Mom and Child wearing Magic Bands
  • On Apr 12, 2022
    Colby from OR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you share what MagicBand features work after the battery has died? My understanding is the battery helps with things like photo pass, but if the battery is dead you can still use it for Lightning Lanes, room key, food charges, etc.

    Hey there, Colby!  It is nice to see you here at planDisney.

    The estimated life for a MagicBand is about 2 years.  However, I own several MagicBands that are older than that, and they are working just fine.  You've got it right; even if the long-range battery is no longer working, your MagicBands should still work at "Mickey-to-Mickey" touchpoints, such as the readers at the theme park entrances and Lightning Lanes, merchandise and dining payment terminals when charging purchases to your room folio, unlocking the door to your Disney Resort Hotel room, and linking Disney PhotoPass photos captured with a Disney PhotoPass photographer.

    The primary long-range feature is "automagically" linking your on-ride attraction photos to your My Disney Experience account.  The long-range feature also powers some other fun surprises, such as wishing you "au revoir" by name on "it's a small world" or featuring your name on a concert poster at Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.  Some, but not all, attractions offer a photo preview area where you can tap your MagicBand to link your attraction photos.  Other attractions require a MagicBand or Disney MagicMobile pass in order to receive your photos.  If the long-range feature of your MagicBand is no longer working, you can set up a Disney MagicMobile pass via the My Disney Experience mobile app and save it to the digital wallet on your smartphone.  A Disney MagicMobile pass will have much of the same functionality as a MagicBand, including the ability to automatically link your attraction photos.

    If there is a specific MagicBand feature that you are wondering about that I did not address, please feel free to write back.  We are always happy to help.  Enjoy your visit!

    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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