Tech Nerd: The Gadget That Makes Disney Even More Magical
New tech makes it even easier to visit with your favorite princesses. (Photo: Disney)
There was a moment of pure joy when we opened the box.
"These are your MagicBands,” the concierge at the Disney BoardWalk hotel informed us. "You can use it for everything while you are here."
The light-gray, plastic bands resemble the fitness bands everyone seems to be wearing these days — the Fitbit or the Jawbone. The difference is that the MagicBand has Mickey Mouse stenciled on the front and isn’t tracking your calories and steps. The MagicBand is your park admission, your ticket to fast-tracked experiences and, if you want it to be, a virtual wallet for your stay at a Disney theme park.
We felt a thrill the moment we put on our MagicBands. So we took a picture. (Photo: Jo Piazza)
Disney theme parks have been upping the ante on their technology over the past three years. The MagicBand, which borrows a page from technology long used at spas, is the most recent and forward-thinking iteration of that.
But before techie visitors even take the MagicBand out of its prettily appointed box, they will start their journey from their smartphone or tablet, using the My Disney Experience website or mobile app. This allows the Disney vacation to actually begin months in advance. Using the platform, guests can reserve access to various Disney experiences, such as FastPass+ selections (access to shorter lines) for three experiences. The perks multiply if visitors stay at a Walt Disney World hotel. Those visitors are able to make their FastPass+ selections 60 days ahead of their visit, while nonhotel guests have only 30 days to map their itineraries.
It is incredibly important to know how quickly one can get to see Anna and Elsa. (Photo: Jo Piazza)