How to Charge Your Smart Phone Battery at Disneyland + Win a Disney Vacation!

You’ve planned your Disneyland trip for months. You’ve read the books, purchased your Park Hoppers, booked your hotel near Disneyland, and scheduled a Disney character meal. But then your smart phone dies in the middle of the day, long before the “Paint the Night” parade and “World of Color” nighttime spectacular. Here’s how to charge your smart phone battery at Disneyland and what to do if you lose power during your Disney vacation. Plus, read on to learn how to enter to win a Disneyland or Walt Disney World vacation. Two lucky entrants will win!

How to keep your smart phone battery charged at DisneylandCharge up before entering Disneyland

Prevention is the best way to avoid losing battery power at Disneyland. Charge up your mobile phone the night prior to your visit. Keep that sucker plugged in until the very last minute. If multiple family members have their own smart phones, tablets or handheld gamers into bring to the theme parks, you’ll probably want to pack a compact multi-extension outlet charger so everyone can power up in the hotel room.

The best smart phone mobile chargers for Disneyland and travel

My picks for the best smart phone mobile chargers (Photos from Amazon.com)

Buy a reliable mobile charger

Even if you don’t normally need a mobile smart phone charger, you should consider purchasing one before your Disneyland vacation. The charger also needs to be plugged in so it has its full charge before departing for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. And then, be sure to bring it along in your day bag. (That’s where I went wrong; I left the charger back in our hotel!)

Not all mobile chargers are created equal, so invest in one that works best for your needs. The super-affordable, lipstick-sized Anker Astro Mini easily fits into a pocket and adds over 14 hours of talk time to most smart phones. I love the Mophie Juice Pack, a protective case that wraps around your smart phone and can be switched on to charge when your battery begins to wane. The Mophie Juice Pack Plus provides up to 17 extra hours of talk time for an iPhone 6. Alternatively, the Mophie Powerstation is an external battery that gives up to twice as much power and works with any USB outlet, Apple or otherwise. The compact Powerstation comes in a variety of colors (including my favorite, pink!). Another fabulous option is the myCharge Talk & Charge, available for iPhone and non-Apple phones, which gives an extra 13 hours of talk and is thin enough to hold in the same hand as your phone so you can charge while you text or talk.

If you want the ability to charge multiple devices at once, go with a myCharge Peak 6000, which adds 27 hours of talk time and can charge up to three devices at one time. It comes with built-in micro-USB and Apple connectors, plus an on-board USB port for use with your own cable.

You'll find one row of smart phone charging stations among the lockers at Disney California Adventure

You’ll find one row of battery charging stations among the lockers at Disney California Adventure (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Rent a charging station locker in the parks

Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure offer charging station lockers for a fee. Each park offers one row of charging station lockers among the non-charging lockers near the entrance of the parks. Be sure you nab a charging locker and not just a regular ol’ locker. These lockers sell out by the afternoon as power-hungry Disneyland park goers scramble to keep their phones and other devices charged.

The charging station lockers fill up quickly at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

The charging station lockers fill up quickly at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Bring a cord and find an outlet at Disneyland

Bring along a regular charging cord in addition to your mobile charger, especially if you know you’ll be playing games in line, texting with your travel mates and snapping tons of photos with your smart phone while at Disneyland. If you plan to eat at a sit-down restaurant, like Carthay Circle in Disney California Adventure or Blue Bayou in Disneyland, ask your server to plug in your phone for you. Most likely, they’ll be happy to do it for you. (This is Disneyland, after all!) But, outlets may not be available if other guests have beat you to it. Here’s a list of electrical outlets at Disneyland.

