FuelRod to stay Free at Disney World

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You may have heard over the last week or so that the FuelRod recharging stations at Disney World would begin to charge for a replacement rod beginning on Nov 1st. We have the latest in this on-going saga regrading Fuel-Rods at Disney World.

A few weeks ago it was made public that on Nov 1st the FuelRod kiosks at Disney World would beginning charging a $3 fee when swapping rods at Disney World. Of course this upset many people who purchased the $30 rod looking for the ability to have free unlimited swapping.

On October 25, a class action lawsuit filed in a Southern California court was filed against FuelRod companies Tricopian, Inc. and SaveMe Batteries North America for false advertising and breach of contract.

Guests at Disney World have reported the signs stating a new “swapping fee” have been taken down from various kiosks.

As of Nov 1st, there has been no official announcment reversing this policy. Disney’s website still states that beginning today their will be a $3 rod swapping fee.

Fuel Rod statement on Disney’s Website

Official Statement released from
Walt Disney World

A decision has been made to not implement the $3 portable charger swap fee until further notice. Guests can continue to swap their FuelRod portable chargers using FuelRod’s owned and operated kiosks at Walt Disney World Resort for no additional cost at this time.


What is a FuelRod?

Before we get into the details. If you arn’t familiar with fuel-rods, they are simply little cylindrical batteries used to charge your cellphone. They can be purchased for $30 at Disney and will come with several phone charging adapters for you to use. Once you charge your phone and use the rod, you can replace it for a new rod. No need to worry about every having to remember to charge the rod. Most exchange locations will charge you a small fee for a new rod. However Disney World has always allowed for free exchanges. This is a perk for buying and using a FuelRod at Disney World.

Kiosk Locations

Magic Kingdom

  • Curtain Call Collectibles – Main Street USA
  • Epcot Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe – Frontierland
  • Tomorrowland Light and Power Company – Tomorrowland
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – Tomorrowland
  • Big Top Souvenirs – Story Book Circus

Epcot

  • Camera Center
  • Disney Traers
  • International Gateway

Hollywood Studios

  • Celebrity 5 & 10
  • Rock Around the Shop

Animal Kingdom

  • Island Mercantile

Blizzard Beach

  • Beach Haus

Typhoon Lagoon

  • Singapore Sal’s

Disney Springs

  • Welcome Center
  • Sundries
  • Disney PhotoPass Studio

If Disney World and FuelRod decides to reverse this new fee, then these rods are definitely worth the investment. Otherwise I recommend purchasing a more powerful one before your next trip.

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