When Disney’s latest rumored enhancement is ready, it won’t be arriving at Cinderella Castle, Fantasyland, or Epcot. Instead, it’ll come right to your vacation’s front door. According to Viral Disney, the Florida theme park resort will begin using bluetooth technology with MagicBands at two of its hotels to allow hotel room doors to open automatically.
Previously, the powerful digital wristband, which also works as a key card, would be held against a digitized doorknob to open each hotel room door. Now, doors will sense the MagicBand nearby and instantly unlock — a seamless enhancement that, if rumors are true, will be rolled out across both Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa this month.
But the seconds-saving enhancement outside hotel rooms isn’t what has us most excited about this change — it’s what else this potential shift could mean. The powerful digital wristband, which can additionally replace credit cards and physical park tickets, is popular for its ease among Walt Disney World guests.
MagicBands have always been Bluetooth-enabled, as they’re powered by an RFID chip that sends short-range and long-range communication throughout the parks, but Disney potentially changing how MagicBands are used at a main point of contact five years after their inception is likely a larger sign of updates to come. One can only assume that if Disney parks are indeed starting small with these enhancements, other Bluetooth-powered changes may be in store for experiences throughout Florida’s four theme parks and Disney’s many resort hotels.
Pricing for MagicBands starts at $12.99, but they are complimentary for guests with a Walt Disney World Resort hotel reservation. When used in conjunction with My Disney Experience, Disney’s digital vacation planning tool, the wristbands may also be used to access FastPass+ reservations, link photos taken by Disney Photopass photographers to one’s online account, and trigger small surprises throughout the park.