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  • On Nov 12, 2019
    Daniel from QC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello We used our Magic Band for the first time, back in September 2018. We are coming back to WDW in January 2020, will they still be functional ?

    Hello Daniel, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I'm glad to hear you will be visiting Walt Disney World Resort this upcoming January.  Where I live we have had ice and snow on the ground for a couple of weeks now, so I am also very much looking forward to enjoying some Florida sunshine this January!

    MagicBands are most definitely reusable.  Battery life is estimated to be about 2 years.  I recently used a MagicBand that was not quite 2 years old, and had no trouble using it at any touchpoints.  Scanning at park entrances, FastPass+ queues, unlocking my Disney Resort Hotel room door, and tapping my MagicBand to charge purchases to my room account all worked just fine.  However, some of the long-range features, such as automagically linking my on-ride photos to my account did not work.  At many attractions, you can claim your Disney PhotoPass photos by tapping your MagicBand to the touchpoint, but several attractions do not have a photo preview area and the only way to connect your photos to your account is through the MagicBand.

    I would give the MagicBands you own a try, and check your My Disney Experience account to see if your photos are automatically linking.  If not, you could then purchase a new MagicBand for at least one person in your party so that the photos will link.  There are so many new colors and patterns of MagicBands, I'm sure you'll find a style you would like to own!  A new slap bracelet style of MagicBand has also recently been spotted in merchandise locations.

    I hope I have answered your question.  If you have any additional questions, please visit the Moms Panel again anytime.  We are always happy to help.  Have a wonderful vacation!

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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