DisneyBand+, A MagicBand+ Wearable Experience Setting Sail Soon with Disney Cruise Line

The MagicBand+ technology used at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will start to make its way to Disney Cruise Line, beginning with a preview opportunity on select Disney Wish sailings before it officially debuts. Onboard the wearable technology will be called DisneyBand+ and will be an optional add-on and is not included in your cruise fare. Solid DisneyBand+ cost $34.99, and themed designs cost $44.99, plus tax.

DCL DisneyBand

With DisneyBand+, guests will unlock the hands-free conveniences of wearable technology on the high seas for the first time on a Disney cruise. Three Disney Cruise Line-exclusive designs to choose from, DisneyBand+ will be the perfect accessory for a Disney cruise vacation.

According to Disney, smart features of DisneyBand+ will enhance the cruise experience while providing magical surprises along the way!

DCL DisneyBands

With DisneyBand+, guests can unlock their stateroom door or charge a sweet treat or a souvenir to the payment card on their stateroom folio. Whether cooling off at the pool, snorkeling at Disney Castaway Cay or taking a thrilling plunge on AquaMouse, guests can be assured that their DisneyBand+ is adventure proof.

Even the littlest explorers can experience the magic of DisneyBand+. Children ages 3 and up can also use their bands in lieu of the Oceaneer Club Band to access kids’ clubs including Disney’s Oceaneer Club while onboard and Scuttle’s Cove at Castaway Cay.

DCL DisneyBand 2

Whether guests are meeting their favorite Disney character or striking a pose in front of the iconic Disney Cruise Line red funnel, onboard photographers around the ship are ready to capture vacation memories. And with one simple tap, guests can easily link their photos to their stateroom making it easy to view and purchase photos during their cruise.

The fun doesn’t stop there! Wearing a DisneyBand+ will allow guest to discover enchanting surprises throughout their cruise, so guests should keep their eyes peeled for extra moments of magic. Plus, it is rechargeable — making it the perfect accessory for a future Disney vacation experiences, including Disney cruises and visits to Disney Parks and Disney Resort hotels.

DCL DisneyBand Plus Designs

How can I purchase a DisneyBand+?

While DisneyBand+ is not yet available for purchase, DisneyBand+ will roll out on the Disney Wish (available on select select ships and itineraries) and can be purchased in advance of your sailing or on board the ship. While rollout dates have not yet been announced, we invite you to check back for more details coming soon. International Guests may purchase at a merchandise shop on board. 

Once DisneyBand+ has debuted on the Disney Wish, you can order a DisneyBand+ by visiting My Reservations between 11 and 45 days of your sail date, if your reservation is paid in full (while supplies last). If you would like to customize your DisneyBand+ with your name and an available color before your sailing, you must do so at least 11 days before your voyage, after reserving your stateroom. When you customize your DisneyBand+, the printed name will appear on the inside of the band. 

Order before you embark to save $10 off the onboard price of each band—and harness the power of wearable technology as you make your way aboard the ship. (Pre-arrival orders currently available to US residents with a valid US address traveling on the Disney Wish, subject to availability. Orders must be placed at least 11 days prior to sail date. See offer details below.) You can also purchase on board during your sailing or use your MagicBand+ from Walt Disney World Resort or the Disneyland Resort to unlock the power of DisneyBand+. 

*Pre-arrival offer is currently available to US residents with a fully paid reservation on the Disney Wish. Order must be placed between 45 and 11 days of the sailing. Credit card will be charged when the order is shipped. DisneyBand+ orders cannot be cancelled, returned, refunded or exchanged—even if the Disney cruise reservation is cancelled. Shipping is available to valid US addresses (including US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico) only; shipping is not available to PO Boxes, APO, FPO, DPO, United States ports, or international addresses. Pricing may vary. Designs subject to availability. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Offer is subject to restrictions and change without notice.

DisneyBand+ & More – Frequently Asked Questions

When should I expect to receive my DisneyBand+ order in the mail?

The expected wait time for your DisneyBand+ is approximately 10 business days from the date of your order, unless otherwise noted. Please note: shipping of DisneyBand+ is only available to US residents with a valid US address.

How long does the battery on a DisneyBand+ last?

Depending on an individual’s use of the band, the battery can last an estimated 1 to 3 days when fully charged. For optimal usage, it is recommended you charge your DisneyBand+ overnight.

How do I charge my DisneyBand+?

DisneyBand+ has a rechargeable battery and a 6-inch USB charging cable that comes with the purchase of the product. A charging cable can also be purchased separately online or at select onboard retail locations. Lightning® connectors are also available for purchase on board. We recommend charging your DisneyBand+ to High Battery levels (green flashing) once before—and nightly—during your voyage. Also, make sure you have installed the latest version of the software for optimal usage.

