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  • On Aug 29, 2022
    Diane from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have magic bands that were new September 2021. Are they still good for this year?

    Hey Howdy Hey Diane and welcome to planDisney!

    MagicBands are a super convenient way to tour the parks during a trip to Walt Disney World Resort. With the ability to access your theme park tickets, Lightning Lane entrances, charging privileges and even opening up your resort room, there are so many ways you can enjoy your MagicBands. Thank you for your question on your MagicBand from last year as these batteries do not last forever and there is a life span to them!

    I have been told by Cast Members that you get the best and most consistent usage out of the first and second-generation MagicBands for a good 2 years, sometimes up to 3. If you purchased your MagicBand last year, you should still be good to use it this year and not have to worry about the battery. Just make sure you go online to your My Disney Experience account and double-check that the MagicBand you wanted to use is still linked to your account. You can do this by going to the "My MagicBands and Cards" section of your My Disney Experience account. Scroll down until you see your account and anyone that is linked to yours as well as the MagicBand in question. As long as it is there, you should be all set. 

    If something does go wrong with the MagicBand during your trip, you still do have a couple of options. First off, you can activate your Disney MagicMobile Service pass. This gives your smart device the capability of using your device just as you would your MagicBand. It is free to do right from your My Disney Experience app. Simply log on, tap the 3 horizontal lines on the bottom right and then tap the tile for "Disney MagicMobile" to set it up. Super quick and easy and free!

    The other option you have is purchasing a MagicBand+ during your upcoming trip. The MagicBands have gotten a super cool upgrade with these next-level bands. With the MagicBand+ you are now able to interact with the parks in a whole new way. Stop by to say "Hi" to the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statues in all 4 parks for a special interaction. Become part of the story in Star Wars: Galaxies Edge as you become a bounty hunter in search of riches throughout Batuu guided by your MagicBand+. You can also experience the nighttime fireworks shows like never before! Your MagicBand+ gets you going as part of the show when it begins to light up along with the music for a more personal experience. So many ways that you can now interact with the world around you!

    I hope you are getting super excited about your upcoming trip soon. Being in Walt Disney World for Halloween is sure to be a not-so-spooky event you will remember for a lifetime! Please feel free to stop back and let us know if you have any other questions, we are dying to help!

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Nick, Ohio

Hey howdy hey, I’m Nick! My happy place will always be Walt Disney World Resort and is where we call “Home”, but we do vacation exclusively in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of the year. My happily ever after is shared with my 3 girls, my beautiful wife and my career in Physical Therapy. I love any excuse to talk about Walt Disney World Resort and am so excited to help you discover the Magic of the Resort. Learn More About Nick

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