UPDATE: Disney Restores Some MagicBand Interactive Features on Some Attractions

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Last week, we told you about many of the MagicBand interactive features around the parks that had recently been deactivated. Well, since we posted that story, a few of these elements have returned to service at the Magic Kingdom.

The Space Mountain exit ramp once again displays the names of guests
The Space Mountain exit ramp once again displays the names of guests

Space Mountain and “it’s a small world”, which boast two of the simpler “name display” effects, were both reactivated over the weekend. These effects had both been turned off for weeks when we ran our story last week (in fairness”it’s a small world” was closed for most of that time, but returned for at least a week with the effect still off). Maybe somebody reads WDWNT.com?

:it's a small world" says goodbye to guests in various languages at the Magic Kingdom
:it’s a small world” says goodbye to guests in various languages at the Magic Kingdom

Perhaps it had simply gone unnoticed, or perhaps Disney was in the progress of updating the technology or fixing the broken readers at the attractions. The truth is, we may never know exactly what happened.

Interestingly enough, the effect in The Haunted Mansion is still turned off. Perhaps the upcoming December refurbishment will be used to fix the effect? Only time will tell.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • With it being turned off and slowly being turned back on, it sounds to me like a back end change to the hardware.

  • Whilst I was at WDW this summer, the effects didn’t work on my MagicBand. Everyone else in the party had their name show up e.g. Rock n Rollercoaster, Expedition Everest etc. Anyone know of a particular reason for this or does it sound as though my MagicBang is faulty? I also didn’t get the pics/video from Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, whereas my partner did. Didn’t realise it was on Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion too!

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