Purchase a pre-charged mobile charger at Gadgets on the Go in Downtown Disney (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Purchase a pre-charged mobile charger at Gadgets on the Go in Downtown Disney (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Buy a new mobile charger in Downtown Disney

I searched high and low to purchase a mobile charger in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure before a cast member directed me to the Gadgets on the Go kiosk in Downtown Disney. Here you can purchase all sorts of smart phone cases, charging cords and mobile chargers. They keep the mobile chargers plugged in, too, so you can charge up with some sweet, sweet battery power right after making your purchase. This is what I did when my phone charger died at Disneyland. I already owned other mobile chargers but I figured I could resell my Gadgets on the Go purchase via Ebay, which I did.

Take advantage of Disney's PhotoPass if your smart phone or camera dies at Disneyland

Take advantage of Disney’s PhotoPass if your smart phone or camera dies at Disneyland (Photo credit: Disney)

Utilize Disneyland PhotoPass

When I realized my battery had drained to nearly zero, my biggest concern was my ability to take photos. (How else could I have snapped those glorious pictures of lockers and a Downtown Disney kiosk?!) Thankfully, there’s Disney PhotoPass, which enables park guests to have their photos taken by a Disney cast member with characters and in front of key photo opp locations, like Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. You will receive a plastic card (similar to a credit card), which you can hand to the photographer at each PhotoPass location. Your photos will be stored on this gizmo, and you can register online to purchase prints and other photo products.

Live in the present moment at Disneyland

Live in the present moment at Disneyland (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Go old school without a smart phone battery at Disneyland

If you forgot your smart phone charger, you can’t find an outlet or available charging station locker, and you don’t have the money (or time) to head to Downtown Disney to purchase a mobile charger, go old school. Be sure to set specific times and locations to rendezvous with your family and friends before splitting up in the park. Play 20 Questions with your kids while waiting in line for Pirates of the Caribbean. Live in the present moment instead of uploading all of your photos to Facebook and Instagram in real time. Who knows? Maybe losing batter power at Disneyland will be a blessing in disguise. (Nah…better bring that mobile charger!)

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Have you ever dealt with a drained smart phone battery at Disneyland or elsewhere on vacation? What did you do? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: As a member of the media, I received two complimentary one-day Disneyland Park Hopper tickets. My family purchased a second day’s worth of tickets for our Disneyland family vacation. All opinions are mine, as always. This post originally went live in September of 2015 and was updated to include this spectacular giveaway, sponsored by Undercover Tourist, Courtyard by Marriott, Southern California CityPass, and Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. I did not receive any compensation from any of the giveaway sponsors related to this post.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. This has such incredibly useful advice – I always carry a portable charger now, but I didn’t realise you could rent a locker or bring your cable with. Fantastic stuff. Thank you

  2. We’ve been to Disneyland more than a handful of times and I’ve never noticed a charging station locker. I’ll have to look for one next time I’m there. And you’ve reminded me we need to go again soon 😉

  3. As my phone has become my go-to camera, the thought of it dying during a travel day is my worst travel fear! I never go anywhere now without my Mophie – it’s saved me on countless occasions. Great advice for keeping that battery alive at the House of Mouse!

  4. Trust Disney to have a locker where you can charge your phone – is there anything that they don’t think of?! Great tips that I can use day-to-day – my phone battery is always running out!!

  5. Some great advice about Disney, we stayed at the Contemporary so never thought about all these useful tips. I’m sure we could use them next time we go!

  6. Very useful post for people who use their smartphones for everything – camera, social media, phone, etc! I need to get myself a portable mobile charger for sure!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Samiya – I don’t know how you survive without a portable charger! 😉

    • Christine H says:

      We grabbed a portable charger off of Amazon and tossed it in our backpack. It can charge both phones at once and lasts all day!

  7. Great tips! This is something I probably wouldn’t even think about until I’m at the park with 20% battery life left.

  8. Katie Mitchell says:

    Great tips. I purchased my portable charger just prior to our last trip to Disney. They are so handy. Just make sure your portable charger is fully charged before heading to the park! 😉

  9. sarah hirsch says:

    Wow, who charging options at the park? My phone usually stays charged for the day if I charge it overnight but it’s good to know about these options just in case

    • sarah hirsch says:

      that was meant to say who knew there were so many charging options at the park. not sure where the rest went.

