Today, the Walt Disney World Resort has press in the city to celebrate the big 50th anniversary celebration. And with the press there is always interesting news. There is no excretion today.
Let’s start first with the fact that Walt Disney World Resort will soon feature MagicBand +. This technology is just an updated version of MagicBand, which was introduced in 2013. Customers will still have a more comfortable and hands-free experience. This will include things like entry to the park and rooms, shops and restaurants, Disney PhotoPass and more. But soon, there will be more!
- After entering an amusement park, MagicBand + will come to life at various times with color-changing lights, haptic vibrations, and gesture recognition.
- Play as a bounty hunter in a distant galaxy and find virtual rewards throughout the Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney Studios Hollywood.
- Interact with the “Disney Fab 50 Character Collection,” the golden sculptures spread across Walt Disney World’s theme parks.
- Experience the nightly shows in a new way as you watch your band ignite and complement the magic of the sky, including the new “Harmonious” at EPCOT and “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom.
MagicBand + will be available for purchase starting in 2022. If you have a current MagicBand, it will continue to work, as will the Disney MagicMobile service for smart devices.
Next, let’s talk about Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. The attraction, of course, has been delayed a bit due to the pandemic, but we finally have a 2022 opening deadline. The attraction invites us to an intergalactic chase through space and time.
Disney calls this experience the world’s first showcase pavilion. The pavilion will be known as the Xander Wonders Pavilion. When completed, it will feature a planetary-type presentation. Here, the Xandarians will show us their world, their people and their advanced technologies.
This attraction will be a family adventure. It will include a whole new kind of roller coaster experience known as a storycoaster. The attraction will rotate 360 degrees, so you are always focused on the whole action. Not only that, but Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will also feature the first roller coaster release in Disney history. In addition, it is one of the longest closed coasters in the world.
Now we move on to Disney Enchantment. Disney has shared this new nightly show for the Magic Kingdom with Angela Bassett as the narrator. This new 50th anniversary fireworks show will feature music, improved lighting, stunning fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects stretching from Cinderella Castle on Main Street, USA.
Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is sure to include many more surprises during the 18-month celebration, which officially kicks off tomorrow, October 1st. We will share them here as we learn them.