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  • On Feb 25, 2023
    Kenneth from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How do you rent a cabana at Castaway cay. We have a group with kids and need a cabana for them?

    Ahoy, Kenneth!  

    How exciting to be dreaming of your Disney Cruise Line vacation with a stop at their private island, Disney Castaway Cay! It’s pure paradise, and one of my favorite destinations for a special family day together. There’s nothing like seeing that turquoise water as we approach in the morning and the welcoming hug-shaped island beckons you to come spend the day.

    Family Cabanas are a special treat on the island, but unfortunately there aren’t many of these exclusive beach huts and they are in very high demand. Their exclusivity is what makes them private and so special, but also very difficult to reserve. I haven’t been able to get one on my cruises; typically, Concierge Guests and Platinum Castaway Club Members (10+ sailings with Disney Cruise Line) are the most likely to secure these elusive reservations.

    Cabanas are reserved at the same time you can book other activities for your cruise; this booking window is determined by your Castaway Club membership level:   
    First-time Guests 75 Days Prior to Sail Date
    Silver Castaway Club Members 90 Days Prior to Sail Date
    Gold Castaway Club Members 105 Days Prior to Sail Date
    Concierge Guests and Platinum Castaway Club Member  120 Days Prior to Sail Date

    Inventory can change often and for many reasons, so please keep checking availability on the website or your Disney Cruise Line Navigator App until three days prior to sailing. You may also speak with the Port Adventures desk when you board the ship to get on a waitlist for a cabana, and you may do a final check once you’re on the island for any last-minute openings at the second tram stop on Castaway Cay where cabana guests check in for the day.

    Your family will have an amazing day on the island, Kenneth! I love the beach at the second tram stop, Pelican Point. My family likes to be one of the first to disembark the ship, take the island tram to this stop, and we have our pick of seating, shades, and palm trees! I suggest you try this area to set up camp for your family’s practically perfect beach day. There’s even a shaded hut next to the Sand Bar intended for guest seating with drinks but is always empty in my experience. My son and I like to play beach ball or frisbee in this area, it’s so secluded. This beach is also right next to the restrooms and Cookies Too BBQ for your delicious lunchtime buffet.  

    Want to be a beach day hero? My favorite fun tip is to take two large chocolate chip cookies from the buffet at lunch. Behind the drink station you’ll find the soft serve ice cream machines. Pick a favorite flavor (mine is banana) and make a gooey, drippy, mouth-watering ice cream sandwich! My favorite kind of memory making is seeing my son smile, so I hope this little tip brings joy to your family too. 

    I hope you find some buried treasure in your hunt for a cabana, Kenneth! You’re going to have an incredible day at Disney Castaway Cay – bring on the sunshine!

    Please let us know if you have any more questions as you plan your special Disney Cruise Line vacation.  

    Enjoy the island vibes, 
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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