  10. tammy shelton says:

    I wish Disney World had charging lockers like they do at Disneyland.

  11. Julie Caris says:

    Be careful using random outlets to charge your phone. They have been known to short out and fry phones. I always bring my portable charger with me. I can charge on the go while in line or during lunch break.

  12. I know WDW has provided charging stations in the past too…may have just been temporary. (I’ve never had to use them.) And Guest Relations is always happy to charge a phone for you!

  13. Trisha Mourot says:

    Wow, thanks for the tips! I am a avid Disney vacationer and I didn’t know how to charge my phone there.

  14. such good ideas!

  15. I did not know about the charging lockers – great tips!

  16. dmforman says:

    This is now on my list to make sure it’s charged and packed for our next Disney adventure. Thank you!!

  17. This is SUCH an important part of us at Disney! It’s never good to end up with a dead phone and no photos!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      So true! The PhotoPass is great but it doesn’t work for every photo you want to take!

  18. Great tips!

  19. Get off your phone and enjoy the experience of Disney!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Mary – The primary reason I use my smart phone at Disney is to take photos and to be able to meet up with the other members of my family when we split up to do different activities.

  20. Lynn Putnam says:

    It has been a long time since we have been to Disney, so the last time we were there charging our cell phones were not a concern. But now, that would be a must know! Thank you so much for the very helpful info!

  21. I bring a mobile battery charger that has a high capacity. That way whomever n our group needs some more battery power can get some from this one device. It will change a newer iPhone five times. You can get some great deals online so plan ahead of your tricot buy one.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Art – Which charger do you use?

      • I am currently using the EasyAcc iChoc 5000mAh External Battery Pack Ultra Slim. BTW, I had it wrong on how many times it will charge. It is 2 full charges for an iPhone 6. I was confusing it with when I had an older iPhone with a smaller battery capacity. In any case, it is quite useful and affordable. I had purchased this one because it has a lightning cord built in and it is very slim so it can charge my phone in my pocket while walking around the park without it bothering me.

        • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

          Good to know! I’m always on the outlook for the latest and best gadgets to make traveling easier!

  22. I had no idea Disney had charging stations, that’s very interesting, thanks for the info.

  23. Melinda Berlin says:

    Great advice, I recently spent a month in Hawaii and having a portable back up battery charger saved me several times on getting some incredible shots along with a good camera & extra batteries and photo card.

  24. Kristin Schmidt says:

    How *freakin* AWESOME! The last time we went, both of our phones were dead by the time we were ready for a picture in front of the castle 🙁 (OrlandoFL) This would have been a huge help! Now I know for next time.

  25. Excellent write up! Thanks for the tips.

  26. Michelle P in BC says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this info! I didn’t know there were charging stations either (even though I should, Disney thinks of everything!), that will save me from having to put my phone into “ultra battery saving mode” if I ever run out of battery charge while at Disney!

  27. Heather Sebastian says:

    Great tips about keeping ones phone charged! I have a Mophie charging phone case and it was a life saver! Disney is the absolute BEST. I cannot wait to go back 🙂

  28. Jill Signorelli says:

    thanks for the info

  29. Great tips. Last time my phone died!

  30. carpoole says:

    Charging Stations are great. My phone died last time we were there.

  31. Lesson learned. . Let me tell you. Nothing like 30 min till park closes . You want to rush on one last min ride, but get seperating from your hubby who has the kids and both cells have died! I felt like a 5 yr old who was lost! As all the crowd is rushing out, I’m running the perimeter of the park looking for my fam cause I can’t call!! Found him tho, phew. He was waiting by a store for me to pass by!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Kori – It’s crazy, right?! It makes us wonder how we all survived before there were cell phones. Of course, back then we all made very specific arrangements to meet up at a certain time and in a certain place.

