Mom and Child wearing Magic Bands
  • On Sep 3, 2022
    Rae from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I already have magic bands, do I need to upgrade to the new ones?

    Hey Howdy Hey Rae,

    It is great to see you back at planDisney! My Disney MagicBand has quickly become my favorite mouseketool on our Walt Disney World Resort vacations. I love the convenience of having my theme park admission ticket, Disney Resorts Collection hotel key and ability to pay for my Mickey's Premium ice cream bar right on my wrist.

    The good news is if you already have an older MagicBand, you would not have to purchase a new MagicBand+ to enjoy your vacation. While there are a number of really cool features that were added to the new MagicBand+ (including interacting with the nighttime shows and the Fab 50 Character Collection statutes), as long as your original MagicBand is still active in your My Disney Experience account and the battery is still operational, you will have no problem using it for your visit. Based on all the information I have seen, and personal experience, the batteries inside the bands are typically good for about 2-3 years. After that, you may find the battery is no longer functioning and unfortunately they cannot be changed. No worries though, if you arrive and find that the case, there are plenty of locations where you can purchase a new MagicBand+ at that time.

    If you are like me and decide you just must have one of the great new designs offered with the MagicBand+, you can choose your new band now and have it shipped to your home in time for your upcoming visit. If I can help with any additional planning tips, please stop back and see me

    With pixie dust,
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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