Mom and Child wearing Magic Bands
  • On Apr 11, 2022
    Melissa from CT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Our magic bands were received 3 years ago, but never used. How do we know if they still work before we arrive? If they do not work, can we purchase new ones at the resort (French Quarter)? Thank you, Meliss

    Hi Melissa!  Your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is coming up so soon!  You must be so excited to join in on The World's Most Magical Celebration.  You'll also be arriving just in time to enjoy some of the limited-time Easter treats!

    I have quite the collection of MagicBands myself, some of which I've had for longer than three years.  Your MagicBands will most likely still work fine at any touchpoints, such as theme park entrance tap styles, unlocking the door to your Disney Resort Hotel room, or when using your MagicBand to charge purchases to your room folio.  What may no longer work is the long-range ability to link your Disney PhotoPass photos to your account.  There isn't a way to check if your MagicBands are still working prior to your arrival.  Check "My MagicBands and Cards" in your My Disney Experience account to be sure your MagicBands are set as active.  You can test them when you arrive to see if they work to unlock the door to your Disney Resort Hotel room or have a Cast Member scan them at the front desk of your hotel.  As far as attraction photos, you can check to see if your photos show up in your My Disney Experience account after experiencing an attraction that features on-ride photos. (Sometimes it takes a few hours for my attraction photos to show up.)  Some attractions offer a photo preview at the exit; you can tap your MagicBand there to link those photos to your account.  Another option would be to create a Disney MagicMobile pass via the My Disney Experience mobile app and save the pass to the digital wallet on your smartphone.  A Disney MagicMobile pass will have much of the same functionality as a MagicBand and will allow you to link your attraction photos.

    If you decide you would like to purchase new MagicBands, you will find them for sale in many retail locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort, including Jackson Square Gifts & Desires at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter.  Follow the instructions on the packaging to link them to your account.

    Make sure to enjoy some delicious Mickey-shaped beignets at Scat Cat's Club Cafe during your visit.  Somehow, everything just tastes better when it is shaped like Mickey Mouse!  Enjoy your stay!

    Anne Marie 
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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