How the New MagicBands 2.0 Will Up Your Disney Game

Benefits of staying at a Disney World Resort: Free MagicBands

On the last day of our Walt Disney World vacation last week, I was pleasantly surprised to find the latest edition of MagicBands in the Magic Kingdom shops. With a removable center “puck”, the bands will now offer even more customization including adding them to lanyards! Here’s our first impressions including a video in front of Cinderella Castle to highlight the new Disney accessories.

45th Anniversary MagicBand

As of last Friday, Walt Disney World had two special editions of its latest style MagicBand on the store shelves. The 45th Anniversary band  has images of “it’s a small world” and Cinderella Castle. The second band is a salute to the latest Star Wars movie, Rogue One, and is just as cool with images of the movie’s main character.

New MagicBand 2.0 First Impressions

Right off the bat I noticed the larger face on the new MagicBands and how, once streamlined, the shape is definitely rounder than originals. Secondly, when linking the band to my My Disney Experience account, I noticed two small screws that allow the puck to be removed. This allows for addition to other bands and, in the coming months, lanyards.

Secondly, the bands are thinner and more flexible than the originals. There’s still the dark grey addition to the band that can be removed for smaller wrists. It’s Perfect for folks that don’t like extra weight.

Like the older style, I’m still able to link my resort reservation and Advanced Dining Reservations. I can also link theme park tickets and passes, FastPass+ selections, and PhotoPass as well.

Old School or New Style?

Personally, I’m loving the new MagicBands. Having a removable center puck will definitely save me from making Christmas garland from all of my extra bands. I also love the security of the removable center with the addition of the small screws.

Curious about Walt Disney World's new MagicBands? So were we! Here's our first impressions including photos and video straight from Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom.

What are your thoughts on Disney’s new MagicBands? Already a fan or keeping the original one on your wrist? Please let us know in the comment section below!

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6 Thoughts to “How the New MagicBands 2.0 Will Up Your Disney Game”

  1. Via

    Do you know if these are already being shipped for resort guests or if it’s just available for purchase in the park? We leave in January and should receive ours in the next few weeks. ????

    1. Karyn Locke

      Hi Via, thanks for stopping by the site! As of now, these new, updated bands are a special edition offering and are being shipped out to new and renewing Annual Passholders. It looks like you’ll have to wait a while longer but, with the magic of Disney, you never know! My fingers are crossed for you. 🙂

  2. Jennifer

    i just received the new magic band style yesterday for my end of January stay in a resort.

  3. Gabby

    Do you know if the length on each side is the same? I made a decal for an upcoming trip but now wonder if it will fit the new ones!

    1. Karyn Locke

      Thanks for stopping my the blog! Honestly, they look about the same so your should be okay.

  4. Kristine

    Hello, just hoping you got my message about possibly selling your small world magic band. please consider thanks!

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