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While Disney's Castaway Cay in The Bahamas is a wee isle, 3.1 miles long and 2.2 miles wide, it's packed with so much to do, you might have a hard time deciding how to spend your time. There's sunbathing, waterslides, bike trails, open-air massages, two water play areas, parasailing, fishing, a stingray interaction adventure and more. Caribbean cruisers aboard Disney's Fantasy and Dream ships typically make one (or two) stops at this private island. To make the most of your visit, here are some Castaway Cay tips.

Dos and Dont's of Disney's Castaway Cay

(Photo credit: David Roark, photographer)

Don't forget your stateroom key.

You will not be able to disembark or reboard the ship without your stateroom key. 

Do take the tram on Disney's Castaway Cay!

The Castaway Cay tram is convenient for cruisers (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Do take the tram.

It's a long walk from the ship to the beach but you can hop aboard a handy (and complimentary) shuttle to get around the island.

Borrow a stroller or wagon on Castaway Cay

Stroller rentals are free on Castaway Cay (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Don't bring a stroller.

There are free strollers, wagons and joggers available on site. There are even special wheelchairs made specifically for use on the sand for physically challenged cruisers.

Pelican Plunge on Castaway Cay

Water activities abound on Castaway Cay (Photo credit: Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Do rent an inner tube.

If cruising with kids, I highly recommend renting an inner tube while on Castaway Cay. It provides oodles of fun for children for just a few bucks. Then you can sit back and watch the kids play while you dip your toes in the waves.

Rent an inner tube on Castaway Cay

(Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Don't let go of your beer.

The plastic beach-friendly bottles may look cool but they tip easily, spilling precious beer all over the sand.

Do eat on Castaway Cay!

Food is plentiful and free for cruisers on Castaway Cay (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Do eat on Castaway Cay.

There's no sense wasting beach-time eating on the ship when the food is tasty and free on Castaway Cay. There are three places to eat: Cookie's BBQ, Cookie's Too BBQ and a “secret” BBQ near Serenity Bay (the adult-only beach). The restaurant at Serenity Bay is solely for grown-ups and offers bonus entrees not available at the other two — like deliciously seasoned grilled steak. If you'd like to eat lunch on Castaway Cay, though, don't wait till too late. The restaurants typically shut down for the day at 2 pm.

Fountain play area for kids on Castaway Cay

There are activities for all ages on Castaway Cay (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Don't pay for bottled water.

There are plenty of coolers situated throughout the island where you can get a cup of cold filtered water for free.

Rent a bike on Castaway Cay!

Rent a bicycle to explore Castaway Cay (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Do work off your vacation calories.

Take a yoga class on the beach. Swim or snorkel off your lunch. Play volleyball or tetherball at Sports Beach. Rent a paddleboat, kayak or aquabike from Gil's Fins and Boats. Play ping-pong, basketball and other games at one of two Game Pavilions. Explore the 1.5 miles of bike trails aboard a beach cruiser — child seats, kids' bikes, and bicycles are available for rental.

Be sure to buy Castaway Cay souvenirs on shore - they aren't available on the Disney Cruise Line ships.

Souvenir shops feature Castaway Cay items available for purchase only on the island (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Don't wait to buy Castaway Cay souvenirs back on the boat.

You can only purchase Castaway Cay gear and memorabilia on the island.

Private cabanas are available to rent on Castaway Cay ~ Dos and Don'ts of Disney's Castaway Cay

Private cabanas are available to rent on Castaway Cay (Photo credit: Disney)

Do relax on Castaway Cay.

You could get Castaway Cay fever trying to squeeze too many activities into one day. Instead, pick a couple of must-dos that will please everyone in the family. The point here is to unwind, island-style.

You might see some of your favorite Disney pals on Castaway Cay ~ Dos and Don'ts of Disney's Castaway Cay

You might see some of your favorite Disney pals on Castaway Cay (Photo credit: Kent Phillips, courtesy of Disney)

Don't wait to plan your Disney Cruise.

Research shows that travelers may actually enjoy planning their vacation more than the actual trip. So, start planning! Read more about Disney Cruise Line on I also suggest buying a guidebook like The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line or my favorite, PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call. Boost your happiness by booking those excursions and deciding ahead of time how to maximize the fun factor on your cruise.

