Disney Cruise Line

Castaway Cay Cabanas

IMG_6966If you have been to Castaway Cay, you’ve likely noticed the ever coveted cabanas.  These are one of the hottest items of any Disney Cruise Line stop at their private island in The Bahamas.

What makes them so popular?  Mainly the luxury of having an amazing “home base”, but also for larger families, this is a great price for what all is included.

So what do you get with a cabana rental?  Currently you will get the cabana itself, which has covered, cushioned seating, a key locked safe, mini refrigerator, hammock, sand toys, snacks such as granola bars and chips, sodas and bottled water as well as sun screen and cold rags to cool off.  It also includes 1 hour of bike riding, tubes and rafts for floating, snorkeling equipment and access to the private beach area.  Cabana rental includes all of this for up to 6 people, with an additional charge for up to 4 more people (10 people in total).  The current price is $726.88 (includes tax) for up to six guests.  When you consider that snorkeling alone is $34/adult, float rental is $13/float and an hour bike rental is $13/hr, that’s already $300+ in included rentals and activities.  Definitely money well spent for the rental.

How do you get a cabana?  This is the harder part.  They are SUPER SUPER popular.  The cabanas at Castaway Cay are not even listed as an option on the Disney Cruise Line website because of their popularity.  For most sailings, you must be staying on concierge to get one or a very lucky Platinum Castaway Club Member.  This is because concierge guests are able to book port activities at 125 days prior to sailing.  (Platinum Castaway Members are 120 days prior, Gold Castaway Members are 105 days prior, Silver Castaway Members 90 days prior and first time guests 75 days prior).

Would I recommend a cabana?  Absolutely! Would I also recommend taking more pictures when you get there…. definitely… LOL… The last time we were there, I got so excited that I forgot to take a lot of pictures.  If you have any you would like for me to add, please feel free to email them to me at lauren@vacationeverafter.com

 

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Adventures by Disney, Personal Story, Travel Tuesday

Adventures by Disney: Via Italia

Best. Trip. Ever.  100% not exaggerating.  This was the best trip I have ever taken and I can not say enough great things about it.  I do not even know where to start.  The beginning was so polar opposite from the end… so I guess let’s start there.  How did I even end up on an Adventures by Disney vacation?  Simple: Convenience and my ridiculous paranoia. My husband and I wanted to celebrate our 10 year anniversary with a special trip.  We tossed out various ideas and nothing would stick.  My husband had never been to Europe Continue reading “Adventures by Disney: Via Italia”

Adventures by Disney

Explore the world with Adventures by Disney

It’s true.  You can explore six different continents with Adventures by Disney.  I can personally tell you: these are some of the most well run and thought out itineraries out there.  My husband and I did the Via Italia with Adventures by Disney and LOVED every second of it.  I can not speak highly enough about them and you can read all about my adventure HERE, but I wanted to talk first about all the available options and the program itself.IMG_3339

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Christmas: WDW, Disney World

Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt

My husband and I were able to explore Disney Springs on Monday and check out a lot of the Christmas decor and the Christmas Tree Trail, which I loved.  We even partook in Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt.  Yes… We are kids at heart and even adults can hunt (without kids).  I recommend doing this while you are in Disney Springs.  First and foremost, it is FREE.  Whether you are doing it for yourself or with a child, you can not beat free.  I do wish some of the hiding spots would have been a little more of a challenge, but overall no complaints.  If it was a crowded night, it would have been much more challenging.  We were there on a Monday morning, so there were not too many other people.

Stitch Holiday Gift Hunt

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Christmas: WDW, Disney World, Uncategorized

Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs

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The little details in some of the trees like Continue reading “Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs”

Disney World, Personal Story, Planning

What age should I take my child to Disney?

Two is better than one.

This is one of the top questions I get and also one of the top debates people have over Disney.  At some point, everyone asks “What age should I take my child to Disney“.  I’m sure if you have talked about Disney at all, you have asked it too.  Some answers I have heard: “Don’t take them until after 5…You want them to remember it” , “Wait until first grade, so they understand it” or “Take them before they are 3, while they are free“.   I am a firm believer Continue reading “What age should I take my child to Disney?”

List, Special Events: WDW

Dos and Don’ts of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) has surprisingly been around since 1983.  Party dates begin in early November and continue until right before Christmas.  There is nothing to get you more in the Christmas spirit, than Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  It truly brings my heart (and stomach) joy.  Over the years, we have come up with a great list of Dos and Don’ts.  Continue reading “Dos and Don’ts of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party”