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8 Castaway Cay Activities for a Perfect Disney Cruise Day, Ranked

8 Castaway Cay Activities for a Perfect Disney Cruise Day, Ranked

While all you need to visit any of the Disney Parks in the world is an airfare and park ticket, to get to Disney’s Castaway Cay you must sail the Disney Cruise Line. Disney’s private island in the Bahamas has everything you could want for a tropical vacation, from fruity cocktails to relaxing beaches. Of course, if you’re sailing there for the first time, here are Castaway Cay’s top activities, ranked to help you plan your perfect Disney Wish day.

Maybe you’ve seen TikTok videos of Disney’s newest ship, the Disney Wish, and you’re planning your very first cruise, or you’re sailing the Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy with your partner for a romantic getaway for two. Whatever the reason, you’ll want to make the most of your day at Castaway Cay when your ship docks. As someone who’s been on Disney cruises since I was little and just got off Disney Wish, I’ve put together a ranking of the best Castaway Cay activities that I think are must-do’s for any fan. from Disney.

Some of them might be obvious, like taking a picture with Mickey Mouse, but all of these eight Castaway Cay activities will ensure you have a magical day, Disney style.

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08 Challenge yourself with the Castaway Cay 5K

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If you’re an early riser, you might want to challenge yourself at the Castaway Cay 5K first thing in the morning. On the island, there is a 5 km route that you can run or walk as you wish. Once you complete your 5K you will receive your very own Castaway Cay Medal to wear proudly. The best part of all is that the 5K challenge is totally free.

07 Relax in a hammock on the beach

There are tons of chairs and lounge chairs at each of the beaches that you can claim for the day, but when else can you lay in a hammock on the beach? You will only find a few hammocks under the palm trees, so be sure to grab one and relax a bit. If it’s too hot, you can always take a dip in the crystal clear water before returning to swing.

06 Get a photo with your favorite character

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Check your Disney Cruise app for character appearances on Castaway Cay. You might find Mickey Mouse or even Donald Duck dressed in their beach gear, waiting to take a picture with you. They haven’t been out all day, so when you see Minnie or Goofy be sure to snap a selfie or two for Insta.

05 Order a drink on the beach

While you’re relaxing on the beach, you might see waiters walking around ready to take your order. Be sure to drink a piña colada on the beach while you’re in your hammock.

Of course, there are also a few other drink stands and bars located in Castaway Cay that you can also visit. You can even order a drink from a souvenir bamboo tiki mug or an Olaf sip.

04 Do you offer unlimited ice cream

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A staple of any Disney Cruise trip is to take advantage of the unlimited soft serve ice cream machine on the ship, but did you know that there are also ice cream machines on Castaway Cay? When it’s really hot outside, you’ll definitely want to stop by the soft ice cream vending machines for as many ice cream cones as your heart desires.

03 Take a picture with the ship

While a photo with one of your favorite Disney Characters is a must, you can’t miss snapping a photo with the ship at Castaway Cay, too. You can find a few PhotoPass photographers located in perfect spots as you head to the tram.

They are there to take the best photos of you with the ship in the background for Instagram. However, you can also take your own selfies or set up your camera for a self-timer photo.

02 Take a bike ride around Castaway Cay

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Castaway Cay offers a ton of port adventures and activities you can sign up for during your stay on the island. You can also rent pool floats and snorkel gear to find treasures underwater. In fact, you may see some “whosits and whatsits galore”.

However, the best activity you can do in Castaway Cay is to rent a bike and go for a walk. For only $13 you will have a bike for the whole day. Along the designated bike path, you will find a beautiful lookout point that gives you stunning views of the island with the ship in the background.

01 Have lunch on the cookie barbecue

If there’s one thing you must do in Castaway Cay, it’s have lunch at Cookies BBQ. This all-you-can-eat barbecue offers delicious ribs, burgers, corn on the cob and a macaroni salad. Don’t skip over dessert either. Chocolate chip cookies are iconic.

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