Disney Fantasy docked at Castaway Cay, a private island owned by Disney in the Bahamas

Disney Fantasy at Castaway Cay (Photo credit: Disney)

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Have you been to Castaway Cay? What are your thoughts about the island? Let us know in the comments!

A note from the Travel Mama: Thank you to Disney Cruise Line for inviting me to sail on Fantasy in 2012 and Dream in 2011! This story was originally posted in 2012 and was updated in 2016. This story includes affiliate links. Your clicks and purchases help to keep a free resource for readers like you.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.


  1. This sounds like a great break from the ship. Does the ship stop there only once per voyage?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      All Disney Caribbean cruises include at least one stop at Castaway Cay. Some cruises include two days at this private isle.

      • HI, Will be at Disney Cay in late February,how do you pay for anything you buy or drink there,can you use your bracelet from the ship and have it charged to your room? Thanks

        • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

          Hi Dave – You can charge alcoholic beverages, souvenirs and activities to your room on Castaway Cay. The food is included, so no need to pay for that!

        • There are no bracelets on the ship, .they use key cards.

    • Leaving 6/4 on The Fantasy. Can’t wait to visit Castaway Cay & Serenity Bay. Whoop!

  2. I DO really want to go to Castaway Cay now! Great tips.

  3. Great timing for this article. We will be there next week and I’ve been trying to get info on Castaway all week. This has been the best article I’ve read so far… mainly cause this is the first I have seen the little splash area. My one year old loves those.

  4. Looks like an awesome place to visit! A little piece of paradise.

  5. Renting bikes was definitely our family’s favorite thing to do. It was a little chilly when we were there in December so the water wasn’t too inviting. The weather was perfect, however, for biking and you can ride out to a great overlook tower, and see the whole island while riding on flat and easy paved bike paths. I will definitely do it again next time I’m there.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      I LOVED renting a bike on Castawy Cay too, Megan! I felt like Julia Roberts in the movie, “Eat, Pray, Love” while peddling along the island’s gorgeous bike trails.

  6. This is one great post! You were able to show how fun would it be in the Castaway Cay while sharing tips at the same time.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Emanuele. I’m glad you found the post helpful!

  7. Amanda Murrell says:

    We are doing this in February. We have a waterproof camera. I would love to get some great shots from up in the air. But I also want some of us taken from the boat. I’ve seem some great ones with the ship in the background. Is there anyone official taking photos like that for purchase that you know of?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Amanda – Disney has “official” photographers available all over the boat and even at Castaway Cay. All different kinds of photo packages are available for purchase; I’m sure you will get some great shots. Enjoy your cruise! (So jealous…!)

    • The great thing about DCL is that the cast members will take photos of you and your kids with YOUR camera as well as the professional cameras they use! Other cruise lines won’t do this, they want you to buy all the good photos!

  8. Leela Ross says:

    I am so happy that I’m going on the disney cruise! It sounds so fun!

  9. Congrats on this Nice post.

    2 Questions:

    We will be there in first week of December. We have a 5 1/2 & 1 1/2 year old with us. Do you think we need Cabanas? Can we get hire Cabanas outside of Disney Cruise Web Site from private parties?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi KG – It’s really up to you if you want to have the luxury of the private cabanas. It will not be very warm in December, so I would think you will not need the extra shade the cabanas provide. You can’t hire cabanas from private parties – everything at Castaway Cay is Disney-owned and operated. Have an incredible time on your cruise!

  10. How I wish I’d seen this before our cruise earlier this month! We were at Castaway Cay and it was fabulous. However I didn’ t know the food was inclusive at Cookies’ places. Not that it mattered–we came up from the beach at 3:30 to get lunch and BOTH Cookies were CLOSED!! The bar where they gave us some chips was closing too, with a lock up time of 4:00. They told us that Cookies’ places both closed at 2:00. What’s up with that Disney!?! We didn’t have be back on the ship until 5:30. :*( Booo hooooooo We were so looking forward to relaxing with some BBQ and a cold drink after playing hard all day.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Mary – Good to know that the restaurants close so early on Castaway Cay. I hope you had a great time on Castaway Cay nonetheless!

    • We missed lunch as well because they close down at 2. We asked why they closed early and we were told that the cast members that were working on the island had to get back to the cruise ship & prepare for the evening meals.

      • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

        Jaime – Oh no! Yep, you’ve got to get your grub on early on Castaway Cay. I’ll add that tidbit to my post. Thanks!

