• On Oct 20, 2021
    Melissa from NJ 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 old generation magic bands. How can you tell if the battery is still working? We have a vacation coming up in November. Thank you,Melissa

    Welcome to planDisney, Melissa! As a MagicBand addict, I was happy to see your question! 

    Ever since MagicBands were introduced at Walt Disney World in 2013, I have loved to order a new one for each vacation “home”. To me, getting that box in the mail is the true start of each Disney trip. That being said, I have more MagicBands than I could ever wear; we even have a wreath of MagicBands hanging on the wall of our home. 

    It is perfectly acceptable to reuse an old MagicBand on your next trip. The official word from Walt Disney World is that the battery life of a band is expected to be about 2 years. However, I personally have older ones that are still going strong! So, bring your MagicBands! If they fail to work, you can always use the MyDisneyExperience mobile app for everything from opening your resort room door to entering the theme parks! 

    Should you decide that you’d like to get new MagicBands (and there are some super cute ones available right now), you can purchase them for a discount through your MyDisneyExperience. You can also browse a large selection at shopDisney online. Once you are at Walt Disney World, you find new bands in many of the retail locations throughout the property. 

    I hope this helps with planning for your November visit! I’m sure you will enjoy The Most Magical Celebration on Earth that will be going on during your stay. 

    Happy Traveling,
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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