Update 11/3/2019: For now, Disney has decided to not move forward with the $3 FuelRod swaps.
For the past few trips, we’ve used a FuelRod to charge our phones.
With a one time cost and unlimited swaps, it made more sense than buying and charging multiple chargers every night.
However, with the news of a price increase going into effect, I can no longer justify using it as my sole charger anymore.
We Will No Longer Be Using A FuelRod at Disney
No Longer Worth the Cost
Starting November 1, 2019, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Parks and Resorts are charging $3 for all swaps.
This is a dramatic increase. The Free Unlimited Swapping is what made these chargers popular accessories in the first place.
Between the My Disney Experience App and all the pictures I take for this blog, my phone battery drains extremely fast.
And I know I am not the only one with this issue.
With all of the work I do on my phone while I am on vacation, I swap out my FuelRod about 2 times per day, depending on our plans.
I loved the convenience of having this machine close to the main entrance of the Resorts. I wouldn’t bother charging it overnight since I could just swap it out in the morning as I was leaving for the Parks.
And knowing that there were other machines in the Parks meant that I didn’t bother bringing other chargers with me. I would just swap one out as I needed to.
Convenience vs Cost – Which is more important to you?
It was nice while it lasted. But in my case, cost most definitely means more to me than the convenience.
I am not willing to pay extra for a charger that does no more than a standard phone charger.
I did purchase my FuelRod online, which was a better deal than purchasing one in the Parks.
But, unfortunately, it’s not worth the additional $42 per trip I would need to pay to continue using this as my only phone charger.