The recently announced MagicBand upgrade option is now available for pre-arrival Walt Disney World resort hotel guests and new and renewing Annual Passholders. In this post, we’ll walk you through the process of upgrading your Magic Band via the My Disney Experience app with screenshots–and show you every single themed design. (Last updated May 25, 2019.)
In case you missed the announcement in our most-recent Walt Disney World News & Rumors Round-up, which also covered the ‘blank slate’ dark ride for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and exhibits in Epcot’s Play Pavilion, this is a new upgrade offer for resort guests and Annual Passholders.
Originally planned to go live May 15, the new upgrade process just appeared in My Disney Experience. It gives guests the option to upgrade from a complimentary solid-color MagicBand to one of more than 30 new choices featuring favorite Disney characters and designs at a discounted price. We discovered today that there are a total of 43 paid options that are each $10.
May 25, 2019 Update: Every single upgrade option is now temporarily sold out, and when logging onto My Disney Experience, you’re now greeted by a message informing you of that (see below). Note that these are temporarily out of stock–all of the MagicBands offered as part of the upgrade are open edition, meaning they should all return as soon as Disney is able to procure more inventory.
Judging by the response on all corners of the internet, the MagicBand update offer was incredibly popular, and likely exceeded Disney’s internal projections for demand. (And obviously, the inventory on hand.) The first day the option was available, Disney’s web servers were slammed, with all sorts of glitches occurring. If your Walt Disney World vacation is not in the near future, we’d recommend being patient–but not too patient. When anything is this popular, Disney invariably raises the price…
While we aren’t huge into Magic Bands, this will undoubtedly have collectors and character fans excited, as it means acquiring a new design for what amounts to $15 off. If you liked unique designs and already have a drawer full of the ‘standard’ colors from past Walt Disney World trips, jumping at the up-charge certainly makes sense.
As I said before, if a cool Figment or Country Bears one was included in the $10 offer, I could see splurging on that. Otherwise, I’ll probably just stick to the single, solid blue MagicBand that I’ve been using for the past several years…which itself replaced a different blue one that had to be “retired” because it was too dirty.
Not that you care about any of that. Anyway, here’s how the process works…
After clicking the “My MagicBands and Cards” link below the My Disney Experience drop-down on DisneyWorld.com or the “Choose MagicBands” button on your resort reservation, you’ll see the above screen.
As you can see, there’s a message on the screen indicating that the new upgrade options can be shipped to guests’ homes (U.S. addresses only) if ordered 11 or more days ahead of arrival. They can be personalized if done so at least 6 or more days ahead of arrival.
Once you click the “Choose My MagicBands” button, the above screen appears…once. I started this on my phone and continued via desktop (where I didn’t see it again), which is why it’s the only mobile screenshot here.
This is what appears next, and once you hit “Select” the screen scrolls down on the same page, revealing all of this:
Through the magic of Photoshop, I combined every single page into a single view, so you could see each character and attraction-themed MagicBand.
Above is closer look at a single page, along with what you see when you hover over the MagicBand you want to select.
No Figment or Country Bear Jamboree, but ya can’t win ’em all. Hopefully, over time new designs will be added as part of special promotions, seasonal events, and that sort of thing. (I presume the ‘best’ designs that Walt Disney World believes will sell to collectors and enthusiasts will remain exclusive to stores, where they can be sold at full price.)
If I were going to order anything, it’d be this Spaceship Earth design. It goes nicely with my collection of ~372 grey Magic Bands.
Once selected, you arrive at this complete purchase screen where you can change your name. I didn’t buy this as I don’t really want it, but that’s the process!
Now, they feel like a normal, established part of the Walt Disney World experience. (It’s also interesting to see how Disneyland has iterated on the whole concept of My Disney Experience and its technology, but that’s another topic for another post!)
As a heads up, this process was not without its share of hiccups. Walt Disney World’s app and site both crashed several times on me at various stages, and it ended up taking about 15 minutes to get through to the final screen. As with any discount release day or other times when there’s high demand on Disney’s servers, errors are to be expected.
We assume there’s a ton of pent-up demand for these Magic Band upgrades, and people are racing to order them all at once. None of these are going to “sell out” anytime soon (they’re all open editions), so if your Walt Disney World trip is not coming up in the immediate future, you might want to hold off on ordering for a few days.
What do you think of the new MagicBand upgrade options? Will you be paying the $10 premium for one of these themed designs? Any specific design catch your eye? Do you cynically think this is just a lame cash-grab? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!