Disney World: MagicBand+ debuts July 27

MagicBand+ will make its debut at Walt Disney World on July 27, the resort announced Thursday.

The wearable technology has more interactive powers than its predecessor, with games and activities connected to theme park visitors’ wrists. It pairs with the My Disney Experience app.

For instance, the new Disney Fab 50 Quest will let guests activate responses from the 50th anniversary statues that are spread across the four parks using “virtual pixie dust,” which is provided by the waving of a MagicBand+ hand, Disney says. The quest is also tied to the Play Disney Parks app and augmented reality features.

The new bands will light up in sync along with fireworks and other effects during “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom and “Harmonious” at Epcot.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, MagicBand+ will be used for Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters, which will uncover bounties in Black Spire Outpost, earning galactic credits.

The MagicBand+ devices retain the uses of previous bands, including park admission, PhotoPass and the opening of hotel doors. The new bands were first announced in September 2021.

Disney says it will start with 25 MagicBand+ designs. Prices start at $34.99.

MagicBand+ will kick in at Disneyland Resort in California later this year, the company says.

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