  11. Hi we are going this April, we are two adults two children 10 and 13, is it possible to have a great day without spending money on the organized trips, many thanks.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Andy – For sure you can have a fabulous time on Castaway Cay without any organized excursions. Bike rentals, inner-tubes and alcohol cost a little bit extra but you could simply play on the beach, swim in the ocean and go down the waterslides…all for no cost. Food is included too!

  12. Hi – we are going on a Disney cruise next week with a 3 year old and a 1 year old. They can play in the sand all day so we are really looking forward to this stop. Does Disney have shovels and sand toys for the kids? Can we rent them on the island? Should we think about bring our own?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Becky – What fun! I believe Disney does provide sand toys. I know they did on a beach excursion in Sardinia during our Mediterranean cruise. If not, you could easily pick up a few sand toys from the gift shops on Castaway Cay. If you really want to bring something with you, I like these buckets/shovels from Small World Express because they are small & easy to fit in luggage:

  13. Do they have good snorkeling for all ages at Castaway??

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Melissa – Snorkeling is available for adults and children on Castaway Cay. You can rent gear on shore or buy or bring your own. They even have a sunken ship to attract fishies!

  14. Gaby Cisneros says:

    Hi we are going this February, we are two adults two children 9 and 5, is it possible to use the water coaster due to the weather?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Gaby – I assume you mean the ship’s water coaster? Yes! Where are you headed in February? If it’s the Caribbean, I imagine it will be plenty warm enough to enjoy the water coaster on board the ship. Enjoy!

  15. Oh man, this makes me even more excited! We are going on our first cruise in September. Thanks for sharing this information. It’s very helpful and we can’t wait till it’s our turn.

  16. Kelly Mills says:

    We’re going on the Disney cruise to Nassau. I was thinking about the Catamaran trip to go snorkeling and was wondering if it’s better on Castaway Cay (2.5 hours) or Nassau (4 + hours)?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Kelly – I can’t help you out on that once since I haven’t done either snorkeling tour. You will really need to weigh the pros and cons for each. You may want to ask your question on a cruise chat board, like those on

    • Diana Creek says:

      The snorkeling is so so. They have what they call a rock garden with Mickey and Minnie and other man made objects for corrals and a sunken boat. It is very BUSY and the kids can be loud and stand on the bottome frequently making visibility an issue at times. If you have your own gear stop at the snorkel hut and get your life preserver!! They are required and it is a long walk in the sand to get back to them!

  17. We are going to take a Disney Cruise Line Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon. We only have a tourist US visa, will we be allowed to enter Castaway Cay?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Angel – Castaway Cay is officially part of The Bahamas. I would check with Disney Cruise Line directly on this question to be safe!

  18. You said something about basketball on the island? Do you know if they have anythjng organized or if it is just for fun?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Tanner – I don’t think there’s anything organized but if you want to set up a game with fellow cruisers, I suggest going to’s chat rooms. You can find the date of your sailing there and get to know your fellow cruisers before you even leave home. You could try to set up a basketball game on Castaway Cay via the chat room.

  19. We will be on the Wonder this Wednesday! It’s our 1st Disney cruise. Are there plenty of chairs & beach umbrellas on castaway cay? Is there a charge? The grandparents are joining us and this is a must have for them.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Rosie-

      I know you can pay a fee for a luxury cabana with shade and other amenities but I can’t remember if there were complimentary umbrellas available. There were plenty of beach chairs, but still they can get filled up so I suggest arriving early. I have sent your question to my PR contact at Disney Cruise Line and I’ll let you know what she says about the umbrellas! Enjoy your cruise!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Well, that was fast! My Disney Cruise Line PR contact said this about the umbrellas/beach chairs:

      Yes, there are plenty of beach chairs and loungers for all guests on Castaway Cay at no charge. Umbrellas are on a first come basis, no charge and there is a large quantity of those as well, already set up on the beach.

  20. kim magee says:

    Im a little concerned about getting the tram to other areas for the day and the tram being overly full if you dont head back early and not being able to get back to the boat on time, cant walk back if its far with small children walking, do the trams getting crowded heading back to the boat near to departure time to the point you might get stuck

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Kim – You shouldn’t have any trouble catching a tram back to the ship. If you are concerned, just give yourself some extra time instead of waiting for the final tram of the day! Enjoy your Disney Cruise!

