Disney to Enhance Castaway Cay

It is already a busy week for Disney. Just after news broke of its acquisition of Marvel, the corporation is now announcing some other additions to one of its properties. Castaway Cay, the 1,000-acre private island in the Bahamas will undergo some refurbishments to provide new and enhanced amenities for families  and couples who cruise to the destination.

A new water feature, Pelican Plunge, is a 2,400-square-foot floating platform, located within swimming distance from shore,  that includes nautical rope, cargo nets, buoys, signaling flags and starfish-like ornamentation and two new water slides— an enclosed corkscrew slide and a 140-foot-long open slide. A giant "bucket dump" delivers hundreds of gallons of water, and four water cannons provide sharp-shooting fun with floating nautical targets approximately 20 feet away.

On the island, a brand-new, 2,400-square-foot water play area called Spring-a-Leak immerses guests in the remnants of a washed-away beach dwelling leaning in the direction of the prevailing winds. Guests enter the storm-ravaged structure, greeted by dripping pipes, broken plumbing and hissing misters, exposed and twisted by the tropical tempest that wiped out the original structure.

The hub of youth activities on the island, Scuttle's Cove, will feature a new  1,200-square-foot soft wet deck area which the younges Disney Cruise Line guests with an array of pop jets, geysers and bubblers.

Castaway Family Beach will receive an extra 700 feet, at least, and will include the Cookies Too family lunch buffet, Sand Bar beach bar, Buy the Sea Shore merchandise location, amd Flippers & Floats beach rentals, which provides inner tubes, snorkels, masks and fins.

Both Castaway Family Beach and the adult-exclusive Serenity Bay Beach will receive new private cabanas, which come with an option to add the personalized service of a cabana host. The 325-square-foot beach cabanas are furnished with cushioned chairs, chaise lounge chairs, side tables and a dining table. Other convenient features include a refrigerator, lockable storage unit, outside fresh water shower and sail cloth for shade on the deck. Amenities included with a beach cabana rental include non-alcoholic beverages, suntan lotion and fluffy towels. A variety of a la carte services and packages will be offered, including special food and beverage options. Serenity Bay Beach will also receive three new massage cabanas.

The additional island amenities are scheduled to be complete by summer 2010, in time for special five-night cruises aboard the Disney Wonder with two stops at Castaway Cay, and the Disney Dream cruise ship which starts sailing in early 2011.

Disney Cruise Line sails to Castaway Cay on all itineraries originating from Port Canaveral, FL. and offers three-, four- and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas and the Caribbean with special voyages to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe in 2010.

Visit disneycruise.com or disneytravelagents.com.

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