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  • On Apr 2, 2022
    Bethany from RI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are headed to Disney World this month and I was wondering if we could use Magic Bands from 2017 that we have, especially for the young children that will only need them to enter parks and get onto rides. Thank you!

    Welcome, Bethany! Thanks for stopping by with your question.

    It's so stinkin' exciting that you'll be in Walt Disney World later this month! I'm sure you've put tons of time and effort into putting together an amazing plan, and I sure am hoping that everything from the weather to the wonder in your kids' eyes is practically perfect. 

    First the maybe not so great news. There's a good chance that now it's time to say goodbye to those MagicBands. Although you may be able to use the older MagicBands, the clock usually strikes midnight on them after about two years. The non-replaceable batteries can't be relied upon to work much longer than that.

    But there is great news. You don't necessarily need MagicBands to get into the parks. As long as your theme park tickets are linked to your My Disney Experience account, you can use your phone to scan into the parks. You can also stop by Guest Services at any of the theme parks to pick up cards that act as your theme park passes. They currently commemorate the 50th Anniversary Celebration, and they're pretty darned cute.

    If there's anything else we can help with, Bethany, come on back and see us!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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