Along with announcing the new theme park reservation system, Disney also announced that they will be discontinuing the complimentary MagicBand distribution for Disney Resort hotel guests starting January 1, 2021.
With the use of phones and apps continuing to evolve, a new innovative offering will be unveiled as part of the My Disney Experience app that will bring features of a MagicBand to your smart devices. With this new innovation on the horizon, Disney has announced the retirement of the complimentary MagicBand distribution to Disney Resort hotel guests for new reservations with arrivals beginning Jan. 1, 2021.
Disney Resort hotel guests will continue to have the option to purchase new MagicBands at a discount but if you prefer to not purchase a discounted MagicBand you can still use the My Disney Experience app or a Key to the World card during your visit. Disney will still offer MagicBands in retail locations and on shopDisney.com, and guests will be able to continue using the wearables throughout Walt Disney World Resort.
News & Media Source: Disney Parks Blog