Ever since my first visit, Castaway Cay has been one of my absolute favorite travel destinations. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the island many times, including an overnight stay and a day there with only Disney friends for special projects. Along the way, I’ve discovered several ways to make a day at this paradise island even more magical.
Next time you cruise to Castaway Cay, I hope you find these insider tips helpful:
- Reserve the Castaway Cay Getaway Package, including snorkel equipment, a float and a bicycle, online or onboard prior to arrival at Castaway Cay. This discounted package is not available once you’re on the island.
- Leave your towels and strollers on the ship. Beach towels and beach-ready strollers and wagons are available for complimentary use on Castaway Cay.
- Wear plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat for protection from the strong Bahamian rays. And if you forget these or any other beach essentials, pick them up at “Buy the Sea Shore” on the island.
- Check out the island’s character meet-and-greet schedule in your Personal Navigator. You won’t want to miss any of these picture-perfect photo ops!
- Bring cash to send mail from the Bahamian post office. At all Disney-run merchandise and beverage locations, you can charge directly to your stateroom account using your Key to the World card.
- Eat lunch on the island. A delicious all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffet is served (at no additional cost!) in three locations on Castaway Cay, so you can enjoy more time there without getting back on the ship for mealtime.
- Sneak away for some adult-only time, like a couple’s massage or relaxing in a hammock or lounge chair at Serenity Bay, while the kids hang out with our youth counselors. Your little ones will have a blast at Scuttle’s Cove and your older ones will love snorkeling, biking and kayaking on the teen-exclusive Wild Side adventure.
- Take a break from the sun under one of our many covered spaces. Relax at a shaded eating area, or hit up In Da Shade Game Pavilion to play games such as table tennis, foosball, billiards and basketball.
- Explore offshore with exciting, water-based Port Adventures. Parasailing, watercraft skiing, bottom fishing, a glass bottom boat ride or a narrated island cruise are all great ways to see the island from different vantage points.
- Get your exclusive Castaway Cay merchandise and gifts at “She Sells Sea Shells…and Everything Else”—and have Disney cruise staff deliver your purchases to the ship. You can only get Castaway Cay souvenirs on the island.
Coming up on Friday, I’ll give you my list for the top ten things to do on Castaway Cay. Until then, tell us, what are your best Castaway Cay insider tips?
One of the things I love most about fashion is its ability to transform a person’s look, mood and personality. Some style mavens make such a statement, it can even transport those around them to another place and time.
That’s exactly what happened to me on a recent trip to Disneyland, where I encountered some guests with standout style. They harkened back to the days when Walt Disney strolled down Main Street U.S.A., and for a moment I felt I was seeing the world through the eyes of the man with a dream.
Tomorrow would be Walt’s 112th birthday. We’re celebrating the dreamer and all of those he has inspired.
Minnie made this look famous, but our guess is this red and white polka dot dress was favored by many women in 1955.
More polka dots, but this time in aqua blue – a color trend of the 50′s. The plaid circle skirt is a fun and flirty statement complete with a crinoline.
Who says you can’t mix plaids and stripes? This plaid shirt is reminiscent of the vests and skirts sported by our VIP tour guides. The bow tie is a fashion forward touch. The multi-directional stripes in the dress are a playful take on a classic.
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Last year, we introduced a new way to send holiday greetings from the Disneyland Resort to your friends and family: The Merrier Card Maker! The customizable, interactive greeting returns this year, bringing holiday cheer with the help of Mickey Mouse and his friends. The site is so easy and fun, I couldn’t resist sending a special message to my favorite co-worker, Michelle Harker. Check it out!
Ready to spread a little holiday cheer of your own? Just click here!
World Showcase in Epcot is one of my favorite places to shop at Walt Disney World Resort. With Holidays Around the World returning to Epcot, I recently spent some time strolling through the 11 World Showcase pavilions looking for great gift ideas. Here are a few highlights from my travels.
The 2013 sea turtle nesting season is over, and the results are in. This year, we had a record number of sea turtle nests on the beach near Disney’s Vero Beach Resort!
If you’re as excited as I am for Disney’s upcoming film, “Saving Mr. Banks,” then listen up! We’ve got a special opportunity next week for Disney Parks Blog readers to preview the must-see movie event of the holiday season, at the Disneyland Resort, before it opens in theaters December 20!
This year, I’ve shared several stories about new Disney ear hats as part of our “Year of the Ear” celebration. These iconic hats are a great way to show off your Disney Side while visiting Disney Parks. Our partners at Disney.com recently launched a sweepstakes that invites guests to show their ear hats. Now through December 20, 2013, you can enter the Show Your Ears Sweepstakes by uploading a photo of yourself in a Disney ear hat to Disney.com/ShowYourEars.
This past year has been pretty incredible for runDisney, and as we look back it has become apparent that the ladies are stepping up their game in a big way. In fact, according to our friends at RunningUSA, 8.6 million women completed a race last year, comprising 56 percent of the runners out there. At runDisney we are proud of all our races (like my kids, I can’t have a favorite), but the response we have seen to our women’s focused races is nothing short of amazing.
You need to know your Disney Parks holiday decorations to ID this week’s mystery image – it’s the first stumper of our special December series. This vessel out of water can be found somewhere on property and if you’ve seen it, then this week’s puzzler will be a breeze. Any guesses? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.
I recently shared with you details about an online exclusive T-shirt celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Horizons. Being a long time fan of that classic attraction, I was thrilled to see other Horizons fans shared my passion (by the way, Omega Centauri was the most popular destination selected of the three shirts we offered). When we were planning the Horizons shirt, Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones suggested we offer another shirt featuring a different classic Epcot attraction, Journey Into Imagination. Fortunately, Casey, who created the artwork for the aforementioned Horizons shirt, had artwork ready to go.