Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The MagicBands at WDW are Almost There!

WE are back from our huge trip to Florida and I promise many posts to come. 

As I was going through pictures I came across three pictures I took at the Contemporary Hotel.  I just want to make a quick comment about them.  We had gone down to Disney World and stayed at the Pop Century. We were hoping to see if they were using the new magicbands there, unfortunately they were not so we went to the parks normally. We used our tickets for the RFID entry so that was kind of cool. However, when we were at the Contemporary on our MK park break, we stopped at the store in the concourse.  I noticed that they already had T-shirts out for the Magicbands.  We heard stories about how they would have decorations for the magic bands like they do for crocs.  What did they call those, Niblets? Giblets?  Jiblets?...whatever.  What caught our eye was that they had these three T-shirts which I have pictured here.

The first thought that came to mind was, "Wow, just a little odd to be promoting a new technology in such a way.  And, their not even available at every hotel yet."  Of course the second though was, "it's disney so this new Tech must be tested out the butt and from what we saw last week, this is going to be your new identity when at WDW so let's make friends through merchandising."  In addition to the stuff we've been hearing about charges and park entry with the band, we discovered that you will now be storing your Test Track car and I assume anything else you can customize and save like Sum of All Thrills and anything else they come out with.  I'm basing this on being able to store those things on Quinn's Room Card and my Annual Pass on this trip.  We also saw many Scanning stations set up at various rides.  Very scene appropriatly camouflaged of course.  I think this one was Tower of Terror.

Back at the Contemporary, they also had different covers for the magicbands.  For example, you could make your band look like Minnie mouse polkadots or Mickey Mouse colors.  I can't wait to see what else comes out about with the Magic Bands


SnarkfestBlog said...

I just got used to figuring out my Fast Pass!

Mark Y. said...

We are going for Epic October, and though we haven't been sent any kind of notification I noticed today that we can customize MagicBands and set up Fastpass+. So We are doing it.

What's interesting is that we only have a regular park ticket for one day and MNSSHP tickets for a different night. I am able to do Fastpass+ for both of those days.

The add ons for the MagicBands are called MagicBandIts. And they also have cover wraps from what I've seen online. No doubt my wife & daughter will be purchasing some!