Walt Disney World Resort is gearing up for the July 27th launch of its latest technological innovation— MagicBand+. 

An upgrade from the current MagicBand, the new generation can do all of the same things, like allow guests to enter theme parks, open doors to hotel rooms and pay for food and drinks, but it also has new features like color-changing lights, haptic vibrations and gesture recognition. Plus, MagicBand+ can unlock new interactive experiences throughout the parks and resorts and it pairs with guests’ smartphones using the My Disney Experience app. 

New interactive experiences available with MagicBand+ include:

  • The Disney Fab 50 Quest, a scavenger hunt through all four theme parks in honor of Disney’s 50th anniversary. Guests can use the band to bring the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection sculptures to life by helping Tinker Bell sprinkle virtual pixie dust on them. Plus, with the Play Disney Parks app, guests can get hints and keep track of sculptures, which unlocks digital achievements such as an augmented reality (AR) feature. 
  • Guests can join the Batuu Bounty Hunters’ Guild at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as part of the new Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters experience. Guests can earn galactic credits by using the band’s light patterns and vibrations to guide them to virtual bounties hidden in Black Spire Outpost. Once bounties are found, use the Play Disney Parks app’s AR thermal viewer to find out who is hiding in the shadows. 

And MagicBands+ will light up during Harmonious and Disney Enchantment nighttime fireworks and music shows at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom Park, respectively.

Prices for MagicBand+ start at $34.99 and can be purchased at select stores across Walt Disney World and online at shopdisney.com. Disney Resort hotel guests and Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can buy the device at a discounted, pre-arrival price. 

The original MagicBand and Disney MagicMobile, available on eligible devices, will continue to work at the theme parks. Guests can still purchase the original MagicBand product.

MagicBand+ will be available at Disneyland Resort later this year. Some of the features will vary between the Florida and California resorts.

For more information, visit disneyworld.disney.go.com.