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7 Fun Facts About Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island Paradise

How much do you know about Castaway Cay? No matter how many times you’ve been to Disney’s private island paradise, there’s a good chance that you still learn something new with each visit. If you’re looking forward to your first day at this little slice of paradise in the Bahamas, here are seven fun facts about Castaway Cay …

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The island is reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. If the Castaway Cay post office is open, be sure to stop by to mail a message (and brag) to friends back home. Also check out the merchandise you can only get on the island, like beachwear, hats and collectible pins with the Castaway Cay logo, at She Sells Sea Shells … and Everything Else!

You can walk right off the ship to the island. The dock built at Castaway Cay eliminates the need to tender, making the ship easily accessible throughout the day. Trams provide transportation to and from various points on the 1,000-acre island. All you’ll need is your Key to the World card to get on and off the ship as you please.

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There’s something for everyone. Disney Imagineers designed Castaway Cay much like their ships, with unique activities and areas for every age group. Places for the family to spend time together are plenty, but when it’s time to do your own thing, kids can head to Scuttle’s Cove, teens to the secluded Hide Out and adults to the pristine Serenity Bay.

All that you need is included. From complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas to an all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffet and ice cream station, Disney has you covered. They even provide beach towels, wagons and strollers to make your day more comfortable. There isn’t much you’ll need to bring onto the island with you, except for of course plenty of sunblock and a good book!

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There are plenty of Port Adventures options for your family. Just like in other Disney Cruise Line destinations, they work with local operators to offer excursions such as parasailing, deep sea fishing and boat tours. Plus, you won’t want to miss the activities exclusive to the island, including Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure, the Castaway Cay Walking and Kayak Nature Adventure and the teen-only Wild Side Adventure.

The island is stocked with toys for water sports enthusiasts. Water cycles, paddleboats, sea kayaks, sailboats, stand-up paddle boards, floats and snorkel gear are all available to rent. There’s also a watercraft ski adventure for the chance to drive a personal watercraft through mangroves and around the island.

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You can stay cool even in the warm sunshine. Besides joining the water fun with one of the many activities listed above, the Pelican Plunge slide is a great way to cool off. When you need a break from the sun, shaded areas are located around the island, including covered seating near the lunch buffets and bars, In Da Shade Game Pavilion and private rental cabanas.

What are your favorite fun facts about Castaway Cay? How many days until your next Disney cruise?

Eight Things You Need to Know About Castaway Cay

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Most Disney cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s gorgeous private island paradise in the Bahamas. With a family beach, an adults only beach, water playgrounds, and more, your whole family will love spending the day here!

Once you choose your tropical getaway to Castaway Cay, be sure to read up on these eight things you need to know about Castaway Cay before you visit …

1. The island is your own slice of Bahamian paradise. Castaway Cay is reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, and only one ship docks there at a time. This means you get more of that powdery white sand to yourself as you enjoy the island’s lush landscape and turquoise waters. Plus, Bahamian shops and a post office add local flavor to your day in the Abacos.

2. All that you need for a fun beach day is included. Towels, beach chairs, umbrellas? We’ve got you covered. Lunch? A delicious all-you-care-to-eat buffet and soda fountains are steps away from the family beach. The only thing you need to bring is sunblock (though if you forget it, you can always purchase a bottle at one of the island’s shops).

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3. It’s easy to get around. The dock at Castaway Cay means you’re one step closer to fun in the sun since you don’t need to take a tender boat from the ship. Then it’s just a short walk to the tram, which will take you to various points on the 1,000-acre island. Want a more adventurous way to explore? Rent a bicycle and stretch your sea legs!

4. The island is a haven for water sport enthusiasts. Take a banana boat thrill ride or cast off on a fishing tour. In addition to more than a dozen guided Port Adventures out on the water, paddleboats, water cycles, sea kayaks, sailboats, stand-up paddle boards and snorkel gear are all available to rent.

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5. Your stateroom key card is gold. You’ll need it to get off and on the ship and make purchases on the island. Treat your family to frozen drinks at the Olaf-inspired Summertime Freeze or yourself to Bahamian specialty drinks at one of the bars. Then shop our collection of exclusive Castaway Cay merchandise at She Sells Sea Shells…and Everything Else!

6. There’s something for everyone. Just like on the ship, kids, tweens and teens have activities and spaces designed specifically for them. And while your little ones ages 3-12 are hanging out with the youth counselors at Scuttle’s Cove, you can get some “me time” at our pristine stretch of beach reserved for adults.

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7. Castaway Cay has all the ingredients for fun and relaxation. Fly high above the island on a parasail adventure, snorkel in a 12-acre lagoon, or lounge in a hammock gazing at the crystal-clear waters. Start the day off right with yoga on the beach, or for the ultimate indulgence, schedule a massage in a private cabana at the adult-exclusive Serenity Bay.