  21. Do you know if there will be gluten free food available at Castaway Cay?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Michelle – Disney is excellent about offering dining options for travelers with food sensitivities and allergies. I don’t have specific information about gluten-free dining at Castaway Cay but I know that you can make your gluten free needs known when you register for your cruise. I would take it a step further by talking specifically with your head waiter (you’ll have the same one throughout your cruise) about your needs on your first night. I’m sure Disney can accommodate you!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Michelle – I checked with Disney Cruise Line PR and this was they said:

      Gluten-free dining options are available on Castaway Cay, as well as onboard. We ask families to notify us prior to sailing of any special dietary restrictions and to talk to their dining servers who will instruct them where to obtain gluten-free items on the island.

  22. Christina says:

    Does DCL provide swimming vest for kids, especially for those who don’t swim?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Christina – DCL DOES provide swimming vests for kiddos. My son is sporting one under the “Do rent an innertube” tip. Of course, you still need to be very vigilant about watching young ones in the water. Have a wonderful cruise!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Christina – I checked with Disney Cruise Line PR and this was their response:

      Disney Cruise Line has pool vests available for children onboard our ships and on Castaway Cay. We strongly recommend all children have adult supervision in the pools and water play areas onboard as well as at the beach on Castaway Cay.

  23. Carolina says:

    Do they have bikes with training wheels?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Carolina – That’s a good question! I tried to find the answer online but came up short. I’ve sent an email to the DCL PR peeps. I’ll let you know if there are any bikes with training wheels to rent on Castaway Cay when they get back to me.

      • Colleen,
        Your tips are so helpful. Thank you.
        My children and I will be on the Dream to Castaway very soon. They are chomping at the bit to try out the parasailing. Is it worth the short ride in the sky? Do I have to reserve on line before I leave for the cruise or is it something I can do once we are on the island that day? Currently, I noticed there is a 2:30 flight time (for an hour). If we do that time, will we have enough time to get back on board the ship? Thank you!\

        • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

          Hi Austin – I have tried parasailing once, but not on Castaway Cay. It is definitely an experience your family will always remember! You could probably try parasailing elsewhere at a less expensive rate (I did it in Mexico), but it would be fun no matter where you go. You can book most activities on the island OR beforehand but if they get booked up, you’ll be out of luck. I’m sure you’ll have enough time to get back to the ship or they wouldn’t allow that time slot. I doubt you’d be in the air for a whole hour. (I think my flight was about 15 minutes or so, and that was plenty for me.) Have a great time!

        • Hi Austin,
          I just thought I’d add a couple things too about parasailing. I’ve done it twice in Phuket, Thailand and Destin, Florida. If it’s the same as Destin, we went via speedboat with 4 other people we didn’t know. So it takes a little time to get to where they put you in the harness. Also, you wait for the other people to have their turn too. Hence, the hour. On a separate issue, I also wanted to say we booked excursions ahead of time on our Disney Cruise (though not parasailing), and you can cancel up until you board without paying. We didn’t know this, and forgot to cancel a snorkeling excursion we decided we didn’t want to do. They weren’t going to let us cancel it, since we’d set sail already. We ended up getting out of paying for it, due to choppy waves and they canceled all the excursions that day on Castaway Cay. So, I’d say book now (since it doesn’t cost anything until later), make up your mind a day before the cruise, and go from there. Have fun!

          • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

            Kelly – Good point on the parasailing timing and great tip on booking now and deciding right before the cruise!

      • Did you happen to find out if they have bikes with training wheels on Castaway Cay?

        • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

          Cherie and Carolina – I’m so sorry I never posted about the training wheels on Castaway Cay! I looked at my photos of the bicycles available for rent on the island and saw that indeed some of the bikes do come equipped with training wheels.

  24. Does Cookies and Cookies Too serve breakfast or just lunch. We’ve had lunch there and it was delicious but I was wondering if we go directly there in the morning can we get breakfast.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Susan – Breakfast isn’t served on Castaway Cay. I believe lunch is served 11:30 am – 2 pm, but the time might vary depending on your cruise and length of time in port.

  25. Hi, can you please help me with a few questions:

    1. I have my snorkel mask and flippers but no vest, are vests available to use for free or should I expect to rent this at the island?

