Private Cabana’s on Disney’s Castaway Cay!

Looking for a bit of a retreat on Disney’s already private island, Castaway Cay?  Well, look no further than the private cabanas nestled between the family beach and the adults only serenity beach.

I was fortunate enough to get one of these on our last Disney cruise and let me just tell you, it did not disappoint!

Once we got off the ship we took the tram to our check in point.  After checking in we were lead to the cabana entrance









And taken to our cabana, we had #12

Our host gave us the run down and showed us the button to push if we needed anything throughout the day and then we went about settling in.

The cabanas have a small refrigerator stocked with water and soft drinks.  There is also a basket with some snacks (we had fruit, chips and granola bars).  You also get sunscreen and towels so there is no need to bring that off the ship if you don’t want to.









There is a living area and some great lounge chairs outside – these things were so comfortable!









And what is a day of relaxation with a hammock?







The price of the cabana also includes floats, sand toys, snorkeling equipment and bicycle rental.  We made use of all of these things except the bike rentals, we just ran out of time!

Maybe the biggest perk to the cabanas though is the private beach, there is no jockeying for chairs or great spots, no bumping into and stepping around other beach goers, it’s just you and the other families in the cabanas.  Our cabana beach looked like this all day….

























Of course all this luxury doesn’t come free.  The cost of the cabanas is $499 for up to 6 guests and you can add up to 4 more for an additional fee of $50 per person.  We shared our cabana with another family which really made it much more affordable and totally worth the expense in our opinion! You can reserve the cabanas online in advance or at the Port Adventures desk on board, word of warning though, they go fast!  If you want to take the worry out of planning your next Disney cruise, just drop me an email at, I’d love to help you plan your trip and my services are free!


Castaway Cay – A Hidden Hide-A-Way


Ever wonder where the best little hide-a-way is for a relaxing vacation?  Well, Disney found it in the Bahamas and named it Castaway Cay.  This little private island was once known as Gorda Cay, and is located near Great Abaco Island.

When you arrive to Castaway Cay, which you can only get to on a Disney Cruise Ship, you pull right up next to the island.  One of my favorite things, is you can literally walk off the ship and be on the island, take a step the other way and you are back on the ship!  As you walk your way over to the beach areas, you will pass Marges Barges, home of many different excursions, the Castaway Post Office, and, the one and only, Flying Dutchman!

Castaway Cay has so much to offer!  Like everything Disney does, it caters to all age groups. For the adults that want some private beach time, you can visit Serenity Bay, away from the noise and hustle of the other beach areas, and relax in some quiet beach time, a massage, and even occupy a private ocean front cabana.

Then there is the teens only beach, which has plenty to offer in the water as well as out for teens of all ages.  The Hide Out is a teens-only activity area. Many activities are planned to keep the teens engaged in tons of fun events throughout the day as well.

And, let’s not forget our little ones.  Scuttle’s Cove is a free supervised area for the little ones, provided by Disney counselors.


Along the family beaches there are two in water play areas, Pelican Plunge and Spring-a-Leak.


The food and shopping on Castaway Cay is also something extra special.  There are open-air BBQ dining locations, 2 shops featuring Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, as well as a post office where you can mail your friends back home and have the one of a kind post mark from Castaway Cay, Bahamas!


My first time Cruising….The Disney Fantasy


                Arriving at Port Canaveral, I see the Fantasy in the distance. Windows roll down and my camera comes out. Wow what an amazing ship, it is huge! I go through security, check-in and have my picture with Minnie Mouse. I am so excited I can’t wait to walk on to the ship. They start calling groups to board, it is my turn & I am so anxious. The camera is ready and I am snapping pictures of everything. We walk up the gang plank and they introduce me like I am on the red carpet. I am greeted by the crew with clapping and cheering, walking into the atrium on deck 3 and the first thing I spot is the cascading chandelier made of Swarovski Crystals and the grand staircase. It is absolutely stunning along with Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse, a statue that greets you when you enter the atrium.

Once aboard I am unable to get into your stateroom, the crew is loading all of the luggage, so I venture to the AquaDuck. “Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit and sunscreen in your carry-on bag because you will be unable to get it out of for luggage for some time and the little ones will be chomping at the bit to go swimming”. The AquaDuck is a thrilling water coaster that you board on deck 12, Aft. It is 765 feet of acrylic tubing that has twists and turns and even an over the ocean curve. If you can keep your eyes open is thrilling. You even travel through the Forward Funnel in which tweens in The Edge an exclusive tweens only space (ages 11 through 14) located at Deck 13 will see you going by! You take your final plunge on deck 11 where you will find the Mickey’s pool a 2-foot-deep pool with Mickey’s happy face and a one deck high twisting slide. This is also located beside of Nemo’s reef, a splash deck for little one’s starring characters from Finding Nemo.

After adventuring through the AquaDuck and the splash and pool areas, I continue to the back of the ship which in sailing terminology means the Aft of the ship. There I find the AquaLab, an 1800-square-foot water play area for the older kids that has water jets, bubbling water & geysers. This is located near the entrance of the AquaDuck. Also located at the deck 13 Aft is Goofy’s Sport Deck which includes putt-putt golf, virtual sports simulators and a basketball/volleyball court, in which we saw Goofy and Max playing a game of hoops with the kids.

