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Disney Cruise Line to upgrade Castaway Cay with new amenities and private cabanas

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 31 - 2009

Disney Cruise Line is expanding amenities and services at Castaway Cay, the line’s 1,000-acre private Bahamian island. Additions will include a 700-foot extension to the family beach, new deluxe private cabanas, new food and beverage outlets, a teen Hide Out and new water features. The new additions are scheduled to be in place by next summer, in time for special five-night cruises on Disney Wonder with two stops at Castaway Cay, and the new Disney Dream launching in early 2011.

The extended Family Beach area will add Cookies Two, a lunch buffet venue; Sand Bar which will serve specialty cocktails, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. For beach rentals, the new Flippers & Floats will provide inner tubes, snorkels, masks and fins. A new Buy the Sea Shore venue will sell Castaway Cay-exclusive items and beach essentials, complementing the existing merchandise location. The new Pelican Plunge water feature is a 2,400 square foot floating platform within swimming distance from shore that will offer two water slides, a giant ‘bucket dump’ and four water cannons to fire at floating targets. On the island, a 2,400 square foot water play area dubbed Spring-a-Leak will provide a new cooling-off spot that simulates a washed-away beach dwelling with dripping pipes, broken plumbing and hissing misters. Water jets will squirt, spray and saturate visitors. Scuttle’s Cove, the hub of the island’s youth activities, will feature a new water play area for the youngest visitors as part of the supervised youth activities on Castaway Cay. A 1,200 square foot soft wet deck area will provide pop jets, geysers and bubblers.

Twenty new private cabanas, for rent, will offer a deluxe beach retreat with included and a la carte services and the option of a cabana host. Most of the 325sq ft cabanas will dot the far side of Family Beach, but a handful will be located on Serenity Bay Beach, exclusively for adults. With all the new additions Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure will be moved to a different location in the lagoon, providing more space. Teens will get a new, secluded Hide Out with activities and refreshments. A new shaded game pavilion will be centrally located near Family Beach. Three new massage cabanas will be added to the adults-only beach for a total of eight. Sounds like family fun!

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