• On May 16, 2018
    Maria from GUATEMALA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi. We have stayed in the past at Disney Resorts, but this time we are staying at a different hotel outside WDW area, so we are buying parks tickets online, can we use our old magicbands for parks only? or are magicbands exclusive for disney resort guests?

    Hi Maria,

    You're planning a vacation for a wonderful time of year! With the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, October at the Walt Disney World Resort is SO much fun!

    I'm happy to let you know that yes, if you still have MagicBands from a previous vacation, you may be able to reuse them! The batteries inside the MagicBands usually last for around two years, so as long as they're not too old, they'll work! When you log in to your My Disney Experience account, you'll be able to click on "MagicBands and Cards" to make sure that your MagicBands are still showing up and marked as active. If you don't see your new tickets or your MagicBands, you may link them to your account. And no worries...it's completely fine for you to use your MagicBands even though you're not staying at a Disney Resort hotel this time. While you won't be able to use them to enter your hotel room or charge any purchases back to your room, you will be able to use them to enter the theme parks, check in for the FastPass+ queues, and link your PhotoPass photos to your account.

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Maria, and feel fee to bring us any other questions you have as you're planning for your trip. I hope that you have a truly magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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