• On Dec 27, 2017
    Cherlyn from GA 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 is the life of the magic band? We got ours Dec 2015 and going back in Feb 2018 and want to be prepared before arrival if I should buy a new one?

    Hi, Cherlyn! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Aren't MagicBands the coolest? I absolutely love not having to bring anything other than my MagicBand and my phone for a day at Walt Disney World! 

    The official estimated average lifespan of a MagicBand is two years. However some Walt Disney World Resort guests often post on social media that theirs are still going strong well after that time frame. There are of course factors like how much use your bands have had, the temperature of where your bands are stored, etc, that will effect the individual battery life. So for sure bring your original bands because it sounds like there is hope.

    If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel you'll receive a brand new MagicBand, the price of which is already included in your quoted vacation package.  If you are not staying on property, you will have plenty of opportunities to purchase a new band from almost any shop or retail location throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. 

    If you do have to purchase a new MagicBand, don't fret, because they've recently received a makeover. Unlike the original MagicBands, who become just another colorful plastic bracelet after their batteries die, MagicBand 2 has an innovative removable center puck where all of the magic is stored. This way should you find a really awesome design dedicated to your favorite ride, character, snack, or year of your visit, you can keep using that outer part of the band for ever and ever, and you'll only need to replace the magic puck on future trips. 

    I'm so excited for your return to Walt Disney World Resort, Cherlyn, and let us know if your bands were still working or not as I'm now curious too!


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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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