iPhone Battery Saving Tips While at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

This post was written by my Disney buddy and fellow iPhone evangelist, Alex Goldman.
Amanda Tinney and Alex Goldman at Epcot

Amanda Tinney and Alex Goldman at Epcot

Having been a Disney Annual Passholder for the second year in a row and also having my iPhone for almost two years, I have had days at the parks where I ended up having my battery almost depleted. I figured out after a while that for a few hours, I did not need my email notifications, game notifications and faster 3G Internet while at The Most Magical Place On Earth. I’m assuming that most people who will be visiting the parks may be able to benefit from my tips and hopefully not have to worry about their iPhone’s battery dying while being far away from a charger. Included are screenshots from my iPhone 3Gof where to go, and my recommendations on what to disable for the day.First let’s start out with your home screen. Here is where you can find your Settings button, unless you rearranged your home screen.

iPhone ScreenshotOnce you locate the Settings button, press it and it will open the following menu.

iPhone Settings Screenshot

You won’t be needing your Wi-Fi turned on while in the parks so that’s an easy feature that can surely save you some battery life once it’s turned off. You access this menu by pressing the Wi-Fi button from the Settings Menu. Once in the Wi-Fi Networks menu, swipe the ON button to the OFF position.

iPhone WiFi Screenshot

My next tip is to go to the Notifications menu. You access this by pressing the Settings back button. Once in here you will see the applications which have notification capabilities. I’m sure you won’t be needing your Facebook or Words With Friends Push Notifications.

iPhone Notifications Screenshot

To disable the Notifications, simply swipe the ON button to OFF and you won’t be receiving notifications to your phone.

iPhone Notifications Off Screenshot

Another tip is to disable the 3G on your iPhone which places it on the EDGE network. AT&T coverage is good in Orlando, but if there are so many people on the 3G service in a small area it becomes very slow and spotty. Go back to the main Settings menu, and press general. Once in the General menu, press Network.

General Screenshot

To disable the 3G service, swipe the ON button to OFF on the Enable 3G portion of the screen. It will explain that “Using 3G loads data faster, but may decrease battery life.” Even with the 3G turned off, I am able to send Tweets using my favorite Twitter App Tweetie to my twitter account @Al3xg. The only slowdown would be posting photos, but it’s not really too noticeable after awhile.

iPhone Network Screenshot

Another good tip would be to lower your screen brightness. You access the Brightness menu from the settings main menu. If the screen is too high or bright during the day, it’s extremely simple to go back and lower or raise it.

iPhone Brightness Screenshot

Like I had mentioned earlier, I don’t choose to have my email notifications while in the parks, or actually in general. On my MacBook Pro I launch my Mail program whenever I want to read my mail. So saying that, I have the email notifications off on my phone. This also helps with saving power. You access the email push menu by pressing the Mail, Contacts, Calendar button on the main menu page of the Settings menu.

While in this menu press Fetch New Data.

iPhone Push Screenshots

From within this menu, disable Push feature by swiping the ON button to OFF. Also instead of having it your email Fetched at either 15, 30 or 60 minutes, just disable the Fetch and select Manually so you will have to open the Mail app to check your email.

I’ve also noticed that some attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean don’t have any service at all and are pretty much Dead Zones. Get it.. dead zones? Maybe it’s the ghost of the pirates! Well in that case, you won’t be using the phone service. If you go to the main page of the Settings menu, there is an area called Airplane Mode. I highly recommend turning Airplane Mode ON during the line and attraction for this and probably many of the other WDW attractions. To turn on the Airplane Mode, just swipe the OFF button next to Airplane Mode to ON and the little airplane in the top left will fly out.

iPhone Airplane Mode Screenshot

I hope these tips will help you out on your next Walt Disney World and also Disneyland trip!!!

If you have any questions, just send me a tweet at @Al3xg.  And be sure to check out my Disney Photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/agoldman/.


  • Julie says:

    The absolute best way to save battery power AND get the most out of a trip to Disney? Don't bring the phone. 🙂

  • Kristin says:

    Wow! I needed this post! My only suggestion is to consider investing in this case: http://www.amazon.com/Mophie-Juice-Rechargeable

    It will recharge your phone while you use it and essentially give it another full charge. It is a little bit pricey and there are cheaper alternatives.

    I'm going to be blogging from the Disney parks so I am excited to learn new tips. 🙂

  • I have the morphie or mophie juice phone case for the iPhone and it allows me to keep my settings the same and it's a case with a battery built in. Once your main battery is getting close to 10% left, There is a tiny switch on the bottom of the case that you switch from red to green. It turns on the battery built into the case and voilà you have a whole new charged up battery without going to outlets to charge up your iPhone. I am deaf and am constantly on facebook or texting or emailing so this allows me to all that all day long and I don't plug it in til midnight when I head to bed. It's worth the investment.

  • Zanna says:

    I shall save this post for when that glorious day comes when I, too, own an iPhone. 😉 Great post, Alex!!

  • ::gasp:: I don't know if I would have the willpower to do that =D

  • I need to give in and get one of those I spose.

  • When you plug it in will it charge the juice pack and the phone at the same time?

  • Which I hope will be soon. Still love your kids slimline phones

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