Disney World MagicBand Support Coming to iPhone and Apple Watch

Disney today announced MagicBand support for iPhone and Apple Watch in a service called "Disney MagicMobile," which uses the Wallet app.

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Disney's MagicBand is a colorful wristband that guests can wear at Walt Disney World to enter the theme parks, unlock their hotel room, and buy food and merchandise. MagicMobile brings a contactless way to access many MagicBand features using only an ‌iPhone‌ or Apple Watch.

Guests will be able to create a Disney MagicMobile pass through the My Disney Experience app and add it to the Wallet app. The user's ‌iPhone‌ or Apple Watch can then be used at the same contactless access points as with a MagicBand. There is also the option to use a MagicBand alongside a MagicMobile mobile pass, so guests do not need to choose one over the other.

Initially, MagicMobile will be exclusive to Apple devices only, but the service is expected to come to Android devices at a later date.

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Top Rated Comments

cmaier Avatar
43 months ago
Given current pricing trends, makes sense they only support iOS. Android owners can’t afford Disney World.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Yokon54 Avatar
43 months ago
As an annual passholder, FINALLY!!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Caliber26 Avatar
43 months ago
For years, I’ve been dreaming of the day when I could just tap my Apple Watch to enter the parks and it’s finally happening! ??
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
43 months ago

I’d prefer to save as much battery as possible during a long day at Disney, because they are some long days.

I wonder how much of a drain this app would be.
It’s nfc. It won’t affect battery at all.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cheesehead Dave Avatar
43 months ago

yay, now they can track even more info while we're in the parks!
Snarkiness aside, this actually reduces what Disney can collect. The Magic Bands have two sets of antennas inside them: One is a near-field chip that you have to tap against something to make it work, just like how Apple Pay does, or the plastic cards that you can request from Disney if you don't want to use a Magic Band. That's what this new feature replaces.

Magic Bands also have a battery powered antenna in them that works like the EZPass toll transponder in your car which enables Disney to automatically capture ride photos for a coaster train full of guests, display your name within ride special effects, or (probably) whatever other crowd tracking Disney does to see where people go throughout the day. The Apple Watch doesn't have this feature, so the Mouse wouldn't be able to track you if you used this exclusively.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ghostface147 Avatar
43 months ago
That's cool. Part of the fun is choosing what style band you want when you make your reservations. Then swapping bands when you're there to whatever you want.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)