  32. chris g. says:

    Can’t wait to go to the Happiest Place on Earth.

  33. Michelle Bartley says:

    Thanks for the essential info!!

  34. Very useful info.

  35. I love using my back up battery!

  36. Great tips!!!

  37. Sandra Caballero says:

    Awesome tips! great blog!

  38. Regina Elliott says:

    Wow is there anything that Disney hasn’t thought of ? Charging your smartphone wow what a idea cause we got to take alot of pics and selfies !!! Well done disney

  39. Katherine says:

    I can’t wait to go to Disney World with my boys. Our phones are a lighter yo carry than the big Motorola ones my parents brought with when I was a kind. The charging stations such a great idea.

  40. Great Reminders. Thanks!

  41. Andraya Charette says:

    I didn’t know about the charging lockers! Thanks for the tip, will be using that one for sure.

  42. I’m a huge fan of MyCharge. Have a version with two outlets and I keep it charged at all times in case of emergencies at home, too.

  43. Kathryn S. says:

    Totally worth planning ahead for charging your cell phone! It amazes me how fast you can be out of batteries when you are checking wait times and using all the Disney Apps. 🙂

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      So true, Kathryn! I couldn’t get my Disney Wait Times app to work the last time I was at Disneyland and I felt like I was back in the Dark Ages!

  44. Heather Hooton says:

    This advice is amazing!! Having a smart phone at Disneyland is almost a requirement now. When using the official app you can locate characters, ride times, restrooms, dining etc, not to mention that its so helpful to have in long lines to entertain kids as well as the obvious PICTURES! These are great tips to keep it charged so that you can keep using it to its fullest potential

  45. Usually I can tirn my battery saver on on my iphone and can go pretty much all day without recharging. I carry 2 battery chargers and my cord. My favorite place to charge up is at The Plaza Inn while we eat yummy pesto pasta!

  46. Monica Ray says:

    this is cool i love this

  47. Lauren Adler says:

    So smart! This is so helpful!

  48. LaChere Jones says:

    Great tips. Thanks!

  49. I love this. I would of never thought of this but keeping my phone charged is a constant struggle for me. Thanks for writing this!

  50. Jennifer Williams says:

    I bring a pocket charger – can’t wait to see disney!

  51. Great tips!

  52. Emily Muns says:

    I love Disneyland and all things disney!!

  53. Diana Powell says:

    I didn’t know the lockers have chargers .

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Not all lockers, though! You need to look for the rows with the charging stations and pay at the central kiosk.

  54. Gabrielle says:

    I didn’t know they had charging station lockers, and I’ve been going there for years – thanks for the tip!

  55. Best advice I got was to turn your phone to airplane mode on indoor rides. It keeps your phone from searching for a signal and saves the battery. It also keeps you off the phone and enjoy the ambience. 🙂

  56. Good to kniw! Thanks

  57. Vicki Fischer says:

    Super advice. Thanks

  58. Amanda 52 says:

    I have used an external charger in the park, worked great and charged my phone 3 times before I had to charge the charger.

  59. tiffany watson says:

    very cool

  60. Jennifer S says:

    We are big fans of the going early, going back to the hotel and going late park days so we also get a chance to charge our phones when we are charging our own batteries

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Jennifer – Great idea for those who leave the parks mid-day. I, however, am like a shark…I need to keep moving or I’ll fall asleep and never be able to make it back! Even when my kids were wee, my husband and I would stay at the parks while our kids napped in their strollers. Going back to the hotel would just kill us. Wish I was one of those nap-during-the-day types!

  61. joni metcalf says:

    Great article! My phone battery always runs out, love all the tips!

  62. May Lynn Mahler says:

    YOU definitely don’t want to lose power at the happiest place on earth! great tips!

  63. Amy Gangloff says:

    Great pictures.