    2. I’ll be doing the Disney dream cruise which stops at Nassau, my family and I will likely do a day at the Atlantis water park, I’ve been told the pre-pay price of admission via Disney comes with a premium vs. paying at the Atlantis facility, do you have insight into this?

    3. On the same financial topic – with respect to castaway cay activities, can you comment on the pre-pay price vs. the price of activities at the island, is there a price break if you wait to pay for (snorkeling/parasailing/biking) once you get to the island?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Colt – Let me check with my contact at Disney Cruise Line to see if I can answer these questions for you. I’ll post again when I hear back from them!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Colt – Here’s what the Disney Cruise Line peeps said in response to your questions:

      1. Snorkeling vests are available at Castaway Cay at no additional charge.
      2. Disney Cruise Line offers a number of Port Adventures to Atlantis that include Aquaventure (the water park at Atlantis), including some excursions with additional experiences like snorkeling and interactions with dolphins and sea lions. Additionally, there is a Port Adventure solely for Aquaventure, if guests want to take the entire day to enjoy the water park. All of these Port Adventures include transportation to and from Atlantis as well as lunch. According to the Atlantis website, day passes to Aquaventure can be purchased, but they are not always available. Guests wishing to ensure they can experience Aquaventure can book in advance with Disney Cruise Line, and can then focus on having a relaxing, worry-free vacation.
      3. Port Adventures are not more or less expensive when booked in advance, however, some of the packages are not available once on the island, such as the Castaway Cay Getaway Package. Others have limited availability (noted in the “Important Additional Information” section of the Port Adventure description on, so guests wishing to participate in those experiences should consider booking in advance.

  26. Kelly Mills says:

    And don’t forget to check in online on Disney’s site. Lots of questions can be answered there too.

  27. Me and my soon to be husband are thinking of taking a disney cruise in march or April for our honeymoon. Which ship and month is best out of Florida should we take? And what should we know and do we need passports

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Tammie – Typically Dream and Fantasy (the two newer ships) are the ships that sail out of Florida. Both ships are fabulous and very similar. It really is a matter of which ports you’d like to visit and your preferred cruise length. For most cruises, you will need a passport because you will be stopping at Mexico, Disney’s private island – Castaway Cay (which is actually part of The Bahamas), or other foreign Caribbean islands. Have an incredible honeymoon!

  28. We will be on the Wonder next november! Iam worry about some topics please help!
    How about the weather? Di you think water its going to be to cold for my 3 and 4 years babies?
    What kind lf activities do you recomend for my family, we are mom, dad and 3 childrens under 4, iam worry we are going to be hand full all day!
    And last one, we have an option to be on this castaway, kwest and nassau cruise or do Cozumel, grandcaiman and Jamaica, what would be your insigh would about the better option for my little kids and me?
    Thanks for all your information!!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Loregre – I did a quick search for weather in November on Castaway Cay and the average temps range from a low of 68 F – 83 F high. The water temps will be lower, so I might not plan on doing a lot of swimming in the ocean. If you live somewhere very cold, your family may be more inclined to get in the water, though. Your kids could play with sand toys on the beach or you could rent bicycles with child seats to explore the island on two wheels.

      As far as which cruise is best for your family…it’s really a matter of preference. I’d take a look at the port descriptions/excursions and decide which ones work best for each port and go from there. You really can’t go wrong with any Disney Cruise!

      • Angella Turner says:

        Hi Loregre,
        I too have gone on a cruise with young children & they tend to tired very quickly & restless. Any trip to castaway cay is fabulous for the entire family, but I would consider how many days they will be able to handle on a cruise. You may wanna try a 3 or 4 day cruise first that limits some of the stops. Three stops may be too many for younger children & Cozumel may not be a great option for three little ones. This is just my opinion to help keep your vacation stress-free.

  29. My husband and I will be cruising with Disney in February along with one of our sons, his wife and their three kids. I have rented a scooter to use on the cruise. Will I be able to use it on the island or will I need it. I can’t walk for long periods due to problems with my feet.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Donna – I know there are special wheel chairs available on Castaway Cay that even work on the beach. Let me check with my PR rep on this one and I’ll get back to you!

      • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

        Donna – I did a quick check of the Disney Cruise website and found the following information for people with disabilities visiting Castaway Cay. Looks like you can bring your scooter to Castaway Cay and take the tram from there and/or grab one of their cool sand wheelchairs. Have fun on your Disney Cruise!

