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  • On Feb 6, 2023
    Jacob from CT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is there to do on Castaway Cay for children under 5 years of age and under 42 inches tall?

    Hi there, Jacob!
    Here at planDisney, we're "all hands on deck" when it comes to answering your vacation planning questions. You've certainly docked in the right place with this particular inquiry because Disney Castaway Cay is one of my absolute favorite destinations!

    I first visited with my young children back in 2017 and we've looked forward to every successive visit with the same enthusiasm as that very first trip. The island is a true tropical paradise and because your ship will be the only one docked there that day, you're going to receive outstanding service, entertainment, and access to all the wonderful family-friendly activities available.

    My daughter was 4 on our first visit and although she wasn't tall enough for some of the Port Adventures she was able to don a helmet and ride along in a child seat when we rented bikes.  She enjoyed the island breezes while we cycled around the 1.5-mile paved loop, and somehow worked up an appetite for ice cream despite doing none of the actual pedaling. We also made sure to climb the observation tower located midway along the route to take in the beautiful views and wave hello to our ship docked in the distance. Bike rentals are available for one hour, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the island afterward.

    Next, spend some time splashing along the shores of the Family Beach together. The waves are usually quite calm and you may even spot a few of Nemo's friends swimming along the shoreline.  Complimentary life vests are available in a variety of sizes for little ones wanting to enjoy a dip in the clear blue waters. You'll be able to find these near Gil's Fins and Boats.

    If you're looking for something a little more adventurous Pelican Plunge is a fantastic 2,400 square-foot floating platform with two slides and a giant water bucket dump that's sure to delight. Swimmers must be 38 inches tall to access the area and life vests are required for guests between 38-48 inches tall. These are available in both child and adult sizes right near the entrance to Pelican Plunge. If you prefer a more laid-back water activity, check out the splash pad and misters at the Spring-A-Leak water play area. Relax while your youngster plays or join in the fun and have a soaking good time together!

    If you're hoping to have more fun on dry land, don't miss the Character Appearances and dance parties on the island. Mickey and friends are usually dressed in their island best which always makes for a fun and unique photo op. Monstro Point is another great option for kids aged 3-10. They can practice their paleontologist skills as they dig for fossils and other treasures at this excavation site. Parents are welcome to help dig too!

    And if you're craving a little downtime at Serenity Bay be sure to consider Scuttle's Cove. Disney Cruise Line Cast Members provide the same fantastic level of care as they do on the ships at this island kid's club for ages 3-12. Your little one is sure to enjoy a variety of activities scheduled throughout the day, and you'll get a chance to enjoy the peaceful ocean sounds at the adult-only beach area. Just be sure to grab an ice cream cone (or two) before you head back to the ship at day's end. You'll be glad you did!

    Jacob, I hope this helps you plan a magical day at Disney's Private Island. Sail on back to planDisney with any other questions you may have!

    "Sea" you real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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