How to Charge Your Smart Phone Battery at Disneyland

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You've planned your Disneyland trip for months. You've read the books, purchased 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.

How to keep your smart phone battery charged at Disneyland1. Enter the parks with a full smart phone battery charge.

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 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.

The best smart phone mobile chargers for Disneyland and travel

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

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. 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!).

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)

3. 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)

4. 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)

5. 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 #6 below.)

At Gadgets of 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.

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. 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.

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)

7. 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)

8. 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!

As a member of the media, I received two complimentary one-day Disneyland Park Hopper tickets for our recent visit to the Happiest Place on Earth. My family purchased a second day's worth of tickets for our Disneyland family vacation. All opinions are mine, as always. 

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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. Angela Faucett says:

    Good idea!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. Cheryll Shubert says:

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

  6. Michael H says:

    Portable chargers are the way to go!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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