We present recent experimental results that show strong optical AB effects in the magneto-photoluminescence of columnar II-VI quantum dots (QDs). The AB effects manifest themselves as oscillations in the photoluminescence energy and intensity with magnetic field. It will be shown that this coherent behavior is remarkably robust, persisting at 180 K. We, also, present results for a magnetic system, ZnMnTe QDs. These magnetic type-II systems also display evidence of robust magnetic ordering. This behavior is attributed to the formation of magnetic polarons caused by the exchange interaction between strongly localized holes and Mn ions within the QDs. Time-resolved PL measurements display evidence of magnetic polarons up to 200 K with a binding energy of approximately 40 meV.