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  • On Jan 12, 2023
    Tamela from CO 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 the earliest you can start the 5k? A friend told me they were allowed off the ship a little earlier than those not running. I am wondering if it is the same? Thank you!

    Hi Tamela and welcome aboard planDisney!

    There is nothing quite like seeing where the sky meets the sea while on Disney Castaway Cay! Like you, I'm a fan of starting the day with the Castaway Cay 5k. Currently, Guests are invited to start the 5k at their leisure and disembark the ship at the same time as other guests. So, just listen for the “all-ashore” and you can head off the ship with the rest of your traveling party. I find this a great way to have a more leisurely start to your day in paradise and allows more time to enjoy your breakfast onboard the ship, secure your place on your preferred beach, or participate in one of the early morning Port Adventures.

    The Castaway Cay 5k begins at the Bike Rental hut near the Pelican Point tram stop, by Castaway Cay Family Beach, all of which are easily found on the map as you disembark the ship or ask a friendly Crew Member. You will see the “5k start line” and then just follow the signs and you will be running on the Castaway Runway in no time! The course finishes back at the Bike Rental hut. Once you finish, a Crew Member will award you a tropical-inspired, Mickey Mouse-approved medal!

    Now, Tamela, many of my planDisney pals share our enthusiasm for the Castaway Cay 5k and we have some magical tips for you:

    • During the 5k, you will see an Observation Tower about halfway through the run, we recommend that you take a quick stop there for a selfie from the top. It is an amazing spot for sweeping views of the island!
    • Water stations are located along the route, but there is little shade so remember to wear your sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat or visor.
    • Once you are finished, stop by Olaf's Summertime Freeze for a nice and cooling smoothie at an additional charge, so as with any port of call, don’t forget your Key to the World card and identification. 
    • Be sure to check out the Castaway Cay 5k merchandise available (subject to availability) at the Buy the Seashore merchandise location.
    • One final tip, Tamela, is that you can shower off and change into your swimsuit at each of the restroom locations throughout the island.

    I hope you have a swashbuckling day at Castaway Cay, Tamela. As you continue to plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation, please set sail back to us here at planDisney. We have all hands on deck to help you create magic on the high seas!

    Wishing you smooth sailing,

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Meet the Panelist: Shannon, Georgia

Hi! I'm a dreamer and doer who loves exploring the big blue world! My love for Disney began at Walt Disney World Resort and after my first Disney Cruise Line vacation I was hooked. I especially enjoy the ships' adult-exclusive spaces and activities while experiencing the magic only Disney can create. A Land and Sea vacation combining an action-packed Walt Disney World Resort visit and a relaxing Disney Cruise Line voyage is my favorite way to do Disney. I can't wait to help you create your magical memories! Learn More About Shannon

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