Disney Discontinuing Complimentary MagicBands for Resort Guests in 2021

It’s been a whirlwind of a morning with announcements about the Disney Park Pass theme park reservation system, registration dates for different types of guests, and now with the news that Disney will be discontinuing complimentary MagicBands for resort guests. This move is likely in preparation for the debut of the Disney Genie planning app. Here are the details:

As you begin planning your upcoming visits, we’re also exploring engaging ways for guests to use their mobile tech to experience the magic – particularly now as the use of phones and apps continues to evolve. In 2021, we plan to unveil an innovative new offering as part of the My Disney Experience app that will bring features of a MagicBand to your smart devices, building on the app’s existing digital key feature.

With this new offering on the horizon, we will be retiring our complimentary MagicBand distribution to Disney Resort hotel guests for new reservations with arrivals beginning Jan. 1, 2021. Disney Resort hotel guests will continue to have the option to purchase new MagicBands at a discount, and we’ll be introducing even more colors and designs featuring favorite Disney characters in the future.

Guests who prefer not to purchase a discounted MagicBand will be able to use the My Disney Experience app or a Key to the World card during their visit. We will still offer MagicBands in retail locations and on shopDisney.com, and guests will be able to continue using the wearables throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com for the latest Disney Parks news and photos. We’ll continue to bring you news and photos, where possible, through the Disney Parks closure due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will resume our normal coverage once the parks reopen to guests on July 11th!

Mike is the owner and writer for BlogMickey.com. Visiting the parks daily allows him to keep up with the latest Disney news, reviews, and photos from around the Disney Parks. You can reach him at [email protected]

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  1. What happens when your phone dies at the end of a long day and you don’t have access to your account, room key, etc?

  2. Cutting back on everything and still charging for the full experience. I think i will have to keep my memories of trips from the past that were truly magic. Not sure we will ever stay and feel let down

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