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  • On Jan 8, 2023
    Jennifer from MI 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 an old magic pass from 2016. It shows it’s linked in the app. How do I know if it is charged or still working? Will it have the same features or should I get a new one?

    Welcome to planDisney, Jennifer! I'm so glad you followed that trail of pixie dust that led you here today.

    The MagicBand iteration that existed in 2016 was the MagicBand 2. Its estimated battery life is about two years, which refers to the long-range battery. The long-range battery is what automatically links your Disney PhotoPass photos at attractions and allows you to interact with various queues throughout the parks. Even if this component of your MagicBand is no longer working, your MagicBand 2 will more than likely still work at direct touchpoints, such as the park entrance, redeeming a Disney Genie+ service Lightning Lane selection, charging purchases to your Disney Resorts Collection hotel room during your stay, and opening your Disney Resort hotel room door. I have a large collection of MagicBands from years ago that I still take with me on my Walt Disney World Resort vacations and have not had an issue yet with being able to use them, so I think you will be just fine.

    Still, I suggest setting up a Disney MagicMobile pass on your mobile device so that you do not have any issues with your attraction photos and videos linking to your Disney PhotoPass account. After you set this up, make sure you enable Bluetooth for the My Disney Experience mobile app in your settings so everything can properly link. If you find that you are still missing attraction photos, you can always call the Disney PhotoPass Guest Support phone line found on the Help Center webpage for assistance in retrieving the missing pictures.

    Jennifer, I hope this information helps you breathe a great, big, beautiful sigh of relief. If you think of any other questions while planning out all of the magical details of your vacation, please don’t hesitate to stop by again. We’re here and happy to help!

    Think happy thoughts,
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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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