MagicBand+ on Friends; Main Street; pairing
  • On Nov 12, 2023
    Tammy from CT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the difference between the magicband and the magicband + ?

    Hey there, ho there, ho there, Tammy, and welcome to planDisney. In 2014, when MagicBands became mainstream at Walt Disney World Resort, I did not think Mickey could improve the magic, well, he did and now we have MagicBand+. Here are the main differences for both day Guests and Guests staying at a Disney hotel.

    All Guests with MagicBands linked to their tickets can use the MagicBand to link Disney PhotoPass photos, use them to tap in at all theme park entrances, and tap in at Lightning Lane entrances for Guests using Disney Geniei+ Service.

    Guests with MagicBand+ can do all of the above. MagicBand+ is rechargeable whereas MagicBand is not rechargeable (typically a 24-month lifespan). MagicBand+ is customizable for color, and vibrations, and has light-up interactions with evening entertainment like Fantasmic! and Happily Ever After. It also allows you to enjoy enchanting entertainment around the theme parks like the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection and Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters game in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

    Disney Resorts Collection hotel Guests with a MagicBand have all the standard features plus they can link their MagicBand for merchandise and food and beverage purchasing as well as open Resort hotel doors.

    Disney Resorts Collection hotel Guests with MagicBand+ have all the standard features for Disney hotel Guests with a standard MagicBand plus all the customization that comes standard with MagicBand+.

    Lastly, there is a price difference with MagicBand+ usually being more expensive because it has more features.

    planDisney Pro Tip: We charge our MagicBand+ every night to make sure we are ready for the adventure the next day. There are bounties to be hunted!

    Tammy, I hope this information clears up some confusion and helps you make a decision about purchasing a MagicBand+. In my opinion, your money goes a lot further with MagicBand+. Please feel free to write me back directly with any follow-up questions.

    Enjoy making many Magical Memories.
    ~Jason
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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