Battery Status

While on board, you can check your DisneyBand+ battery status via the Dis

ney Cruise Line Navigator app if you have paired the band to your mobile device. In addition, pressing the button on the back of the band will cause it to light up in specific colors to indicate the current battery status.

  • Flashing Red indicates “No Battery.” You should charge your band as soon as possible with the included charging cable.
  • Flashing Yellow indicates “Low Battery.” Continue charging your band until the light turns green for the most optimal usage throughout your day.
  • Flashing Green indicates “High Battery.” You are good to go!

Note: If your DisneyBand+ battery is depleted, you will still have access to certain features such as:

  • Stateroom entry
  • Charging purchases to the payment card in your stateroom folio
  • Linking photos to your shipboard account (photos must be separately purchased)

Some DisneyBand+ functionality and features—such as software updates and customization settings—may be affected if the battery is not adequately charged.

What is the difference between a Disney Oceaneer Band and a DisneyBand+?

A Disney Oceaneer Band is a bracelet provided for use on board the ship to children ages 12 and under, allowing them access in and out of Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab. An Oceaneer Band does not offer features such as stateroom access, photo linking or magical moments and must be returned at the end of your sailing.

Children who are 12 and under and registered for youth club activities can use their DisneyBand+ to access Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab. It’s a good idea to charge the band beforehand, but we can also issue a Disney Oceaneer Band if the DisneyBand+ battery runs out of power during the fun. Please note: you must return your Disney Oceaneer Band at the end of your cruise to avoid being charged a fee.

What phones are compatible with DisneyBand+?

DisneyBand+ can pair with most smart devices, including Android and Apple devices.Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first. Apple is a trademark of Apple Inc. in the US and other countries. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

How much does a DisneyBand+ cost?

Solid bands cost $34.99, and themed designs cost $44.99, plus tax.

Where can I read the DisneyBand+ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and safety disclosures?

Read the DisneyBand+ User Manual to review the DisneyBand+ FCC and safety disclosures.

What is Radio Frequency (RF) technology and how is it used on a Disney Cruise Line ship?

Radio Frequency technology—also known as RF—is commonly used technology found throughout the world in everyday items like credit cards, video game controllers, fitness wristbands and much more. We use RF technology to enhance your experience during your Disney Cruise Line vacation.

RF Technology on Your Disney Cruise Line Vacation

DisneyBand+ and Key to the World cards use RF technology to allow you to enter your stateroom with a simple touch and make contactless purchases at select onboard locations. We continue to use this common technology for new and amazing experiences and enhanced Guest service.

Regulation of RF Technology

Disney Cruise Line ships have systems and devices with RF technology that are designed, tested and manufactured to comply with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations. The levels of RF energy they generate are similar to those found in many consumer devices.

Implanted Pacemakers or Cardioverter-Defibrillators and RF Technology

If you have questions about your medical device and RF technology, we encourage you to seek the guidance of your device’s manufacturer and your physician. Manufacturers of implantable pacemakers and cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) typically recommend that you keep your medical device 9 inches (23 cm) away from RF transmitters similar to the one found inside DisneyBand+ and at touch points throughout Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and the Disney Cruise Line fleet of ships.

If you suspect RF technology interference with your medical device, move away from the RF device so it is at least 9 inches (23 cm) away from your pacemaker or ICD.

Insulin Pumps, Neuro-Stimulators, Hearing Aids and RF Technology

Every device differs so we encourage you to check directly with your device manufacturer and physician before use of DisneyBand+ if you are unsure of any associated risks from RF technology.

Can you track my location using DisneyBand+?

DisneyBand+ devices are not GPS-based and do not enable collection of continuous location signals. However, we may be able to determine your location through the DisneyBand+ while you are at select Disney parks, Disney Resort hotels and Disney vacation experiences.

Is DisneyBand+ rechargeable?

Yes. DisneyBand+ has a rechargeable battery. Don’t forget to pack the charger that comes with it!

Is there a shipping charge if I choose to order DisneyBand+ before I arrive?

No, shipping is included. Please note: shipping of DisneyBand+ is only available to US residents with a valid US address.

Can I use my DisneyBand+ at Disney theme parks around the world?

Your DisneyBand+ for Disney cruises can be used at Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort.

Can I still use my Key to the World card instead of a DisneyBand+?

Key to the World cards will continue to be issued and can be used as they are today, including to access your stateroom and charging food and merchandise purchases to the payment card on your stateroom folio.

Your Key to the World and photo ID (for Guests 18 and older), will still be required to debark and embark at Ports of Call.

What is DisneyBand+?

DisneyBand+ is a waterproof wristband designed to make certain parts of your vacation easier. From boarding the ship on embarkation day to accessing your stateroom, paying for onboard items with a valid payment card and more, DisneyBand+ brings convenience—and a bit of magic—to your cruise.

