A new service is coming to Walt Disney World and your mobile phone. It’s called Disney MagicMobile Service. Let me state right off, MagicBands are not being discontinued. Instead, this will be used in conjunction with MagicBands, or in place of it if that is what you would prefer. I’m adding the post from Disney Parks Blog below. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about this, but I’m willing to give it a chance.
Coming Soon: Disney MagicMobile Service, A Convenient New Way to Experience Walt Disney World Resort
by Avery Maehrer, Manager of Communications, Walt Disney World Resort
The MagicBand, the colorful wristband guests wear at Walt Disney World Resort, makes each visit even simpler and more seamless. We’ve continued to invent and innovate, and soon, we’ll be debuting a new option: Disney MagicMobile service!
Launching in phases starting later this year, Disney MagicMobile service is a convenient and contactless way to access MagicBand features like theme park entry through the power of your iPhone, Apple Watch or other smart device. Guests will be able to create a Disney MagicMobile pass through the My Disney Experience appand add it to their smart device’s digital wallet. It works like magic – most features will be available by just holding up your smart device near an access point, just like you do with a MagicBand. Disney MagicMobile service and its features will roll out first on Apple devices.
Guests may choose to use Disney MagicMobile service or a MagicBand – pick whichever option works best for you during your visit. You can even use both and alternate between the two for added flexibility. We’ll also soon be introducing more MagicBands in trendy new colors and fun designs featuring favorite Disney characters and stories.
Our existing digital room key feature will continue to be available specifically within the My Disney Experience app, which helps guests expedite their arrival by using online check-in service, going directly to their Disney Resort hotel room and using their phone to unlock their door. Disney Resort hotel guests may also still pick up a Key to the World card at their convenience by visiting the front desk.
Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more information on Disney MagicMobile service and MagicBands!