Disney has announced a new service that will bring the convenient features of MagicBands to mobile devices and smart watches. The Disney MagicMobile service will allow guests to build a pass within My Disney Experience and add it to their digital wallet. Then, they can hold up their watch or smart device to an access point as they would a MagicBand.
Disney’s announcement notes that MagicBands aren’t going away and can still be used. The Disney MagicMobile service will offer more options for guests who would rather use their phone or smart watch to make their visit easier. It will first debut on Apple products before becoming available to others later.
Below is an excerpt from the announcement:
“Launching in phases starting later this year, Disney MagicMobile service is a convenient and contactless way to access MagicBand features like theme park entry through the power of your iPhone, Apple Watch or other smart device. Guests will be able to create a Disney MagicMobile pass through the My Disney Experience app and add it to their smart device’s digital wallet. It works like magic – most features will be available by just holding up your smart device near an access point, just like you do with a MagicBand. Disney MagicMobile service and its features will roll out first on Apple devices.”
Thankfully, MagicBands will still be a viable option at Walt Disney World. In fact, Disney notes that they’ll keep rolling out new designs for MagicBands in the future.
“Guests may choose to use Disney MagicMobile service or a MagicBand – pick whichever option works best for you during your visit. You can even use both and alternate between the two for added flexibility. We’ll also soon be introducing more MagicBands in trendy new colors and fun designs featuring favorite Disney characters and stories.”
While most MagicBand features will be found in the new Disney MagicMobile service, digital room keys will remain inside the My Disney Experience app. Guests can also request a Key to the World card from the front desk at their resort.
It’s nice to see Disney improving their technology and giving guests more options at Walt Disney World. We love the way MagicBands help guests disconnect while on vacation, but it’s great that iPhones, Apple Watches and other devices will also be serviceable options.