In today’s always-on world, phone battery life is a serious concern, even when on vacation. With guests constantly needing to make FastPass+ and dining reservations via My Disney Experience (and soon getting turn by turn navigation from this app as well), smartphones are more important to the Walt Disney World experience than ever. And when you add the recent Pokémon GO craze to the mix, you’ve got a whole lot of guests wondering how to keep their phones charged up during a visit to Walt Disney World.
Fortunately, there are quite a few ways to get your phone charged up on property that you might not have known about…
1. Free outlets at rest areas
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. If you anticipated that your phone would die halfway through your Walt Disney World visit and had the foresight to bring a charging cable, there are plenty of places around Walt Disney World where you can stop, take a load off, and plug your device into a nearby outlet. Baby Care Centers, quick service dining locations, and rest areas all have standard outlets, and a few locations around Walt Disney World even have USB hookups as well (including the Tangled Toilets and Big Top rest areas in Fantasyland). No matter where you go, if you have a charging cable, you’re never too far away from an outlet at Walt Disney World. However, of course the big problem is you'll have to wait for your phone to charge up. Which brings us to our next three options...
2. Guest relations
Guest relations is the first place guests stop when they’re upset about something, or need help with a particular component of their Walt Disney World vacation. However, did you know that most Guest Relations centers are also equipped with charging stations for your devices? Simply talk to a Cast Member and you can leave your device at Guest Relations for charging and then pick it up later, hopefully fully charged.
Though this is certainly convenient, this hasn't exactly been a popular option over the years, as some guests have felt uneasy leaving their phone for a long time. However, it looks like Disney may be making an interesting change to the way guests charge their phones at Guest Relations.
Currently, Disney is running a limited time test that could potentially untether guests who want to charge their phones at Disney Springs. During this test, guests who visit the new Guest Relations location in Town Center will be able to choose whether or not they would rather leave their device to charge in the building or instead borrow a portable charging device to bring with them as they continue shopping around Disney Springs (and their device gets much-needed power).
Though there is a $35 deposit involved for those who want to borrow a charger (Disney doesn't want you walking away with their hardware, after all), this fee is fully refundable and when the guest is done with the charger, they can return it to Guest Relations and get back the full deposit. While we don't know if this option will stick around for very long, this is certainly an interesting test, and is a great way to give your device some juice for the low, low cost of nothing at all.