Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida has announced it will launch its contactless entry solution Disney MagicMobile in phases this year.

The new service, which uses a phone or smartwatch, will be used alongside MagicBands, which are plastic bracelets that contain RFID radios that connect park tickets, hotel room keys, payments, and PhotoPass information to guests.

The feature will initially only be available for iPhone and Apple Watch owners “later this year” as part of a phased rollout.

The company said MagicBands will still be available and users will still be required to use the My Disney Experience app for digital room keys. This offers an online check-in service with a visitor’s phone used to unlock their door.

Disney said in a statement: “Guests may choose to use Disney MagicMobile service or a MagicBand – pick whichever option works best for you during your visit. You can even use both and alternate between the two for added flexibility. We’ll also soon be introducing more MagicBands in trendy new colours and fun designs featuring favourite Disney characters and stories.”

In order to use MagicMobile, guests must create a pass through the app, before adding it to their smart device’s digital wallet.

Walt Disney World Resort recently announced it will be marking its 50th anniversary with ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration’ from October 1.

All four Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park are now open after shuttering in March 2020 due to COVID-19.

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