I finally have a video of the Magic Kingdom 45th Railroad MagicBand special effects

Today, thanks to reader Steve Pearson, I finally have a video (with sound) of the special effects from the Magic Kingdom 45th Anniversary Railroad MagicBand. This band has been out for almost a year now, and this particular MagicBand has had a lot of trouble with the special effects working, but it looks like they are finally on properly! Take a look at the video below. The lights are of the train steam/smoke and a puffing sound.


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  1. Fun question – Are there any special edition bands you do not have videos for? Maybe your followers could help round out the set.

  2. My mom and I both wore this band to the Magic Kingdom a week ago, and it worked for about half of our Fastpasses / Gate entrance.

    Generally I’ll get effects at the Jungle Cruise, and Big Thunder Mountain, but nowhere else.

  3. Was pleasantly surprised when it worked a few days ago! I thought I had just missed the effect all the other times I used it. I knew I wasn’t crazy!

  4. A belated thanks for following up on this!

    I haven’t been to this site in a little while, so I’m catching up. 😉

    I just did a trip, but didn’t focus on trying this band during my trip – I will now make sure to bring it and use it at MK next time!

  5. Hmmm. In another thread here I saw a link to someone who posts these on YouTube, and interestingly, when I view her post for this band, it shows something that I think is even different form the above video. (I could be mistaken, but I think the differences are more than just the different environment around the readers – colors look different and sound seems more pronounced, at least to my ears)


    I wonder if Disney has been evolving this one based on knowing it wasn’t working well (or at all) early in it’s life.

    Anyone agree, or am I crazy to think thevideo here and the one in my link above are very much different?

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