8. Disney pals join the fun on the island, too. You won’t want to miss a warm hug from Olaf or a high-five from Goofy. Bring your camera for that perfect photo opp with Mickey and the gang wearing island attire in front of a picturesque backdrop—turquoise water, silky sand and swaying palm trees.

Want a taste of the island life? Check out which of our cruises you can take to visit this one-of-a-kind destination!

Top Ten Things to Do at Castaway Cay

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Castaway Cay is Disney’s very own private island paradise in the Caribbean. When you enjoy a Disney Cruise Line vacation, chances are, you will have the opportunity to spend a day at Castaway Cay. Here is a list of the top then things to do at Castaway Cay to help you start planning how you’d like to spend your day in paradise.

1. Start your day off relaxed with yoga on the beach.

Be one of the first off the ship and to the peaceful Serenity Bay for morning yoga, one of the many fitness classes included with your cruise. You can practice relaxing yoga techniques on the warm sand of this pristine beach, while you’re just steps away from calm, turquoise waters.

2. Get wet with swimming, snorkeling and floating.
Castaway Family Beach is home to special swimming and snorkeling lagoons for those who want to cool off. You can drift on floats or in inner tubes, swim with tropical fish and search for sunken treasures, including a hidden Mickey!

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3. Get up-close and personal with stingrays.
Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure gives you the chance to feed, touch and snorkel with stingrays in a private lagoon. This up-close encounter also includes a fun info session led by a marine specialist with interesting facts about stingrays.

4. Enjoy the crystal clear water from above.
Parasailing, water cycling, paddle boating, paddle boarding, kayaking and sailboating are all ways you can enjoy the ocean without even getting in it!

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5. Make a huge splash at Pelican Plunge.
Just a short swim from shore, venture to the floating Pelican Plunge for tons of get-wet fun. A giant “bucket dump” is sure to soak you, and two water slides – one open and the other enclosed – take you on a twisting ride into the lagoon.

6. Take a photograph with your favorite Disney friends.
Enjoy lots of photo ops with Disney characters in their island attire. Character meet-and-greets in front of iconic backdrops like the ship and Mt. Rustmore make for great family pictures!

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7. Explore the 1,000-acre island on foot or bicycle.
There are a number of paths to the island’s interior that can be explored either on foot or bicycle. The morning runDisney Castaway Cay 5K is a great way to get to know the island and take in the lush tropical landscape, without costing you a thing!

8. Send “snail mail” from the Bahamian post office.
Castaway Cay has its own post office where you can send a message to family and friends back home. Bahamian stamps are required, making it even more fun to mail a souvenir postcard to yourself to commemorate your time on the island!

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9. Climb the 40-foot-tall observation tower.

For a breathtaking view of Castaway Cay and the ship in the distance, you can journey down the bike trail toward the interior of the island and climb 47 steps to the top of the observation tower. Don’t forget your camera!

10. Join in on a unique family activity like only Disney can do.

One-of-a-kind island activities are great ways for your family to have fun together. Cheer on a new “friend” in the crab races or excavate artificial whale bones and other fossilized treasures in the Family Whale Dig.

What would you most like to do at Castaway Cay?

Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog for sharing the top ten things to do at Castaway Cay with us!

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Disney Cruise Line Will Add New Itineraries and Ports in 2014

In 2014, Disney Cruise Line will add new itineraries and ports, including an expanded collection of European cruises highlighting the Greek Isles. Plus, Disney Cruise Line will depart for the first time from home ports in Venice, Italy, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Mediterranean from Venice and Barcelona

  • Departures from May 31 – Aug. 30, 2014
  • Disney Magic® returns to the Mediterranean with exciting new ports and popular destinations, treating your Clients to the best of Europe.
  • For the first time, Disney Cruise Line will use Venice, Italy, as a homeport for select sailings. During these cruises, the ship will overnight in Venice, giving your Clients the opportunity to experience an evening in the spectacular city.
  • Other new destinations include Katakolon, Rhodes, Heraklion (Crete), Santorini and Corfu, Greece, and Catania, Sicily.


Caribbean from San Juan

  • Departures from Sept. 20 – Oct. 11, 2014
  • Disney Cruise Line will homeport in San Juan for the first time in 2014, sailing four cruises to the Southern Caribbean, including Grenada – a new port of call for Disney.
  • Known as the “Spice Isle,” Grenada offers your Clients a lush and lively destination filled with spice estates, tropical gardens, beautiful beaches, thrilling diving, snorkeling, fishing and exploration through mountain landscapes and waterfalls.


Alaska from Vancouver

  • Departures from May 24 – Sept. 1, 2014
  • Disney Wonder® will sail 7-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska. One special 9-night cruise calls on Sitka, Alaska – a first for Disney Cruise Line.


Disney Cruise Line will continue to offer a variety of sailings from Port Canaveral and Miami, Florida, in 2014. Most itineraries include a visit to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Email spreadingmagic@gmail.com today to book your Disney Cruise Line vacation!