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FuelRod: Disney’s Portable Phone Charger System

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Fuel Rod: Disney's Portable Phone Charger System

If you have a phone and you go to Disney, you need a FuelRod.

FuelRod kiosks started popping up at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in early 2017, but I dismissed them since I already had a portable charger that I carried around with me.

Fuel Rod: Disney's Portable Phone Charger System

Then one day, while I was at Disneyland, I discovered my portable charger was …. *gasp* … not charged all the way! So I broke down and bought a FuelRod. And I’m so glad I did. Because with the Disneyland app and Instagram Stories and TikTok, my phone battery goes down FAST.

You’ll find the FuelRod kiosks all around Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and the resort hotels. At any kiosk, you can purchase a FuelRod or swap out a used FuelRod.

This kiosk is near the Main Street lockers, about halfway down Main Street USA on the right side. This is the closest kiosk to the entrance. (And actually, now there are two kiosks there!)

Fuel Rod: Disney's Portable Phone Charger System

FuelRods cost $30 at Disneyland, but here’s a tip – They are much cheaper if you purchase your FuelRod ahead of your trip! You can buy it online, have it mailed to your home, and swap it out at the Disneyland kiosks. Easy!

(If you do purchase it at Disneyland, do a quick Google search for a promo code. I was able to find a $2 discount code.)

Fuel Rod: Disney's Portable Phone Charger System

Your purchased FuelRod comes with everything you need – the charger, a USB power cord, and adapters for both iPhone and Android.

Fuel Rod: Disney's Portable Phone Charger System

When the FuelRod charge runs out, you can swap it out for free at any kiosk. Press the “Swap” button, drop the used FuelRod in the slot, and a new charged FuelRod dispenses. It takes about 10 seconds.

*Note – For a while FuelRod was planning to charge $3 per swap, however they backed down after some internet outrage. It’s possible they will add a fee for swaps at some point in the future.

Fuel Rod: Disney's Portable Phone Charger System

Now that I have had my FuelRod for a few months, I can share some personal thoughts about using them.


– The FuelRod is super lightweight and small, especially compared to the bigger charger I used to carry around. The FuelRod easily fits in my pocket.
– You don’t have to wait until your FuelRod runs out to swap it. I recommend just swapping it when you are near a kiosk, even if it’s only partially drained.
– I was able to use it during my Walt Disney World trip, too! Walt Disney World parks have FuelRod kiosks as well.
– FuelRod machines aren’t just at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. You can find them at various airports, malls, etc.


– The charge is not great. With my iPhone 12 I get around a 40% charge with the FuelRod, if I power down my phone. If I’m plugged in and using my phone, the power level just kind of maintains, until the FuelRod runs out. It’s certainly better than nothing but don’t expect a lightning fast recharge with this.

Even though the FuelRod isn’t very powerful, I still recommend it. It’s great that you can swap it out as many times as you need and keep it forever. You can also recharge it at home just like any other portable charger.

Adding these FuelRod kiosks to Disneyland was a really smart move, especially now with how heavily guests need to rely on the Disneyland app. So if you need a charge at Disneyland, invest in the FuelRod!

FuelRod Locations at Disneyland Resort

Here are all the current FuelRod locations at Disneyland. I recommend taking a screenshot of this list and keeping it in your Photos for easy reference. 

Main Street Lockers
Frontierland – Pioneer Mercantile
Critter Country – Pooh’s Corner
Critter Country – Near Hungry Bear restrooms
Fantasyland – It’s a Small World gift shop
Tomorrowland – Near Star Trader gift shop

Disney California Adventure:
Buena Vista Street – Mortimer’s Market
Cars Land – Ramone’s
Pixar Pier – Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff
Hollywood Land – Gone Hollywood gift shop

Downtown Disney and Hotels:
Near Salt and Straw
Disneyland Hotel – outside of the Business Center in Fantasy Tower
Pixar Place Hotel – Lobby near the gift shop
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel – Hallway near Brisa Courtyard

Be sure to check the Disneyland FuelRod website for the most up to date information about FuelRods.

About Mindy

Mindy Marzec is a life-long Disney fan who grew up in Los Angeles. She started This Fairy Tale Life to share Disneyland travel tips for adults. When not at Disneyland, you can find Mindy at home snuggling with her cats and re-watching Thor: Ragnarok for the billionth time.