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  • On Mar 14, 2023
    Katrina from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If my magic band is very old from 2018. Will the rfid still work for the automatic ride photos? I know it will still work to scan into rides. Just don’t know about the automatic detection for photos.

    Ka-chow, Katrina.

    I’m so glad you followed Lightning McQueen through Radiator Springs and found planDisney along the way, but I’m even more excited to hear you have a Walt Disney World Resort vacation on the horizon this year!

    You are correct that your MagicBand from 2018 should still work at direct “Mickey-to-Mickey” touchpoints (the door to your Disney Resort hotel room, theme park entrances, charging purchases during your stay, etc.), so you can absolutely reuse it on your upcoming trip. However, there is a good chance the long-range battery, which automatically links your Disney PhotoPass attraction photos and videos to your My Disney Experience account, is no longer functioning since Disney estimates they only last about two years. There’s a chance the long-range battery might still be working enough to link your photos, but I would not bank on it.

    Instead, I recommend setting up a Disney MagicMobile pass on your smart device as a backup system. Just make sure you enable Bluetooth for the My Disney Experience mobile app in the settings on your mobile device once you do to ensure your attraction photos and videos link to your Disney PhotoPass gallery properly. You also have the option of purchasing a new MagicBand or MagicBand+ during your trip. They are available at most merchandise locations within the theme parks, Disney Springs, and Disney Resort hotels.

    Katrina, I hope this information proves useful. If you think of anything else we can help you with in the meantime, please stop by planDisney again. Have a truly magical vacation!

    You are the magic,

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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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