  64. Great tips

  65. Where can you buy an iphone charger within Disneyland itself? Daughter forgot hers, won’t be able to go to Downtown Disney, is with a school group. Thanks

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Ira – There was no place to purchase a phone charge within Disneyland when I visited and researched this post in September 2015. I’d advise your daughter to ask Disney Cast Members to be sure, but she will likely have to make the trek to Downtown Disney to find a charger.

  66. mel barker says:

    great info – thanks

  67. We took a couple of power banks and went with fully charged phones cause you use alot of battery with taking tons of pictures.

  68. Winona Ormbrek says:

    Stay in airplane mode to capture all the magical moments and charge in your car during a lunch break 👍🏻

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Winona – Thank you for the tip! I always stay at a hotel near the parks so I don’t have a car nearby, but this would be a good solution for someone who parked nearby.

  69. I had no idea that they had charging stations!!

  70. Wow!! I love all the tips. My phone has the worst battery life!

  71. Leo Ching says:

    Great tips

  72. Jason kinnin says:

    i need this! phone is always dieing

  73. That’s awesome! Thanks for the sharing that tip!

  74. Interesting to see what you can do if you’re out of battery!

  75. Good tips – interesting learning about the lockers! I never would have guessed that one 🙂 Thanks!

  76. Jordan Wolf says:

    Great info!

  77. Julie Suess says:

    Good to know!

  78. shannon fowler says:

    Great ideas! My fiancé has embraced his portable charger, but I have yet to do so. It seems like that would be the easiest way to go though.

  79. Maribel Moroni says:

    Good advice, by the end of the day at Disneyland my cell phone was always dead!

  80. Elizabeth Resch says:

    Great ideas, you never know when you may want to use your phone more than you intended!

  81. Stella K. says:

    I didn’t know they had lockers for charging your phones!! I love the it!

  82. My phone only lasts 4 hours so this would be awesome. I take a lot of pictures too.

  83. Sara Bruce says:

    Never been to Disneyland before, thanks for the tips

  84. Michelle Elizondo says:

    I didn’t know you could do this.

  85. Nichole Smith says:

    I don’t think I’d bring my phone to Disney but I would want pictures so a photopass sounds like the just the ticket!

  86. If it weren’t for the plugs you can find I would have been out of battery on my smartphone by 10am each day! 🙂

  87. POONAM GOSAIN says:

    Love reading it

  88. Great tips!! My phone ALWAYS dies when we are the the parks

  89. Great advice!

  90. Brenda M says:

    Good to kno

  91. Kathie Williamson says:

    Locker charging stations – Who knew?

  92. great advice love disney

  93. Bringing a portable charger or a solar charger is the only way to go.

  94. Angela Griffin says:

    It’s been a few years since I’ve visited Disney, but we planned to return very soon. I have an iphone 6plus and these tips were amazing! Things have changed quite a bit since I last visited. Portable charger is such a good idea and I had no idea they had charging lockers…crazy! Thanks for the info!

  95. Devin Johns says:

    Battery packs are the best! I don’t like the added bulk of a battery case, so I love that I can just plug my phone into the pack and leave it in my backpack while it charges. Then when it’s ready, I pop it out and still have my slim phone to use 🙂

  96. Good to know!

  97. pam shepherd says:

    Thanks,This is great info., I didn’t realise you could rent a locker.I have never been to Disney. Would Love To take my grand kids when money will allow.

  98. Katie Powers says:

    Didn’t know they had charging stations at Disney. What a great idea, especially with Teens that like to go off and do their own thing. Great way so everyone can stay connected.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Katie – So true! It’s important to be able to connect with family members when at a big place like Disneyland and a smart phone makes it so much easier.

  99. Heather B. says:

    Thanks for the tips! I never knew about the charging stations, never even noticed them. Not sure if it has been mentioned, but putting your phone on “airplane mode” during rides like Small World, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc will keep your phone from searching for a signal and help save your battery.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Heather – I didn’t include the tip in my post but a few commenters have made that same suggestion. Good idea!

