Magically Electric: Disney Theme Parks Expand EV Charging Stations

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Two of the most popular travel destinations in America have just become a little bit more eco-minded with their addition of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations.

Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida have both installed EV charging stations through ChargePoint in selected parking areas for guests.

The first EV stations were installed at Disneyland Resort, in the first floor of the Mickey & Friends parking structure. With the installation of 20 charging ports, the guest parking area became one of Southern California’s largest collection of public EV charging stations.

In a separate area reserved for Disneyland cast member parking, an additional 10 charging ports were installed, bringing the grand total on Disneyland Resort property to 30 EV charging stations.

At Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort, only four ChargePoint parking structures have been installed, and at only one of the four theme parks on property. Each theme park has its own parking lot that must be accessed separately.

The EV charging stations are located in the first row of the Journey parking lot at Epcot. The theme park’s name – Epcot – is an acronym for the words Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, so it is fitting that the new technology would be housed at this location.

The charging stations in Florida were added in the second half of 2014. Perhaps because when Walt Disney World Resort joined the Drive Electric Orlando program in 2013, it was obvious that the destination had no way of supporting the program, as evidenced in this map showing EV charging stations in Orlando.

The greater central Florida area, which includes Orlando, now has more than 300 charging stations.

At both the Disneyland and Disney World locations, guests should ask the parking booth attendant where and how to access the EV charging stations to use while in the theme parks.

Currently, ChargePoint is the world’s largest EV charging network, with over 19,000 charging stations.

Disney guests will still need to pay the ChargePoint charging rates while fueling up at the parks. Parking fees still apply, which is $17 at both locations, unless you are staying in an on-site hotel, have an annual pass, or another option that offers complimentary parking.

Feature image courtesy of Tom Bricker 

 

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