Beta Testing New Disney MagicBand Features

Beta Testing New MagicBand Feature

Caroline filling out the card on how many times we rode the rides before turning it back in for credit. 12:30am. (Our comp pass was on our guest card the next morning.)

Disney has been adding more and more features to the MagicBands since their roll-out earlier this year. They are currently beta testing a feature where if you are wearing the MagicBand on rides that take your photo, like Splash Mountain, the band will link your photo to your account as you pass by a sensor while on the ride. It makes viewing and buying photos after rides easier.

Caroline and I thought this would be interesting and signed up to participate. And, we each earned a free guest park pass!

After the Park closed, we got to ride both Splash Mountain and the Haunted Mansion rides three times each. What was really fun was that the lights were on inside both rides. The Haunted Mansion looks nothing like it does in the dark during a normal ride…so boring and ordinary!  (What looks like grass in the dark is plain, pale straw with the lights on!)

Another example, there is a huge plexiglass partition in the dining room scene to keep guests from throwing stuff down into the mansion and help with the ghost’s projections. It’s angled so you don’t see it during a normal ride with the lights off in the gallery.  But, with the lights on, it’s right there.

Another place that guests throw things is at the end of the HM ride when a “ghost” hitches a ride in your Doom Buggy. I guess a lot of people throw stuff (mainly Magic Kingdom brochures!) at the ghostly image. There’s about a four-foot space between the Doom Buggies and the projection wall, and the brochures have to be swept out several times a day on busy days.

Dining room scene at Haunted Mansion.

Dining room scene at Haunted Mansion as seen from above.  The plexiglass is invisible.

We had a great time and didn’t get home until almost 1am!

Splash Mountain at night.  Yes, they had the water cannons turned on!

Splash Mountain at night, first test ride of the evening. Yes, they had the water cannons turned on!

Inside Splash Mountain

Inside Splash Mountain

Briar Rabbit

Briar Rabbit


Our beta testing invitation and instructions:

Dear Cast Member:

Thank you for signing up to participate in the test of future Guest enhancements. The details of the experience are outlined below. It is critical that you arrive on time, as you will need to be escorted to and from each location. If you arrive after the time noted below, you will not be able to participate.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 8:45 p.m. – 12:45 a.m.
Magic Kingdom Park

• Arrive and park in the Magic Kingdom Cast Parking lot (Red Lot) and do NOT park in Guest Parking. There will be no transportation to Guest Parking when the test concludes.
• Meet at Hall of Presidents no later than 9:30 p.m. Check-in will take place at Hall of Presidents and then you will be guided to the attractions to begin the test.
• You will be testing on Splash Mountain and Haunted Mansion multiple times.
• In exchange for your time and participation for this test, those that attend for the duration of the test will be awarded 1 Electronic Comp Park Ticket.

Thank you again for your participation in this exciting test. Enjoy experiencing these attractions like never before!

Disney Communications

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