MagicBand+ for Disneyland

What are MagicBand+?
MagicBand+ are rechargeable, waterproof wristbands that can be worn like a watch. They feature color-changing customizable light patterns, haptic vibrations and gesture recognition to help you see and feel new experiences in the park. There is a sensor in the center design and the wristbands come in a large variety of colors and designs. They can be purchased online at shopDisney, at World of Disney in Downtown Disney, or at various shops throughout the parks.

How Can I Use Them?

  • To enter the parks - Cast Members can scan the sensor on the MagicBand+ for easy, hands free entry into the parks. (with valid park ticket and reservation). You can assign a MagicBand+ to a specific park ticket on the Disneyland app.
  • Connect PhotoPass images to your account - photographer Cast Members can scan the sensor to easily link your photos to your account
  • Check in at Lightning Lane Entrances- Lightning Lane entrances have a touch point for MagicBand+ or a scanner to scan a phone or ticket barcode. When each person in the party has their own MagicBand+ they can scan themselves in to the ride instead of an adult swiping through and scanning each ticket on their phone.
  • Nighttime Spectaculars - MagicBand+ glow and pulse during Fantasmic!, World of Color-ONE, and other nighttime shows.
  • Additional Experiences - MagicBand+ are needed to seek virtual bounties across Black Spire Outpost during Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters. They also add surprises and a magical touch to select experiences in Avengers Campus.

Are They Worth It?

  • MagicBand+ start at $34.99 and go up to over $50,
  • The bands can be made permanently smaller to fit kids. But young kids might still refuse to wear them
  • They must be recharged regularly to have the lights and vibrations - the sensor will still work for park entrance, PhotoPass and Lightning Lanes if the battery has died
  • The app on your phone can do everything the MagicBand+ can do (and a whole lot more) except the lights and haptics.

So really, Are They Worth It?
Only you can decide if they are worth it... But here's my two cents:

When I went by myself, I didn't get one. I just used my phone for everything. Plus I worried the lights would be a distraction during the nighttime shows.

But watching families hold up the Lightning Lane lines (Genie+) while a mom or dad swiped and scanned through multiple tickets on their phone made the MagicBand+ look a little more appealing for families. Because each person would be able to tap themself in as they walked through.

If you don't have Genie+, I really don't see the need.
If you DO have Genie+, it depends on: if you can afford it, if your kids will wear them, if your kids have their own phones to use, if you have other adults who can scan themselves, etc.

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