be difficult to find. Most currently, a vinyl magnet set was produced featuring replicas of each ticket.

 

Disney Ticket Replica Pins

Disney Ticket Replica Pins

 

This collector pin features a reproduction of the Magic Kingdom ticket booklets.

This collector pin features a reproduction of the Magic Kingdom ticket booklets.

 

All of the tickets are show inside.

All of the tickets are show inside.

 

Being that this is the first time we’ve seen this E-Ticket MagicBand, there’s not much information on when and if it will be available. We do know that it was produced by Disney and not someone looking to personalize a Band themselves. The last time we saw designs like this was in the spring; they focused more so on the princesses and confirmation was never found as to whether or not they were created by Disney or a collector. My guess is that they were either original prototypes or doctored versions by some unknown source.

 

This photo from March features different styles of MagicBands. To date, ones like these have not been produced.

This photo from March features different styles of MagicBands. To date, ones like these have not been produced.

 

Still, one has to wonder if and when Disney is going to follow through with designing Bands that are above the standard offering. Rumors once stated that they would be partnering with outlets such as Dooney & Bourke and even Swarovski crystal. Little has been said about this for quite some time now. One can only hope that this new image of a different style could be leading the way for things to come.

 

Some guests are using craft supplies to personalize their MagicBands. The one above uses rhinestones to add some sparkle to a standard pink Band.

Some guests are using craft supplies to personalize their MagicBands. The one above uses rhinestones to add some sparkle to a standard pink Band.

 

If the E-Ticket MagicBand does come to fruition, it is sure to be a hit among fans. Disney history is something that fascinates many, so it only makes sense to capitalize on this fact. I love how everything from the box to the logos on the Band itself bring the E-Ticket back to life. My thinking is that deluxe MagicBands – MagicBands 2.0, so to speak – will be heading our way within the next year. The logistics of this is obviously unknown though. If I had to guess, I’d say that these specialty Bands will be available for purchase and synced at the merchandise location. Perhaps they will even come with a bonus of additional FastPass+ options which would provide even more of an incentive for guests to purchase them. On the flip side, I’d be disappointed if this was a special Band given only to higher up Disney execs. Either way, I’m pretty excited about this finding and hope you are too. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I’ll keep my eyes out for more news in the meantime.

 

An Original E-Ticket: Could a MagicBand like this be available soon? What do you think?

An Original E-Ticket: Could a MagicBand like this be available soon? What do you think?

 

UPDATE (1/5):

 

Over the past two days, I’ve heard that these E-Ticket MagicBands were possibly given out at a recent corporate event or conference. While that may or may not be true, I received word that this particular one was actually sent to someone who had a friend at Disney. Either way, I think it proves that the company is thinking in the direction of making new designs, deluxe ones, if you will. I like that idea. We’ve heard that this was a possibility for awhile now especially with big names like Dooney & Bourke and Swarovski; this seems to prove that fact and shows that there is a chance – a great one – that different designs could be in the works for guests in the future. Exciting!

 

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N. Mancini

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Born and raised in New Jersey, Nicole is an avid Disney fan and frequents both Walt Disney World and Disneyland several times each year. Interests include Walt Disney Imagineering, merchandise, dining, backstage tours, and more. You can also find her on The DIS Unplugged forum on DISBoards.com. Be sure to check out Nicole's other articles here on the DIS Blog and follow her on Twitter @DISNikkiBell for regular updates about all things Disney!
  • PuppetMaster2

    New design same crappy fastpass service. Make Park Hopping an option and more than 3 per day!!

  • Tara Liebert Lenharth

    I just blinged out my green band for an upcoming trip. I used painters tape to mask off the grey part of the band, sprayed it with silver spray paint and added stick on jewels. I did another band with a “Frozen” theme, using stick on snowflakes and jewels. I hope Disney does offer more personalized options. Although I assume those would come with a price!

    • Nicole L. Mancini

      I love this! I never would have thought to use silver as a color. Awesome job!

    • mack

      what about your name?

  • MrM

    Still no watch attachment, eh? They’d make millions.

  • Angie

    Am I the only one surprised to see that IASW was an E ticket ride?

    • Tina McNeil

      No. That ride makes me nuts! About 30 seconds in I wanna start shooting at some dolls! Refuse to go on it and I warn all my first visit friends!

  • Boosma

    I would absolutely love this band! Hope to see it available soon.

  • Jason Epperson

    Do your research. This was a special commemorative band that was given to guests at a Disney corporate event months ago, and was on your own message boards.

    • Nicole L. Mancini

      This was actually sent to someone by a friend who works for Disney, not one who went to a conference as I understand it. However, I think what we can take away from this is that Disney Merchandise is thinking in the direction of deluxe designs. We have heard before that they are coming, and I think that this supports that.

    • Roger

      This is correct, this is not new. It was repotted all about by Jason over at the Orlando Sentinel, pictures of the box and band. A responsible reporter does little bit of research, instead of just starting rumors.

      • Tina McNeil

        She said that it was a possibility, sheesh folks! Lighten up! I too am hoping Disney comes out with more colors and designs.

  • Diana Whooley Antul

    They sell bling for your bands in the shops!

  • Nancy Nolan

    Maybe they should spend more time getting them to work first instead of wasting time making them pretty. We had several issues with these bands on our trip in December!

    • Tina McNeil

      Did you report the issues? Disney can’t fix the problems if you don’t tell them about it.

  • David

    I remember the old Disney Ticket Books. In fact I still have some of each of the original tickets, “A” thru “E”. I have a book or two that have never been used. We bought them and never used them at the time, thinking we would go back and use them at a later date, but never did. I like the new “E” Magic Bands. Hope we will see them soon.

  • Joy

    This might be a silly question, but I’m wondering if once the whole program is unrolled, Disney will be including the MagicBands with guest packages, or if we will be buying them as an extra feature? They seem like pretty amazing technology to just hand out to guests in hopes that guests will be compelled to spend more while enjoying the convenience. Any ideas on price of these bands??

  • Jennie

    I Blinged my entire band with pink Swarovski with clear Mickey heads down the center and never had any problems getting in my room or spending lots of money this last 3 weeks.