Convenience is a huge part of a Walt Disney World vacation. Guests have Mickey's Magical Express picking them up, busses to ferry you back and forth from the parks to their resort, and of course there is MyMagic+ working overtime in the background, managing all of your FastPass+ and dining reservations so you don't have to.
Clearly, a Walt Disney World vacation is already pretty convenient, but it looks like some new options have been introduced around the resort that will make a visit even more carefree for guests in the coming weeks. Though not all of these are permanent options, here are some of the new conveniences that Disney is now offering guests around Walt Disney World!
1. New FuelRods kiosks installed around Walt Disney World
Disney has introduced a new convenience across Walt Disney World that brings mobile charging device kiosks to select locations in all four theme parks (as well as Disney Springs). Sponsored and maintained by FuelRod, these new kiosks (each themed to the park where they are located) now allow guests to purchase a fully-charged FuelRod portable charging device for $30, which includes a FuelRod charger, 6” USB Type-A to micro-USB cable (compatible with most Android devices), an Apple 30-pin to USB cable (compatible with iPhone 4S and below), and an Apple Lightning to USB cable (used for iPhone 5 and above).
However, the best part of this new service (and what might make it potentially worth the $30 investment for some guests) is the ability for those who purchase this charger to exchange depleted chargers at any FuelRod kiosk (including other kiosks around Walt Disney World) for another fully charged FuelRod charger instantly whenever they would like, for as long as they want.
This is a great new convenience for guests, and the instant exchange component could put an end to the dreaded dead battery at Walt Disney World, which is definitely a good thing. Though the $30 pricetag is a little steep, with families charging multiple devices (tablets, phones, etc.) potentially multiple times a day, we could see how guests from out of town as well as local visitors could both make this new convenience "worth it" in the right circumstances.
2. Unmanned PhotoPass mounted cameras now testing around Fantasyland
Though PhotoPass photographers are a great convenience for guests trying to capture their Disney memories with their family, these photography professionals are always moving around, and guests might not be able to track one down during an impromptu magical moment at the park.
However, Disney is currently testing the use of stationary PhotoPass cameras that guests can actually activate themselves. After guests have posed and taken their picture, they can then link their photos to a My Disney Experience account with a quick MagicBand swipe.
The test is currently taking place in front of Rapunzel’s Tower near the Tangled Toilets as well as the Sword in the Stone in Fantasyland. Cast members are now on hand to assist guests with the new system, and all participants who take a picture with this new hardware will receive a free photo download during the trial period. It is unknown how long this trial will go on, but if this offering is a hit we'd best that more stationary cameras will be installed around the park.