How to Charge Your Tesla at Disneyland

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Did you know that Disneyland has ample parking for electric vehicles? That’s right, the Mickey & Friends parking structure has 50 spots where you can charge your Tesla, Volt, Kona, ID. 4, or almost any other EV. There are also dozens of EV charging spots in the Toy Story Parking Lot and Pixar Pals parking structure. While the title of this post is “How to Charge Your Tesla at Disneyland,” the information can be used to charge any electric vehicle when you visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The title says Tesla because that is the most-searched term when it comes to electric cars, and the more clicks this post gets, the better it is for TouringPlans! (Plus it should make it easier for other readers to come across this article to take advantage of the useful information.)

Before you arrive at Disneyland you may want to set up a ChargePoint account. All Disneyland Resort EV chargers are part of the ChargePoint network and require you to have an account.

When you drive up to the parking toll booths in Mickey & Friends, Pixar Pals, or Toy Story Parking Lot, inform the Disneyland Resort cast member that you’d like to park in an electric vehicle charging spot. A blue piece of paper will be placed under your windshield, and you’ll be directed to a special section of the parking structure. For example, if you’re parking in Mickey & Friends, you’ll be directed to park on the Chip & Dale level, which is the bottom level of the parking structure.

Pull in to whichever available spot you’d like. If you have a handicap placard, there are spots allocated near the front of the row.

There is one ChargePoint charging station per every two parking spots. To begin, open your ChargePoint card in your phone’s wallet and hold it near the front panel of the charging station. On an iPhone, the ChargePoint card will look like this:

After you tap in, one of the plugs will unlock, and you can remove it from the charging station. Keep in mind if you’re a Tesla owner you’ll need the j1772 charging adapter that came with your car. Plug the charger in to your car, and it should immediately begin to charge.

The ChargePoint chargers at Disneyland Resort are pretty slow. But that won’t matter much since you’ll be spending a lot of time touring Disneyland and DCA. As you can see here I pulled in with about 20% charge left in my car. The estimate to charge back up to 90% (which is the limit I have my Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus set at) would take a whopping 6.5 hours.

The cost to charge at Disneyland Resort is $0.35 per KWh. On the day I took the pictures for this post, my total ended up being $13.01 for 37.84 KWh (which added 199 miles of charge to my Model 3).

You’re all set. Now you can go enjoy your day visiting the world’s greatest theme park or Disney California Adventure.

Planning a trip to Disneyland? Be sure to check out our Disneyland Crowd Calendar, which rates every day of the year on a scale of 1 to 10 so you can see how busy Disneyland and DCA will be during your visit. Also check out our Disneyland Touring Plans. These itineraries can show you how to beat the crowds and spend less time in line at your favorite rides. Our Touring Plans can also be personalized! All of our tools are used by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and are constantly being updated by our in-park team of researchers and data scientists.

Do you have an electric vehicle? What’s been your experience charging at Disneyland Resort? Do you have any questions? Leave them in the comments below.  

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Guy Selga Jr.

Disneyland writer for TouringPlans.com and co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. Also a Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. Twitter and Instagram: @guyselga

12 thoughts on “How to Charge Your Tesla at Disneyland

  • June 21, 2021 at 12:32 am
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    Was there an idling fee? My car will probably finish charging before I have to head back.

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    • June 21, 2021 at 12:27 pm
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      There is no idling fee for chargers at Disneyland Resort.

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    • August 12, 2021 at 1:12 am
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      There is no idle fee. You can stay parked and plugged in all day with no extra charge.

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  • June 25, 2021 at 12:20 am
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    I have to bring the charging cord for my Tesla? Thank you

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    • June 29, 2021 at 11:14 pm
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      You don’t need to bring your cord, you just need the j1772 charging adapter, which comes with your Tesla.

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    • August 8, 2021 at 4:05 am
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      Do I have to move car after it’s done charging? Or is that space considered my space for the day?

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      • October 31, 2021 at 2:24 pm
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        No, it’s yours for the day.

  • October 31, 2021 at 2:22 pm
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    We had to drive around three times and no one would help. I recommend going to the Toy Story lot. There are tons of charging stations. The ones in the Mickey and Friends parking structure fill up fast and if they don’t have the 3rd floor open (location of additional stations) they will not help you. I almost ran out of energy trying to find a station.

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    • November 6, 2021 at 1:53 pm
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      Thank you for this tip, it was very helpful for me and my wife. The charging stations in the Toy Story lot are located in the Bullseye area and there are 40+ , probably close to 50. We arrived early in the morning (7:30 am) and were only the second vehicle in a charging space. When we left, around 9:00 pm, there were still plenty of open spaces.

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      • November 6, 2021 at 1:57 pm
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        Just found some info online that said there are 80 charging spaces in Toy Story/Bullseye lot.

  • August 21, 2022 at 9:05 am
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    Hi
    Do you still have to pay the parking fee ($30) ?

    Thanks

    Tom

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    • August 24, 2022 at 5:13 pm
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      Yes the normal parking rates are charged.

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