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  • On Nov 13, 2022
    Ivy from MA 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 the original magic band and the updated versions (+ versus magic band 2). If I have a magic band basic from a different trip can I activate it with new information for this trip?

    Hi there, Ivy! Thanks for stopping by planDisney!

    It looks like your trip is just around the corner! And not only will you be visiting The Most Magical Place on Earth, but you'll be enjoying all of the extra magic that comes along with a December Disney Vacation! I'm sure you know all about the beautiful decor at Magic Kingdom Park and the delicious bites available at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, but there are some lesser-known and equally magical experiences in other parks! The Merry Menagerie in Disney's Animal Kingdom is a favorite for my family. These puppets bring so much life into the park and my little ones always have a blast counting how many they see!

    Ivy, if you've used a MagicBand on a previous trip, you're likely familiar with most of the features. Unlocking your Disney Resort Hotel room, scanning into the theme parks and Disney Genie+ ride selections, and making payments for merchandise and yummy snacks.. these are just a few of the convenient features that have been available for Guests in recent years. With the addition of the MagicBand+, we've seen a few new features that enhance your time in the parks. The interactive features of the MagicBand+ are perhaps the most exciting. These can unlock special features of the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection in every park with a simple wave of your wand.. eh, I mean, band! There is also an exclusive Batuu Bounty Hunters game available in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge through the Play Disney Parks App. Finally, as if Nighttime Spectaculars weren't already the star of your trip, now you can experience them in an all-new way, as your MagicBand+ lights up in sync with the show. The MagicBand+ model also differs in that it is rechargeable and operates via Bluetooth technology. 

    If you have a MagicBand from a previous trip, even if it is not the newer MagicBand+ model, it will still work just as it always did on your next Disney Vacation. As long as it is synced to the same My Disney Experience Account as you used last time, you won't even need to go through another activation process. All of your new plans will be stored on your old MagicBands automatically.

    Ivy, I hope I've helped answer your question today! Feel free to stop back by planDisney with any additional questions before, during or after your stay!

    You've got a friend in me,

    Ashley
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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