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  • On Apr 4, 2023
    Stefani from NV Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the difference between a Magic Band 2 and a Magic Band +? Also, do you charge a Magic Band 2?

    Hiya Stefani!

    Welcome to planDisney! When I travel to Walt Disney World Resort I must have my MagicBand with me. I just can't experience the Parks anymore without them. If I could find a way to use it every day I would.

    First, let's talk about MagicBand, a magical accessory still sold in Parks and merchandise locations. It is waterproof, customizable, unlocks your Disney Resort hotel room door, allows for easy "tap" to enter privileges at Park and Lightning Lane entrances, and much more. My favorite feature is easily the ability to charge purchases to my card on file when I stay onsite at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. Yes, it is dangerous for me to make my shopping easier but it makes me happy. This version of the band does not need to be charged routinely but the battery usually only lasts two to three years. 

    The upgraded new version of the traditional MagicBand is now the MagicBand+. This band has all the features of the traditional MagicBand with some added extras! Now the band can light up and vibrate while it interacts at certain Park locations, rides, and shows. One of the exclusive activities you can do with MagicBand+ is to play Star Wars: Battuu Bounty Hunters in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge® at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Yes, the MagicBand+ is rechargeable and when purchased it will come with a 6-inch USB charging cable. Depending on how much you use it the charge may last about one to three days but even if the battery charge fails the band still works like a regular MagicBand.

    If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel you can pre-order your band at a discounted rate. Just log into your My Disney Experience Account and click "Get Started" to see what bands are available. My big tip for you is if you don't find a band that you love then try again in a few hours or even in a few days. The selection changes quite often but please hear my important rule: "If you don't buy it now, you may never see it again." If you love it, select it and purchase it as soon as possible. I'm still regretting not grabbing The Little Mermaid MagicBand+. 

    Please don't be me and find your perfect magical accessory. I wish you luck!

    Have a magical day!
    -Nimmy 
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Meet the Panelist: Nimmy, New York

Hey, it's Nimmy from New York! Just like my guy Jiminy Cricket I am your wisecracking and helpful guide to making the best decisions for your Disney vacation! My husband and I work very hard to journey to our favorite place on Earth, Walt Disney World Resort, as much as we can. We have traveled as just adults, with babies, kids, teenagers, and senior citizens. We have seen so many characters, eaten at amazing places, and consumed a ton of Dole Whips. So "give a little whistle" and let me be your guide! Learn More About Nimmy

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