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  • On Feb 7, 2023
    Brian 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.

    Hi how do you know if magic bands from February 2020 works. Not magic bands+. Thank you

    Hey howdy hey, Brian.

    I’m so glad you rode like the wind with Bullseye here to planDisney today! You’re in for a rootin’-tootin’ good time on your vacation to The Most Magical Place on Earth in two months. Yeehaw!

    You are more than welcome to reuse MagicBands from previous Walt Disney World Resort vacations on your upcoming trip and future vacations, Brian. My husband and I have been visiting The Most Magical Place on Earth for nearly 13 years now and have never had any issues with older MagicBands working on our more recent trips. The first thing you’ll want to do is verify that your MagicBand still shows active in your My Disney Experience account. To do this, click on the three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner of your My Disney Experience mobile app and select “My Profile” from the options that appear. Click on “MagicBands & Cards,” then “Your MagicBands & Cards” and scroll down until you find the correct MagicBand ID number. As long as it says “active” next to the ID number, it should be good to go.

    However, depending on the age of the MagicBand(s) in question, the long-range battery, which automatically links your Disney PhotoPass attraction photos and videos to your My Disney Experience account and allows you to interact with various queues throughout the theme parks, may no longer be working. Because of this, you may want to set up a Disney MagicMobile pass on your smart device as a backup system to ensure there are no issues with your attraction photos and videos linking to your account. After you do this, make sure you enable Bluetooth for the My Disney Experience mobile app in the settings on your device so your attraction photos and videos can link to your Disney PhotoPass gallery properly.

    Even if the long-range battery is no longer functioning, your MagicBands will still work at direct “Mickey-to-Mickey” touchpoints (think theme park entrances, the door to your Disney Resort hotel room, tapping in for Lightning Lanes, charging purchases during your stay, etc.). Of course, you also have the option of purchasing a MagicBand+ during your trip. The MagicBand+ is rechargeable, so you would not have to worry about losing the function of the long-range battery.

    I hope this information proves helpful, Brian, but don’t hesitate to stop by again if you have further questions. We will reach for the sky and go to infinity and beyond to find the answers you need. Have a wonderful trip!

    You’ve got a friend in me,
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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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