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Disney Announces Exciting New MagicBand+ Feature

Holy Moly, Walt Disney World just released a ground-breaking update about the future of MagicBands, and we are EXCITED.

If you already have a MagicBand, you’ll know it’s a fantastic way to make your time at Walt Disney World simple and streamlined. With a tap of these MagicBands (available in so many cool colors and designs, by the way) you can enter the Parks, your hotel room (with participating hotels and resorts), make purchases in the Parks, and it’s an easy way to use PhotoPass.

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And it’s all right there on your wrist.

Well, Disney Parks just announced that the new MagicBand+ will be released this summer at the Walt Disney World Resort.

“Get ready to interact with Disney magic in all new ways! This summer, Walt Disney World Resort is launching MagicBand+ and “Hey Disney”!, a digital voice assistant, later this year. See how your visits willl be enhanced.”

Yes, you might want to read that again…Disney is launching its very own digital voice assistant “Hey Disney!”. We can only wonder how this is going to make a trip to Walt Disney World so much easier with answers to questions right there on your wrist?! Using Amazon Alexa technology, we know that the bands will be highly compatible with your Disney Hotel stay, at select hotels and resorts, and can order room service, tell you when the next bus leaves for EPCOT, and even get up-to-date weather forecasts.

You’ll even be able to hear from more than 25 popular characters, including Mickey Mouse, Olaf, Rocket and Groot, Princess Tiana, and more.

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Beyond the new MagicBand+ being “Hey Disney!” compatible when it comes out later this year, there are several new features that just look like so much fun and will give you an entirely new experience at Walt Disney World that we have known about for some time, but we’ll tell ya again!

For starters, you’ll be able to bring Walt Disney World Park sculptures to life.

“Soon, you’ll be able to use MagicBand+ to bring the sculptures to life and interact with them on the “Disney Fab 50 Quest.” You can also dive deeper into the experience using the Play Disney Parks mobile app to keep track of which sculptures you’ve found. The more you find, the more features you can unlock with digital achievements and an augmented reality feature that will give you a glimpse into your favorite characters’ worlds.”

This sounds like a great way to get the whole family involved and invested in finding out more about these sculptures and almost like a magical quest to unlock new features. Walt Disney World is celebrating 50 years of Magic this year so we are thrilled to learn that this celebration is incorporated into the new MagicBands.

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You will also be able to interact as a real Batuu Bounty Hunter with the phenomenal new feature: “Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters Experience”

“Over in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, MagicBand+ invites you to join the “Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters” experience, where you’ll use your band to find numerous virtual bounties hidden throughout Black Spire Outpost. MagicBand+ will be your guide, vibrating and lighting up to show if you’re on the right path. You can then use the augmented reality thermal viewer in the Play Disney Parks app – which reveals what’s behind locked doors in Black Spire Outpost – to uncover your virtual bounty**. Once your mission is complete, the local guild master will reward you with galactic credits.”

This new MagicBand also will integrate a special fireworks experience right from your wrist. Your new MagicBands will light up and sync with the sky during firework shows in Walt Disney World Resort.

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We will update you as soon as we know more about the snazzy new MagicBands exclusively for Walt Disney World Resort.

 

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