For those of you with dead device woes, the Magic Kingdom has added mobile device charging lockers to its list of free services. There are 6 lockers located in the Space Mountain gift shop and 12 at Cosmic Ray’s. The stations of lockers by manufacturer Brightbox are free to use, but use a credit card as the “key”.
How do you use them? Each unit is equipped with an easy-to-use guidance screen. Swipe a credit or debit card to open a locker. You won’t be charged a fee for the service, but the system uses your card to identify you and open the locker when you retrieve your device. Blue lockers are open, red lockers have devices charging in them, and green lockers have devices that have been charged and are ready to be retrieved. Plug your device into one of three cords in the locker (provided are Apple lightning cable, Apple 30-pin cable, and a MicroUSB cable). You cannot use your own cord to charge your device.
Close the locker, which should now have a red light, and go on about your Magic Kingdom way. Phones take 35 minutes or more to charge, depending on the phone. Allow for about as much time as you would if you plugged your phone into an outlet at home. When the light is green, swipe your card again, open your locker, and retrieve your phone. The process is simple and again, it’s free, so it should be a great deal more convenient than leaving your phone at Guest Relations or sitting at a wall outlet in the park waiting for your battery to charge.
Even though the process is simple, there are a few questions that you should know the answers to before using:
- You cannot charge multiple devices in one locker. Each is designed to charge and monitor only one device.
- You can’t charge tablets. The lockers are only about 9.5 inches wide and less than 6 inches deep. It’s possible that even some of the larger model phones may not fit.
- Though the manufacturer insists that the chambers are safe from data corruption, the best way to be sure your phone’s data won’t be stolen (and that you get a great charge) is to turn your phone off completely before plugging it in.
- Other devices (external batteries, camera batteries, music players, etc) that use these cords can be charged as long as they fit in the compartment.
Special thanks to @Brand_Glover for the photos used in this article.