One question I was asked frequently while touring Walt Disney World with the MagicBand was, “How does it feel? How do you like it?”
Well, I have to be completely honest here. It felt “okay.”
Not great. Not horrible. But okay.
I’ve never been a big fan of anything on my wrists. I haven’t worn a watch for more than 20 years. I have no bracelets. I only tolerate those sticky paper wristbands because I have to, but they tend to pull and irritate my sensitive skin.
It’s clear, however, that a lot of thought went into the design of the MagicBand. It’s hypoallergenic, and indeed I had no reaction to it. It’s soft. It’s flexible. It’s smooth. It’s waterproof. It’s heat-resistant. It’s tough. It’ll fit a wide circumference of wrists from 5″-10″.
So just how did it feel to wear the MagicBand?
Basically it felt comfortable except for the feel of the rubber material on my skin — I think this was a personal sensitivity. So I went to one of the resort stores to check out the MagicBand display, as I knew there were accessories. Available for sale are BandIts (small decorative elements that fit into one of the holes in your band-$6.95-$8.95), MagicSliders (frames and icons that you slide up your band-$12.95 or $14.95/3-pack), and CoverBands (fabric sleeves that can partially or completely cover your band-$6.95 or $15.95/3-pack).
MagicBand Display at Pop Century
Note: While I preferred the feel of the fabric against my skin, I found that the CoverBand made it hard to tell where my Mickey icon was on the band — and it’s important you “touch Mickey to Mickey” when you’re tapping your MagicBand in various places around the resort. One solution is to slide the CoverBand around so that everything is covered except the Mickey icon. Or you can just be lazy like me and guess at where it is (you can slide your fingers over the fabric to locate the section) — that worked most of the time for me.
What about keeping the MagicBand on?
Alexander had no issues, but my MagicBand fell off three times. Each time it was while I was putting on my backpack — the strap of the pack would catch on the MagicBand and when I tugged too hard, the MagicBand would come undone and fall off my wrist. I never hurt the band, but it was still pretty annoying. I worried about not noticing, or having it pop off while I was near water (the MagicBand is waterproof, but it does not float). So my solution was to slide my MagicSlider over the connection point on the band to keep it secure, like this:
My MagicBand with a slider over the connection point to keep it more secure.
MagicBand with 2013 Slider
Now that I see how simple the CoverBands are, it would be quite simple to make one at home if you’re crafty. And if you make one, why not go the extra step and make it super awesome? Halloween is approaching and you could definitely make a little costume for your MagicBand. How about a princess CoverBand with satin and tulle? Or a pirate CoverBand red and white stripes and a little eyepatch? Or maybe a trendier CoverBand? Or one to match every outfit? I’ve written up a tutorial on how to make your own CoverBand, both a no-sew and sewn version!
More MagicBand photos: