Welcome back on the Disney Wonder… I’m Crazy Mom your Cruise Director for this magical Journey.
As promised we are back on Castaway Cay, one of the most beautiful and memorable places I have been. Disney has not spared a thing on this island. My entire family loves Castaway Cay, I think Disney should open Vacation rentals on the Island and I would be the first one to book 6 weeks… It’s beautiful there and what amazed me the most how clean it is. You spend hours on the beach, running to the restroom, or eating lunch on a bench outside, you know how dirty things get, even at a waterpark.. I always feel sooo ikk… walking into a restroom or sitting down to eat, because everything is just “wet”…. Well, I don’t know how Disney does it, but the Island is in immaculate shape. The restroom is always spotless, honestly, and I know that’s not a “good” thing to say about a restroom, but you have to know me, I’m a germ freak and let’s face it, restrooms have germs… well anyhow, the restrooms on the Disney Island are clean enough to where you could even bring your food in… I know sounds weird, but I’m trying to make a point.. It is spotless…. To be honest the entire ship is spotless.. and I’m amazed every time we go, on how clean everything is. Disney and the entire crew does a fantastic job of keeping things clean.
Well, now that I got that off my chest, let’s move on to spending the day on the most tropical fun island that you have ever been to. Castaway Cay…. Disney’s Private Island in the Bahamas. All your favorite Disney friends will join you on the Island for lots of Photo Opportunities…. I know I repeat myself over and over, BUT I want to make sure you remember… BRING YOU CAMERA….. Mickey and Co. will pop up anywhere anytime and spend time with you and your family one on one if you are lucky… On our last trip July 2010, the entire family wanted to get some shade and the Tween and the Teen wanted to play Table Tennis (is that the name.. that’s how we call it in Germany, and sorry if you don’t know it yet, I’m German and that may be why some of my posts sound a little funny to you..lol.. yup but I try my best to get the English grammar down…lol) anyways, we wall went to play Table tennis in the Sport Pavilion on the Island and not even five minutes later, who shows up…. Pluto.. he wanted to hang out with some of his friends “US”… there was only one other boy in the pavilion and Pluto and us.. we all had soo much fun; he challenged the kids to Ping Pong (that may be the English word..lol) tournaments, Basketball Hoop shoot out and a game of chess, what a blast it was…. Pluto spend a good 15 minutes hanging out in the Pavilion before he left to enjoy his day on the Island… that isn’t something you will encounter in any of the Disney Parks.. I just love the one and one attention each and every character gives you and your family during your stay. Everyone on the boat be it the characters or the crew will make this a memorable trip for everyone…
If a bike tour isn’t your thing how about spending an hour with the Sting rays, feeding and playing, snorkeling in the water? We did that on our second cruise, just hubby and I and it was a blast. You get an instruction and history lesson about the Stingrays, and stingrays are my all time favorite creators… so this was a lot of fun. The instructor is very knowledgeable and will tell you anything and everything you ever wanted to know about those wonderful Sting rays that are actually all over the water on Castaway Cay…. Once our Theory Lesson was over it was time to hit the water with my favorite animal.. the Sting Ray. They came right up on shore, and stayed there the entire excursion, for like an hour. We fed them, played with them, padded them .. it was a ton of fun; some where HUGE some were tinny.. it was just amazing to see how they come up and interact with visitors… loved it.. that is something you should do.. after we fed the Stingrays it was time to snorkel with the rest of the fish.. unbelievable how many fish you could see in water that was knee deep… just amazing… and the best part all these fish are ALL over the beach and everywhere.. the water is just so clean and perfect… it truly is paradise!!!
If you rather want to hang out on the beach, which I love to do, and between all the umbrellas and Palm Trees, who wouldn’t want o spend as much time on the beach as you can.. best part, you don’t have to clean the dirty towels, just turn them in before you leave the beach and Disney will gladly bring them on board and get them washed …. That makes it even more fun to lay around and be lazy… Last summer Disney opened a super cool new water feature on the Island, called Pelican Plunch.. Check out this cool video I found… that describes this awesome “water park” that is completely FREE for you and your family to enjoy… providing you can swim, because you have to swim out to the platforms to get to the slides….
Move on to the next cool attraction, a brand-new, 2,400-square-foot water play area called Spring-a-Leak helps guests cool off while immersing them in what appears to be the remnants of a washed-away beach dwelling leaning in the direction of the prevailing winds. The watery fun begins as guests enter the storm-ravaged structure, greeted by dripping pipes, broken plumbing and hissing misters, exposed and twisted by the tropical tempest that wiped out the original structure.
A “splash pad” is the focal point and gives the impression of water pooled on the ground. Water jets squirt, spray and saturate guests. Shade is provided by leftover pieces of the corrugated steel roof, aged and distressed fabric and the occasional palm tree growing up through the floor foundation. Parents can relax and have a seat – or, better yet, join in the fun – as kids frolic in the wet and whimsical setting.
The “hub” of youth activities on the island, Scuttle’s Cove, will feature a new water play area for the youngest Disney Cruise Line guests to splash and enjoy as part of supervised youth activities on Castaway Cay. A 1,200-square-foot soft wet deck area provides fresh-water fun with an array of pop jets, geysers and bubblers. Overhead, shade sails circle the area like a compass and marine props – a captain’s wheel, boat oars, life preservers and nautical rope – complete the castaway theme.
As you can see there is soo much to do on Castaway Cay whether it be laying lazy in the sun enjoying the Tropical Sunshine, or spending time on the Island… lots to do and friends to see. If you decide to have some “Alone” time without the kids, Serenity Bay is perfect for just the Adults, NO KIDS ALLOWED….You can just hang out read a book, spend time with Hubby and enjoy the Island, the water and the sun…. this is YOUR vacation, too… relax and enjoy it!!!!
I had a lot of messages asking if there is really a lot to do on the boats.. and YES there is so much you really can’t get it all in one trip.. I found this video from Disney and I would love to share with you .. It gives you a little inside on the kids clubs, the entertainment and how much fun it is.
Until we meet again.. Enjoy Castaway Cay, keep that sunscreen coming …. Enjoy your trip…. Your Cruise Director Crazy Mom
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