Outlets for Recharge

Discussion in 'disABILITIES!' started by EpcotQueen, Dec 9, 2017.

  1. EpcotQueen

    EpcotQueen DIS Veteran

    Sep 6, 2003
    In conjunction with my ECV frustration was the search for available outlets in the parks to charge my failing ECV. Straw last night for me was the failing battery, finally finding an outlet at EPCOT, struggling to plug in and discovering it was a DEAD OUTLET!!! Maybe Disney could issue a map with the available outlets???
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  2. gap2368

    gap2368 DIS Veteran

    Feb 27, 2015
    you can always ask a CM where one is ( the custodian CM are more likely to know)

    sorry you had a had time last night
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  4. Simba's Mom

    Simba's Mom <font color=green>everything went to "H*** in a ha

    Aug 26, 1999
    I noticed several outlets right outside some restrooms in Epcot WS (specifically I noticed at Norway, the US, and I think it was United Kingdom. They were in the covered area, like the lobby, so you could go there, charge and get out of the rain at the same time. I also saw an outlet at the exit from the "Finding Nemo" show. There was one guy who said that he always goes to the show so that he can recharge his ECV! But I agree, it would be awesome if there was a map showing charging locations, especially now where cell phones are used so much.
  5. mamabunny

    mamabunny DIS Veteran

    Oct 11, 2012
    The bad part about trying to find outlets all the time is that not only are you spending an inordinate amount of time searching for a working outlet, but you are also giving up time to try and top up a battery; it's costing you your vacation.

    This is just speculation on my part, but I would guess that the reason that (working) outlets aren't marked on a map is because Disney knows that the outlets would be overrun with people trying to recharge phones, tablets, medical devices and mobility devices. So instead of people enjoying the parks, you would see them clustered around outlets on light poles, next to bathrooms, etc. - and inevitably, there would be the "I need it worse than you" issue that would crop up, given the number of self-entitled Guests we all see.

    There is also a potential liability issue for Disney - if a child were to stick a finger (or something else) in an outlet, if you (or any other Guest) were to plug in a device, and the device is shorted out and damaged or ruined, or if a Guest were to plug in a device that causes damage to Disney property.

    I doubt we will ever see random outlets listed on a map; it would be more surprising to me if we don't increasingly see outlets switched off during operating hours (and only available to CMs after hours) and the creation of more "charging stations" (like MK/Storybook Circus or the MK/Rapunzel Bathrooms).
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  6. The Hunchback

    The Hunchback Mouseketeer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Another trick Disney is using on charging is to have three hole outlets when my charger takes two. Most devices take two also. I carry a three/two converter now. Most cell phone users won’t want to carry an extra plug. Where as ECV users have more space for little extras.

    We are at WDW now so will try to work on a basic list of plug in for all four parks.
  7. Joanna71985

    Joanna71985 <marquee><font color=green>Characters are my frien

    Feb 28, 2005
    Just be wary with using random outlets- they are meant for heavy machinery, and can damage electronic. MK does have designated charging stations though (in Fantasyland, Storybook Circus, and Tomorrowland)
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  8. jdb in AZ

    jdb in AZ It could end up curdled

    Feb 11, 2011
    We usually plug in during dinner. The cast members are very helpful in finding an outlet for us.
  9. SueM in MN

    SueM in MN combining the teacups with a roller coaster Moderator

    Aug 23, 1999
    There are dedicated charging stations in the Rapunzel bathroom area (Fantasyland),Tomorrowland and Dumbo’s Circus area at MK , as others mentioned.

    On our last trip, I noticed there were outlets built into couches in a seating area in Epcot. They were inside the Epcot Character Spot building, near the exit of Club Cool
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  10. Tiggerish

    Tiggerish DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 1999
    The Tomorrowland charging area which is in the back area of the store attached to Space Mountain is particularly nice. It is inside and had both electrical outlets and USB ports so the phone people and the mobility people are both accommodated.
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  11. DisneyOma

    DisneyOma DIS Veteran

    Jul 27, 2015
    The outlets at WDW were designed for CM use with heavy equipment, etc. I would check with your rental company (if you rented) to see if they could come and switch out your battery if it isn't making it through the day.
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  12. cmwade77

    cmwade77 DIS Veteran

    Jul 1, 2005
    Honestly, the reason the outlets seem to be dead are because they are designed to use a different voltage than normal outlets and could damage things plugged into it that weren't designed to work with the power being supplied, so they turn off the outlets to prevent damage to guest's equipment. Pretty much the only place that can charge ECVs are the ECV rental locations now.
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  13. FortForever

    FortForever Disney since Day 1

    Aug 16, 2011
    Are you plugging in your ECV properly overnight? Is it a rental?

    Honestly, it sounds like it needs new batteries. If it's a rental, I would call and have them change them out. You should not run out of power during the day.

    I have rented countless times, and now have my own ECV, and none of them has ever moved to less than 75% battery charge after long days at the parks. We always do 10-12 hour days and often park hop. I put lots and lots of miles on a scooter in a day.
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  14. Belle1962

    Belle1962 DIS Veteran

    Aug 18, 1999
    Reading this it seems people are talking about charging stations for ecv’s. Is that correct and if so where are they?
  15. SueM in MN

    SueM in MN combining the teacups with a roller coaster Moderator

    Aug 23, 1999
    not specifically for ECVs.
    There are some locations in different parks where seating areas have outlets available for plugging things in for changing.
  16. seashoreCM

    seashoreCM All around nice guy.

    Aug 25, 2001
    Sometimes outlets are in the floor covered with a round disk that usually has a slot that a coin can be used to unscrew.

    Get and bring a "3 prong to 2 prong adapter." This will act like an extender for a fat plug to reach an outlet that is quite far down in the floor.

    Where would someone using a vacuum cleaner plug that in? That question (no need to ask it out loud) might suggest where outlets might be found.

    Power from a "heavy duty" outlet, assuming the power is of the proper voltage, will not damage light duty equipment. By code, a 240 volt outlet has a different plug prong arrangement so a 120 volt plug won't fit.
  17. AGoofykindagirl

    AGoofykindagirl Mouseketeer

    Aug 26, 2014
    We had a problem with an ECV our last day, 2 hours before the dessert party at EPCOT. We went to the ECV rental place. They let Pop pull way up and plugged his charger in one of their outlets. Very friendly, very helpful, and after an hour his battery was doing much better. We mad it to the dessert party and it stayed charged all the way back to the Beach Club. Just wanted to give an additional option.
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