At the start of 2021, Walt Disney World Resort officially discontinued complimentary MagicBands for Disney Resort hotel Guests. Now, Disney is also discontinuing complimentary MagicBands to those with Annual Pass purchases or renewals.
We already knew this would be coming as in a previous email sent to Annual Passholders, Disney stated:
As more Passholders continue to discover this new option, we will no longer be offering complimentary MagicBands with Annual Pass purchases and renewals made August 16, 2021 and beyond.
Therefore, beginning today, August 16, complimentary MagicBands with Annual Pass purchases and renewals will be discontinued. This could be because of Disney’s new service called MagicMobile. In case you missed it, MagicMobile allows Walt Disney World Resort Guests to utilize their iPhone, Apple Watch, or another smart device to access features such as theme park entry. Disney describes the MagicMobile service as a “convenient and contactless way to access MagicBand features.”
Because MagicMobile is now being offered, Annual Passholders are seemingly using this option more than MagicBands. Therefore, this could be why Disney is no longer sending complimentary MagicBands to those with Annual Pass purchases or renewals.
The good news is that despite the end of complimentary MagicBands, Disney is continuing to design and release brand-new MagicBands that Guests can purchase.
In case you aren’t familiar, MagicBands are described by Walt Disney World as:
This colorful wristband is actually an all-in-one device that effortlessly connects you to all the vacation choices you made with My Disney Experience. Your MagicBand enables you to travel lighter throughout your vacation. Use it to enter the parks, unlock your Disney Resort hotel room and buy food and merchandise.
If you are visiting Walt Disney World Resort in the near future, you can use a Key To The World card (provided at the Front Desk) for Disney Resort hotel room entry, theme park entry, and charging purchases to your hotel room with a valid credit card. Additionally, Guests can opt to use a MagicBand from a past visit or may purchase a MagicBand before they arrive at Walt Disney World.
Though Disney World discontinued free MagicBands, they are still offering a wide variety of designs and colors. New MagicBands can be purchased on shopDisney.com here.
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