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Making the Most of Castaway Cay

Making the Most of Castaway Cay

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Thanks to a deep channel Disney dredged when it acquired the island, your ship pulls right up to the dock on Castaway Cay. Typical all-ashore time is 8:30 or 9:30 am, and you have until about 4:30 pm (7–8 hours) to play on this delightful island. When you alight from the ship, proceed down the dock (picking up towels on your way) to the island—it’s about a 3-minute walk to the tram. Be aware that when the seas are rough, the ship may be unable to dock at Castaway Cay, and therefore, you’ll be unable to visit. This is most likely to happen in January and February, but it can occur at any time.


Castaway Cay is the easiest port to get around, thanks to the well-marked paths and convenient trams. As you walk down the dock to the island, you’ll pass the Castaway Cay post office on your right and Marge’s Barges sea charters dock on your left, after which you’ll reach a tram stop—hop aboard the next tram, or simply take the 10-minute walk to the family beach. Once you’re at the family beach, you can continue down the path past buildings that house the restrooms, shops, and services. At the far end of the main path—accessible by foot or tram—is a second family beach, more dining, and private cabanas. A teen’s Hide Out is beyond that. An adults-only beach is accessible by another tram (or a long, hot, 25-minute walk down the airstrip) near the end of the main path. All locations are marked on the map on the next page, as well as on the color map Disney provides with your Personal Navigator.


Unlike the other ports, the Disney Cruise Line provides lunch on Castaway Cay. For complete details on Castaway Cay dining, see page 176 (we’ve repeated some of the same information here for your reference). Everyone can eat at Cookie’s BBQ and Cookie’s Too near the family beaches. Cookie’s typically serves from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, and offers the best selection with burgers, BBQ ribs, chicken sandwiches, corn on the cob, fruit, frozen yogurt, and cookies. Food is served buffet-style. Plenty of sheltered seating is nearby. Basic beverages (including sodas) are also provided, or you can buy an alcoholic beverage across the way at the Conched Out Bar. Summertime Freeze Bar serves extra-cost, Frozen-inspired treats near Cookie's Too. Adults can eat at the Castaway Cay Air Bar-B-Q located at Serenity Bay, the adults-only beach, from about 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. Offerings include burgers, salmon, potato salad, fresh fruit, and fat-free frozen yogurt. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the bar nearby. If you choose not to visit Castaway Cay, a buffet is served onboard in Rapunzel's Royal Table/Tiana's Place/Enchanted Garden, usually from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm.

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Top Photo Slice: Disney Magic at Castaway Cay, as seen from the private beach in front the cabanas (℗ 45452) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx


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