What’s the Deal With FuelRods in Disney World? Everything You Need to Know.

From running around to snap photos of the character cavalcades to mobile ordering your next meal, a day at Disney World can be draining for everyone involved — even your phone!

Magic Kingdom

But, just like coffee, there’s a way to bring your phone battery back to life when you’re in the Disney Parks. FuelRod stations! These have been around the parks for a little while now so here’s a quick history lesson to get you updated and ready to charge up on your next visit!

FuelRod stations came to Disney all the way back in 2016. At these kiosks, guests can purchase a new charging kit or swap out a previously purchased FuelRod that is out of juice for a fully charged one instead.

FuelRods now “swappable”

When the chargers were first introduced at Disney, guests had to shell out $30 for the first FuelRod and accompanying charging cords, but then any and all replacements were free. That was until Fall 2019.

Fuelrods

That fall, Disney announced that it would cost $3 to swap for a fully-charged FuelRod at the kiosks. This sent customers into a spiral and shortly after a Class Action Lawsuit was filed against FuelRod citing false advertising. Disney quickly rescinded the fee for a temporary amount of time and replaced it with a Founder Program in 2020.

FuelRod Kiosk

According to the Founder Program, users who purchased a FuelRod prior to October 26th, 2019 would not be charged a $3 replacement fee. However, anyone who purchased one after would be subject to the fee.

FuelRod Notice

In order to distinguish between customers who qualified for the free charger, the kiosks asked for an email address when swapping. Those who qualified for the Founders Status had to fill out an online questionnaire, create an account, and register with the same email address they used when filling out the questionnaire.

FuelRod in Disney

Well, we’ve got another development in the FuelRod saga. As you can imagine, our phone batteries drain pretty quickly while we’re searching for everything new in the parks so we put these stations to the test pretty often. And, recently the kiosks haven’t been prompting us to enter our email address to swap our charger.

FuelRod Station at All Star Movies Resort

Disney has not released any official word on whether FuelRod replacements are free for new and old customers, but a few reporters on our team who have purchased one of their own recently have not been charged the $3 swap fee.

FuelRod

If you’re interested in picking up a FuelRod at your next Disney visit, you will need to pay $30 for the first portable charger, but seemingly after your replacements will be free of charge! As always, we’ll continue to keep you updated on all the changes around the parks!

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6 Replies to “What’s the Deal With FuelRods in Disney World? Everything You Need to Know.”

  1. I purchased my fuel rods while at Disneyland. Will I have to pay the $30 for a fuel rod at Disney World or can I swap them out for free? I’m looking forward to my first visit the Magic Kingdom this week!

    1. Just bought a Fuel Rod at WL. Used it to charge my Kindle and swapped for a new one for free.