Disney MagicBands 2.0: What’s New (And What Isn’t)

Posted in Disney World
on March 27, 2017

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multi colored disney magic bands

Disney recently revamped the design of the MagicBand for the first time since they rolled out in 2014. If you need some basics on MagicBands, check out this MagicBands 101 post first.

removing the puck from the disney magic band

The major change with MagicBands 2 was a small removable “puck” in the center of the band.

It can be removed by unscrewing two tiny screws in the back of the band – you’ll need a special mini screwdriver to do this.

disney magic bands

I took advantage of the new feature to mix up our MagicBand colors for our next trip. I think they look really fun… what do you think?

If you are staying at a Disney resort you’ll get free Magic Bands for your stay (get details on how this works in this Disney bands post.)

You can still only get complimentary MagicBands in eight solid colors:

  • Grey
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Pink

If you are staying off property or want a specialty band you can order MagicBands from the Disney Store.

magic band key chains

The puck can be placed in special “MagicKeepers” such as lanyard clips or key chain fobs.

This MagicBands 2 feature was apparently added for guests who don’t like to wear things on their wrists and I like the flexibility it adds to the device. Right now there are only a few MagicKeepers available online at the Disney Store, though I expect more are likely available in the parks.

Also, you don’t have to be limited to just wearing a band on your wrist! Thanks to the removable puck in the Magic Band 2, you have lots of options. 

My favorite option is this MagicBand puck holder that slides onto your watch wristband!

You can use it with an Apple watch (or any watch) and it can help you keep track of your FastPass return times while not having to have two bands on your wrist. Get yours from Etsy for $9.97 here. 

Other than the removable puck, nothing has changed with MagicBands 2. They work exactly the same as the old MagicBands, and they actually weigh slightly less!

Do you like the new, updated version, or do you prefer the old one? Please let me know in a comment below! Or join the discussion in my free private Facebook group for The Budget Mouse.

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