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Disney Castaway Cay is an island in Bahamas. You stop at this island during a Disney Cruise. There are so many things to do on the island and a lot of it is FREE. We share the top 9 things to do at Castaway Cay, so you do not miss out.
We do love Disney Cruise vacations! If you ask our family, there is one thing we all agree on…our favorite island in the Bahamas is Castaway Cay. The Disney Cruise Line always makes at least one stop to Castaway Cay on almost every Bahamian and Caribbean cruise vacations.
What is Castaway Cay?
Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. This island is only for Disney Cruise Line guests (sailing to Castaway Cay on the Disney Dream, Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, or Disney Fantasy).
Since Castaway Cay is owned and run by Disney, there is magic around every corner. It reminds us of a Disney World theme park in Florida. There are so many things to enjoy at Castaway Cay, we wish it was more than just one day. It is truly an island paradise!
Must Do’s on Castaway Cay During a Disney Cruise
Serenity Bay is the adult only area on Castaway Cay. This is one of the tram stops on Disney Castaway Cay. When the kids want to go into Children Programming, we go to Serenity Bay. You can rent a cabana, get a message on the beach, join the yoga class, relax in beach chairs, walk in the soft white sand, or just enjoy the peace and quiet of this kids free zone. This adult only beach has lots of beach to wander and search for starfish!
Look for a thrill? Try one of the twisting water slides at Pelican Plunge. We love this family beach at Pelican Plunge. The little ones can play in the Spring-A-Leak splash park. The adults can relax in the hammocks and the kids can hit the water slides! There is an open air and closed water slide. Plus, a splash park area with a bucket water drop.
You will have to swim out to Pelican Plunge, so make sure you grab a life jacket for your little ones before you go. Pelican Plunge is a fun activity on Disney’s Castaway Cay.
No need to get back on the ship for lunch. Just walk over to Cookies BBQ or Cookies Too for ribs, chicken, corn, hot dogs, hamburgers, fresh fruit, ice cream, and more. This is one of our favorite meals during a Disney Cruise!
After lunch, be sure you grab two chocolate chip cookies and make an epic ice cream sandwich. It gets a little melty, but so good.
This is a hidden gem that is often missed at Castaway Cay. Book a bike rental and ride along the bike trail to the observation tower. If you are running the 5K, take a minute and climb on up.
It is a fun break during your run and the view is absolutely amazing!
Castaway Cay has its own special postmark and stamps. You can mail a postcard to let everyone know how much fun you’re having on vacation. You may also run into some of your favorite Disney pals for a quick photo.
Did you know that Disney has Children Programming (kids clubs) on the island? You can drop off the kiddos for one hour or two at Scuttle’s Cove, Edge, or Vibe. You can enjoy some relaxing mom and dad time on the beach or at Serenity Bay. The kids can enjoy the play area and you can get a break. Vibe (the teen club) even has their own teen excursions where you bike, hike, kayak, and snorkel. Our kids did this excursion on our last cruise and loved it.
There is a huge snorkeling area at Castaway Cay. There are even marks to help you find sunken ships, Minnie Mouse, and even Mickey Mouse under the water. We love to snorkel in this area. We saw all kinds of fish and even a sea turtle during our last adventure at Castaway Cay.
Conched Out Bar
Ready for an adult beverage? The conch cooler is delicious! Check your personal navigator for drink specials on alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic drinks. You can usually find an offer of 2 for 1 drinks.
The Conched Out Bar is tucked away near Pelican Plunge and has a great view of the snorkeling area and Disney Cruise ship. You may even be able to spot your own stateroom.
She Sells Sea Shells…and Everything Else
Pick up your Castaway Cay merchandise at this location. You can find sand toys to play on the Castaway family beaches, t-shirts, beach towels, 5K merchandise, and so much more. You just use your Key to the World card to purchase any souvenirs.
In Da Shade Games
Take a break from the sun and enjoy this pavilion where you can play basketball, billiards, ping-pong, shuffleboard, and more. This is a lot of fun for the whole family.
Favorite Disney Characters
Since this island is owned and run by Disney, you may see some of your favorite Disney Characters around the island. You can find the times and locations of the meet and greets inside your Disney Cruise app. One of our favorite spots for a photo op is with the characters in front of Mount Rustmore.
Castaway Cay is such a wonderful getaway for the whole family. These are our favorite things to do on Castaway Cay. A few more honorable mentions include the Castaway Cay 5K, Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure, and Parasailing. You can book these port adventures on the Disney Cruise Ships (before arriving to Castaway Cay).
If you feel like soaking up some more Disney Cruise, be sure you check out our Disney Cruise playlist on YouTube with over 80 videos!
Do you have a favorite spot on Castaway Cay? What is your favorite?