If your family is like mine, someone usually needs to recharge a phone battery. We are constantly using our phones while at the Walt Disney World Resort – be it playing the Play Disney Parks app while in an attraction queue; checking Fast Pass+ or Advance Dining Reservations on My Disney Experience; looking to see if the latest PhotoPass shot was uploaded; taking magical photos; or just texting – it can drain a battery pretty quick.
Awhile back, I spotted a portable phone charging system kiosk (Fuel Rod) at Magic Kingdom Park and started to wonder if we should invest in one.
At WDW the initial cost is $30 to obtain a Fuel Rod kit which includes a fully charged portable battery, one Apple lightning to USB cable, one Apple 30-pin to USB cable, one 6” USB to micro-USB cable, one which doubles as a charger for the Fuel Rod itself, and a handy plastic storage tube. In the past I have purchased random external chargers that we could recharge after using it. The Fuel Rod is pretty much the same concept, but with a twist. Once you purchase the kit and use it to charge your device you can either recharge it later with one of the provided cables, or you can simply exchange it at a Fuel Rod kiosk for a fully charged one at no extra charge. How convenient is that?
The kiosks accept most major credit cards, unfortunately, you cannot use a MagicBand to purchase it. We all know that it is hard to find wall plugs to charge when dining at WDW, so this makes it a little easier. All of the parks had a Fuel Rod kiosk during our most recent trip. The Magic Kingdom Park had five kiosks, Epcot and ESPN Wide World of Sports had 3, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs each had 2, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the water parks each had one, and most Disney Resort Hotels offered at least one kiosk. Please click here for a link of locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.
Charging and exchanging the battery charger was very easy. Simply locate the nearest kiosk, select swap charger, insert your uncharged battery only into the kiosk and a fresh battery will pop out. Be sure to keep your cables and the handy storage tube. As a side note, I purchased my Fuel Rod at an airport for $20, and I was able to exchange it with no problems. I even used it on our recent cruise to charge my camera battery while at dinner one night! So, no need to miss a FastPass+ or a photo opp because of a low battery – Use a Fuel Rod at WDW!
(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)
To learn more about Vanessa, and read her recent posts for the WDW Radio Blog click on her name at the top of this post.