        * On Disney’s Castaway Cay, provisions for Guests with disabilities include the following:

        * Paved pathways throughout the main promenade, providing access to shops and restaurants

        * Sand wheelchairs, available free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis

        * A tram equipped to allow Guests in manual and electric wheelchairs to board

        * Accessible restrooms

  30. Thank you so much for this information.

  31. Hi,
    I’m travelling on the dream in dec this year and was wondering…

    1) is it best to leave my 3 month old on the ship whilst we bike around castaway cay, or is there a special seat for her?

    2) does my 3 year old get entertained on the island by the kids club? Is it something we need to pre book him into? Is he there all day or is there provisions for us to bike with him. (He won’t be able to bike himself)


    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Gemma – Let me look into these questions for you & I’ll report back!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Gemma –

      Below is how the Disney Cruise Line PR peeps responded to your questions. Since there are child bicycle seats, it sounds like you can bring a baby on a bike ride, but 3 months may be too young for a bicycle seat. I did a little research and babies must be able to sit up on their own unattended to ride in bike seats. Your 3yo does not have to be in the kids club all day – you can check him out or in as you please, assuming there is enough space for him to attend. Please be aware that your 3yo should be fully potty trained to participate in the kids clubs, otherwise the nursery on board the ship would be a better option for him since Disney kids club personnel will not change diapers nor will they remind your child to use the bathroom on a regular basis (I learned this the hard way when my son was nearly 3yo and potty trained, but not so good at going to find a counselor/bathroom on his own – the nursery was a better fit for him).

      1. Guests must be able to ride a bicycle. One-seat adult and one-seat child bicycles provided that will accommodate most guests. Bicycles built for two or tandem bicycles are not available. Children must be able to ride a bicycle and are required to wear helmets. Child bicycle seats, helmets and training wheels are available for no additional cost.
      2. Kids ages 3-12 can enjoy Scuttle’s Cove, a children’s activity area staffed by the ship’s counselors. The day is filled with various programmed activities supervised by Disney counselors from the ship. Scuttle’s Cove now features a new whimsical water play area: a 1,200-square-foot soft wet deck area provides fresh-water fun with an array of pop jets, geysers and bubblers. With organized activities and Monstro’s Point—a giant whale-bone excavation site—kids will be delighted all day long. Scuttle’s Cove is open from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

      • My daughter would love the whale bone excavation…is this available to do as a family- or only with the kids club drop off? Also – is there an age limit if we go as a family?

        Are there are opportunities for stingray feeding for a 3 year old? I know the excursion says 5. My daughter saw this activity on the travel channel and is obsessed!!


        • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

          Hi Melissa – I am sure your daughter will have a blast on Castaway Cay! I can’t answer your questions so I suggest giving Disney Cruise Line a quick call. They’re always happy to help! (800) 951-3532

  32. Hello!
    My husband blessed my daughter and I with a cruise on the Disney Dream in December 2014. We’re so excited! My question is this, what do you do with your room key card while on Castaway Cay? Since it’s just my daughter and I going, and we’ll be snorkling and on rafts quite a bit of the day, do I need to put the room key card in a waterproof lanyard and keep it on my person all day?
    Thanks so much!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Laura – What a wonderful gift from your hubby! I like to put my room key in a lanyard to wear around my neck when cruising so I don’t forget it when I switch from purse to beach bag or if I want to wander about without a bag. You can purchase one of these from the ship’s gift shop. When swimming, I always just leave the room key wrapped in my beach towel or tucked into a shoe. Have a wonderful cruise!

  33. wandering educators says:

    What fantastic tips!

  34. Donna Hill says:

    You answered a previous comment as to whether I can use the scooter that I have reserved on Castaway Cay but I was wondering if it is acceptable to use it on board the ship. We will be traveling the Wonder in early Feb. 2015 and I want to be able to enjoy as much as I can. My feet will not allow me to walk for a long distance so that is why I have reserved the scooter. Can it be used on the Cayman Islands since it appears that you are tendered onto the island? Thanks for your help.

