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  • Writer's pictureJeremie Laviolette

MagicBand vs. MagicBand+: Which One Should You Choose?

When planning a trip to Walt Disney World, one of the key decisions you'll need to make is whether to purchase a MagicBand or the upgraded MagicBand+. Both of these wearable devices offer convenience and enhanced experiences throughout the parks. Let's compare the features of MagicBand and MagicBand+ to help you decide which one is the best fit for your magical Disney vacation.

A stack of MagicBands prominently featuring a MagicBand and MagicBand+
MagicBand vs MagicBand+, which will you choose?


The classic MagicBand is a colorful wristband that acts as your all-in-one device for accessing various features and services at Walt Disney World. Here are its key features:

  • Park Access: With a simple touch, the MagicBand grants you entry into the theme parks, eliminating the need for traditional tickets.

  • Lightning Lane & Virtual Queues: MagicBand allows you to check-in for your Lightning Lane and virtual queue reservations.

  • PhotoPass: Your MagicBand links to Disney's PhotoPass system, automatically linking ride photos, character meet-and-greet shots, and professional pictures taken throughout the parks.

  • Hotel Room Access: If you're staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, the MagicBand functions as your room key, offering seamless entry and enhancing your overall resort experience.

  • Dining Plan and Payment: Your MagicBand is connected to your Disney account allowing you to use dining plan credits or make charges to your room, allowing you to effortlessly pay for meals, snacks, and merchandise.

MagicBand Special Pre-Arrival Price

For guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, MagicBands can be purchased in advance starting at $9.99 USD for solid colour options.


For guests seeking an upgraded experience, the MagicBand+ takes the functionalities of the classic MagicBand to the next level. Here's what you can expect from the MagicBand+:

  • MagicBand: Everything a MagicBand can do.

  • Light-Up Effects: The MagicBand+ features built-in LED lights that create dazzling and customizable light-up effects, adding a touch of magic to your Disney experience.

  • Interactive Experiences: With the MagicBand+, you can engage in interactive activities throughout the parks, triggering special effects, sounds, and surprises at select locations.

  • Attraction Enhancements: Certain attractions at Walt Disney World offer enhanced experiences for MagicBand+ users. For example, your MagicBand+ might unlock exclusive content or surprises during a ride.

  • Exclusive Accessories: The MagicBand+ comes with a set of exclusive MagicBand accessories, allowing you to personalize your band even further with themed icons and charms.

  • Battery: To power the extra interactivity and effects the MagicBand+ do need to be charged.

MagicBand+ Special Pre-Arrival Price

For guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, these can be purchased in advance starting at $24.99 USD for solid colour options.


In addition to the traditional MagicBand options, Walt Disney World now offers an alternative called MagicMobile, which leverages the power of your smartphone to provide a contactless and convenient way to access park features. Here's what you need to know about MagicMobile:

  • Digital Ticket and Park Entry: By linking your park tickets to your smartphone through the My Disney Experience app, MagicMobile allows you to enter the parks by simply holding your phone near the designated touchpoints.

  • Lightning Lanes and Virtual Queues: MagicMobile enables you to check-in for your Lightning Lane and virtual queues directly from your phone.

  • PhotoPass Integration: Just like the MagicBand, MagicMobile seamlessly links with Disney's PhotoPass service, ensuring that your ride photos and character meet-and-greet shots are automatically added to your account.

  • Wallet and Payments: With MagicMobile, you can add your Disney dining plan and payment information to your smartphone, allowing you to conveniently make purchases and redeem dining credits throughout the parks.

  • Apple Wallet and Google Pay Integration: MagicMobile is compatible with Apple Wallet and Google Pay, making it even more accessible for guests who prefer using these digital wallet services.

  • Multiple Guests on One Device: MagicMobile supports multiple profiles on a single smartphone, making it easier for families and groups to manage their park experiences using a single device.

A table that lists the various features available to MagicBand+, MagicBand and MagicMobile
Side-by-side comparison of MagicBand+, MagicBand and MagicMobile

Both the MagicBand and MagicBand+ offer unique features that enhance your visit to Walt Disney World. If you're looking for convenience, park access, and seamless integration with various Disney services, the classic MagicBand is a great choice. However, if you want an upgraded experience with added interactivity, light-up effects, and exclusive enhancements on select attractions, the MagicBand+ is worth considering. If you prefer to travel light and use your smartphone for most of your interactions, MagicMobile provides a convenient alternative to the traditional MagicBand.

Ultimately, the choice depends on your preferences and budget. Whichever option you choose, you're sure to enjoy the magical benefits of these wearable devices at the most magical place on Earth!

1 Kommentar

22. Juni 2023

I wasn't a big fan of charging the new bands, but I do love the interactive experiences in Galaxy's Edge with them!

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