Are you up for another day on the Disney Wonder….?? Welcome back, I’m Crazy Mom your Cruise Director. We have a full day planed today… so come on grab your swim suit and let’s explore Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island….
Castaway Cay is by far the most exciting stop on your Cruise. On our first Cruise we went on a 4 Day Cruise in April, the weather was not good at all. We weren’t even able to dock at Castaway Cay, we turned around and went back out to Sea. I was a bit disappointed, after all, everyone had talked about how cool Castaway Cay was and who knew if we ever would come back and now they are telling us we can’t go on the Island cause it’s too windy and too cold L So you see things do happen and nothing is always the way you expect it to be in paradise. Disney however was great, we had our Sea day early in hopes to try again the next day. Disney brought out more character appearances, and more entertainment and fun things for the kids like face painting, story time with Snow White and a bunch of unscheduled things so we all would stay busy while we had our unexpected Sea day early. It turned out to be a very busy and wonderful day on deck. So my story behind this, if your itinerary changes unexpected don’t think “Oh we are stuck on this big ol’ boat and have nothing to do”… not at all.. Disney was great, they changed the Navigator within an hour and we all have a new daily planner in hand. The Crew was wonderful in keeping all of us up to date with the weather and everyone was just friendly and helpful. We just had a great time …But the next day we did finally dock on Castaway Cay… the weather wasn’t the best but we still had a awesome time exploring the Island… the second time we went in July and it was two magical stops on the Island…. If it was for me, we could skip the Nassau, Bahamas and just stay on the Mickey Island for days…
Disney has done a marvelous job on building the island from nothing up and now, like the Disney Parks, is a wonderful attraction that is part of their Disney Cruise Destination.
Reserved exclusively for Disney cruise Guests, Castaway Cay is a port-of-call paradise on Disney Cruise Line Bahamian and Caribbean cruise vacations, where you enjoy such tropical leisure as snorkeling, boating, swimming and old-fashioned sunbathing. Disney’s private island in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas is 3.1 by 2.2 miles in size and features a post office with its own unique Castaway Cay postmark.
Things to Do and See
Castaway Cay visitors find an island completely outfitted for premium family leisure, evoking a “happily away from it all” mood. In addition to open-air BBQ dining, a gift shop featuring Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, and island music broadcast throughout the island, you enjoy:
- The Snorkeling Lagoon, the Swimming Lagoon, sports and more at the all-ages Castaway Family Beach
- Swimming, kayaking, sports and more at the private Teen Beach
- Open-air massages with an ocean view, a yoga class and a bar at the secluded, adults-only beach, Serenity Bay
- Biking, nature trails and organized walks and runs
- Watercraft use such as kayaks and paddleboats in the Boat Harbor
- Port Adventures for everyone in the family, including stingray interactions, glass-bottom boat tours, parasailing, fishing, jet ski tours and offshore snorkeling
- Free childcare at Scuttle’s Cove, an expansive child’s area supervised by Disney counselors
- Disney Character Greetings, including a Dance Party with Lilo and Stitch
Past and Present
Formerly known as Gorda Cay, Castaway Cay is located amid the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas, an area first occupied in 1783 by European settlers in exile from the American Revolution. More than two centuries later, Disney purchased the island—used as a location in the classic 1984 Disney film Splash—to create a private paradise for Disney Cruise Line Guests. It took builders 18 months to perfect the rustic, “castaway” landscape and motif that lend the pristine scenery additional charm. Of the island’s 1,000 acres, only 55 have been developed for Guest use, leaving the remaining land unspoiled and untamed.
Castaway Cay invites cruisers to enjoy balmy tropical weather and world-class recreation on a Bahamian oasis with signature Disney hospitality. You may use your Key to the World cards for retail transactions on the island, and can obtain beach towels after disembarking to Castaway Cay. While still on board, be sure to get the Castaway Cay-vents activities schedule from your stateroom so you know when and where to find all the unique island fun
Now you know what Castaway Cay is about. When we dock on the Island, I’m always on Deck checking it out. It is soo cool looking, the water has different shades of Blue and sooo pretty. Here are a few tips for the Island
- Don’t bring any towels, Disney Cruise line will offer towels once you get off the ship and you don’t have to lug around your dirty towels all day, they will even collect them on the way back to the ship, there are stations for towel collections everywhere. Disney tries to make it as easy as possible for you…
- Get off the boat early and have one family member go on the Island and reserve a Hamic for you guys.. they are soo cool…. I could spend all day in there, shaded and just wonderful….
- Disney Island has a place for you to pick up a stroller or Wheelchair for free on the Island, so no need to bring your stroller off the boat, and you won’t get all the sand stuck in your wheels
- No Money needed on the Island, anything you want to buy you can use your Key to the World card, which is tied to you and your credit card, the Key to the world Card is also your Key to your room, so don’t loose it
- The Island has a Happy Hour, meaning ALL alcoholic drinks ( ohh the Pina Colada is soo good) are Buy One Get One Free. They don’t announce it and only experienced cruisers know about that, I think the time changes every time, so make sure once you get on the Island to ask at the Bar what time Happy Hour is. Sometimes from 1- 1:30 other 1-2 you never know… but drinks are usually $5 or so a piece Happy Hour is a great alternative hat’s the only time I get an “Adult” drink.
- Utilize the Kids Club on the Island, your counselors that already got to know you and your little one will be on the Island ready to play with your Tike… Let them watch your little one in the Kids Club while you and Hubby hang out at the Adult Beach
- The Adult Beach has a different Lunch Menu then the regular Buffet, check it out, on Cruises 7 days and longer they even have Lobster and Steak for Lunch… yummy…
- If you are planning on renting snorkels and stuff like that, check out the packages that they have available; we usually rent the Bike, the snorkel and a tube much cheaper in the package then separate.
- If this is your first trip to the Island, I would suggest renting a bike for an hour, there is so much more to explore beyond the shoreline… and lot of unexpected surprises… you never know who or what you may find.
- The Lunch on the Island is great they have a HUGE Fruit Bar, ALL you can eat Tropical Fruit as well as Apples, bananas stuff like that, and they have a BBQ Buffet with Chicken, Ribs and salads and other goodies.. again, all you can eat.
- Recently they opened the new Waterslide… that one is AWESOME… entertainment in itself for hours and best part no extra charge
- Spend time at the Beach.. It is wonderful to relax and just soak up the sun….
- There is so much to do without spending any money on the Island.
Boy, there is so much about the Island, I think we have to spend an extra day here and explore the excursions and other fun things… so for today let’s get back on board and rest up…
Ahoy Mate….. Till we meet again.. Your Cruise Director Crazy Mom…..
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