A while back Disney tested charging locker/stations and random “hidden” outlets. As this was a minor hit…it was clear that guests wanted to charge while being on the move. I mean, how many people can sit for an hour with crazy, excited kids – not me. OR want to go back to that said locker and claim a “charged” phone/device…again NOT me. WE like to keep it moving at Disney, plus most people need phones for emergencies, taking pictures and well…facebook posts.
So…in response to that need…Disney got in bed with a company called “Fuel Rod”. And lets just say…I am in LOVE. What is Fuel Rod exactly? Let me tell you ALL about it.
A Fuel Rod is a portable (external) battery, about the size of a lipstick. It’s basically the same kind you can buy at any store…it charges your phone or device. So why is this “fuel rod” so great? Well…Disney has set up “vending machine” stations throughout the parks. You purchase this battery ONCE for $30, then as you need a charge you “turn-in” your USED one and get a NEW charged one in its place. Cool right?!?!?
But that’s not all – you can do this, Over and Over and Over again (UNLIMITED). The whole family can use it. Once the charge is gone, get a new one. Pass it around the group and top everyone off. ALL for only $30. And you can use your credit card to purchase, I got an email instantly with the receipt.
The first time you purchase one, it does come with a few adaptable charging connection pieces, to fit most phones/devices. OR if worried bring your own cord, it does have a USB port for connecting to your device. And it comes in a simple clear case to keep everything together.
So why do you need this or should consider it??? I was just at Disney with 6 adults…between us all, phones were dying fast, battery power was flying out of the park and we all needed some juice. Most of us packed our own back-up batteries but those too ran out quick…so again…unless I wanted to sit for 1 hour and charge up…the Fuel Rod was the perfect solution. And thanks to Disney’s crazy Wi-Fi (on, off, on, off)…we needed a charge several times in ONE day. Many times my phone was at 30% and the Fuel Rod charged it to about 80-90% – of course this was while I was also using it; posting, filming, taking pictures – all while I was “charging”. Since I was the only one who purchased a Fuel Rod, it was getting passed around like crazy. It became a game to see who had it next.
So for those with older kids, those with multiple devices, those who are posters (you know who you are)…this might be the solution for you too. Again, even though I packed my own back-up…the ability to use, exchange, use, exchange, use, exchange…several times through-out the day/trip…that was a life-saver. It’s yours to keep, so bring it back next time at Disney, use it at home and charge yourself.
TIP: If this sounds like something you will want/need…you can purchase it for $20 directly from Fuel-Rod (online) and then bring to the parks. Also…since I got back (5 days ago) I heard rumors that even some resorts are getting a Fuel Rod machine…which would rock. I remember telling people, if only they had these at the resorts…well apparently…that is coming as we speak – YAY!!! I did screen-shot the current locations of the machines (see above) and used that to help guide me to the next…we exchanged every chance we could and we were NOT alone, this is growing in popularity.
MermaidNina: I am a Disney Vacation Planner (aka Travel Agent) and I book and plan Disney/Universal vacations as a living…yep it’s my FULL TIME job. And when not quoting, planning, booking dining, helping with fastpasses, getting travel documents together…I am at Disney…doing something Disney. My services are 100% FREE as Disney pays me to do this…so contact me if looking to explore Disney. Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise, etc. As I am not the best blogger (I know), I AM amazing at my job which of course prevents me from being an awesome blogger, lol. I am a mom, a wife, a kid at heart and well…I am a Mermaid (with legs of course).