Our final day on the Disney Wonder took us to Castaway Cay Disney’s private island. In the evening we celebrated Mardi Gras once more, this time in Tiana’s restaurant.
Castaway Cay is a private island in the Bahamas operated by the Disney Cruise Line. In 1997 the Walt Disney Corporation signed a 99 year lease for the island from the Bahamian Government.
Castaway Cay is approximately 1000 acres but to date only around 50 acres have been developed. There are around 50 permanent residents on the island who are all Disney Cruise Line employees. These employees ensure the smooth running of the island.
Restaurants, shops and bars on the island are staffed by the visiting ships.
There are a number of excellent beaches available for guests including one for adults only. Areas have been designated for snorkelling, swimming and watercraft.
In addition Disney have developed shops, bars, restaurants, kid clubs, games areas, water parks & extensive recreational activities on the island.
Castaway Cay is beautiful and maintains its theme of being a town created by a shipwreck community well. However, this is not the true Caribbean but Disney’s fantasy recreation of a Caribbean Island. You will not experience any genuine Bahamas’ culture here but you will receive Disney’s classical good service & fun.
Our day in Castaway Cay was full of fun. We enjoyed snorkelling off a fantastic beach, had cocktails looking out at the sea and had a great barbecue lunch. It might not be the real Caribbean but Castaway Cay is great fun.
Finally, a quick mention about Tiana’s Restaurant which was perhaps the most fun restaurant I have ever visited. Great food, live music, characters and a Mardi Gras parade make this a great evening. I was pleased this was our last restaurant as it was the best of the 3 by some distance.
Tomorrow we are off to Walt Disney World spending Easter Sunday in Animal Kingdom.