BREAKING NEWS! MagicBand+ Coming to Walt Disney World

Bring on MagicBand+JUST released info on your new version “ticket” to the park!
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Good morning <<First Name>>!

With the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World officially kicking off TOMORROW – you can get a lot of news is about to smash in our faces.

I read about the MagicBand+ coming out, just now, and wanted to share it with you ASAP. Do you like this kind of breaking Disney news? I can try to do more, if you do!

Let’s check this thing out and I’ll share a few more fun news items below, too!
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It was announced last year that Disney World was going to stop sending complimentary Magic Bands to resort guests as they’ve done in the past. You can still purchase Magic Bands, but they’re no longer a perk.

What is a Magic Band? It’s a bracelet that houses your room key data, your park passes, FastPass information, allows for GPS location, and can even house your credit card info to make quick payments in the parks.

You can get simple solid colored ones, or pay a little more for cool collective designs.

Well, not MagicBand is going +! (Don’t confuse it with Genie+ – that’s totally different. But you can learn about that BY CLICKING HERE.)
SO, WHAT DOES IT DO?
Disney had a full release that I posted on this Instagram Post earlier this morning.

Here are the highlights:

– This thing will light up and change colors.

– It will shake and vibrate (they call it haptic vibrations) much like a FitBit or Apple Watch.

– Will light up and change color in sync with nighttime experiences such as Harmonious or Disney Enchantment fireworks shows.

– You will be able to interact with the 50 Character Statues around the parks. (not sure what that even means)

– It will recognize gestures – so I’m guessing you can do certain moves in certain places and you’ll be a part of the park.

– Of course, it will cost money. BUT, Disney is going to offer a discount price to resort guests. Pricing hasn’t been set yet.

I’ll post the full Disney Release below!
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Disney’s Release:
In 2013, Walt Disney World Resort introduced the MagicBand, a revolutionary way to make the guest experience in its theme parks and resorts more convenient and hands-free, including park and guest room entry, retail and dining, Disney PhotoPass and more. The next-generation MagicBand+ will retain those popular features and add new functionality to unlock experiential moments of magic throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts.After a guest enters a theme park, MagicBand+ will come alive at various times with color-changing lights, haptic vibrations and gesture recognition, enhancing the environment’s immersive storytelling. The wearable will allow guests to engage with favorite Disney moments in new ways and discover new interactive experiences, including:Play like a bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away and find virtual bounties throughout Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.Interact with the “Disney Fab 50 Character Collection,” the golden sculptures spread throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks.Experience nighttime spectaculars in a new way as they see their bands light up and complement the magic in the skies, including the new “Harmonious” at EPCOT and “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom Park.More details about MagicBand+ and its capabilities will be revealed in the future. The wearable will be available for purchase beginning next year. MagicBand+ will be available at a discounted, pre-arrival price for Disney Resort hotel guests, as well as new and renewing Walt Disney World Annual Passholders. Current MagicBands will continue to be available, as well, along with the complimentary Disney MagicMobile service that extends MagicBand features, such as park entry, to smart devices.
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New lighting shines under Monorail trains at Walt Disney World as they travels through EPCOT. In honor of the resort’s 50th anniversary celebration, each train received a lighting color matching its painted stripe.
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The inaugural voyage of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort will depart March 1, 2022. General bookings for this first-of-its-kind immersive adventure in a galaxy far, far away open Oct. 28, 2021. Some Disney and Star Wars fans, including Disney Vacation Club members, Disney Passholders and Disney Visa Cardmembers, will receive special booking opportunities ahead of the general booking date.
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Harmonius – the new EPCOT evening show on the Lagoon premiered last night. I watched it live on the Disney Parks YouTube channel. It was fun and incorporated a LOT of Disney movies that EPCOT usually hadn’t done in the past. It’s a fun show – lots of water and light and lasers. The Dig A Little Deeper Segment was a lot of fun. It’s good, but I still think Illuminations fit EPCOT better.

Click HERE to watch a recording from last night.

Tonight you’ll be able to watch the premiere of Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom on the Disney Parks social media too. It’s at 10:15pm ET, so get a nap today to stay up and watch.
EPCOT is the first Beacon of Light!
Spaceship Earth was the first Disney Beacon of Light to shine, last night. New lights shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another like stars in a nighttime sky and creating a mesmerizing symbol of optimism when it transforms into a Beacon of Magic at EPCOT.

Watch video of it on my TikTok channel – HERE.
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Disney KiteTails takes flight at Animal Kingdom.

Looks like there is a Lion King show and a Jungle Book show, both playing daily.

Huge kites on land, it the air, and pulled behind jet skis. Looks so cool! I’ll have video of this on TikTok later on, too.
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PHEW! That’s a lot of news for one morning! Anything here grab your attention? I have to admit – I’m very interested in how MagicBand+ is going to work!

Have a great weekend and let me know what else I can do for you all!

So Long,
Keith
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