MagicBands at Disneyland – Full Guide

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MagicBands have launched at Disneyland! MagicBand+ is the newest technology to launch at Disneyland Resort in October 2022. Keep reading to get all of your questions answered.

MagicBand+ is active at Disneyland and available to purchase to Cast Members, MagicKey Holders, and DVC Members. Additionally, guests who have MagicBand+ from shopDisney or Walt Disney World may utilize those bands as of October 19, 2022, at Disneyland Resort.

MAGICBAND+ debuted all guests at Disneyland October 26, 2022.

Disneyland park guests have been wondering exactly when the bands will arrive. What will the bands be used for at Disneyland? Will MagicBands be required? How much will MagicBands at Disneyland cost?

Here is everything we know. As information and updates are released, we will keep you updated.

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MagicBands Are Coming To Disneyland! Here is Everything You Need to Know!

MagicBand+ at Disneyland - 2 MagicBands on a ledge, with the Disneyland castle in the background. MagicBands have launched at Disneyland.

MagicBand+ debuted at Disneyland on October 26, 2022

With new technology, comes a new learning curve, so read on to get all of your questions answered, and of course, we will have updated tutorials as they are released.

What Are MagicBands?

MagicBands are a device that includes an NFC chip. This chip contains data linked to your Disneyland App Account (or the My Disney Experience app for Walt Disney World).

You might compare them to using Apple or Google Pay on your smartwatch. It can store the information in your Disneyland App, including your electronic room key, ticket information, etc. Not all of these functions work at Disneyland yet, but we hope they will soon.

What are MagicBands+?

MagicBands+ are the next generation (generation 3.0) of MagicBands. MagicBands+ will interact with the park in new ways. This includes lighting up or vibrating when you are in a certain area, during shows, etc.

Does Disneyland Use MagicBands?

Disneyland has now begun using MagicBand+ in the parks. While the rollout began in October 2022, the technology has been in place at Disneyland with the new Lightning Lane scanners that came with MaxPass (now Genie+).

A guest scans their MagicBand at Disneyland's Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters ride to access Lightning Lane

Where Can I Get MagicBand+ Bands For My Disneyland Vacation

You will be able to purchase MagicBand+ Bands at multiple locations including:

How To Set Up MagicBand+ For Your Disneyland Vacation

It is fairly easy to set up your MagicBand+.

Once your MagicBand+ is in hand, follow these three simple steps to set it up:

Step 1: Power on MagicBand+ by pressing on the button on the back once and tap the band to the back of your phone. 

Step 2: You’ll be directed to open or download the Disneyland app.*  

Step 3: Follow the instructions in the Disneyland app to link the MagicBand+ to your Disney account, assign it to your ticket or pass and pair it to your smartphon

What Will MagicBands+ Do At Disneyland?

While we do not have all of the details yet, here is what we expect MagicBands+ to be capable of doing at Disneyland. If it has been confirmed, I have noted this.

  • Unlocking your Disneyland Resort Hotel door – (CONFIRMED…eventually, not yet available)
  • Allow you to scan into Lightning Lanes during your return time (CONFIRMED)
  • Allow you to scan into the park using the MagicBand in place of your paper ticket or the Disneyland App (CONFIRMED)
  • Allow you to redeem a return time with the Disability Access Service (CONFIRMED) NOTE: At this time, this is only working at Lightning Lane scanners. Cast Members I spoke to say it is expected to begin working on handheld devices in the near future.
  • Tap to add photopass photos to your Disneyland account (CONFIRMED)
  • Unlock magical experiences like the Play Disney Parks App currently does (CONFIRMED) – See the two images below for information on Batuu Bounty Hunters
MagicBand+ is used in Galaxy’s Edge to play Batuu Bounty Hunters.
The game is similar to “Hot/Cold” scavenger hunt games, with your MagicBand+ lights and vibrations telling you if you are getting hotter or colder.

Here are other things we hope MagicBands will be able to do at Disneyland in the future

  • Auto-detection of MagicBands to automatically add ride photos to your Disneyland App
  • Tap to access your Mobile order at the pickup window
  • Vibrate to notify you of a Disneyland App notification (return times, mobile order ready, etc)

Will MagicBands be Required at Disneyland?

MagicBands+ will not be required at Disneyland. They are not required at Walt Disney World either.

The Disneyland App on your phone will continue to be a free option for guests to use in place of MagicBands+ to unlock most of these same benefits.

The benefit of MagicBands is that it *may* save your phone battery, and be easier to scan than pulling out your phone.

MagicBands+ at Disneyland will be completely optional.

Will MagicBands cost Extra Money at Disneyland?

Yes.

MagicBands will cost extra. Walt Disney World no longer includes free MagicBands for guests (and hasn’t for several years). At Disneyland, they will be an additional charge from the beginning.

MagicBand+ tends to start around $35 for plain-colored ones. Themed ones run around $40-55. When I went to purchase, the top price was $54.99

Will my Walt Disney World MagicBand Work At Disneyland?

MagicBand+ will work on both coasts. Original MagicBand and MagicBand2 will not work at Disneyland.

MagicBand2 (pictured above) will not work at Disneyland

Are there Different Sizes of MagicBands?

The MagicBands are purchased in one size, but have part that can be removed to fit smaller wrists. Think of it as when you buy shoe insoles that fit a wide variety of sizes, and you trim them down.

How Long Does The MagicBand+ Battery Last? How Long Do They Take To Charge?

The battery life should last you 1-3 days depending on how often you use it, and for what actions.

If you spend the entire day bounty hunting in Batuu, your battery will get used up by the end of the day.

However, if you are simply using it to scan into Lightning Lanes and the parks, and to access Photopass Photos, it should last you at least 2 days.

The good thing is the charger is included with each MagicBand+ purchase and they can easily charge overnight. I recently charged one at home and it only took a few hours.

Are you excited for MagicBands+ at Disneyland? Let me know in the comments.

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12 thoughts on “MagicBands at Disneyland – Full Guide”

  1. If I have all my families tickets linked to my app will I be able to activate each magicband to their respective ticket holders through just my app? Like for kids etc.

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  2. Any word on pre-arrival pricing for those staying at Disneyland property? We have a late November check-in. I do not want a resort pickup – was a mess the one time we did that at WDW. Want them sent to our home in advance for programming. Thanks!

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    • No discounts for onsite guests. You can order MagicBand+ now via ShopDisney to have them arrive and link them before your trip.

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  3. When will magicband+ work properly with Disneyland app on my android phone? It says not connected, so I cannot adjust any settings or check battery. It is linked to my account & paired to my Bluetooth.

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    • I have an Android and was able to hook my MagicBand+ up no problem. Do you already have it linked to a ticket, etc for WDW?
      Other than that, I would reach out to Disney for help.

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  4. What’s the alternative to MagicBands at Disneyland? At WDW we had to use the MagicMobile Pass in the WDW app to be able to get our tickets and Genie+ reservations processed by the contactless readers. But I don’t see that in the Disneyland app. Do they not only on the contactless readers at Disneyland? Do they just scan the ticket barcodes “the old fashioned way” in the app to enter the parks and enter lightning lanes? T ahsnk!

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