PHOTOS, VIDEO, REVIEW: Hands-On with the MagicKeepers Keychain Accessories for MagicBand 2; Are They Any Good?

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Since the announcement of the MagicBand 2 back in November 2016, guests who dislike wearing a MagicBand have been clamoring for more information and to get their hands on the MagicKeepers to hold their MagicBand 2 icons. Well, I finally found the “MagicKeepers” accessories out in the wild while at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Tuesday.

MagicKeeper accessories for the MagicBand 2
MagicKeeper accessories for the MagicBand 2

The MagicKeepers come in two styles for now, one with a bow to represent Minnie Mouse and another without to represent Mickey Mouse.

MagicKeeper accessories for the MagicBand 2
MagicKeeper accessories for the MagicBand 2

They retail at $12.99 each before tax or any discounts. A screwdriver is included in the package to aid in removing the “icon” from the MagicBand 2 and placing it into this device. The tiny screws are in their as well.

Needless to say, I had to buy one to try it out. My experience did not go well, but I did eventually get the icon into this contraption. You can watch me struggle with the item below (this may be helpful if you plan on picking one up):

Now, while recording the video, I do inadvertently switch the backplates go the MagicBand 2 and the MagicKeeper and then have some problems installing it, but I assure you this was not the issue. The two pieces are identical, and during the cuts in the video, I switched back and forth several times and could not get either of the backplates to go on. The hooks in the back of the plates do bend easily during the process, so be careful. As you can see if you watch the video, I clearly bent both backplates in the process.

Switching these around all of the time will not be easy, if that was your plan. If you are only going to do this once, well, then you might experience zero issues (as you could see I got it to work quite easily early on).

The MagicKeeper with my MagicBand 2 icon properly installed.
The MagicKeeper with my MagicBand 2 icon properly installed.

There is at least one other MagicKeepers accessory to come still, as seen in the publicity photo below.

The full initial line of MagicKeepers accessories for the MagicBand 2
The full initial line of MagicKeepers accessories for the MagicBand 2

What do you think? Will you be switching to the MagicKeeper? Buying it as a backup? Or are you waiting for different accessories?

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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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