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You've planned your Disneyland trip for months. You've read the books, purchased the Park Hoppers, booked a 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.

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Minnie Mouse know how important it is to keep your smart phone charged at Disneyland!

Minnie Mouse know how important it is to keep your smart phone charged at Disneyland! (Photo credit: quackersnaps,

1. Enter the parks with a full smart phone battery charge.

First-timers to Disneyland may be surprised by how quickly your battery can get drained at the Happiest Place on Earth. Prevention is the best way to avoid losing power. 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 to 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.

2. Buy a reliable mobile charger before you go.

Even if you don't normally need a mobile smart phone charger, you should consider purchasing one before your Disneyland vacation. Be sure to plug in your charger the night before your Disney visit so it has a full charge in the parks. And then, be sure to bring it along in your day bag. (That's where I've gone wrong more than once…leaving the charger back in the hotel!)

Not all mobile chargers are created equal, so invest in one that works best for your needs. The super-affordable, lipstick-sized Anker PowerCore+ Mini easily fits into a pocket and adds over 14 hours of talk time to most smart phones. If you don't want to worry about bringing along a cord (and who does?!), take a look at the Jackery Bolt.

You could stay charged all day without worrying about cables and cords with a charging case that fits around your phone. This Modernway case fits Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Meanwhile this bad boy by Alpatronix does the trick for iPhones 7+ and 8+.

3. 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.

Charge your smart phone battery at Disneyland so you can keep snapping those selfies

Charge your smart phone battery at Disneyland so you can keep snapping those selfies (Photo credit: Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort)

4. Buy a pre-charged 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. (Thankfully, you can now purchase a charger within the parks to charge your smart phone battery at Disneyland. Learn more in tip #5 below.)

At Gadgets on the Go, 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.

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)

5. Purchase a FuelRod charger at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure.

Vending machines stocked with pre-charged FuelRod chargers are the newest solution to a dying smart phone battery at Disneyland. You buy the charger (for $30 as of May 2017) and can swap it out at another vending machine as often as you like for no additional fee. Your purchase comes with an Apple and Android adapter at no extra cost. You can also charge the FuelRod in any standard wall outlet but be sure to bring your own USB adapter. FuelRod SwapBoxes can be found in hotels, theme parks, shopping malls and beyond around the world. Take a look at the FuelRod website for additional information.

FuelRod stations in Disneyland:

  • Main Street Lockers
  • Tomorrowland Starcade
  • Frontierland Entrance
  • Critter Country – Pooh's Corner

FuelRod stations in Disney California Adventure:

  • Kingswell Camera Shop
  • Hollywood Land – Gone Hollywood Shop
  • Car's Land – Ramone's
  • Paradise Pier – Treasures in Paradise Shop

You can also find FuelRod vending machines in the lobbies of the Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel or ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney.

FuelRod portable chargers vending machine at Disney California Adventure ~ How to Charge Your Smart Phone at Disneyland

FuelRod portable chargers vending machine at Disney California Adventure (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

6. Don't count on charging lockers.

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure both used to offer charging lockers where guests could power up their smart phones and other devices. After the introduction of the FuelRods, however, Disney has removed the charging lockers. It was difficult to nab one of the limited lockers anyway. Just don't bother wasting any precious Disney time trying to find a charging locker anymore.

7. Save your battery.

Data roaming can eat up your smart phone battery. To conserve battery life, utilize Wi-Fi hot spots, available in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Also, when not using your smart phone, switch over to airplane mode to avoid keep your charge longer.

8. Utilize Disneyland PhotoPass.

When my smart phone battery begins to lose its power at Disneyland, my biggest concern is my ability to take photos. 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 op spots, 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.

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)

9. Go old school without a smart phone battery at Disneyland.

If your smart phone battery dies at Disneyland, you could live as we did in the olden days before cell phones. 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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How to charge your smart phone battery at Disneyland

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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 sometimes receive complimentary tickets to visit Disneyland. All opinions are mine, as always. 

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. ZMacZ Furreh says

    “Keep that sucker plugged in until the very last minute.”