  100. Great info and tips!

  101. So helpful!

  102. Thank you for mentioning the charging station lockers. I had no idea Disney had them — wow! What a great tip!

  103. Good to know but I think I’ll stick with a portable charger, will save time doing so too!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Amy – Using a portable charger is one of my tips! It’s a great way to stay charged up at Disneyland.

  104. Great tips! Thank you!

  105. Carla W. says:

    What great advise. Thank you

  106. toni wright says:

    batteries never last in disney. I have a portable charger.

  107. Louanne B says:

    I had no idea that they would have battery charging stations there. Thank you for the great tips.

  108. Jessica N says:

    So cool! I did not know they had a charging locker at Disney! I always carry around a portable pack charger with me.

  109. Suzanne Delaney says:

    Good information especially since I use my phone as my only camera.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Smart phone cameras have gotten so good – it just makes sense not to lug around a big camera anymore!

  110. HelloKaileyG says:

    Love the last tip especially! 🙂

  111. Kelly Calvert says:

    WE bring our portable chargers. We also try not to use our phones unless for pics are checking line times.

  112. I definately need to buy one of those portable smart phone chargers! Brilliant idea!

  113. Emily Cox says:

    Thanks!

  114. great tips

  115. Brittani Donahoo says:

    Wow great advice! I had no idea about these little gadgets. I definitely need one!

  116. That’s awesome that they have charging stations! Didn’t realize this!

  117. CARMEN CANABAL says:

    Loved the part about going Old School! Why is it so hard to just put those phones away?!?!? I can’t go 15 minutes without mine. 🙂

  118. A portable charger is a must have for any trip. I would hate to drain my cell phone battery and not be able to take any pictures!

  119. Lindsay Bade says:

    I didn’t know they had charging stations at Disney! These are great tips to make sure you have a full charge for all those pics!!

  120. Bridget Harrison says:

    I had no ideal there was charging stations at Disney

  121. Chiguy64 says:

    take a portable charger

  122. carol clark says:

    love the tips very useful would like to win

  123. April Bray says:

    This is really good to know. Thanks so much for posting.

  124. I didn’t know about the charging lockers. So good to know as we use our phone cameras. We always need a charge.

  125. Gail Dandrea says:

    Great options for keeping your phone & camera charged threoughout the park!

  126. Becky6062 says:

    These are such great tips!! I forget to charge my phone a lot and I definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on all of the memories!

  127. Good info to have for next trip.

  128. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I am so glad that places have thought about the importance of charging! We def have to stay on top of it when traveling.

  129. We brought a mobile charger but didn’t need to use it everyday. MDE used the most of the battery checking ride times.

  130. Sharyl R says:

    I always bring a portable charger when we go to Disneyland. Great tips!

  131. Anita Duvall says:

    Great advice. Really like the locker idea!

  132. They had a few charging stations at WDW Space Mountain gift shop last time we were there but I understand they aren’t there anymore. The portable ones are a lifesaver. We keep our phones on airplane mode so the battery doesn’t wear down as fast.

  133. Mike Gismondi says:

    Great ideas!

  134. Thank you for the great advice

  135. Erika vergara says:

    I always have a power bank on me !

  136. Great tips!!

  137. jamie mehren says:

    great tips!! but i wouldnt take my phone. i would def take a camera.. but leave my phone..

  138. Nikki Kavanaugh says:

    Such great tips!

  139. Whitney May says:

    I had no idea! Thanks for the tips!!

  140. Great tips! I, like most of us I’m sure, use my phone to take lots of candid photos of my kids, so it’s critical my battery doesn’t die while visiting the park!

  141. Jennifer Castaneda says:

    I haven’t been to Disney, but kinda thinking is my phone really going to need to be charged? I’m there to have a good time and all but after doing some research on this page, I know that having a phone is amazing! We can even google to find directions to where we are at =] Thanks for all the tips that you have offered! Hopefully I can use these tips soon!

