Magic bands?

Homer fan

Active Member
What is the latest with Magic Bands? The ones I have are from 2019 and I need one for my daughter, but there are only two options online. Do I need to buy new discs for the ones I have?
 

Raxel7851

Well-Known Member
What is the latest with Magic Bands? The ones I have are from 2019 and I need one for my daughter, but there are only two options online. Do I need to buy new discs for the ones I have?
The older Magic Bands are being replaced with a newer model. That’s the reason you have limited options on the original model. The new ones should be available sometime this summer. 🤞
 

Homer fan

Active Member
The older Magic Bands are being replaced with a newer model. That’s the reason you have limited options on the original model. The new ones should be available sometime this summer. 🤞
So all new ones will be magic band+? Do you know of the battery will still work on my older bands? I thought I heard once they only last 2 years
 

JaxFLBear

Well-Known Member
So all new ones will be magic band+? Do you know of the battery will still work on my older bands? I thought I heard once they only last 2 years
The next generation of MagicBand will be the upcoming MagicBand+. The battery in the MagicBand+ is rechargeable.

The battery in MagicBands is only used for automatic linking of ride photos/videos and some queue elements (may display your name). Functions where you need to physically touch the MB to a reader (park entry, room entry, room charging, etc.) don't require the internal battery (they actually draw any necessary power from the touch point) and will work for virtually forever.
 

Homer fan

Active Member
The next generation of MagicBand will be the upcoming MagicBand+. The battery in the MagicBand+ is rechargeable.

The battery in MagicBands is only used for automatic linking of ride photos/videos and some queue elements (may display your name). Functions where you need to physically touch the MB to a reader (park entry, room entry, room charging, etc.) don't require the internal battery (they actually draw any necessary power from the touch point) and will work for virtually forever.
Cool, thank you
 

CaptainAmerica

Premium Member
The older Magic Bands are being replaced with a newer model. That’s the reason you have limited options on the original model. The new ones should be available sometime this summer. 🤞

So all new ones will be magic band+? Do you know of the battery will still work on my older bands? I thought I heard once they only last 2 years

The next generation of MagicBand will be the upcoming MagicBand+. The battery in the MagicBand+ is rechargeable.

The battery in MagicBands is only used for automatic linking of ride photos/videos and some queue elements (may display your name). Functions where you need to physically touch the MB to a reader (park entry, room entry, room charging, etc.) don't require the internal battery (they actually draw any necessary power from the touch point) and will work for virtually forever.

Cool, thank you
There's a lot of bad information in here.

No, MagicBand+ is not replacing MagicBand 2. MagicBand+ is a "premium" offering that they will sell at a higher price point alongside MagicBand 2. MagicBand 2 is not going anywhere. That's why the new one is called MagicBand+, not MagicBand 3.

The reason you're seeing limited inventory is due to the ongoing global supply chain issues. It has absolutely nothing to do with MagicBand+.

All that said, your 2019 MagicBand 2 will continue to work just fine.
 

Raxel7851

Well-Known Member
There's a lot of bad information in here.

No, MagicBand+ is not replacing MagicBand 2. MagicBand+ is a "premium" offering that they will sell at a higher price point alongside MagicBand 2. MagicBand 2 is not going anywhere. That's why the new one is called MagicBand+, not MagicBand 3.

The reason you're seeing limited inventory is due to the ongoing global supply chain issues. It has absolutely nothing to do with MagicBand+.

All that said, your 2019 MagicBand 2 will continue to work just fine.
Here’s the bad information. The reason you’re seeing limited MagicBand 2 selection is because TWDC wants to steer you towards the newer, more expensive model. What better way to do that, than to severely limit the selection of available options of the older models. Global supply chain issues? Yes it’s an issue, but not in this case. They’ll be plenty of the MagicBand+ models available when they’re officially rolled out.
 

CaptainAmerica

Premium Member
Here’s the bad information. The reason you’re seeing limited MagicBand 2 selection is because TWDC wants to steer you towards the newer, more expensive model.
That might be a plausible argument if the newer, more expensive model were on sale. It isn't. Meaning they aren't steering anyone towards diddly squat. They're steering people towards the free MagicMobile option because there's nothing available that anyone wants to purchase.

What better way to do that, than to severely limit the selection of available options of the older models. Global supply chain issues? Yes it’s an issue, but not in this case. They’ll be plenty of the MagicBand+ models available when they’re officially rolled out.
Yeah you're totally right, Disney is thrilled that they're not raking in $50 a pop on Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Bands. And they're doing it on purpose so they can push you towards MagicBand+... which hasn't been released yet.

MagicBand+ was supposed to be released months ago. The same supply chain problems that are causing MB2 inventory issues are exactly why MB+ has been delayed for so long.
 

Raxel7851

Well-Known Member
That might be a plausible argument if the newer, more expensive model were on sale. It isn't. Meaning they aren't steering anyone towards diddly squat. They're steering people towards the free MagicMobile option because there's nothing available that anyone wants to purchase.


Yeah you're totally right, Disney is thrilled that they're not raking in $50 a pop on Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Bands. And they're doing it on purpose so they can push you towards MagicBand+... which hasn't been released yet.

MagicBand+ was supposed to be released months ago. The same supply chain problems that are causing MB2 inventory issues are exactly why MB+ has been delayed for so long.
I think your observation about the delay in releasing MB+ may be spot on, but of course we’ll never know for sure. I would imagine TWDC has quite a bit invested in it, both financially and regulatory, and want to start making a return on their investment as soon as possible. I’m with you on those Limited Edition 50th ones. They were just kinda Eh!
 

Demarke

Have I told you lately that I 👍 you?
Premium Member
So all new ones will be magic band+? Do you know of the battery will still work on my older bands? I thought I heard once they only last 2 years
That’s true, but if on-ride photos matter to you, I wouldn’t trust one older than a year. I’ve noticed mine seemed to have a lot more frequent “misses” after then (guessing the battery is weaker or sending a weaker signal by then). So, these days, I’ll either wear a new one or strap a new one to my key chain if I want to wear one of my older ones for touchpoint access.
 

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