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  • On Dec 7, 2022
    Alyson from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! We are visiting WDW in January 23. I keep seeing everything about Magicbands+. Will our “regular” Magicbands from last year not work? Is the only advantage to Magicbands+ that they interact with the statues? How long will those statues be around?

    Hiya, Alyson, and welcome to planDisney!

    Your January trip is just around the riverbend. Can you believe you’ll be soaring with Dumbo, waltzing with 999 Happy Haunts, and traveling to galaxies far, far away so soon? Let the final countdown commence!

    I’m a bit of a MagicBand aficionado myself, Alyson, so I’m glad you stopped by with your question today. First, let me assure you that you will be able to use the MagicBands from your previous trips on your upcoming vacation, as long as the battery is still kicking. My husband and I have MagicBands from years ago that we still use regularly, but we also have the new MagicBand+.

    MagicBand and MagicBand+, while different, offer many of the same benefits. You can use them to open your Disney Resort hotel room door, link Disney PhotoPass photos, charge purchases to your Disney Resorts Collection hotel room during your stay, and so much more. However, the MagicBand+ has a rechargeable battery and allows you to interact with the parks in a whole new way. Yes, you can use them to interact with the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection, but you can also become a bounty hunter in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge or watch your MagicBand+ come to life with the nighttime spectaculars. You can view a full comparison of their features on the MagicBand+ webpage, but you can’t go wrong with whichever option you choose.

    Alyson, I hope this information helps you breathe a great, big, beautiful sigh of relief. Please stop by again should any other questions pop up. Have a wonderful trip, and we’ll see ya real soon!

    Think happy thoughts,
    Alyssa
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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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