  142. Great information, thank you! I had no idea there were charging lockers! 😊

  143. The mobile charger is a good tip! I don’t use my phone much on a regular day but between the Disney app (battery sucker!) and photos galore, it drains fast at Disney.

  144. I need my phone as a business owner, so I be sure it’s charged at all times. If I’m in a pinch after a long call in the parks, this would be a great solution.

  145. Catherine C. says:

    Good call! I never would have thought of these.

  146. Great to know!

  147. Awesome tips.

  148. Monica McCarthy says:

    I always bring a portable charger with me since my battery never lasts all day with all the picture and video taking

  149. Maegen Ripley says:

    I always have one of my portable chargers with me and a back up cord just incase since we use my phone as our camera most of the time.

  150. Catherine R. says:

    Good tips and information. I had no idea there were charging stations locker in with the regular lockers.

  151. Pauline Linares says:

    Terrific tips,thanks!

  152. David Z says:

    No matter what we do, the battery ends up dying or almost dying. We’ve had success just bumping the phone onto airplane mode whenever we feel safe doing so.

  153. natasha lamoreux says:

    Great charging ideas! I have been thinking about getting a portable charger and I think I will. It will be perfect to use on the go and on vacations.

  154. Maria S says:

    This is something I hadn’t even thought about. Great tips, thanks!

  155. Edward Haas says:

    Great Info!

  156. Edward Haas says:

    Now I know!

  157. sarah alexis says:

    Definitely do not want to run out of battery and miss all those adorable photo opportunities!!!! Thanks for the advice! 🙂

  158. angela griffin says:

    I wish I had read this before we went. My phone was almost near dead!

  159. Angela Nicholas says:

    Thanks for this article. This is something that really would;ve slipped my mind. Now I will always remember this, and hopefully get to Disney sooner than later 🙂

  160. Those of us who aren’t Apple addicted have the option of carrying an extra battery. 🙂

  161. Lisa Paquette says:

    These are really useful tips – thanks!

  162. debbie nubile says:

    what helpful tips! gives you a variety of ways to keep your phone charged

  163. Lori Novelli says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  164. Amelia Drew says:

    Great tips- thanks!

  165. kathie hoehn says:

    Those are all good tips for staying connected at Disney!

  166. Anne Brewster says:

    Love the fact that there are charging stations!

  167. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I don’t use my smart phone all the time, but I do have a mobile charger in my car just in case!

  168. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    This was awesome. We need to keep them charged for all the pictures! Thanks so much!

  169. Donna Lindner says:

    I learned so much from this blog, didn’t know there were so many ways to charge your phone at Disney. Thank You

  170. Bonnie Esken says:

    With how addicted I am to taking pictures . This thought never crossed my mind of my battery dying. luckily I have quite a few portable chargers that I wouldn’t have even thought to bring. Thanks

  171. When at WDW the Disney app drained my phone like mad because it kept turning on GPS.
    Cast members pointed me in the direction of a charging station, but I didn’t find it and the kids would not have wanted to sit and wait.
    I did fund an outlet while we were waiting line to see mini and use my own charger, but it was frowned on but not stopped by a cast member.

    Second day my solution was to use my son’s 7″ tablet for the Disney fastpass app, no GPS no way for it to turn it on an drain it’s battery.
    No need to recharge during the day.

  172. DanielleD says:

    We are just planning our first trip for our kids & this is such great info ! I’m pinning it 🙂 thanks !

  173. Thanks for the tips. I had to laugh at the fact that they sell mobile chargers – what a change in our world! haha

  174. Great site, thanks for the valuable information!

  175. Sara McBride says:

    Great article … I love Disney !!

  176. Joanne Frank says:

    wow this is amazing thanks for the tip .

