Disney Researching Possible MagicBand Replacement Concept

A new style of MagicBand is in development according to MagicBandCollector.com.

Prototype New Design for MagicBand-type Media
Prototype New Design for MagicBand-type Media

A new post on the FCC shows some pictures of a prototype MagicBand puck that would, in theory, fit into an interchangeable strap or other items. This would allow guests to simply keep this puck and interchange different straps and accessories to their pleasing. The change would decrease pricing in custom “On Demand” straps, and mean Disney would have to buy less devices with RFID chips in them. This would also better control the number of linked ticket media east guests would have on their MyDisneyExperience account, as new their is no real limit.

When or if these will ever be rolled out remains to be seen, but it is at least being kicked around by Disney.

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Tim
Tim
4 years ago

Hey Tom man it was nice to hear a WDWNT podcast once again. #357
Any chance Scott Smith Brandon Struve Chris LaStraps(sp?) will be back.? Also like Zac and the Smiths of course Jason
Long live 1983 Epcot er uh I mean 20012-13 WDWNT podcasts !!!!!

JimV
JimV
4 years ago

Why bother with a reusable band when throwaway passive wrist bands are available? Use for short vacations for most people. Others can get better bands if needed. I learned facial recognition is more than 98% accurate even with partial facial obstruction with repeat exposure. This begs the question of why invent a new band when cams are the future.

G00fydad
G00fydad
4 years ago
Reply to  JimV

Because most people completely freak out at the idea that you are actively taking their photo. They see this as “big brother” technology. Backward thinkers will retard this country’s growth for centuries.

JimV
JimV
4 years ago
Reply to  G00fydad

Guests shouldn’t have to worry about their photos being taken. Your photo is already taken at the entrance when you enter the park. Then it is taken every time at each meet and greet. Your photos are linked by MagicBands, but what if you photo is linked by facial recognition instead. Facial recognition should be much easier if your entire party has taken a group photo and every person’s photo is linked. Thus, the queue lines should instantly be able to identify you and your party for Fastpass, Photopass, and restaurant reservations.

Brandi Zankel
Brandi Zankel
4 years ago

“as new their is no limit.” Oops. As NOW THERE should fix that!

G00fydad
G00fydad
4 years ago

I suggested this two years ago. This way they can make more money by offering far more “options” for customization. Wow. Maybe I should work for Disney….

Chuck
Chuck
4 years ago

Hey Tom, do you proof read your stories before you post them? Spell check is not proof reading.

Nicole Taylor
Nicole Taylor
4 years ago

Dumb…..a magic band probably costs less than a dollar……disney wants to boost profits a few cents per band……

Dan
Dan
4 years ago

The Yellow AP card works just as well if not better with less glitches for Entrance, Fast Pass and Photo Maker. WE still use them mostly. If we want charging we simply recharge one of our wrist lanyard GCs. The only time we use magicbands is if we are staying on property (Room Key) or if we feel like sporting the “Purples” for fun.

Warrenz1963
Warrenz1963
4 years ago

“This would also better control the number of linked ticket media east guests would have on their MyDisneyExperience account, as new their is no real limit.” east guests? New their? Spellcheck, grammar check, proofread. Are we really so desperate for a “scoop” we can’t fully proof before publishing? Eeek.

Standard Staples
Standard Staples
4 years ago
Reply to  Warrenz1963

Warren is not pleased. Give this man a refund! Make that zero dollar check out to WarrenZ1963.

Crotchety Perfection
Crotchety Perfection
4 years ago
Reply to  Warrenz1963

You’re perfect, right?

wdwfan
wdwfan
4 years ago

Make a Disney watch thats a magic band and a step counter and see how far you walk in a day. Could put a calorie counter per steps also. That way if i walk a lot i could get ice cream or cinnamon bun from gaston.

Kate
Kate
4 years ago

Technology needs to be upgraded on the magicband. Disney is ahead of the game in so many areas, but behind in many also. Why can’t APH have their CC linked to the band for park purchases? It’s linked for autopay and reservation pay on the app. Resort guest have the option to have park purchases linked to their CC and resort room via the magicband. Also, if the band is truly going to a “Fitbit” style, it would be great for it to be thinner in width, have a face display for a clock and steps counter. We won’t get… Read more »