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  • On Jul 11, 2022
    Larry from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are Magic Bands from several years ago able to be used if returning this fall ? Can they be reprogrammed ?

    Hi Larry!  Welcome to planDisney.

    You'll be glad to know that you are welcome to reuse any MagicBands you have linked to your profile for your upcoming trip this fall, and you won't even need to worry about reprogramming them.  As long as your MagicBands are listed as active in your My Disney Experience account (you can check the status of your MagicBands in your account under "My MagicBands & Cards"), you are good to go!  They will work seamlessly with any new reservations and tickets you have linked to your account, just like...magic!  You'll be able to use your MagicBands to access your theme park admission, redeem any Lightning Lane experiences you have reserved with Disney Genie+ service, link Disney PhotoPass photos to your account, and, if staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, unlock the door to your room and charge purchases to your room folio.

    The battery life of a MagicBand is estimated to be about 2 years.  Older bands may not be able to "automagically" connect your on-ride Disney PhotoPass photos to your account, but should still work at any touchpoints, such as theme park entrance tapstyles and payment terminals.  If you find that your photos aren't linking to your account, you can create a Disney MagicMobile pass via the My Disney Experience mobile app, save it to your digital wallet, and enable Bluetooth on your device.  On my recent trip, I also noticed signs posted in some queues with a code to scan to walk you through adjusting the settings on your mobile device so your photos will automatically link to your My Disney Experience account.

    I hope that helps!  Larry, if you have any additional questions, please feel free to stop by planDisney again anytime.  We'll be happy to answer!

    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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