September 13, 2013
Today is the day we have been waiting for. Everyone that has been on a Disney cruise before raves about Castaway Cay (pronounced Key). So we were really excited to see if it lived up to the hype. This was also the one and only “excursion” we did on this vacation. Disney built 15 private cabanas on the family beach that you could rent for the day. The only problem is that with up to 4,000 people on board the chances of getting one are very slim. Add to that being a first time cruiser, and you might as well forget it. Well, we happened to make a buddy online through our FE gift exchange group. He was sailing concierge, which means, he gets top pick for everything. So he booked us a cabana and later we switched it to our name! It was amazing, and the best beach day ever. I was so thrilled that we were able to snag a cabana. It really made the whole day so much more enjoyable. The family beach was super crowded all day (they also have an adults only beach with a few adults only cabanas). But the beach in front of the family beach cabanas is private. So even though the family beach was crowded, where we were, was not. We had all the sand and water we wanted. There was a bathroom and BBQ set up right outside the Cabana gate. Of course, the food/drinks were included for everyone, but if you had a cabana, you got unlimited cold drinks in a fridge in your room. Snacks, sunblock, sand toys, snorkel equipment, floats, you name it, were also included. The day went by way too fast here! We had the best time ever. We also had unlimited towels in the cabana, not to mention my favorite part, a fresh water outdoor shower just for us! The cabana was well worth the price and I would do it again in a heartbeat! I know we were lucky to get it this one time, but I would try my best to get one again. It was cool, kept the sun off you and really added to our day! We also went shopping and mailed some post cards while we were at port. **I posted a lot of pictures here, if you want to see them bigger, just click on the photo!**
Once we got back on the ship, we rode the Aquaduck one last time. For dinner our last night, we ate at Animator’s Palate. We drew people on our placemats, and Disney magically brought them to life and our character’s danced onscreen. It was so much fun!
After that, we brought the kids to the club, so we could go watch the movie premier of Zombified.
It turns out it wasn’t too scary for Marissa and Dylan to watch, but we didn’t know that at the time. After the show, Ashley went to one last party at the teen club to say goodbye to all her new friends. The kids got free backpacks when we picked them up from the kids club. We went back to the room and watched old Disney cartoons while the ship gently rocked us back to Florida.
See you real soon . . .