  177. Sonya Morris says:

    This is something important to think about because I don’t want to try to reach my older kids in the park only to find their phones dead!

  178. I’ve never drained my battery at WDW but I appreciate the advice in this post. Next time we go, I’ll take a portable charger. I didn’t know you could rent a locker or bring your cable with. Fantastic stuff. Thank you

  179. Thankfully the new iPhone has a lower power mode so the batter tends to last longer. However, younger folks seem to always be running on 1% even with it! This has great tips for either park.

  180. Derrick Cordova says:

    i have yet to use a portable charger but I think I might need to invest in one for my WDW trip.

  181. Alicia Lefebvre says:

    THe portable charger I had didn’t really charge much.. I think I need to get a better, more heavy duty charger for our WDW trip. I don’t wanna run out of battery!

  182. Natalie says:

    Agreed! A portable charger is a must!

  183. Delores Harris says:

    Charging lockers, who know? Thanks.

  184. Desiree C. says:

    Can’t live without my portable charger! It saved my trip.

  185. rebecca Thomas says:

    Thanks for this post, when ever we go on an outing it seems we always run out of battery life! this was helpful in planning our family’s dream vacation!

  186. Darlene Wright says:

    Thanks for info! Didn’t know about the.charging lockers!

  187. LeeAnn P. says:

    Great tips, I didn’t know about any of the charging stations. I carry a portable charger but sometimes it isn’t enough so thanks for the useful tips!

  188. Natasha Scott says:

    Good to know, thanks for sharing!

  189. Cory Thornton says:

    Charging locker at DL… cool!

  190. Shevon Ramirez says:

    Good tips.

  191. Amy Bloodworth says:

    I love that Disney World is keeping up with the times. Smart!

  192. Brittany M says:

    Disney is BY FAR the happiest and most magical place on earth! Thank you for sharing this information 🙂

  193. Corey Olomon says:

    These are great tips.

  194. Tiffany Pierce says:

    That is great to know. I always struggle to keep my phone charged. Don’t want to miss any pics.

  195. audrianna goodell says:

    Good to know! Thank you!

  196. Charell Anderson says:

    Thanks for the tips!!!

  197. Charging stations? They’ve sure got their finger on the pulse of America 🙂

  198. Mobile chargers r the way to, huh? Check! Got it.

  199. Lisa Chesnut says:

    We have started packing the portable chargers in our bags since we use our phones for photos. We would hate for the battery to die and we miss some important pics that we may never be able to create again

  200. Jennifer Lathen says:

    My family has never been to Disney, Florida or California. This information is very interesting and helpful if we were ever to go.

  201. Angela Faucett says:

    Good idea!!!

  202. I had no idea that they had charging station lockers. Thank you for all the reminders on bringing a reliable charger. I couldn’t imagine trying to finish a day at Disney without a phone to keep in touch with my husband when I know at some point we would have to split up to accommodate both of our children.

  203. Jessica Tartaglia says:

    That is a great one…How to charge your smartphone while in Disney…iWould definitely charge it till the last minute until we leave…but i just read this and read bring your charging wire and just look for a charge port. But then also if you go out to a restaurant you can ask your server to charge it for you. That is amazing and beautiful to see that everyone is trying to make you have a wonderful experience and unforgettable. This is brilliant though because whats worse than going on vacation and not being able to take pictures. Thank you for all of your reliable resources and tips and i will be sure to use these once that time comes.

  204. Paula Adams says:

    Great to know that Disneyland now has charging station lockers! Now we can take as many photos, etc. as we want without worrying about depleting our battery! We can always just re-charge right in the Park!

  205. Cheryll Shubert says:

    Really great tips!! I always feel unsettled when my phone dies!! Lol! Thanks so much for sharing! Really great ideas!!

  206. Michael H says:

    Portable chargers are the way to go!

  207. Your tips were so helpful. I have invested in a few mobile chargers and take them all with me. Hate to run out of battery life

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