Disney Reverses New Policy on Fuel Rod Swaps

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Last week we reported that the Fuel Rod external device charger stations at Walt Disney World were going to institute a $3 per swap fee, beginning today, November 1.

Signs notifying guests of the change were posted on Fuel Rod stations throughout the parks and resorts.

Fuel Rod station fee notification, photo taken Oct 25, 2019.

After vociferous push back from guests, and the filing of a class action lawsuit basically alleging that Fuel Rod was a bait-and-switch scheme, the decision to levy a fee for Fuel Rod swaps has been reversed.

The “Swapping Will Be $3 As Of 11/1/19” signs are being removed and replaced with a “Swappable” sign, similar to their pre-fee-notice state.

Fuel rod station with no fee notification. Photo taken 11/1/19.

The situation may change again, but for now, you can still swap your Fuel Rods for free at Disney World.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

2 thoughts on “Disney Reverses New Policy on Fuel Rod Swaps

  • Out of all of their boneheaded decisions in the past decade and a half—the cost cutting, the understaffing, the diminished level of service—THIS is the one they walk back?

  • I would not count on Fuel Rods lasting much longer. I imagine they will remain in circulation until they stop holding a sufficient charge, but once that happens, they will not be replaced and the business model will cease.


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