Thanks for the tip from my reader Matt and extra info from Robert.
Today Disney announced a new Disney resort package called “Awaken Summer” (as in Star Wars: The Force Awakens). The package, which can be booked for a stay select Disney resorts, offers discounts on rooms all summer. As a bonus, when you create a package by adding a minimum 2-Day Magic Your Way theme park ticket, you’ll receive a special “Awaken Summer” MagicBand. Click here for more details.
When guests create a package by adding a minimum 2-Day Magic Your Way ticket, each member of the group will receive a special Limited Edition “Awaken Summer” MagicBand for use during their stay. Disney specifically states, for the first time officially beyond some vague Disney Parks Blog posts, that “for a limited time, this one-of-a-kind MagicBand will activate a surprise sound and lighting feature at select touch points throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.” My guess is that this means entry points only if it’s going to make sounds at all four parks. It’s unknown how limited these will be.
Let me repeat, the only way to get this MagicBand will be to book a Disney resort stay for this summer and buy a 2-Day Magic Your Way ticket with the package. Annual Passholders, drop-in day guests, or guests at other resorts will not be able to buy this band, at least not initially. Collectors may need to wait until the bands start to crop up on reseller sites unfortunately.
As of right now, it looks like you create and personalize this MagicBand when booking your stay online. A reader Robert has stated that a Cast Member informed him that you pick this band up in person at check-in at the resort and that it’s not personalized. We’ll see when May 30th rolls around whether this ends up being true or not. It’s unknown at this time if it comes in any type of special box, but it’s more likely that it does if you need to pick up in person rather than having it shipped. Here’s what the selection process looks like: