Updated August 19, 2017
Fuel Rod chargers arrived at Disney World in the summer of 2016. And, just recently, they started popping up at Disneyland.
The concept of these chargers is simple and smart. I’ve enjoyed my experience with them so far. There are certainly longer lasting chargers available, but when you’re in the park and without a charger, these work nicely.
Take a look at what there is to know about this new option for battery charging.
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Visit the Fuel Rod website for lots of info. On the home page, you’ll find exactly what comes with your purchase:
- A ready to use FuelRod to power your devices.
- Adapters for both Android and Apple devices that are yours to keep, at no additional charge.
- The ability to be refueled (recharged) in any standard wall outlet.
- The ability to be swapped (traded) for a fully fueled unit at little to no additional cost at any FuelRod SwapBox.
So, you buy the charger and then can swap it an unlimited amount of times at any Fuel Rod SwapBox, in or outside of the parks. You only pay once – when you buy the charger. There are no additional charges.
We have iPhones and a Samsung Galaxy in our family, and this set works to charge them all.
Here is what you receive:
When you’re not near a Fuel Rod machine to swap your charger, you can charge it anywhere, just as you would any other charger. You just need a USB adapter.
How to Purchase (and what it costs)
The Fuel Rod costs $20 + $5 shipping online for domestic delivery.
At the Disneyland Resort, you’ll pay a flat $30. This is a one time fee. After you own the device, you have unlimited swaps.
Fuel Rod chargers work anywhere. If you purchase online, you can swap that charger at Disneyland. If you purchase at Disneyland, you can swap that charger at LAX.
It takes about 2 minutes to purchase it in the parks.
Currently, Fuel Rods can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.
Purchasing at the parks looks like this:
Voila! The battery charger is ready to use.
How to Swap
When your battery stops charging, swap it for a new one, completely charged and ready to use.
When you swap, you will swap the actual charger only. Keep the accessories. The machine will accept and distribute the charger. If you misplace an adapter or cord, replace it on your own.
Magic, friends. Magic. No more desperately looking for outlets.
Where to Find the Fuel Rod Machines
Fuel Rod machines are arriving everywhere. Airports, malls, etc……and now Disneyland! They’re about the size of an ATM. After learning that they arrived at Disneyland, I started looking for them elsewhere. In just the few days after I noticed them at DLR, I found one at two shopping centers that I visited near where I live.
Find out if there are locations near you on the Fuel Rod website. They seem to be adding machines often, so look back later on if today didn’t show results.
Save this image to your phone for quick reference on finding the machines:
In Disneyland, find them here:
Main Street Lockers – Walk into the locker building and it’s on your left.
Starcade in Tomorrowland – To the left of Star Trader, on the way to the exit of Space Mountain, you’ll find a little cut out in the building on the right. The Fuel Rod machine is there.
it’s a small world gift shop in Fantasyland – After you exit the ride, it’s to your left (recently changed) if you go through the gift shop.
Frontierland Entrance – Enter through the main entrance of Frontierland and make a quick left to the “Paymaster” cubby. The machine is inside next to the ATM.
Pooh’s Corner in Critter Country – Go into the shop’s entrance near The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, take a quick left and the machine is right there.
In California Adventure, find them here:
Kingswell Camera Shop on Buena Vista Street – To the left of the lockers, you’ll see the entrance to the camera shop. Go in and the machine is to your left.
In Cars Land – Go to Ramone’s, which is almost all the way down the main road toward RSR. Enter through the door on the main road and it’s to your left.
Gone Hollywood in Hollywood Land – Enter the shop and take a right. It’s on your right.
Treasures in Paradise gift shop in Paradise Pier – Across from the Cove Bar, you’ll find a cute shop called Treasures in Paradise. A Fuel Rod machine is inside, to the right of the entrance closest to Ariel’s Grotto.
Outside of parks, find them here:
Grand Californian Hotel – From Downtown Disney, follow the path to the right and into the hotel. It’s to the right a bit as you walk in the door.
Disneyland Hotel – In the Fantasy Tower, find the Fuel Rod machine to the left of the business center.
Paradise Pier Hotel – In the lobby, you’ll find this machine to the left of the Mickey in Paradise gift shop. It keeps getting moved around this lobby. If you don’t find it here, look by the elevators.
ESPN Zone – Find this machine in the lobby, to the right, as you walk in.
Save On Your Purchase – Buy Ahead
Many airports, malls and transportation centers now have Fuel Rod machines. Purchase yours in one of these locations prior to arriving at Disneyland and save $10. This machine, below, is in a shopping district near my house is San Diego.
Locate machines near you and buy before you get to the park. Then, swap as needed. All Fuel Rods are universal and work together.
- My initial concern with this product is that the machines might run out of the rods. Haven’t seen that happen yet. I was also concerned I might come across a defective fuel rod. Haven’t had that issue, either. If you have issues, you can contact the company easily at 1.844.FuelRod (844.383.5763) or on the main page of their website.
- When you’re not near a Fuel Rod machine to swap for a new one, simply charge the rod as you would any other device. You just need a USB adapter.
- With just a few machines in each park at this point, it’s smart to swap your battery as soon as you are near a machine. As stated before, save that graphic above that lists the locations for each park and take advantage when you see one.
- As new machines are added to Disneyland, I’ll update this post. If you know of any that are there that I haven’t noted here, please leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list.
- If you have any issues with the machines in the park, ask a cast member to help. Recently, a guest had her Fuel Rod stuck in the machine ahead of us. We didn’t know, so we went to swap ours and it got stuck, too. We found a cast member and he solved the issue immediately by replacing our Fuel Rod.
- If a cast member can’t help, call the phone number 1.844.FuelRod and a representative will walk you through getting a replacement. This happened to us recently. It took 3 minutes for the representative to see that the machine had locked in our Fuel Rod and failed to release it. You’ll simply share the Kiosk ID number at the bottom of the screen to make that happen.