  35. Erin Beeson says:

    Hi! I read where you said Disney will provide life jackets, but my son prefers to wear his. Is it ok to bring his or do they only allow theirs?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Erin – I’ve reached out to Disney Cruise Line to find the answer to your question. I will let you know when they get back to me!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Erin – This is what the Disney Cruise Line PR said:

      Guests may bring their child’s own life vest and take it with them ashore to Castaway Cay.

  36. Thank you!

    • Also wondering about the life vests! Can my 5 y.o wear hers on the water slides there, and in the pools on the ship? We leave next Wednesday!

      • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

        Jenn – According to Disney Cruise Line, guests may bring their own life vests to use at Castaway Cay. Have a great cruise!

  37. Jaime Freeman says:

    Hey there! I was curious about the post office at Castaway Cay. Do they sell post cards at the post office & is it expensive to mail something?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Jaime – I am almost positive they sell post cards at the Castaway Cay Post Office and gift shops, but I will check with my DCL PR rep to be sure. Not sure on prices for shipping, either, but I will ask. Here is what I found on the Disney Cruise Line website:

      “The post office on Disney’s Castaway Cay is operated by the Bahamian authorities and may not be open for business each day that our ship visits the island. If the post office is closed, Guests can still mail their letters and post cards by utilizing the drop box outside of the post office or by dropping their letters at Guest Services onboard. Stamps are available for purchase at Guest Services and letters mailed from either location with the correct postage will be delivered with the Castaway Cay postmark. Please allow several weeks for mail from The Bahamas to be delivered.”

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi again Jaime – Here’s the response I received from Disney Cruise Line:

      There are two postcards in every stateroom for guests to mail from the island. Stamps are available for purchase (cash only) at the Castaway Cay post office and at Guest Services onboard. Traditional Bahamian postage stamps costs 55 cents for a standard size postcard. For a larger postcard, the cost is 65 cents.

  38. Thanks so much for your info. We have family group going on double dip in july. Would like to have picture taken if 5grandkids with santa hats in the water. Any chance of photographers available on castaway cay for that?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Elaine – There are ship photographers available to snap photos on Castaway Cay, but I’m not sure about booking a private session. Let me check and get back to you!

      • Elaine what a great idea! My family doesn’t go until the end of October but what perfect timing for a family Christmas card shot 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Elaine – Here’s Disney Cruise Line’s response to your question:

      Yes, families can schedule private photo sessions. I would suggest calling DCL Guest Services at 800-951-3532 for details regarding how to book a private photo session.

  39. We’re going on a cruise stopping at castaway cay at the end of March- my son is 4 years old. If I read correctly he is too young to rent a floating tube on the family beach? Do you know if that’s true? If so, do you have any experience with the glass bottom boat ride? Is the whole bottom glass or just a small section? I was hoping for something a bit more interactive for us, but we’ll take what we can get. Thanks!!!!!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Mary – According the the Disney Cruise Line website, children should be 5 years old or older to rent an inner tube but I rented one for my son when he was 3 years old. I sat right near him the whole time he played with his inner tube (while wearing a life vest) in the shallow water and he was fine. Perhaps the 5-year-old mention on the DCL website is just a suggestion or they must recommend that age for legal reasons. I have never personally done the glass bottom boat ride but it appears to get mixed reviews on the You might want to go research there to make your choice. Enjoy!

  40. Carol Hoover says:

    Are The life vests on castaway key available in adult sizes. My 11yo grandson swims but wants the security at pelican plunge. He is 5′ 3″ and 135lbs.

  41. We were lucky to be able to visit Castaway Cay back in 2013. What a great time! We got a Cabana and I would definitely do that again. We were escorted to the Cabana, our concierge took care of getting us food and drink, we were all taken care of. We were able to go out our front door and right to the water. It had rained a little the day we were there and the Cabana was the perfect place to be. We also had my little granddaughter with us and it was the perfect place for her (an us) to take a nap It was cozy and kept us well protected from the rain. We spent most of the day on the island and were one of the last ones off, because we were having so much fun …. What a great great time.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Jim – I’ve never rented a cabana on Castaway Cay. Sounds like a great idea, especially if traveling with babies or young children and/or it’s raining. Thanks for the tip!

