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Mickey and Minnie MagicBand Watch Sliders Review

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What time is the 3 o’clock parade?  How much longer until our FP+ window opens?  When is dinner? Ever since Walt Disney World introduced MagicBands, we’ve been glancing at our wrists thinking our MagicBands were watches.  Now, they can be.

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Disney has created “watch sliders” for MagicBands, which is pretty cool.  We had to try these out on our most recent trip…

We ordered our set of watch sliders from Wishes and Dreams Concierge Shopping and they arrived at our home before we left for Walt Disney World.  This turned out to be a good thing, because we didn’t see the watch sliders in any of the shops while we were there. They seem to be a hard to find item.  We even had Cast Members asking us about them.

The Minnie Mouse Watch Slider retails for $24.95.
The Mickey Mouse Watch Slider is $17.95

First Impressions

The Minnie Slider is super cute, while the Mickey slider is pretty plain.  You almost don’t notice the Mickey head on it at first.

Minnie Mouse MagicBand Watch SliderMickey Mouse MagicBand Watch Slider

Another big difference is that the Minnie Watch is analog while the Mickey version is digital. You may or may not have a preference when it comes to this.

Operation and Construction

Each came with a simple set of instructions for setting the watch to the proper time.

Instructions for Minnie Mouse MagicBand Watch Slider  Instructions for Mickey Mouse MagicBand Watch Slider
The Mickey watch is slightly more complicated since it also includes the date and a stopwatch/timer feature.  Honestly, I don’t see myself ever using those features.
Both watches can be removed from their rubber sliders to access the batteries should they need to be replaced.  They come out very easily, but not so easily that there is ever any danger of them falling out on their own.

The Minnie Mouse MagicBand Watch Slider resembles a traditional watch face.

Mickey Mouse digital watch removed from its rubber slider

Neither says anything about being waterproof or water resistant.  I did accidentally submerge my Mickey Watch Slider in a stingray touch tank at the aquarium, and it’s still working.  I wouldn’t advise wearing the watch sliders into the pool, however.

Wearing the MagicBand Watch Sliders

Speaking of wearing them, the sliders, as their name implies, “slide” on to your MagicBand using the slots on the back.

 

For comparison, here is a picture of the Disney Vacation Club slider.  You can see that the watch sliders work the same way, but are a bit bulkier.

The Minnie Mouse version’s instructions warn you not to cover the “Mickey Head” part of your MagicBand.  This would get in the way of the MagicBand when trying to redeem a FP+, making a purchase, or unlocking your door.  So, you have to wear it off to the side.

MagicBand with Mickey Mouse Watch Slider attached
Don’t slide the watch face over the Mickey Head

I thought this would be a bit awkward, and it is.  I experimented with several different placements, but the ideal way to wear it for us was on the inside part of the wrist, just below the Mickey Head on the MagicBand.  You only need to tilt your wrist slightly to see what time it is.

My MagicBand with Mickey Mouse Watch Slider
The Watch Slider is bulky, but still leaves some room for other bandits/sliders
Lisa tries on her MagicBand with Minnie Mouse Watch Slider
Lisa trying on here Minnie Mouse Watch Slider

Using the MagicBand Watch Sliders in the Parks

Once we were in the parks, I have to admit I loved having it because I haven’t worn a watch in years and this saved me the trouble of fishing my phone out of my pocket to see what time it was.
Wearing the MagicBand Watch Slider in Magic Kingdom
My Watch Slider says it’s time for a Mickey Bar!
I quickly became accustomed to the watch face being on the side of my wrist, and I found that it didn’t get in the way when using my MagicBand to enter the parks, use FP+, or pay for things.  As you see in the picture above, I even had my DVC slider on as well.
 
The only complaint I had about the watch slider during our vacation was that there is no light built into it.  You can’t see what time it is in the dark unless you go under a lamp or shine another light source on to it.  That was disappointing.
 Now, this was my personal experience with the band.  Lisa’s was somewhat different.  She stopped wearing her Minnie Mouse watch slider after a day or two.  She said it was uncomfortable and constantly got caught on things.  That’s probably due to the ear-shaped design and the fact that Lisa doesn’t wear cargo shorts with huge pockets like I do.  I had no problems going in and out of my pockets, but I could see how hers could get caught.

Final Thoughts

The MagicBand Watch Slider is not the greatest solution to a problem many of us have wanted solved, but it does the job to an extent.  $18 or $25 is probably too much to pay for them, unless they improve them in the future.  The quality just isn’t what you would expect from a device in the 21st century.
It makes me wonder if it’s possible to make your own…
Do you have a watch slider, or have you tried to make your own watch accessory for your MagicBand?  We’d love to here your take!

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Alison Combes

Thursday 31st of August 2017

I have the Minnie watch slider and am having trouble getting the back off to replace the battery. Is there a secret to it?

James Cameron

Thursday 31st of August 2017

Hi Alison!

Once you remove the rubber, there is a raised circle on the back. look at the edge and there should be a little slot where you can use a screwdriver/knife or something like that to pry the back off to get to the battery.

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Kelly Whaley

Tuesday 4th of August 2015

I love this! Very Cute :)

Jodi Whisenhunt

Monday 3rd of August 2015

Great review! I got the Minnie one in mid-July, and at the time, they were plentiful! They were sold in most resort stores and larger retail stores, like Mouse Gear and World of Disney, but not at little kiosks or where only small Magic Band displays were. They must have sold quickly! Hope they restock soon. I love the Minnie one and had no trouble with it getting caught on things. I'm actually pretty happy to have a watch on my band too, because I was always looking at the band to check the time anyway. My kids made fun of me, because it was always Mickey time! ;)

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