More EV charging stations are coming to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World

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Disney Springs EV chargers construction Watermelon lot - September 2022
Posted: Tuesday September 20, 2022 11:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney Springs will soon have more electric vehicle charging stations with upcoming additions to the surface parking lot.

Construction is underway at the front of the Watermelon surface lot, directly across from Cirque du Soleil. Four chargers are currently being installed, with an additional four to be added at a later date.

Chargepoint is the likely provider, similar to the existing charge stations at the Walt Disney World theme parks. The existing chargers on the rooftop of the Orange Parking garage will remain.

Walt Disney World has EV chargers at all four Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney Coronado Springs Resort, and Disney Springs. However, with each location only having a handful of charges, availability is very limited.

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bhg4697 days ago

The interior is a padded cell with a tablet.. my argument was that the interior is touted as luxurious when just about every other brand has more appealing look and feel. Don't even get me started on that idiotic yoke style steering wheel.. they make some quick cars but they're not exactly open wheel race cars. And the pricing on the large manufacturer evs across the board went up immediately when the government decided to offer better incentives. That's just greed combined with low supply and high demand.

mkt7 days ago

3% of all new car sales are EVs at the moment, and demand is increasing on a daily basis. Leads with my employer for EVs are up over 100%. And as of now, every single EV we drop off at dealers is already presold or has a list of customers waiting to buy it, and our plants are running at capacity with more on the way. It won't end in a decade, it's here to stay. Just like people said iphones were a fad 15 years ago, and craft breweries were 30 years ago. Consumers tastes change. Also, the average commuter in the US drives 35 miles a day. Even IF your car gets a horrible 2miles/kwh, that's 17.5 kwh, let's round it up to 20 kwh. That's hardly an issue for our grid, especially with our population stagnating and en route to decline. You aren't charging a battery from 0-100% every day, you're just topping it off. It's not a fad, it's economics. I see the supplier costs go up regularly, and unfortunately car prices go up with that. But yeah, Teslas are NOT luxurious at all. My wife's top trim Mazda CX-5 is more luxurious than my brother-in-law's Model S. I thought it over and posted another reply, but I think a better solution is 3-4 HUGE EV fast charging/supercharging stations on site with food and merchandise on premises, mostly analogous to the gas stations that are already on property. Something like this: Define cheap and define crappy range. The Chevy Bolt and EUV both have over 250 miles for under $30k out the door and the Nissan Leaf plus is about $32k and has a 220-230 mile range. With the average new car price hovering at almost $50k in the US, these are both cheap and with a usable range. Agreed, nuclear power IS the solution to global warming. The power plants can be built 100 percent safe I agree wholeheartedly - but it needs to be done to a standard and maintained, with a competent authority regulating them. I do not trust then to regulate themselves. They have a cult it’s like Apple….is the iPhone the best phone from an actual performance stand point? Often not. However it has the ecosystem and the status that was established by being revolutionary. I would also argue although an expensive extra auto pilot is a luxury item. (As an aside cheap EVs still have crappy range IMO) Tesla is absolutely a cult, but no one can argue that they're the ones responsible for making both 1- the first cool EV that people actually want, and 2- bringing EVs to the mainstream. Before Tesla, EVs in the US were mostly a California-centric/Northeast corridor things. Then the leaf and Model S went national and sold. But the $39k Tesla product absolutely destroys competitors Nissan Leaf or Chevy Bolt in all categories at very similar pricing. Cult following is typically for a reason, just like with Apple. There is no $39k Tesla product. The $47k cheapest Tesla is over $50k after all taxes and fees are paid here in Florida. The Bolt and Bolt EUV can be had for under $30k on-road right now. The Nissan Leaf as well, but with its well known short battery life, isn't the best idea unless you live in a moderate climate.

TehPuddingMan7 days ago

I love my Tesla. True, it doesn’t have the most luxury interior, but it’s an absolute blast to drive. I hope the EV chargers at Disney Springs is just the beginning of Disney offering more locations, especially at the parks.

wdwmagic7 days ago

But the $39k Tesla product absolutely destroys competitors Nissan Leaf or Chevy Bolt in all categories at very similar pricing. Cult following is typically for a reason, just like with Apple.

matt91128 days ago

They have a cult it’s like Apple….is the iPhone the best phone from an actual performance stand point? Often not. However it has the ecosystem and the status that was established by being revolutionary. I would also argue although an expensive extra auto pilot is a luxury item. (As an aside cheap EVs still have crappy range IMO) I agree on the nuclear front but nobody wants it. The eco friendly folks won’t let it get put in the green basket and a lot of people think a modern western Westinghouse is somehow remotely related to an RBKM. The fear is rediculous and overblown. There’s also the fact transmission lines likely can’t handle an electric America. As well as all the associated infrastructure. Than there’s the cost even if we scaled up with nuclear and grid storage etc. electric rates will go up they will have to somebody will have to pay for it all and it’s not linear. Couple that with the fact charging is often more expensive than gas if you can’t charge at home for whatever reason. What do all the apartment dwellers do? A lot of unanswered questions. Everyone is full speed EV when in reality hybrid and gas had a lot left in the tank no pun intended. But companies have largely abandoned that in the persuit of PR stardom and government bucks. I think there’s a place for gas 20 years from now but that’s just me.

Disstevefan18 days ago

Agreed, nuclear power IS the solution to global warming. The power plants can be built 100 percent safe There are many different fuels that can be used and there are fuels that the waste can be fed back in. Also depending on the fuel, the waste produced is harmless. Today's nuke plants use the fuel they do because it's the same material needed for nuclear missiles I also agree, if we are turning everything into electric, the US infrastructure would need a lot of work. I know this will not happen in my time on earth.

matt91128 days ago

Would need a very large volume of chargers. And probably a high flat fee. 30 bucks or something to park there and charge no additional fees

Andrew C8 days ago

Understatement of the year.

JoeCamel8 days ago

bhg4698 days ago

The "fad" is overpricing EVs because Tesla does. Anyone who tells me a tesla interior is luxurious is absolutely lying to themselves.. Once battery technology advances a little further, they will overtake internal combustion engines vehicles for a lot. The country does however need to get their S together and build more nuclear though.. So many environmental issues could be greatly reduced by using it.

Disstevefan18 days ago

Just under 1% of all the cars in the US are fully electric vehicles. This is a WONDERFUL time for EV drivers as there is no demand for charging stations. Even if it takes a decade for the EV fad to end, I do not think there will be enough EV drivers to be a problem. If the EV fad does catch on, the US will have a have a HUGE problem for anyone who needs electricity for anything. Our electric companies and the infrastructure cannot support it; not to mention how the price for electricity will skyrocket.

JoeCamel8 days ago

If Disney can find a partner it will happen but I doubt they will act alone

mkt8 days ago

Oh thank god, an app most EV owners use.

wdwmagic8 days ago

Looks like they may be Chargepoint, but not confirmed.