    I guess that says it all…

    I think I’ll get a fuel rod too..thanx for that one..

  2. Outlet located just being the Pacific Wharf food truck. To the left of the Mexican restaurant in Pacific Wharf in CA Adventure. Its a covered outlet, lift the flap and you’ll see two outlets.

  3. Smartphones become an integral part of our lives and play an important role while we are traveling to capture memorable moments. Above tips are Nice and most common to save your phone’s battery.

  4. tom crossman says

    Hi, Disneyland no longer has charging lockers: I was told it had something to do with code, and that to have them would require them to rewire the entire park” . BS of course

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Thanks for the heads-up, Tom! I have sent an email to my PR contact at Disneyland to confirm this for me so I can update my story accordingly.

  5. Tried using Disneyland app and TouringPlans app there a few weeks ago.. They are both huge battery drainers. I took extra batteries but forgot to charge one of them. Then I didn’t know how set my Android to Super Battery Saving mode, and forgot or know how to shut down my unnecessary apps, and my own small external battery wouldn’t turn on. Went to the locker areas where the (very few) charging lockers were. All used up. Went back several times, no such luck. Their kiosks selling chargers were $30 each per hour of charge. No way was I going to pay that. Had to go without phone from around noon on.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Cindy – It’s so true that the Disneyland charging lockers get booked up fast! When I’ve forgotten my charger in the past, I’ve purchased a new charger from one of the kiosks and then I resold it on Ebay after the trip. I can’t remember how much I got for it, but it was almost a wash.

  6. 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

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Good for you! I seem to always forget my portable chargers and sometimes, even when I do take the charger, I lost battery after a long day anyway.

  7. Portable chargers are the way to go!

  8. Cheryll Shubert says

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

  9. 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!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      The charging lockers are great, but try to nab one before noon or so. They get filled up quickly!

  10. 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.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Yes, it’s great to charge your phone at a Disneyland restaurant but those outlets get filled up pretty quickly too!

  11. Heather Webster says

    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.

  12. Angela Faucett says

    Good idea!!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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

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

  17. Charell Anderson says

    Thanks for the tips!!!

  18. audrianna goodell says

    Good to know! Thank you!

  19. Tiffany Pierce says

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

  20. Corey Olomon says

    These are great tips.

  21. Brittany M says

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

  22. Amy Bloodworth says

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

  23. Shevon Ramirez says

    Good tips.

  24. Cory Thornton says

    Charging locker at DL… cool!

  25. Natasha Scott says

    Good to know, thanks for sharing!

  26. 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!

  27. Darlene Wright says

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

  28. 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!

  29. Desiree C. says

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

  30. Delores Harris says

    Charging lockers, who know? Thanks.

  31. Agreed! A portable charger is a must!

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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!

  37. Joanne Frank says

    wow this is amazing thanks for the tip .

  38. Sara McBride says

    Great article … I love Disney !!

  39. J Garrett says

    Great site, thanks for the valuable information!

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

  41. DanielleD says

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

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. Lisa Coomer Queen says

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

  46. 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!

  47. Anne Brewster says

    Love the fact that there are charging stations!

  48. kathie hoehn says

    Those are all good tips for staying connected at Disney!

  49. Amelia Drew says

    Great tips- thanks!

  50. Lori Novelli says

    Thanks for the tips!

  51. debbie nubile says

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

  52. Lisa Paquette says

    These are really useful tips – thanks!

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

  54. 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 🙂

  55. angela griffin says

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

  56. sarah alexis says

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

  57. Edward Haas says

    Now I know!

  58. Edward Haas says

    Great Info!

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

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. Pauline Linares says

    Terrific tips,thanks!

  63. Catherine R. says

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

  64. 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.

  65. 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

  66. Awesome tips.

  67. Jamie Rotante says

    Great to know!

  68. Catherine C. says

    Good call! I never would have thought of these.

  69. 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.

  70. Samantha Plotkin says

    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.

  71. Great information, thank you! I had no idea there were charging lockers! ????

  72. 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!

  73. 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!

  74. Whitney May says

    I had no idea! Thanks for the tips!!

