The FuelRod saga continues! Just days after it was announced that a class action lawsuit had been filed against the portable (once-upon-a-time-unlimited-swappable) charger, FuelRod appears to be reversing its decision to charge for charger swaps!
After creating quite a stir online (and in DFB comments!), it appears that FuelRod stations at Walt Disney World locations are not currently advising of the new fee. We found this station with its “Swapping will be $3 as of 11/1/19” sticker at BoardWalk Inn and Villas recently, and today: no sticker! Another DFB reporter was able to confirm the current charge fee reversal this morning when she swapped out her FuelRod with no fee.
We called and spoke with FuelRod and they informed us that it was the Disney Parks, not FuelRod, that chose to add the fee initially. Disney had decided to suspend the increase due to the negative guest reaction. They expected Disney to make a formal announcement soon. Note the keyword there is “suspended,” meaning the charge COULD return down the road, but for the time being it appears we can continue to swap for free!
What does this mean for users? For now, they’ll be able to exchange spent chargers as needed without paying $3 each time. And, if our followers are any indication, plenty of users may head a different direction after growing frustrated with the handling of this situation. (See these suggested methods for surviving without a FuelRod!)
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Let us know what you think about the latest addition to the FuelRod saga in the comments below. Will you stick with your FuelRod or find a different solution?