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!
Charge 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
Win a Disney Vacation!
Now that you know how to charge your smart phone battery at Disney, you need to get yourself to the Happiest Place on Earth! Enter to win a Disneyland OR Walt Disney World family vacation. Contest ends on April 10, 2016.
The Disneyland and Southern California prize includes CityPASS tickets for a family of four (including three-day Park Hopper passes to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) plus three nights' at the Anaheim Courtyard Theme Park Entrance Hotel.
The Walt Disney World prize package includes three-day Park Hopper passes for a family of four (two adults, two children) plus a three-night stay in a spacious suite at the newly renovated DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Orlando Lake Buena Vista, the only all-suite resort hotel in the Disney SpringsTMResort Area, plus three additional nights at the lush, 18-story Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, which overlooks scenic Lake Buena Vista and the Walt Disney World® Resort.. There will be two lucky winners.
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.