  75. Nikki Kavanaugh says

    Such great tips!

  76. jamie mehren says

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

  77. Laura Snow says

    Great tips!!

  78. Erika vergara says

    I always have a power bank on me !

  79. Thank you for the great advice

  80. Mike Gismondi says

    Great ideas!

  81. 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.

  82. Anita Duvall says

    Great advice. Really like the locker idea!

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

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

  85. 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.

  86. Good info to have for next trip.

  87. 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!

  88. Gail Dandrea says

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

  89. Jennie Smith says

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

  90. April Bray says

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

  91. carol clark says

    love the tips very useful would like to win

  92. take a portable charger

  93. Bridget Harrison says

    I had no ideal there was charging stations at Disney

  94. 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!!

  95. 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!


    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. 🙂

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

  98. Brittani Donahoo says

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

  99. great tips

  100. Emily Cox says


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

  102. Kelly Calvert says

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

  103. HelloKaileyG says

    Love the last tip especially! 🙂

  104. 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!

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

  106. Louanne B says

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

  107. toni wright says

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

  108. What great advise. Thank you

  109. tiffers122 says

    Great tips! Thank you!

  110. 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.

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

  112. Sherilyn H says

    So helpful!

  113. Great info and tips!

  114. 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!

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. Good to know!

  118. 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 🙂

  119. 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!

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

  121. great advice love disney

  122. Kathie Williamson says

    Locker charging stations – Who knew?

  123. Good to kno

  124. Great advice!

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

  126. POONAM GOSAIN says

    Love reading it

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

  128. 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!

  129. Michelle Elizondo says

    I didn’t know you could do this.

  130. Sara Bruce says

    Never been to Disneyland before, thanks for the tips

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

  132. Stella K. says

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

  133. Elizabeth Resch says

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

  134. Maribel Moroni says

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

  135. 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.

  136. Julie Suess says

    Good to know!

  137. Jordan Wolf says

    Great info!

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

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

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

  141. Jason kinnin says

    i need this! phone is always dieing

  142. Great tips

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

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

  145. 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.

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

  147. mel barker says

    great info – thanks

  148. 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.

  149. Great tips

  150. Amy Gangloff says

    Great pictures.

  151. May Lynn Mahler says

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

  152. joni metcalf says

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

  153. 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!

  154. tiffany watson says

    very cool

  155. 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.

  156. Vicki Fischer says

    Super advice. Thanks

  157. Good to kniw! Thanks

  158. 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. 🙂

  159. Gabrielle says

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

  160. 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.

  161. Emily Muns says

    I love Disneyland and all things disney!!

  162. Great tips!

  163. Jennifer Williams says

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

  164. 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!

  165. LaChere Jones says

    Great tips. Thanks!

  166. Lauren Adler says

    So smart! This is so helpful!

  167. Monica Ray says

    this is cool i love this

  168. 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!

  169. 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

  170. 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!

  171. 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.

  172. Andraya Charette says

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

  173. Great Reminders. Thanks!

  174. 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.

  175. 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

  176. Sandra Caballero says

    Awesome tips! great blog!

  177. Bobbi McCormick says

    Great tips!!!

  178. I love using my back up battery!

  179. Very useful info.

  180. Michelle Bartley says

    Thanks for the essential info!!

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

  182. 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.

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

  184. Great tips. Last time my phone died!

  185. Jill Signorelli says

    thanks for the info

  186. 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 🙂

  187. 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!

  188. Excellent write up! Thanks for the tips.

  189. 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.

  190. 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.

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

  192. 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!

  193. 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!

  194. 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.

  195. Great tips!

  196. Rachel Young says

    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!

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

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

  199. such good ideas!

  200. 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.

  201. 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!

  202. 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.

  203. tammy shelton says

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

  204. 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.

  205. 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! 😉

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

  207. samiya selim says

    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!

  208. Brenda & Andrew (@DishOurTown) says

    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!

  209. Katja - globetotting says

    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!!

  210. Claudia Laroye says

    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!

  211. 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 😉

  212. 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

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