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Magic Band life span

m steve

Active Member
Original Poster
Hello!

How long will the features/capabilities of a Magic Band work? When we next visit WDW, our Bands will be two years old and I am not sure if they will be fully functional after that much time. I am not sure if we will need to have new ones.

Thanks for your help!
 

JaxFLBear

Well-Known Member
Most functions will work as long as Disney supports the technology. The functions that should work indefinitely are: Touch to Enter (theme park, hotel room, FP+ return queue), Touch to Pay (room charging), manual photo linking.

Automatic linking of ride photos/videos will stop functioning once the internal (and non-replaceable) battery has died.
 

m steve

Active Member
Original Poster
Most functions will work as long as Disney supports the technology. The functions that should work indefinitely are: Touch to Enter (theme park, hotel room, FP+ return queue), Touch to Pay (room charging), manual photo linking.

Automatic linking of ride photos/videos will stop functioning once the internal (and non-replaceable) battery has died.
Thanks for the response. Any idea how long that battery lasts?
 

Rob562

Well-Known Member
Most functions will work as long as Disney supports the technology. The functions that should work indefinitely are: Touch to Enter (theme park, hotel room, FP+ return queue), Touch to Pay (room charging), manual photo linking.

Automatic linking of ride photos/videos will stop functioning once the internal (and non-replaceable) battery has died.

Certain other "magical" personalized interactions in some rides and queues also will stop working once the internal battery dies, since the Bands need to be read from a distance.

Thanks for the response. Any idea how long that battery lasts?

They say at least two years. Unfortunately there's no real way to know whether the battery is still alive.
I suppose you could ride an attraction with on-ride photo your first day and a few minutes after you get off see if the photo shows up in your account.

-Rob
 

Weather_Lady

Well-Known Member
We've used ours as long as 4 years later with no issues.

However, I find that at some point between 3 and 6 years out, the rubber starts to fade and takes on a "dusty" appearance that can't be buffed out, so we've thrown most of the older ones away. I'm not sure why: maybe because ours were exposed to chlorine or something?
 

pixiemagicwdw

New Member
We've used ours as long as 4 years later with no issues.

However, I find that at some point between 3 and 6 years out, the rubber starts to fade and takes on a "dusty" appearance that can't be buffed out, so we've thrown most of the older ones away. I'm not sure why: maybe because ours were exposed to chlorine or something?
I've had the same thing happen, that "dusty" appearance, but those bands were never exposed to chlorine. I think it's just age.
 

Buck Wheelie

Well-Known Member
There’s people who throw them out? i just wiped them with baby wipes and they Went back to normal again!!!
We've threw ours away after every trip. Since they always sent new ones we didn't feel a need to keep the old. I think a lot of people were like that and probably why Disney has done away with free ones. It cost them a lot to send new bands all the time.
 

JohnD

Well-Known Member
There’s people who throw them out? i just wiped them with baby wipes and they Went back to normal again!!!

Yeah. I've held onto mine. I have free solid-color ones and also some that I bought including Generation 1.0.
 

Djsfantasi

Active Member
I have a half dozen MBs, from 1 to 3 years old. I’m returning to WDW in April and decided to buy two new, basic MBs. I was afraid of picking the 3 year old ones and they wouldn’t work in all cases. Since I’ve missed a few trips, due to the pandemic, I didn’t want to risk having a problem. I bought one on sale and another at full price ($16). I always bring my old ones in case I lose a MB.
 

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