5 tips that will help you get the most out of your MagicBand+ during your next Disney vacation.

MagicBand+ is the latest generation of MagicBand technology available for your Disney vacation. The tech debuted in 2022, and provides some great upgrades to the MagicBand experience. MagicBands can be purchased online via Shop Disney, on Walt Disney World property in all four parks as well as Disney Springs, and for a reduced price as part of your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservation. This list of 5 Things You Need To Know About MagicBand+ will help you get the most out of your new MagicBand+.

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#1 Buy and Setup Before You Travel

You can purchased MagicBand+ at various locations across Walt Disney World resort. To get the most out of your MagicBand+, however, you will want to purchase before you travel. Buying your MagicBand+ in advance will allow you to complete the 3 critical setup steps prior to your first day in the parks: Charge, Pair, and Update.

When linking my new MagicBand+ to my Disney World app, there were two updates ready for download and install. The process was not difficult, however it would have been a pain to try to do this while getting ready to head out to the parks for the day. Purchasing in advance will also allow you to customize your MagicBand+ settings in your MyDisneyExperience app. Within the app, you are able to customize your bands Light Up theme, allowing you to coordinate your theme to your favorite colors.

#2 MagicBand+ Needs To Be Charged

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In order to utilize all of the features of MagicBand+, the band must be charged each day. MagicBand+ comes with a USB charger cable, but not a wall plug adapter, so you will want to be sure to pack a travel charger for your trip. Charging the MagicBand+ will unlock the upgraded features including haptatic effects, customizable, color-changing lights, and gesture recognition at locations such as the 50th Anniversary Statues at Walt Disney World.

Luckily, the MagicBand+ contains the same base technology as previous MagicBands, so if you do not charge it (or if it dies) your MagicBand+ will still function like a traditional MagicBand until you are able to charge it again. This means that even if your MagicBand+ is not charged, you can still use it to enter the parks and Lightning Lanes, open your resort hotel door, and link photos taken by Photo Pass Photographers to your MyDisneyExperience account.

#3 You Can Use MagicBand+ Beyond Walt Disney World

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MagicBands have been a staple of a Walt Disney World vacation for some time. The introduction of MagicBand+ has been incorporated at Disneyland Resort, and will debut soon on Disney Cruise Line. The same MagicBand+ can be used across all three destinations! This means if you purchase a MagicBand+ for your Walt Disney World vacation, you can use that same band on Disney Cruise Line and during a Disneyland vacation.

MagicBand+ is coming to Disney Cruise Line this summer, and will provide much of the same hands-free conveniences MagicBand+ users currently experience at Walt Disney World, including opening room doors and charging items to your room.

#4 MagicBand+ Interacts With Fireworks

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One of the coolest features of MagicBand+ are the lights and haptics that are incorporated into the technology. When you wear your MagicBand+ during a nighttime spectacular, such as Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, the lights and haptics in your MagicBand+ will respond to the show!

#5 You Can Hunt Bounties in Batuu With Your MagicBand+

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Batuu Bounty Hunters is an augmented reality game that is exclusive to MagicBand+ users. The game, which takes place in Star Wars: Galaxies Edge at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, allows you to hunt an assigned bounty across Galaxies Edge, with the lights and haptics on your MagicBand+ leading the way. Once you find your bounty, the Play Disney Parks app’s augmented reality thermal viewer will show you exactly who you have been hunting!

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