Finally it is time to find my state room, room 7634, and get ready for dinner. I dined at 5:45 pm first dining every night. There is rotational dining aboard, you will be assigned a time and  be advised as to which dining location you eat at each evening, this appears on your key to the world card so you will never forget, since this card you will need at all times aboard and off the ship. It is your key to everything.

My first dinner was in the Animator’s Palette. Animations at its best, watching your own hand drawn pictures come to life on the screen. This was my favorite location to dine at, out of the 3 dinners we had. Not saying that I didn’t like Enchanted Garden & Royal Court, I did. It was fun; it transported you back to the 1920’s and 1930’s when animation began. Starting in black and white and ending in color. The food was excellent. Keeping our wait staff for the entire cruise was outstanding; they remembered from night to night what you preferred and even knew what we didn’t like. Hats off to Liam, he was able to make Tammy an unbelievable cherry coke that she had each night with her dinner. I on the other hand, had wine, pink lemonade & coffee every night.

Every evening, at 8:30 pm in the Walt Disney Theatre I attended a Broadway –style production, the first being, Wishes, Aladdin and lastly Believe. Each and every show was outstanding. The actors and actresses were truly amazing, the stage and props were unbelievable. The theatre is located on decks 3 & 4 forward. The venue is beautiful and has the most comfortable seats.

Outside of the Walt Disney Theatre is where I got in trouble, yes it is the shopping district. One of my favorite parts of the ship.

Character Meet and Greets are continuously happening, I met so many characters and had my picture taken so much, I felt like a star. My favorite of course was Minnie & Mickey you can never go wrong with having these two by your side.

New on the Fantasy for little ones are the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Pirates League.  This is where young ones receive pixie-dust and pirate makeovers. These children come out looking adorable, oh and yes, quite scary when they get the pirate makeover. Arrr..

For my teen Whitney I had to visit Vibe, a teen only space that is very well tucked away, it includes an indoor lounge and outdoor deck. This is for teens ages 14-17 where they can watch television, play video games, surf the net, get some sun on the deck while cool mists of water are coming out to cool them off.  The best thing about this club for your teen is Mom & Dad are not allowed. So you can hang out without us watching your every move. Also for teens are the Chill Spa which is located inside of the Senses Spa, this is a place to receive facials, massages & manicures.

Speaking of the Senses Spa this is one place you definitely want to get a reservation for, this place was amazing, from the massage rooms to the 2 private luxury villas. Senses Spa is also located on Castaway Cay at Serenity Beach, the adult only beach. They have the cutest little massage cabanas overlooking the beach area.

Speaking of Castaway Cay on Sunday morning at 9:00 am we were at Disney’s own private island a 1000 acre island owned by Disney and exclusive only to the Disney Cruise line. I disembarked and went on an adventure to see everything the island had to offer. From jet skis to parasailing to just laying out in the sun, there is no chance for you to get bored. There are tons of activities for the kids on the island from snorkeling, swimming with the stingrays, biking around the island and playing on the huge waterslide. Lunch was served between 11:30 and 2:00. Ice cream and I are the best of friends now. I had so many soft serve ice cream cones on board and on Castaway I was dreaming of ice cream. You can even order a Mickey bar on the ship.

Castaway also has shopping areas; of course I found all of them. There are plenty of bars on the island so if you have the urge to have that island cocktail it is there for you. You don’t even have to move from your quaint spot on the beautiful white sandy beach, they have waiters and waitresses walking around to get your drink order. Finally it is time to return to The Fantasy for my final night.

It has come, my final evening aboard the Disney Fantasy. I tour the ship one more time having dinner and watching the last Broadway show of the cruise. After visiting Oh La La, one of the five adult only areas located in Europa. Europa, located on deck 4, Aft of the Fantasy, is a nighttime entertainment district exclusively for guests 18 and older and is home to a variety of lounges and nightclubs. I go back to my stateroom pack my suitcases, all the while thinking of the next time I will be here, hopefully for 7 nights with my family, not only living the Disney Dream but making memories of a lifetime.

My final morning comes early, 6:00 am and we are docked at Cape Canaveral, in just a little while I will be disembarking and heading home. I board the Magical Express and head to the airport. What a great trip!

Happy Sailings!


The Castaway Cay experience

Welcome to Castaway Cay






Whenever it’s rainy out, I imagine myself relaxing on the white sand beaches of Disney’s Castaway Cay. Where is this you ask? If you have a Bahamian or Caribbean Disney Cruise booked with Travel with the Magic you will get to experience it firsthand.

Castaway Cay Beach area






The list of things to do on this island is endless. Whether you want to go snorkeling, boating, swimming or just lay in the sun, there is something for every family. Port Adventures can be booked before you leave for your cruise. Many of these are located on Castaway Cay. Interact with stingrays, parasail, fish or see the ocean a unique way with a glass-bottom boat. There are private, furnished cabanas available to rent as well as water play areas and a teens only area of the beach. Not traveling with children? There are adult only areas of this island as well. How about a massage with an ocean view? You can also have a drink at the bar or take a yoga class on the adult only beach, Serenity Bay.

Pelican Plunge water slide on Disneys Castaway Cay






For those adults who are with their families but may like to break away, Scuttle’s Cove is a children’s play area that is supervised by Disney counselors. This service is free and is a great way for the adults to explore the adult area of the island.


Goofy on Castaway Cay





If you are considering a Disney Cruise, you won’t be disappointed in Castaway Cay!
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