Found another place to charge phone in MK

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by MomtoGKC, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. seashoreCM

    seashoreCM All around nice guy.

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    A future Disney concession stand? Little individually lockable cages with power receptacles to recharge cell phones, etc. Rent one, take the key, then come back later for your phone. Or have a separate charger and spare battery to leave in the cage while you keep your phone. Maybe different sizes for laptop, iPad, cell phone, Game Boy, etc.

    Useful accessory: A 3 prong to 2 prong adapter. Use as a standoff or extension in case the receptacle is recessed in the wall or floor and your charger block (wall wart) won't fit.
     
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  3. MomtoGKC

    MomtoGKC DIS Veteran

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    Sorry I never got to come back to the thread last night. I have different reasons for needing to charge my phone. When I am with my kids I use it as my camera. We usually don't stay at a park all day so I can make it without charging until we get back to the hotel, but there have been times that we've stayed longer and my battery got very low.

    This trip was a little different. DH had a trade show in Orlando so I tagged along and went to the parks alone. I felt kind if funny being alone but did have fun texting pictures and videos to my mom, aunt & cousins in MA & CA who love Disney. We had a fun conversation back and forth which made the solo trip more fun for me because I don't see them much (I live in FL.) It was fun to give them a narrative of my day and show them videos of the new LM ride.

    I got to MK about 9:30 and my phone was just about dead by 12! I can't remember if it was fully charged when I got there. Anyway, I needed the phone to keep in contact with DH because I didn't know what time he was going to leave the trade show and come pick me up to go home. We weren't going back to the hotel so we couldn't meet up there.

    Anyway, it worked out well and I am not at all worried about being arrested for stealing electricity. :)

    Oh, and the funny thing is that my husband's company makes a portable phone charger but I didn't have it with me!
     
  4. candielips

    candielips DIS Veteran

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    Definitely a need ;)

    Who cares what people use their phones for? My iPhone dies quickly. We use it as a camera, my kids use it entertain themselves in lines, but very rarely as a phone as we are from Canada and unless we get wifi, data is way too expensive.

    Thank you to all the posters giving us the secret outlet spots.
     
  5. Dan Murphy

    Dan Murphy We are family.

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    I carry a spare battery with me. If the phone runs low after a full day, I pop in a fresh battery. I only charge my phone/backup battery back at the resort overnight.
     
  6. kaytieeldr

    kaytieeldr Reserving the right to make jokes out of typos - b

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    It's presumptuous to use a business's own electric outlets, in place for its own use, to recharge phones the users choose to allow to run low; especially when foreknowledge (battery life plus non-telephone features) and planning (charging cases, extra batteries, etc.) so easily lets phone owners be in control.

    It's not as if the outlets are there for guest usage. Even you refer to them as secret.
     
  7. GaSleepingBeautyFan

    GaSleepingBeautyFan DIS Veteran

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    I agree.

    I was actually told by guest relations at MK and at DHS that they are no longer allowed to charge anything for people and that I should just find a spot to plug my camera battery charger into and I could charge it there. I don't know if that was really true bout Guest Relations no longer charging devices or I just caught Guest Relations at a bad time.

    That would be fine except I was stopped and told I couldn't do that either by Cast Members.
    Pretty annoying when I wanted to take more pictures but couldn't because both my spare batteries quit holding a charge and the one in the camera was low.

    I would love it if they'd set up charging lockers at all 4 parks at the very least.
    I would have happily paid the price to charge the camera battery and not have had to leave the park and go back to my resort to do so.
     
  8. NMDisneyFan

    NMDisneyFan Earning My Ears

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    I'm pretty sure that Disney will not notice the 0.0004 cents it will take to charge an average phone for one hour. Let's say that 10,000 people charge their phones in the park on a typical day. That will add 40 cents to the electric bill.
     
