Walt Disney World’s MagicBands: Are You a Puck Person?

Did you know there’s a big debate brewing over MagicBands? OK, maybe not a BIG debate, but a debate nonetheless! Do you even know what a MagicBand IS? No worries — we’ll explain everything!

MagicBands are Disney’s all-in-one accessory, given to all guests staying at Disney World hotels, as well as Annual Passholders. (Other guests can purchase MagicBands in the parks or via shopDisney.com.) Through the magic of RFID technology, these bands, worn on your wrist, can serve as your park ticket, credit card, Fastpass+ reservation, and even hotel room key! Just by touching the Mickey head on the band to a touchpoint, you can pay for a souvenir or meal, enter a theme park, or even open your hotel room. It’s as easy that!

This convenient piece of tech has made our trips so much simpler in so many ways. Because you can link almost everything you’ll need to your MagicBand, you don’t have to lug around as much while you’re hoofin’ it through the parks.

Like AllEars.Net reader Allieoopirwin writes, “I love being able to wear this band. It contains my room key, Fastpasses and charge privileges.” You can read more opinions about MagicBands HERE.

But not everyone has been a fan of having to wear the lightweight and colorful plastic bands around their wrists. Some people complain it makes their wrist sweat after hours under the hot Florida sun. Some say they fall off their wrist too easily. And still others find it difficult to twist their wrist around to have the “Mickey”  on the band make contact with the touchpoints at the turnstiles or cash registers.

Disney’s got you covered! A little more than a year ago, they introduced the next generation of the MagicBand, with the creative name of MagicBand 2. And with MagicBand 2 came a solution for those who don’t care for the wristbands.


MagicBand 2: Wristbands and Pucks

The original MagicBand was one solid piece, worn around your wrist, like a watch. We all remember what those are, right? MagicBand 2, though, has a removable center “puck” in the band.

Just loosen the two screws, and bada boom, bada bing! Your Puck can be removed and you can keep it in your pocket for safekeeping or use it with MagicKeepers — holders designed to fit perfectly around your Puck.

They are several different styles of MagicKeepers. Some are like a key fob, some attach with a carabiner, as shown above. In either case, it’s more convenient for some to toss the MagicKeeper in a backpack or purse than to wear it on the wrist.

Bands vs. Pucks: Pros and Cons

There are ups and downs to both options. When wearing your MagicBand in its wristband format, you are prone to getting irritated from sweating under the hot Florida sun. Or maybe you’ll get an unwanted tan line. Be sure to slather on some SPF to avoid those — but you already knew that.

AllEars.Net reviewer dreams notes, “It fell off my husband’s wrist as we were getting off the safari but thankfully a woman behind us noticed and stopped us. I ended up carrying them like the old cards and taking them out when we needed them.”

MagicBand 2 Style

Still, many people prefer wearing their MagicBands as originally designed — on their wrists.

Take the artsy folks among us (NOT yours truly!). They decorate the wristband with MagicBandits (plastic buttons that fit in the holes of your band’s enclosures) or MagicSliders (plastic rectangles that slide onto the bands).

Some get even more creative, and decorate them with gems, paints, stickers, and such. The band definitely gives you extra room for personalization if that’s your thing. You can even mix and match Pucks and bands to create cute color combinations. I’m thinking red and green to go holiday festive at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Pucks may be a good choice for families with young kids who might not be responsible (or tolerant) enough to wear their own band yet.  Using the Puck separately also frees up your arms for your own jewelry, watches, and accessories.

Can you tell that we haven’t quite made up our minds? Puck or Band? Band or Puck? We like them both, and no matter which way we wear them

So which side are you on? Puck or Band? Let us know in the comments below. And be sure leave your own review on Disney’s MagicBands!


MagicBands Wristbands vs Pucks

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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10 Replies to “Walt Disney World’s MagicBands: Are You a Puck Person?”

  1. my mother has an implanted defibrillator and is not supposed to be near magnets and the like. the puck on a keychain option would actually work better for her. our last trip in 2016 she kept her band in her pocket the whole time for that reason in case she had her arm across her front for any reason.

  2. An easy tip for the band users: wear it with Mickey upside down (when looking at it like a watch); it’s much easier to align it with readers that way. I like the band because it is so easy to carry along with you. I forget what it is and keep trying to use it to tell time.

  3. My right wrist wears my Pandora Disney bracelets, and my left was where I put my Magic Band. After putting an Apple Watch on my left wrist too, I kept smacking the face against the reader as I never could seem to aim correctly for the Magic Band! Last trip I bought a disc holder – the one with the carabiner – attached it to the strap of my “Park purse” and all was well. I will still use my special Magic Bands (Christmas, Food & Wine, etc), but this idea was brilliant. In a side note, I also like that I can utilize any Magic 2 decorated wristbands by slipping in a solid color disk once the battery dies in the original one.

    1. Kathy, you get the MagicBand as part of your Disney Resort stay, but if you want the MagicKeeper, you’ll have to purchase it.

  4. I go both ways. I’ve invested in graphical MagicBands so I generally wear one around my wrist. But I also took the solid color ones that I got from my Annual Pass and tossed it into a Magic Keeper and have it attached to the bag I take to Disney World. As a band, they do get sweaty, are hard to get on tight, and are not so well secured. I almost lost mine once on Space Mountain.

    But the Magic Bandits are junk. I bought a set once and proceed to quickly lose the two that I attached to the Magic Band. It’s just too easy for them to get snagged on something and get yanked out. About the only reason I could see to buy them is to quiet a screaming child demanding a set.

    1. I found the same thing with MagicBandits. So on my next trip I super glued them into their holes. However, this works best if you can plan ahead and have them at home when your MagicBands arrive. Although traveling with a tiny tube of super glue wouldn’t be too bad.