Some places across the country offer few charging options for EV owners. But you would think that densely populated areas such as New York would offer plenty of opportunities. The hugely popular Disney World has electric vehicle charging stations at its theme parks, hotels and entertainment venues. However, charging your electric vehicle at the most magical place in the world can be miserable.
What does electric vehicle parking look like at Disney World theme parks?
Four theme parks are part of the Disney World organization and other areas for shopping and hotel accommodations. Most of them use the ChargePoint charging system, which you can find in many major cities. Its app will show you where to find parking areas to charge your car if there are spaces available, and how much charging is likely to cost you.
At Hollywood Studios, you can find four charging spaces at the front of the theme park’s Mickey parking lot. If you’re in the Magic Kingdom area, you’ll need to go past the Zurg parking lot, where you’ll find four spots with ChargePoint cables. There is another located in front of the medical parking lot as well.
For Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can find all four charging points in the medical parking lot. There are four spaces dedicated to charging your vehicle in the EPCOT centre. You can find them at the front of the Journey parking lot.
According to the Disney Food Blog, one of the issues you might face is the availability of charging stations. Some users of ChargePoint charging stations will leave their vehicle there all day while enjoying several hours in the park. It doesn’t help much when there are a limited number of charging zones.
Then there is the price. It could get expensive if you’re not careful. For example, Disney says you pay $0.35 per kWh and a minimum service charge of $1.50. At Animal Kingdom, the app will tell you that it estimates you could pay $4.62 (prices vary over time) for two hours of use. Any other business, though, and you pay a $10 fee if the place doesn’t consume the top-up fee.
EV Charging at Disney Springs
If you’re in the Disney Springs shopping and entertainment area, you’ll find other charging spots to plug in your vehicle. However, these do not use the ChargePoint system. They use the one from ChargeUp, which will require you to download a second app to your phone to use them.
Charging stations are located in Disney Springs parking garages. Three are in the Orange Garage, located on the fifth floor. There are three more at the Lime, including one on the fifth floor. Finally, the grapefruit garage has the remaining three spaces installed on the third floor.
This can be frustrating because not only will you have to install another app on your smartphone, but you will also have to set it up a second time with all your information, in case you want to go to the shopping district the day after you charge the car in one of the theme parks.
The ChargeUp system divides charging costs into a few different areas. Charging your vehicle currently costs $0.35 per kWh. You get a 30 minute grace period, during which you are not charged any parking fees, but once you do, you will end up paying an extra $3. There is also a transaction cost of $0.50 and 5%.
What about electric vehicle charging at Disney World Resorts?
While there are electric charging spots in Disney Resort hotel areas, not all do. Like Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, some don’t have chargers, but they do set up a handful of outlets for guests who check into the hotel. You will need to bring the necessary adapters to charge your car.
Some of the places that use ChargePoint stations are not exactly affiliated with Disney theme parks. The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve Hotel and Wyndham’s Bonnet Creek Resort are two nearby.
You can also find Tesla charging stations, which are one of the most popular stations. The Four Seasons Resort Orlando and the Shades of Green on Walt Disney Resort both have them. That of the Four Seasons contains eight spaces, while the Shades of Green offers connectors to its customers.
Visiting Disney World theme parks doesn’t have to be a hassle when you own an electric vehicle. You should do your research beforehand and have apps downloaded and configured before you go. This way you won’t spend too much time trying to park and recharge and you won’t have much time left for fun in the parks.
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