Disney Continues to Remind Guests That MagicBand Chips Are for External Use Only

MagicBands make visiting the Walt Disney World Resort (and now the Disneyland Resort) a breeze.

These stylish bracelets, which double as a fun accessory for Disney fans, allow Guests to enter theme parks, their Resort rooms, use Lightning Lane, pay for food and shopping throughout their visit, store PhotoPass images, and even perform some extra fun “magic” thanks to the new MagicBand+.

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But did you know these magical wristbands come with quite a peculiar warning? For several years, Disney has been reminding Guests that the RFID chips encased inside the bands (that power all of MagicBand’s impressive features) are for external use only.

With MagicBand+ only making its debut at the Disneyland Resort earlier this year, some Guests were surprised to see the odd reminder. Disney Dining shared a recent Reddit post by West Coast Guests who questioned why this type of warning was necessary:

MagicBand+: Not for internal or subdermal use. I wonder what the story is behind why that statement is necessary. from Disneyland

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Oftentimes, a very specific warning like this one means that the act in question has been done before. In addition to the note on the signs above where MagicBands are sold in Disney Parks, the warning is often listed on shopDisney and on the box that MagicBands come in.

In 2020, one Disney fan shared a video to Instagram showing how the RFID chip implanted under her skin was a “success,” in that it worked the same way wearing a physical MagicBand would:


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While this Guest did later share more information on the process of implanting a MagicBand chip, and noted that she recovered well from the “procedure,” Disney has continued to share warnings noting that this is not the intended use for the MagicBand (and while the company is not flat-out saying it, this also means Disney is not held responsible for any issues that could arise from misuse of the product.)

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."