I remember back to our first trip to Disney where we really noticed the Magic Bands many years back. We thought, this is just a fad, another gimmick for Disney to try to get us to buy more stuff we don’t need.
Five years later and here I am throwing six Magic Bands in my bag to make sure I have one for every occasion. We have certainly been bitten by the Magic Band bug and we aren’t sorry about it.
We have the plain Magic Bands that we get for resort stays and dozens of specialty bands including Dooney and Bourke bands, character themed bands, attraction themed bands, movie themed bans and more.
But, I rarely, if ever, wear my plain colored bands. If you follow our blog at all, you know that I am not a plain girl. Just not my thing; not who I am.
Typically, I will head over to Etsy to my favorite Magic Band decal shop, ShopEmilyG to purchase one of her amazing decals. She has hundreds to choose from and do I think this new announcement will hurt her sales, no I do not.
What new announcement you may be asking? Disney has announced that coming soon, Disney Resort hotel guests and new and renewing Annual Passholders will have the option to pay a price of $14.99 to upgrade to one of more than thirty new Magic Band design options that are themed with some of your favorite characters and Disney themes. To get the upgraded bands, Disnerds can head over their My Disney Experience account and upgrade after confirming their trip.
So, with all of these new Magic Band options, why don’t I think shops like ShopEmilyG will suffer from these new fancy designs sold through Disney? Because, Disney has hundreds of Magic Band options offered at the parks and I still buy those but I want unique designs as well and I love to stand out and I know many of my fellow Disnerds do as well.
She has everything from seasonal favorites that we always take advantage of by getting a festive Christmas decal and attraction faves like Spaceship Earth and Haunted Mansion and even Magic Band decals for your favorite Disney walls.
I think a lot of people, including me, will take advantage of these new designs offered through Disney from time to time but you can never have enough Magic Bands (subject to opinion) and I will be continuing to support my favorite small shops as well as giving Disney plenty of my money for new and unique bands and decals.
If you aren’t familiar with the Magic of a Magic Band. Guests can link a credit card to their band to pay for things quickly and without digging for a card or cash. Magic Bands are also your room key so every guest who is staying on property, gets a “free” Magic Band, and as mentioned above, can soon request and pay for an upgraded Magic Band with a cute design.
Magic Bands also hold Fast Passes. When you book your Fast Passes, they are automatically uploaded onto your Magic Band and you simply scan it as you walk into the queue for the ride.
Your band also holds your Photo Pass shots. After you take Photo pass photos, a castmember will scan you Magic Band and you can then access all of your photos via the My Disney Experience app.
If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, that will also be kept on your Magic Band so you just scan and go but of course, don’t forget to tip.
We are so excited for the new Magic Band options for even more magic to add to our collection.
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