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10 Best Disney Castaway Cay Activities

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If you are planning on taking a Disney Cruise out of Florida or Texas, more than likely, you will get to go to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay! You could spend the entire time on the beach, but if you did, you would miss out on all the other fun Castaway Cay activities.

Top Activities on Castaway Cay

10 Best Disney’s Castaway Cay Activities

1. Get a Post Card Stamped at the Castaway Cay Post Office

In the desk of your state room, you will find 2 Disney Cruise Postcards. Take a few dollars (your Castaway Card won’t work for postage) with you to the Castaway Cay Post Office and have them stamped with the official Castaway Cay Postmark! 

Talk about a cheap souvenir or memento for your scrapbook.

Another perk about stopping by the post office is that you will likely see a few of your favorite Disney Characters hanging out!

 Slides at Pelican Plunge

2. Go down the Pelican Plunge Waterslides

If you have kids, they are going to love spending time flying down the slides at Pelican Plunge. These dual slides will allow you to race or go at your own pace.

Be prepared to do some swimming to get to the slides.  You will need to be able to swim a short distance in deep water. 

If you are not a seasoned swimmer, you can opt to wear a swim vest. There is a swim vest station right on the beach near the slides.

Rent Bikes on Castaway Cay

3. Take a Bike Ride

One of my favorite Castaway Cay activities is taking a bike ride along the trails on the island.

Bike rentals can be done in advance or on the spot. 

There are bikes for every age level; even for the smallest of riders who need training wheels. 

Be sure to give yourself enough time to bike out to the Observation Tower.

You can walk up to the top & see a one of a kind view of the cruise ship from the other side of the island!

In Da Shade Games on Castaway Cay

4. Visit In-Da-Shade-Games

Once you’ve had your fill of sun and surf, be sure to check out In-Da-Shade-Games.

Choose to shoot some hoops, play a relaxing game of checkers or a round of ping-pong.

Even if it rains, there are many covered activities at Castaway Cay to keep you and the kids busy!

Castaway Cay Splash Pad

5. Walk around Spring a Leak

Little ones will love being able to splash about in Spring a Leak, where they will find a splash pad with fountains that sprout up from the ground.

6. Do some Snorkeling

One of our favorite activities at Castaway Cay is snorkeling. For a small fee, you can rent snorkeling gear on the island.

There is a section of Castaway Cay that is reserved just for snorkeling and you can see some pretty amazing things you won’t find anywhere else in the Bahamas!

Best part is that you can go at your own pace. You can book your gear in advance or pay for it on the island.

Castaway Cay Stingray Encounter

7. Swim with Stingrays

Don’t worry, the Stingrays aren’t swimming freely throughout the waters of Castaway Cay! There is a section where you can swim with them, though!

You will be taken with a guide and the rays will swim right up to you and onto the platform so that you can touch them! You should book this encounter before you arrive.

Paddle Boat Rentals in Castaway Cay

8. Take a Paddle boat out for 30 minutes

Go into Castaway Cay as a family on board a Paddle boat!

These are super fun for the whole family and if you work together, you will have no problem maneuvering this lightweight boat out into the ocean.

Other water boat excursions are available like Kayaking and Motorboats.

Castaway Cay Dance party

9. Get Your Pictures Taken with some Disney Characters or Join a Dance party

You will find your favorite Disney characters on the island t and Chip & Dale even host a dance party!

Ice Cream at Castaway Cay

10. Take Advantage of Eating FREE Ice Cream

Not only will you get a full buffet lunch on the island, you will also get free soda and ice cream. The same all you can eat ice cream on board the ship is available on Castaway Cay!

I’m fairly certain that Disney thought about everything when creating Castaway Cay.  There is so much to do there that you will have no trouble spending the entire day on the island! 

Remember, these are only my top 10 Activities at Disney’s Castaway Cay. There are more things that I didn’t include, like shopping for Castaway Cay souvenirs!

What are your favorite Activities at Disney’s Castaway Cay?

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Stephanie Jenkins

Saturday 25th of February 2017

Do you have to do an excursion to go snorkeling if you have your own equipment?


Thursday 19th of October 2017

Vests are required and supplied.


Sunday 26th of February 2017

No, you can bring your own. There is a specific area for snorkeling but it is come & go as you like. If you need a vest (which may be required, I can't remember), you just pick one up for free.

Jodi DeMaggio

Saturday 11th of February 2017

Even though this is disney related, the magic kingdom is not included in this cruise as a stop correct??


Saturday 11th of February 2017

That's correct. You can take the Disney Cruise Line bus that transfers guest to the parks if you wish to add a Park vacation before or after your cruise.


Tuesday 5th of July 2016

We tried the bike rental for the first time in November 2015 and loved it! We walked to the observation tower the year before, and let me tell you, biking is better! Regarding the Post Office, it isn't always open, and I found out that there's still a way to mail postcards AND have 'Castaway Cay' postmarked on them. Before the ship sailed from Castaway, I visited Guest Services and bought Bahamian postage in cash. The Cast Member at the desk kept my postcards to send out with the mail. I can't remember the exact explanation, but I believe the mail is collected from the ship before it sails, enabling the postcards to have the Castaway Cay postmark. It took several weeks for myself and other family members to receive our postcards, but they were wonderful souvenirs for us to remember a beautiful island paradise!


Thursday 7th of July 2016

Love the bike ride. Such a nice way to see the island. We did the observation tower too. It is a cool view and great selfie spot!


Saturday 16th of February 2013

Thanks for stopping by! My son is fair skinned and he enjoys the shade activities, so I know what you mean!

Marissa @Barefoot Colorado

Saturday 16th of February 2013

This is awesome! What a cool idea for a post– I'll keep these in mind when I take my niece on her first Disney cruise!


Saturday 16th of February 2013

Thanks for stopping by! If you happen to take her on the Fantasy, they have a Bippity Boppity Boutique on board!

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