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Paradise in the Bahamas
If you take a Caribbean cruise with Disney Cruise Line, you'll most likely spend a day at Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Bahamas. Located near Great Abaco Island, the 1,000-acre island is roughly 3 miles long and 2.2 miles wide.
Before Disney purchased the island in the 1990s, it was known as Gorda Cay.
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- Gorda Cay was used as a film location in the 1984 film "Splash," starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. The beach the two charactes meet is on the island.
- Gorda Cay was once used by drug runners and there remains a small airstrip.
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Finding Fun on Castaway Cay
Castaway Cay offers a raft of fun things to do for families, and all the facilities are within walking distance of the ship. There is also a tram to bring guests from the beach areas back to the ship.
Highlights include a crescent-shaped family beach, gorgeous adults-only beach, character meet-and-greets, and separate supervised club areas for little ones, big kids, tweens, and teens. There's also a big floating platform with waterslides, and you can also rent fun toys, such as bikes, snorkeling gear, paddleboards, and inner tubes.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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Castaway Cay 5K
The Castaway Cay 5K is typically offered first thing in the morning once the ship docks on the island. It's a great, no-pressure race that follows a flat, very pretty course on the island. You can run, jog, walk as you like, and kids are welcome.
Check on Disney's Navigator App or on the Personal Navigator for meeting times and locations. You can also stop by the Guest Services desk on the ship to check any registration details. Try to arrive early for registration and bib pickup. All of the 5K runners walk off the ship all at the same time to the start line.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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More About Disney Cruises
- Photo Tour of Castaway Cay
- Is Disney Cruise Line a Good Fit For Your Family?
- What's Included in Your Disney Cruise Fare
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