MagicBand+ and Smart Phone
  • On Jun 19, 2023
    Melanie from Essex 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 at WDW next month and were wondering if our magic bands from 2016 will still work for entry to the parks and for ride photos/videos or should we use magic mobile instead (not sure if Magic Mobile works for videos) Many thanks

    Hi Melanie! Welcome to planDisney!

    Oh boy! Your Walt Disney World holiday will be here before you know it! I'm sure you are excited about all the magical experiences you are bound to have. Let's jump right into your question and get you ready for an amazing stay!

    Typically, the average shelf of Disney bands is about 2-3 years. There is a small battery inside of each one that, unfortunately, can not be charged or changed out. While not all Disney bands will work from years past, it is possible that your 2016 Disney bands will still be functional. I purchased a few in 2018 and they are still working to this day. There is no way to tell if they are still working until you attempt to use them onsite, so it will be best to have a backup option when you arrive.

    A great option is utilizing Disney MagicMobile Service. This is available to all Guests who download the My Disney Experience App on their mobile devices. You can add the MagicMobile pass to your digital wallet and use it for similar functions that Disney bands work for. This will include entry into the parks each day and when you are connecting with a Disney PhotoPass Photographer.

    Disney recently introduced a new Disney band to the theme parks. These new-aged bands have all the best functions of the original Disney band but now come with ways to interact around the parks. They also have charging capabilities that ensure you can use them for years to come. There are plenty of new designs to choose from and can be found all across the Walt Disney World Resort. They are easy to link to your account for quick access to start using them.

    Melanie, I hope this information helps you plan for your upcoming stay! Stop back and see us again at planDisney!

    See ya real soon!
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