• On Feb 13, 2020
    Larry from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How long do the batteries in a Magic Band last? My wife and I have Magic Bands from a trip 4 years ago and we are returning this year. Will our Magic Bands continue to work or will we need to purchase new ones?

    Hi there, Larry! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! 

    I’m so glad you’re here, and that you’ll soon be heading back to Walt Disney World Resort with your wife! As you’ve experienced, MagicBands are truly the ultimate in one-stop access to everything you could possibly need during a Walt Disney World vacation. That includes linking your Park Tickets, your PhotoPass downloads, and if staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, being able to make purchases all across Disney property with just a tap of the band. That being said, the MagicBand 2 has an internal battery within the center puck that has a life span of approximately 2-3 years. After that, I am told that direct tapping of the band may still allow entry into the Theme Parks, but other features such as automatic PhotoPass linking would likely not work well. As such, I would recommend a new MagicBand for you and your wife at this time. If staying a Disney Resort Hotel, your bands would be free of charge (unless choosing an upgraded band, of course!), and you can also make this purchase easily prior to your trip if you will not be staying on site. 

    Larry, did you know that just the center puck of a MagicBand 2 can be easily replaced? This is especially important if you have MagicBands that are very special to you from prior trips, and you wish to keep wearing them. You’d just need a small screwdriver to remove the puck and replace it with a fresh one from your new MagicBand. Make sure that you link any new MagicBands to your My Disney Experience account and you will soon be ready for your adventures to take off!

    I hope you find this information helpful, Larry, as you continue to make plans for your next Walt Disney World Resort Vacation! Please do not hesitate to come back to see us whenever we can be of any help to you in the future.

    See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Clara, Ohio

Hi, friends! I'm Clara, a Pediatrician from Cincinnati, OH, a mom to two Disney-loving boys and married to my college sweetheart.  As a native Spaniard and Spanish speaker, my happiest early memories of life in the United States were formed at Walt Disney World. I love to find ways to sprinkle some R&R and good food among the hustle and bustle of our Disney vacations, and I would love to help you do the same! Learn More About Clara

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