If you talk to any Disney Cruise Line fan there is probably one thing at the top of their DCL bucket list, renting a private cabana on Castaway Cay. Who wouldn’t want their own private piece of paradise for a day? There are 20 cabanas on Castaway Cay’s family beach, one Grand Family Cabana, and 4 adults only cabana’s located on Serenity Bay.
Staying at a Cabana on Castaway Cay was something I put on my Disney bucket list right after our first Disney Cruise. Renting one can be a difficult endeavor unless you are staying concierge level or are a Platinum Castaway Club Member. You can be added to a wait list once you board but it’s rare that someone actually cancels.
We traveled with friends on our last cruise and as luck would have it they decided to stay concierge level. They were able to book the cabana in advance and that also meant that we got to split the cost with them. Win win! Since Disney wants to make sure the wheelchair cabana is used by someone that needs it we just had to give them our reservation number so Disney could verify the details.
Cabana 1 is wheelchair accessible and is located on the family beach. You are given wristbands on the ship with instructions on how to check in at the island information booth. Once you check in you can take a golf cart to your cabana but since this was our first time on the island we chose to walk.
Cabana 1 is of course the first one that you get to on the family beach. I liked that it was close to the restrooms and Cookies Too BBQ. The cabana itself feels completely private thanks to all of the greenery. There is a nice paved sidewalk that leads up to the cabana that was really easy to navigate.
Inside you’ll find a couch, chairs, tables, a kitchenette area with a refrigerator and snacks, a basket with towels, small closet with a safe, ceiling fan to help you stay cool, and a curtain that provides some privacy to change.
The refrigerator is stocked with bottled water, soda, fruit, and chilled towels. Since Cookies BBQ is close it’s easy to head over there for lunch and bring your food back to the cabana to enjoy. And if you want something from the bar just press the concierge call button and they’ll take care of you.
Outside there is a nice shaded area and lounge chairs. It’s also where you’ll find sunscreen and sand toys.
There is a long, wooden ramp to get to the beach. Along the way you’ll find a hammock and a shower to rinse the sand off. We picked up one of the complementary beach wheelchairs to use and it was able to get up and down the ramp. Those wheelchairs can me tough to navigate but it wasn’t too hard.
When you rent a cabana you also have access to a private beach. Since our cabana was on the end we were right next to the fence and the family beach. They have a Cast Member that sits there to make sure only cabana guests use the private beach and swimming area. This is really where your wrist bands come into play.
On the beach you’ll find umbrellas, beach chairs, lounge chairs, floats, and inter tubes.
So is it worth it? Yes! I know the price tag is high but it is such a great experience that you should try to do it at least once. The private beach was one of the best parts. We were on a fully book sailing on the Dream and not having to worry about rushing to get a spot was so nice. It’s also nice having somewhere to head back to when you want to get out of the sun. It was also nice knowing we had a safe spot to store everything while we were on the beach, including my wheelchair. The cabana is yours all day (usually 9 am – 4 pm) so make sure to take advantage of it the entire day. It truly was paradise!
Serenity Bay private cabanas are $428.94 for four adult guests and you can add additional guests for $53.75. The Family Beach cabanas are $590.18 (September 25- March 17) and $643.93 (March 18 – September 24) for up to 6 guests. Additional guests are $53.75 for up to 10 total. The Grand Family Beach Cabana (#21) is $966.43. Additional guests (up to 16) are $53.75 each.
- Drinks (water & soda), snacks (chips, granola bars, & fruit), towels, and sunscreen
- Private Beach (Family beach only)
- Snorkel Equipment (Family beach only)
- Sand Toys (Family beach only)
- Float & Tube Rental
- Bike Rental (1 Hour)
- Fresh Water Shower