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MagicBand Merchandise Arrives

Disney offers plenty of ways to accessorize and customize your MagicBand.

Disney has been researching, installing equipment, and building up to the roll out of its NextGen park experience for some time. There are many pieces to this effort, with plenty of different names that we no doubt become better familiar with in the upcoming months and years: FastPass Plus, My Disney Experience, and RFID to name a few.

But one of the key components to Disney’s next generation of theme park technology is central to all of these efforts and in some ways ties them all together. It’s the MagicBand.

What is a MagicBand?

A MagicBand is a wrist band that will activate many of the features that Disney is planning for NextGen. It contains an RFID chip which means that it can communicate your MagicBand number to nearby electronic readers.

MagicBand accessories have arrived.

MagicBand accessories have arrived.

 

Sales racks of MagicBand stuff.

Sales racks of MagicBand stuff.

This means that your MagicBand will likely:

- Hold your theme park admission ticket: Just tap it to the reader to enter the park
– Hold your Disney Resort Hotel key: Just tap it to open the door to your room
– Hold your FastPass + reservations: Just tap the reader to enter the attraction or event
– Hold your information for other special experiences like PhotoPass pictures

None of these is fully confirmed, but most all of them seem pretty likely.

Disney has been testing MagicBand recently, and you can read about a real user’s FastPass Plus testing experience.

MagicBand Merchandise

The MagicBands we have seen so far look like a rubbery or plastic wrist watch, except with no clock. Pretty utilitarian. Plus, if you have a large group, it might be hard to keep track of which MagicBand belongs to which person.

Fortunately Disney has devised a way to help you personalize your MagicBand – and perhaps make a bit of money on merchandise in the process.

The Fantasia Gift Shop in Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the first Disney merchandise location to carry MagicBand accessories.

There appear to be three main components of MagicBand accessories: Cover Up, MagicSlider, and MagicBandits. Let’s take a look at each:

MagicBand Cover Up

A Cover Up is a sleeve that slides over the entire MagicBand to give it extra color and personality. Kits of cover ups were for sale starting at $6.95 for one or $15.95 for a package of three.

MagicBand Cover Ups or Cover Bands.

MagicBand Cover Ups or Cover Bands.

How to install the Cover Up.

How to install the Cover Up.

There are plenty of different Cover Up designs available, including several different Mickey Mouse themes and a black pirate theme.

Sample MagicBand Cover Up with Mickey Mouse design.

Sample MagicBand Cover Up with Mickey Mouse design.

A MagicSlider is a primary decorative element that slides onto the MagicBand and goes over Mickey icon on the band. If a MagicBand were a wrist watch, the MagicSlider would go around the face of the watch. Disney was selling MagicSliders for $12.95 and $14.95.

MagicSliders sign.

MagicSliders sign.

MagicBand MagicSliders box with installation instructions.

MagicBand MagicSliders box with installation instructions.

The selection, at least for now, of MagicSlider designs seemed a bit more limited, with a square Mickey being the most prominent, and a few other Mickey sets available.

This style of Mickey Mouse MagicSlider was the one most often on display.

This style of Mickey Mouse MagicSlider was the one most often on display.

A MagicBandits (MagicBand-its) is a secondary decorative element that goes on the band of the MagicBand. Disney was selling MagicBandits at three for $6.95, four for $8.95.

MagicBand MagicBandits decorative accessories.

MagicBand MagicBandits decorative accessories.

Sample MagicBandits - may choices on these.

Sample MagicBandits – may choices on these.

They are sold in sets of three and cover a lot of different Disney characters, from Tinkerbell to the Nightmare before Christmas, as well as various design takes of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to the Muppets.

Sample MagicBand all jazzed up.

Sample MagicBand all jazzed up.

Fun MagicBand t-shirt.

Fun MagicBand t-shirt.

All of these accessories are completely optional.  You could use your MagicBand just as it is.  But it may be hard to identify each person’s different MagicBand, so I suspect many folks will want to add at least one accessory.

Let’s look at what that could cost if you decide to go with all the bits and pieces:

- MagicBand Cover Up: $6.95

- MagicBand MagicSlider: $12.95

- MagicBand MagicBandit: $6.95

TOTAL: $26.85

I’m not sure that all three components are really necessary.  I think the Cover Up makes a big impact, and the MagicBandits are fun.  For the cost, I personally thought that that the MagicSlider was the worst value for the accessory buck.

What do you think about these MagicBand accessories?
Would you buy them for your MagicBands?  Which ones?

Leave your comments below!

About the author

Herb is the founder, author, webmaster, chief executive, and chief bottle washer for World Of Walt – and he is the Disney enthusiast who put this site together. Ever since his parents took him to the Magic Kingdom on a family vacation as a youngster, he has had an interest in the magic that Disney creates for families.

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  • Gilbert Henry

    I’m sure Disney would love for every person to pay them an extra $25 to jazz up their MagicBand! Actually the MagicBandits seems pretty cool, but the MagicSlider seems too expensive, and like it just adds unnecessary bulk to the top of the device.

  • Brandy Allen

    I think the cover up would be pretty cool, not sure about the extra pieces like the Bandits or Sliders though.

  • Jennifer Colantoni-Finneran

    I think the Magicbadits are perfect for adding a little touch of your favorite characters they seem fairly inexpensive and each person can do something different so you know who’s band is who’s.

  • Charlie

    If they would have made the bands look good in the first place, you would not have to buy the accessories.

  • Carol Zabrecky Scivinsky

    Were going in August. Are they using them right now or will we get the paper tickets?

    • hleibac

      Disney is not offering the MagicBands to the public now – they were part of a limited test that is now over. We don’t know when they will offer the MagicBands. If you buy tickets now, you will probably get the new RFID tickets vs. old paper tickets. More info about RIFD tickets here:
      http://www.worldofwalt.com/convert-passholders-rfid-cards.html

  • Keri Nowaczyk

    I would definitely use the magic bands! So cool and fun! Plus I could trust my kids with the bands where I am stil a little iffy on trusting the kids with the cards!

  • Carol Zabrecky Scivinsky

    Is there anyway to find out how many days you have left on a ticket that you purchased in the past?

    • hleibac

      I tried calling the Disney ticketing line at 407-566-4985. I saw this number listed in other places on the internet. However, the message there said that they cannot provide ticket details (days left) on the phone. Instead, they ask that you send an e-mail to guest.services@disneyworld.com. Include a copy of the front and back of your ticket along with a copy of your government issued id.

      I’ve also read that the most accurate way to get balance information is to go to the Guest Relations Office or Park Ticket Window at a Disney park or at Downtown Disney. Sometimes the Cast Members will need to research through Disney’s systems to get a complete history of your ticket and what remains.

  • Carol Zabrecky Scivinsky

    Thank you very much for the information.

  • Rebecca Sprinkel

    Coming to Disney Sept 22 – 29 will be testing the Magic Band. Can’t wait to see all the merchandise.

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