How To Use FuelRods at Walt Disney World

When I went down for a research trip to Disney World, I budgeted an extra $30 to see what everyone was talking about regarding FuelRods.

Not going to beat around the bush….it’s a great service and I’ve been using it ever since!


The FuelRod program debuted in the Walt Disney World resort as a trial offering which saw kiosks show up throughout the property and has since been expanded to include resorts, theme parks and a number of other locations including Disney Springs.

This option for guests to charge their mobile devices through convenient placement of kiosks is a program that many guests are participating in.

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$30 for the following package:

  • A fully-charged portable charging battery
  • One 3.5″ USB to micro-USB cable (Android)
  • One USB C Adapter
  • One 3.5″ Apple Lightning to USB Cable (for iphone gen 5+)


FuelRod Location at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

Please Note: The kiosks are always changing.

For up-to-date locations at Walt Disney World, please visit the official Disney World page for “Portable Phone Chargers”.

Magic Kingdom

  • Tomorrowland Launch Depot (Space Mountain)
  • Big Top Souvenirs (Storybook Circus)
  • Pecos Bill’s (Frontierland)
  • Adventureland / Frontierland Breezeway
  • Curtain Call Collectibles (Main Street USA)
  • Merchant of Venus (Tomorrowland)
  • Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe (Tomorrowland)


  • Disney Traders (World Showcase)
  • International Gateway (World Showcase)
  • Gateway Gifts (Future World)
  • Living Seas (Future World)
  • The Land (Future World)
  • Mission Space (Future World)
  • Test Track (Future World)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Celebrity 5 & 10 (Hollywood Blvd)
  • Rock Around the Shop (Sunset Blvd)
  • Tower of Terror (Sunset Blvd)
  • Pixar Plaza (Toy Story Land)
  • PizzeRizzo (Grand Avenue)
  • Vacation Fun (Commissary Lane)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Island Mercantile
  • Discovery Trading Company (Discovery Island)
  • Dino Institute Shop (Dinosaur)
  • Serka Zong Bazaar (Asia)

Disney Springs

  • Disney Photopass Studio (Marketplace)
  • Disney Springs Welcome Center (Town Center)

ESPN Wide World of Sports

  • ESPN Clubhouse Shop
  • HP Fieldhouse
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill

Typhoon Lagoon

  • Singapore Sal’s

Blizzard Beach

  • Beach Haus

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  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
    • South Foyer (aka Convention / Business Center)
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
    • BouTiki
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    • Lobby
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    • 2nd Floor Convention Center


  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Near Phone Bank
  • All Star Music
    • Note’able Games Arcade
  • All Star Movies
    • Reel Fun Arcade
  • All Star Sports
    • Game Point Arcade
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
    • Near El Paso
    • Near Pepper Market


  • Pop Century Resort
    • Fast Forward Arcade
  • Art of Animation Resort
    • Pixel Play Arcade


  • Port Orleans – Riverside
    • Lobby
  • Port Orleans – French Quarter
    • Lobby


  • Boardwalk Inn and Villas
    • Near Dundy’s Sundries

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FuelRod at Disney Springs (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

Here’s the catch that provides the real value. When you have depleted your FuelRod, you simply visit a kiosk and you exchange the empty battery for a fully-charged one free-of-charge.

The FuelRod is your property, so if you just want to charge it yourself, you can do that as well.


Ok, so there are a number of reasons why folks wouldn’t get a FuelRod.

Those are all valid responses, and for those who are already set against this program for any of those reasons, then so be it. There’s no reason for me to try to “sell” you on the benefits, right?

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FuelRod at EPCOT (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

When I’m in the parks, there’s always something being charged. From my LG G4, iPhone, Camera battery…lots of potential to need a fully-charged piece of technology. I have multiple external batteries, with two 6000 mAh Battery Chargers from Amazon right beside me as I write this article…but once you go through the charge, then you’re just carrying around another piece of technology that you can’t use.

When I was on my research trip, I was able to take photos with my G4 and upload them to social media while charging my iPhone. When my iPhone was at full charge, I was able to charge my G4 while using the My Disney Experience app for Genie+ reservations. Once my FuelRod was empty, I’d just ask a Cast Member where the nearest kiosk was and I’d be in and out in moments. There was never a line, and even if folks were buying their own FuelRod, the transaction only took a minute or two.

Yes, the one-time $30 expense is pretty high, but it’s a long term investment for those of us who go on multiple trips to WDW…as it’s not an annual membership or a limited time offer. Once you buy it, you’re good.

The other bonus is when you’re travelling with multiple people, as the battery itself isn’t connected to an account. Anyone can exchange it, so think of it as a fail-safe for your kids or your significant other…because being without a charged phone in the Magic Kingdom when you have to meet your partner for dinner and she’s stuck in line for a FastPass that hasn’t moved. It’s always best to have a back-up.

Oh, and I didn’t even mention the part about the weather in Florida. What happens if your personal battery pack gets wet? Well I know what I’ll do if my FuelRod gets wet…just swap it out.

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It depends on your situation, but I got my money’s worth during a solo trip and will be expecting to get more uses out in the future. Would I buy it again?


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Dustin Fuhs
I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic that has created this platform to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the most magical experience at Walt Disney World. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality!

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