The Fuel Rod is one of my ‘must have’ items when I visit Walt Disney World. It is in my bag at all times when I am visiting the Disney parks.
One of my biggest challenges at Walt Disney World has always been my phone battery life. Taking videos and photos, posting on social media, and using the My Disney Experience app for Disney Genie, checking wait times and mobile ordering drains my phone’s battery. Some days my phone would barely make through the afternoon without going in to “low battery” mode from the full charge I started the day with!
There are places in the parks that you can charge your mobile device if needed. One spot that has some great access to charging stations is over near the Tangled washrooms in the Magic Kingdom. There you will find are some very cute little tree stumps with ports to charge your phone and/or plug in your Electric Scooter (ECV). You can find access to power if you need to plug in, but for me that just isn’t convenient for my phone. I want to be able to charge on the go and not have to sit in one spot. That’s the big benefit of portable chargers.
I had purchased a portable phone charger from Amazon, and that served me well for a bit – but I had to remember to recharge it up every night when I got back to the hotel room. While these other chargers are helpful on other vacations, there is a better option for my Disney trips.
The FuelRod kit is $30 USD + tax and available at many locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
Inside of the Fuel Rod package you will find:
- One fully charged portable phone charger
- One 3.5” USB to micro-USB cable (for most Android devices)
- One USB C Adapter (needed for some Android devices)
- One 3.5” Apple Lightning to USB cable (for iPhone generations 5+)
Having that first fully charged FuelRod enables you to charge your phone immediately after purchase. The convenience of it vs the portable battery you can buy on Amazon is the free unlimited swaps at no additional cost.
I always carry my own charging cable to plug in to the FuelRod USB port so that it’s long enough to keep the FuelRod in my bag while my phone is out. The cables that come in the kit are great, but they aren’t long enough for me to use my phone and charge at the same time.
You probably never noticed the FuelRod Kiosks on Disney property before, but now you’ll be looking for them. The machines are actually themed depending on their location, check out the pictures to see the different looks. While they’re all the same shape and operate the same way – they do look a little different at each location.
If you are heading the theme parks want to make sure that your cell phones are always charged, this is the answer for you. You could buy 1 to share with your family because the unlimited free swaps means that you always have access to a fresh battery. Just make sure you stop by to swap it out when you see one of the FuelRod stations – while there are a lot of them, they aren’t always close when you NEED it. I got caught last trip I should have stopped in the store at Epcot on my way out via International Gateway and of course the ONLY one was at the Boardwalk. That wasn’t where I was going! I waited until I got to Disney Springs to swap it out instead.
There was some talk about a fee for swaps some time ago and a class action lawsuit, but that went away as quickly as it appeared.
How do you keep your phones charged?