“Hiya Pal!”

A few months ago Disney added Fuel Rod charging kiosks to all four of their theme parks, Disney Springs and ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex as well. I wrote about them in the news when they announced it back in June and added the locations to the Part Three of Three: Super Essential Tips for Your First Trip to Disney World post as well. I have since visited Orlando twice and have taken advantage of these kiosks, and it is such an added convenience. Since I had such a positive review of this product, it seems fair to dedicate an entire post to it for an easy reference on your future trips.

Cost

The kiosks at Disney are slightly more expensive than you will see at the airport. On Disney property, the FuelRods go for $30. Included is your first fully charged battery pack, a USB cord with a type-A Micro-USB cable used for most Andriod devices and Apple adapters to charge iPhone, iPod and iPad devices for Generations 1-4 and Generations 5+. The kiosks located in some international airports, you can find the battery packs for $20.

How it Works

Once you find the booth, it is simple to purchase. You will follow the directions on the touch screen and choose the option to “Buy.” Purchase with a credit card and your new battery pack will drop down for you. Use the battery until there is no more charge left. When you need to swap it out for a fully charged battery, find a location and this time choose “Swap” on the touch screen. You will then be asked to insert your used battery in the top right-hand slot on the machine. Once accepted a fully charged battery would drop down towards the bottom of the machine, and it’s ready to go. Your battery can also be charged at home and reused as often as you need.

Where to Find the Kiosks

Each booth hidden in the locations listed below includes notes to try to guide you there as best as possible. When I asked for help finding them most of the cast members had heard of the kiosk but weren’t sure where they were. The kiosks are also not listed on the park maps, so you will find yourself spending a lot of time searching for where to find them. I ended up bookmarking my post where I listed the locations and used that as a guide when I needed to swap out battery packs. So go ahead and bookmark this post for your future Disney Parks visits!

Magic Kingdom
  • Tomorrowland Light and Power Co. {Space Mountain gift shop. Machine near the side entrance door.}
  • Big Top Souvenirs {Located across from Dumbo The Flying Elephant, ask cast member in store where to find machine.}
  • Pecos Bill’s {Restaurant in Frontierland. Ask cast member inside where machine is.}
  • Curtain Call Collectibles {In the back of the store past the photo counters.}
 Epcot
  • Disney Traders  {located between Future World and World Showcase positioned on the water between Mexico and Canada Pavillions. The machine is near the door}
Hollywood Studios
  • Celebrity 5 & 10 {One of the first shops on Hollywood Boulevard. Ask a cast member inside where to find the machine.}
Animal Kingdom
  • Island Mercantile {One of the first gift shops you will see when you enter Discovery Island. Ask a cast member inside where to find the machine.}
Disney Springs
  • Marketplace Disney Photo Imaging {Located behind Earl of Sandwich in the Marketplace.}
  • DisneyQuest {Located on the Westside. Ask Cast member where to find the machine.}
ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • ESPN Clubhouse Shop

Tips

I purchased my battery pack in August, and I swapped it out on that visit 11 times. I got so much use out of it especially since the Type-A Micro charger also works to charge my camera. I was flying through them and never had to worry about saving the battery power on either device. I noticed on my phone if the battery was low before recharging I could get to 100% if I turned off my phone for about 30 minutes. If my phone is running in full power mode, I would only get about a 50% charge out of one battery pack and about 75% charge if I put my phone on a power saving mode.

I hope you find this information helpful for your next trip to the parks. Next week we will be starting a new series featuring a few of the different Disney and Good Neighbor resorts. Resort overviews will be a recurring series every few months, and I am looking forward to kicking it off next week.

“See you real soon!”