The 5 secrets of Disney’s private island

connectVideoPregnant woman the kick-off for the Disney cruise by armed guard

An expecting mother from St. Louis is not happy with how the staff of the Disney Cruise Line treated her family after they were denied access to the ship. Claim that an armed officer was called in to escort her throughout the party – in which multiple children – out of the ticketing building, while their baggage was removed from the ship.

There is Disney World and Disneyland, and there are even four international Disney parks and resorts around the world, including Disneyland Paris. But did you know that there is also a private island, that is available exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests?

“There is so much that we share that it’s time that we are aware of: It’s a small world after all” goes the lyrics of the soundtrack of Disneyland’s iconic It’s a Small World ride. It is called “The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed” since the ride opened in 1966, but the Disney Cruise Line guests of the Caribbean or Bahamian cruises are sure to say that the happiest cruise is the one that brought them to Castaway Cay, Disney’s own private island in the Bahamas. More information about this beautiful Disney have that certainly brings pure joy to all who visit it.

Disney Cruise Line guests of the Caribbean or Bahamian cruises are sure to say that the happiest cruise is the one that brought them to Castaway Cay, Disney’s own private island in the Bahamas.

1. Castaway Cay has its own post office

Getting a ticket from a pal on vacation is fun—and receiving a mail from the Castaway Cay post office is even more special. E-Mail from the small turquoise-colored building is marked with a special postmark and Bahamian stamps that are unique to Castaway Cay.

2. Castaway Cay is eco-friendly

Disney takes the preservation of this beautiful island is very serious and the guests find that the island is pristine. Disney Cruise Line crew members to monitor and protect the endangered loggerhead sea turtle nests on the island, and researchers are striving to restore the health of the coral reefs in the area. Another way that Disney is trying to preserve the natural beauty of the island and reduce the carbon footprint is through the use of solar panels; as these are behind-the-scenes in the backstage areas, the majority of guests will not even see it.

Storm clouds approach Castaway Cay

3. Food is there in abundance

In many ways, the island is an extension of the cruise experience, which means that food is plentiful and included in the price of your cruise. In Cookie’s BBQ buffet, you can enjoy a classic bbq with all the sides, such as coal, and beans, along with the child-friendly options such as hot dogs and French fries. If you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements, please ask the staff; they are more than happy to oblige.

4. Serenity Bay is a paradise for adults

Beach chairs and umbrellas line the beaches of Castaway Cay

Just like on the Disney ships, there is an adults-only area, Serenity Bay, on Castaway Cay for those who are looking for a little peace and quiet. The hotel is located about a mile from the beach, this is the place to go for grown-up time, as well as on the beach, sun loungers, two-person hammocks, and possibly even a massage. Those who have children in tow can park the little ones Scuttle Bay, the island’s kids’ club. Here are all the ways Disney cruises cater to adults.

5. The island is a lot smaller than it seems

There is so much to do on the island, many guests are surprised to learn that it’s only 3.1 miles long and 2.2 miles wide, ranging from 1,000 acres. Even more surprising is it? Disney reports that only about five percent of the island is developed. Nevertheless, it can be a lot to navigate when you have children and beach gear in tow, that is why there is a free shuttle bus service around the island. Then read on for the 18 secrets of the Disney Cruise Line staff will not tell you.

This story was originally published by Reader’s Digest. Read more secrets of Disney’s private island here.

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