  9. AlixaLock

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    The best thing about vacation is doing whatever it is YOU like to do. Some people like the leave the world behind. I like text and Facebook with friends, I like to take pictures, I like to read a good book or browse the web... all things I do on my phone. Forget about the fact, that most of us have some degree of obligation at home that requires us to reasonably reachable.

    I always have a charged phone with me, at home or on vacation. I, frankly, don't know anyone who doesn't prefer to have their phone with them and charged. Certainly, Disney is not obligated to provide charging stations, but it would be a cool perk...
     
  10. AlixaLock

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    I totally agree, but I would also happily pay an appropriate nominal charge for a charging locker or charging station.

    During the power outage following Sandy we in our community were out of power for 8-11 days. We were quite lucky to have a generator and became a charging station for many. There is a comfort and security in having your devices charged and I personally like feeling comfortable and secure on vacation.
     
  11. labattblue

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    Once again the high and mighty have entered a dis thread. It is no one's business why me or anyone else chooses to use their phone frequently(to the point where some are sharing some potential spots to charge them) while on vacation.

    I thank the OP for pointing out a potential charging spot, and no I will not disclose what I use my phone for in the parks or anywhere else on vacation.

    :sad2:
     
  12. labattblue

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    Seriously? :rotfl:
     
  13. Senator Tressel

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    I don't understand how you can run out of battery by lunch.
     
  14. stindall

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    I don't either. I have an iphone 4 and the battery lasts a good while. I play a lot of games on it and even then it doesn't drain that quickly.
     
  15. Allison

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    I am quite sure that particular poster is completely serious.
     
  16. dvcterry

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    Cute :rolleyes:
     
  17. kaytieeldr

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    Would it be possible to have a thread where people disagree on an action without using any supercilious terminology?

    Not my business what people do with their phones. Just, again, it's presumptuous for people who run down the battery one or more times during a day, to expect a business to provide a means - openly or via "shared secret" electric outlet locations - to recharge the device.

    As described in this thread, there are charging cases available; bringing additional charged batteries is another option. A person's failure to plan shouldn't constitute an emergency on the part of the business.
     
  18. xipotec

    xipotec Grinning Ghosts

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    True, meh if my phone dies in park no biggie, but i do believe the future will require business such as WDW to offer this service especially with the new in park apps and the planned FP phone app
     
  19. xipotec

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    Wow guess i should stop using my electric razor , hair dryer , etc.
     
  20. ZehnJahren

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    If you need two battery packs, you are purchasing the wrong spare battery. My extra battery pack fully charges my phone two times plus, on only one charge. I use my phone at Disney for lots of things too: GPS while driving, dining research and last minute reservations in-park, pictures and videos, calculator, note-taker, texts, etc. I have never used up the entire charge on my backup, regardless of all that I do on the phone during a day at Disney.

    Is there really an emergency here? If one or two (or even a thousand) people look to charge their phones in the park, how is this an emergency?

    Further, we're talking about DISNEY. You know, the people who throw massive expensive fireworks every night, who shovel candy into people's bags at Halloween parties, who give away a cookie here, a free meal there, a balloon on Main Street, the people who replace a sad girl's lost Pooh bear for free. They'll comp you a night at your hotel if the concierge even looks at you crooked. Those aren't emergencies either. Do you really really REALLY think there's a problem here, with the tiny little amount of electricity OPs are using? I guess they should crack down on people charging their phones in their rooms?

    Good grief, now I've heard everything.

    For the record, I sat at AKL and watched the animals frolicking; I had my phone plugged in right next to me as I sat outside. I was heading home that day, and wanted the charge for the GPS to the airport, and for my in-flight movie (had my backup, but figured it would be great to start out with a full charge). I talked with several cast members while I rocked away, and never once was one word said.
     
  21. NMDisneyFan

    NMDisneyFan Earning My Ears

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    Supercilious... Kind of like you using the word "presumptuous."

    If it's not your business what people do with their phones, then why are you posting here?
     

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