Can I use my MagicBand+ on board Disney Cruise Line ships?

Yes, your Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort MagicBand+ can be used as a DisneyBand+ during select Disney Cruise Line sailings. Following the preview that is taking place on the Disney Wish, DisneyBand+ will begin to make its way to select sailings aboard other Disney Cruise Line ships. Stay tuned as more information is announced.

Can I reuse my DisneyBand+ the next time I sail with Disney Cruise Line?

Yes, but it is currently only available on board the Disney Wish. If you have a DisneyBand+ that you like and it is in working condition, you can continue to use it when you sail with us again on select ships and itineraries. 

DisneyBand+ will roll out across the Disney Cruise Line fleet beginning with the Disney Wish. While rollout dates have not yet been announced, we invite you to check back for more details soon.

Charge Your Band to Reuse It

Depending on how much time has passed, battery health on a used DisneyBand+ may limit your ability to receive photos. However, the band’s rechargeable battery should allow you uninterrupted access to this entitlement. DisneyBand+ should be plugged in and charged nightly during your voyage—and at least once every 6 months between sailings—to ensure healthy battery condition.

To learn more you can visit the DisneyBand+ pages on Disney Cruise Line’s website and take a deeper dive with a recently published FAQ which may be updated since the FAQ included above was first published.

17 Replies to “DisneyBand+, A MagicBand+ Wearable Experience Setting Sail Soon with Disney Cruise Line”

  1. Mike


    Too bad you can’t use your existing MagicBands. (And I get the point about wanting to add the token to your existing smartwatch, but the reality is that most people DON’T have these devices, especially kids. So having a relatively inexpensive (by Disney standards) device for kids to use that’s more difficult for them to lose is a win.)

  2. Arthur Houston

    Come on DCL this is now totally out dated. Everyone else is moving to cell phone apps to do the same things a magic band. Remember the group that developed all of this was fired by Iger and they went to Carnival Corp sold the idea to them. They in turn put it all on the Princess Ships. I have used the medallion system three times. Its is not getting Princess any addition money and is not saving them any cost. This a gaunt waste of $ for DCL.

  3. CL

    Wonder if this is a pilot test or if they intend to roll out fleet wide? Maybe they are exploring other options like self check in? Just some thoughts

  4. BartmanLA

    ll I know is I’m not spending the money ($40 rumored) for the magic band for the ships to get into my stateroom as long as the KTTW card remains FREE and available. It’d be a waste of money.

  5. Michael

    If I can get one and use it for all my cruises, that might be worthwhile. It would be even cheaper to dig out my old Magic Band, yet I doubt that’s an option.

  6. Mike Lever

    So since there are no more printed navigators I have to carry my iphone around the entire cruise and now I need to wear a band on my wrist all the time rather than just carry a flat card in my pocket? Great idea. duh. It will leave a nice tan line I guess.

    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      Mike, the DisneyBand+ is optional. Additionally, while not the same, Personal Navigators (lite) – simple schedule printouts are available at Guest Services.

  7. ktbos

    The biggest question is if you can use your regular MagicBand from Disney World. The info specifically says you can use the Disney World MagicBand+ but doesn’t say anything about the *not plus*. Considering the technology at the parks is interchangeable and the not plus bands simply mean no extra goodies, I would expect the same to be true on the cruise ships. In other words, the not plus bands should be able to unlock doors and charge things to your room but won’t light up and won’t be able to be used to activate some special goodies. As for the question of why it’s better than a key-card, the answer is because it doesn’t have to be dug out of a pocket or hung around your neck – both to me more likely to get lost than a band around your wrist. And why is it better than a cell phone using RFID? Because pulling out your phone, switching to the cruise app, tapping through menus to get to the place to activate the Disney RFID is much less convenient than holding up your wrist to something. Also, it’s nice that you can leave your phone in your room and go on the AquaDuck, etc., without needing to worry about how to get back into your room (and that way you don’t need a bathing suit with zippered pockets to have a safe place to keep a key card).

  8. Jo

    So we went from having a “key to the world” to paying extra for a tacky band to get into our room. Disney just keeps coming up with these out of date ideas.

  9. Dawn

    I haven’t shelled out for a Magic Band+ because the extra goodies you get just don’t seem worth the price and hassle of recharging yet another device. I want to watch the fireworks, not the glowing thing on my wrist. (Remember Made with Magic items?) And we have a giant collection of Magic Bands that are still usable. This may have tipped the balance in the other direction. I don’t wear my platinum lanyard anyway, and I love the idea of having a waterproof wristband for the Aquaduck. I especially love that the same band can be used in the parks and on the boat. My husband pointed out that we will still need that KTTW card to keep the lights on, at least on the older ships.


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