Complete Guide to Disney Castaway Cay

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Disney Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island located in the Bahamas. This destination has so much to offer guests during their visit including snorkeling, a water play area, character interactions, a buffet lunch, and more. This is your complete guide to Disney Castaway Cay.

What is Disney Castaway Cay?

Disney Castaway Cay is a private island in the Bahamas available to guests who sail with Disney Cruise Line. The island is a favorite for many guests as it features gorgeous crystal-blue water and everything guests need for a day in paradise. Throughout the year, Disney ships that sail out of Miami and Port Canaveral visit the island including the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. Some sailings even have what is referred to as a “double-dip” – two visits to Disney Castaway Cay in one sailing.

Unlike some locations where the ship has to be tendered, guests have easy access to get off and on the ship during their visit. In addition, there are trams available to help navigate the island.

Things to See & Do

Castaway Family Beach

Relax the day away at this gorgeous beach. You have your choice of relaxing by the water, going for a swim, snorkeling, and more.

Snorkeling Lagoon

Whether you are a novice or a pro, you will love exploring the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon. You’re likely to find marine life and more, including a Hidden Mickey! The Discover Trail is designed for novices while more experienced snorkelers will love the Explorer Trail.

Boat Rentals

Head out on the boat of your choice and float along the blue waters of the lagoon with a gorgeous view of the ship in the background. Options include kayaks, paddleboats, aqua trikes, or a stand-up paddleboard.

Gil’s Fins and Boats

Stop here to rent snorkel gear for the whole family. This is also where you can rent kayaks, paddleboats, aqua trikes, and more.

Flippers & Floats

Stop here to rent inner tubes, snorkel masks, and fins to float along or swim through the lagoon!

Pelican Plunge

This floating platform is a fun water-play area complete with two twisting water slides that take you splashing into the lagoon.

Teen Hideout

This is the perfect spot for teens – ages 14 to 17 – to relax and hang out in paradise.

In Da Shade Game Pavilion

Head to this shady spot to play games including table tennis, foosball, billiards, and basketball. It’s located right near Castaway Family Beach.

Sports Beach

Join in the fun here with your choice of beloved beach fun including volleyball and tetherball.

Character Appearances

Throughout the day, look for your favorite Disney friends on the island. Make sure you have those cameras ready!

Cabana Rentals

If you are looking for your own private retreat while visiting the island, cabana rentals are available on the family beach and at Serenity Bay. These cabana rentals are very popular and are subject to availability.

Castaway Cay 5K

Are you ready to go the distance in paradise? Join in the 5K around Disney Castaway Cay as you walk or run along the airstrip to the observation tower and past the gorgeous shoreline to the finish. All guests who finish the race receive an exclusive Disney Castaway Cay 5K medal. A Premium Package option is also available for purchase, with a cinch sack, water bottle, and hat. This event is open to guests aged 10 and older.

Serenity Bay

This part of the island is secluded and reserved for adults only. Enjoy an open-air cabana massage or stop at the Castaway Air Bar to grab a frozen drink. Then, put your toes in the sand and enjoy the ocean breeze!

Shopping

Stop by She Sells Sea Shells…And Everything Else to check out exclusive beachwear, hats, souvenirs, and more! There are also some other shops on the island selling beachwear, hats, etc.

Olaf’s Summertime Freeze

Cool off with a refreshing specialty frozen drink, served in your choice of souvenir cups. This beverage stand is complete with everyone’s favorite snowman and is located near the Castaway Cay Family Beach, by the Pelican Point tram stop.

Dining

While you enjoy your day at Disney Castaway Cay, you do not need to worry about your lunch! A buffet-style lunch is included with your visit. You can choose from three different locations on the island, depending on where you are. The options include:

  • Cookie’s BBQ
  • Cookie’s Too
  • Serenity Bay BBQ

All three restaurants have similar options including burgers, chicken, ribs, fish, and your choice of sides. There is a soft-serve ice cream station at the two restaurants near the family beach.

In addition, there are three bars on the island serving your choice of beverages, including a drink of the day.

Port Adventures

If you are looking for some adventure on your day at Castaway Cay, there are plenty of opportunities for fun! Guests can book any of these Port Adventures once their booking window opens, based on your Castaway Club status.

These excursions may also be available closer to your sail date or even once you are onboard the ship.

  • Bicycle Rentals
  • Aqua Trike Rentals
  • Snorkel Lagoon Equipment
  • Castaway Cay Bottom Fishing
  • Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure
  • Glass Bottom Boat Scenic Voyage
Castaway Cay Map

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