If you’re familiar with the Disney 101 section of Magic, Memories, Mayhem, you may have some across our info on Walt Disney World’s Key to the World Card. If you’ve visited the page lately, you’ll have seen this blurb:

***Big changes are coming!  Keep an eye on the blog for more information as it becomes available!***

Well, the changes have arrived are are in a full-fledged and somewhat widespread testing phase.  MyMagic+ is taking over Walt Disney World, and MagicBands are here!!

Walt Disney World MagicBands

They are literally here at the MMM house!  First I’ll explain a little about what they do, then I’ll explain our experience with them so far.

Walt Disney World MagicBands

MagicBands are the new Key to the World (KTTW) card.  KTTW is currently still in use, but these serve the same purpose in a handy, slightly clunky, but still kinda cute wrist accessory.  Testing is currently happening at select Walt Disney World Resorts, and guests who receive them will be able to use them to enter their room (or any other KTTW accessible entry), add PhotoPass, enter the park (if park admission is linked), check-in for FastPass+, redeem dining plan credits (if using a Disney dining plan) and purchase food and merch at select locations (aka room charging).  The same abilities will be linked to the new cards, as well.

Walt Disney World MagicBands

Once you are eligible for MagicBands (at this time, guests staying at select testing Disney resort hotels), you will be able to customize the bands prior to your vacation.

Walt Disney World MagicBands

I customized from the My Disney Experience app on my phone.

You’ll choose a color and a name.  The name will be printed on the inside of your MagicBand.

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The bands themselves are one-size-fits-most.  The grey band even comes off to fit the kiddos.  Once the grey band is removed, though, it can’t be reattached.

Walt Disney World MagicBands

When laid flat (well, as flat as possible with the big rigid chip in the middle), the band measures 10 inches, so it’s a one size fits almost all.

Walt Disney World MagicBands

So, while we’re all still a little fuzzy on the FastPass+ element of MyMagic+ (can’t say I’m going to be a big fan just yet), I think the MagicBands are a nice addition and should be wildly convenient for those who can (or in the future, choose to) use them.  We travel next month, so I’ll be sure to update with our personal experiences.

Walt Disney World MagicBands

 

Jessica at Magic, Memories, Mayhem