8 Castaway Cay Things to Do for the Perfect Disney Cruise Day, Ranked – Elite Daily | Gmx Pharm

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

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

Some of these may be obvious, like snapping a photo with Mickey Mouse, but all of these eight things to do in Castaway Cay will make sure you have a magical day, Disney-style.

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Challenge yourself with the Castaway Cay 5K

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If you’re an early riser, you should challenge yourself to the Castaway Cay 5K first thing in the morning. There is a 5 km track on the island that you can run or walk at your leisure. Once you complete your 5K, you’ll receive your very own Castaway Cay medal to wear proudly. The best part is that 5K Challenge is completely free.


Relax in a hammock on the beach

Each of the beaches has plenty of chairs and loungers to claim for the day, but when else can you lie in a hammock on the beach? You’ll find few hammocks under palm trees, so grab one and relax a little. If it gets too hot you can always swim in the crystal blue waters before returning to the swing.


Get a picture with your favorite character

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Search your Disney Cruise app for character appearances on Castaway Cay. You might find Mickey Mouse or even Donald Duck in beachwear waiting to take a picture with you. You’re not out all day. So if you see Minnie or Goofy, be sure to snap a selfie or two for Insta.


Order a drink on the beach

While relaxing on the beach, you might see some waiters walking around ready to take your order. Don’t miss sipping a piña colada on the beach while lying in your hammock.

Of course, there are also a few other drink stands and bars in Castaway Cay that you can visit. You can even order a drink in a bamboo tiki cup or Olaf sipper as a souvenir.


Treat yourself to unlimited ice cream

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A must-do on any Disney Cruise vacation is using the ship’s unlimited soft serve ice cream machine, but did you know Castaway Cay also has ice cream machines? When it’s particularly warm outside, be sure to stop by the soft serve ice cream machines for as many cones as your heart desires.


Take a picture with the ship

While a picture with one of your favorite Disney characters is a must, be sure to snap a photo with the ship at Castaway Cay as well. You might find a few PhotoPass photographers in scenic 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 picture.


Take a bike ride around Castaway Cay

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Castaway Cay offers plenty of port adventures and activities to sign up for while on the island. You can also rent pool floats and snorkel gear to find underwater treasures. In fact, you might see a few “whosits and whatsits galore.”

However, the best activity on Castaway Cay is renting a bike and riding around. For just $13 you can have a bike for the whole day. Along the designated cycle path you will find a beautiful viewpoint that offers you a breathtaking view of the island with the ship in the background.


Grab lunch at Cookies BBQ

If there’s one thing you must do on Castaway Cay, it’s have lunch at Cookies BBQ. This all-you-can-eat barbecue features delicious ribs, burgers, corn on the cob, and macaroni salad. Don’t skip the dessert either. The chocolate biscuits are iconic.

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