  42. Do you have any tips on the 5k? I was hoping to run it with both my kids ages 10 and 12? I hear that the runners have to disembark earlier than everyone else to complete the race. Will we be able to take all our gear for the day with us at that time?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Jennifer – I don’t know much about the Castaway Cay 5k but I did a little research and found a helpful blog post over on the Run All the Races blog. Check it out: It doesn’t look like there are any lockers on Castaway Cay (according to a stream), but if you’ll be just bringing towels and swimsuits that you aren’t overly worried about being stolen, I’m sure you could stow your stuff on the beach somewhere. Otherwise, you might need to go back to the ship to grab your stuff after the race. Hope that helps!

    • This maybe too late but hopefully it helps others. There are people of all ages running/walking this event. Runners do disembark earlier and Disney offers an unlocked communal treasure chest for runners to store belongings they don’t want to run with, but remember it’s unlocked. If you don’t finish the run in a timely manner you can still get your medal, the staff that setup the run also work other activities later that day. There are also water coolers setup throughout the course. I was the only one running from my family so it was easier for me to meet them on the boat after the run than searching for them on the beach.

  43. Castaway Cay is always the highlight of any cruise with Disney for us. We try to get to our spot on the beach as early as we can. The lunch on the island, in some ways, is better than the ones back on the ship! We usually bring our own swim mask and cheap blow up raft and just throw the raft away after we are ready to go back to the ship.

  44. Can anyone tell me if there are 3 wheel bikes available for older adults to rent on Castaway Cay?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Shirley – I don’t remember seeing any three-wheeled bikes for older adults. I’ve emailed my contact at Disney Cruise Line to see if they can answer your question. You might want to call them directly too: DCL Guest Services at 800-951-3532.

    • Jacqueline says:

      None for sure. Only 26″ two wheel bikes for adults. 🙂

  45. We were there in 2007 and at that time they had their own post office. The kids had fun sending their grandparents postcards that were postmarked “Castaway Cay”. We even sent ourselves some to our own home as souvenirs. I’m not sure they still have it – but it was a cute thing to do. We just booked our next DCL trip for June 2016. Can’t wait!!!

  46. Castway Cay is seriously my favorite place to be! I absolutely love it. I look forward to this stop so much on every Disney cruise we go on. It is so peaceful and you have the beautiful blue carribbean waters. If you are traveling without kids, a visit to the adult only beach is an absolute must! It is so peaceful and the water is just crystal clear. Absolutely perfect!! We also went snorkeling while there and it was so much! The fish and reef were beautiful. Castaway Cay is my happy place and the place where I am relaxed the most! LOVE!!!!

  47. Jacqueline says:


    There are no tandem bikes on the cay. Only regular cruiser bikes. 🙂

  48. We will be there in February of 2016. As far as the bikes that have children seats…
    My son is about 43″ and 50lbs, he doesn’t know how to ride a bike yet, I was wondering if he would be too big for the kids seat on the back of the adult seat since there are no tandem bikes?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Rachel – I can’t speak to the requirements of children’s seats on the bikes at Castaway Cay. You might want to call DCL to see if they can help you out: 800-951-3532. Have a great trip!

  49. I agree with your whole list! I have been to Castaway Cay on two different Disney Cruises. It’s my favourite stop! Last time we cruised I ran the Castaway Cay 5K, it was loads of fun and we were on the island by 8:30 am! Enjoy your day, it flies by…

  50. Belinda Unbehagen says:

    How much do the cabana rentals and or bike rentals cost and can we reserve in advance?

  51. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

    Belinda – Here is the current pricing information about bike rentals on Castaway Cay: I am not sure if you can reserve bicycles in advance but they have a TON of bikes to rent on the island, so you would probably be fine to wait. I couldn’t find pricing information about Castaway Cay cabana rentals. I suggest giving DCL a call: (800) 951-3532. Enjoy your cruise!

  52. I just booked a Disney Cruise via Small World Vacations a few days ago, for March 2017. Cabana Rentals are currently $549, but there are only 22. I’m not sure if that number is for the Family Beach and Adult Beach combined, or the Family Beach only, since I was inquiring about the Family Beach. At any rate, my travel agent advised me that she is a Platinum member, and when she went online to reserve one the last time she sailed, there were only 2 cabanas left. And she went online IMMEDIATELY at midnight when rentals opened up! Concierge staterooms get first shot at cabanas, and they are usually gone before the general public ever gets a shot at them. Just a little bit of info that could be helpful for everyone. 🙂

  53. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

    Wow – good to know, Susan. I’m glad you were able to nab a cabana. Thanks for sharing!


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