Saturday, June 23, 2018

All About #Disney Castaway Cay #DCL


Here is a great map that you can download and print *photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

There is just SO much to do on Castaway Cay. There are a lot of FREE activities on the island which is nice. The island consists of a post office, family beaches with complimentary umbrella's and chairs for guests, private adult beach called Serenity Bay which also offers complimentary umbrella's and chairs for guests. There is also a water play area for younger children called Spring A Leak on the island and a really fun water slide attraction called Pelican Plunge located in the water near the family beach. There is also two restaurants, Cookies BBQ and Cookie's Two BBQ. For those that want a nice refreshing adult drink there are multiple bar's on the island.

There are a lot of fun excursions offered on Castaway Cay. To view the excursions you can visit the Disney Cruise Line website and then click 'ships and activities' and then choose the option that says 'port adventures'. Next choose the island you are visiting and then you can view the many excursion options.
Castaway Cay offers the following excursions for an additional fee:


  • Abaco Back Country Fishing excursion
  • Bicycle Rentals
  • Boat Rentals (Sea Kayaks, Hobie Cats, Aqua Trikes, Stand Up Paddle Boards)
  • Castaway Cay Getaway Package (this is a great value and it includes 3 fun activities: snorkeling, bike rental for one hour and a float or tube rental for the day
  • Castaway Cay Island Cruise (90 minute adventure)
  • Private Cabana Rental for the day (there is limited quantity)
  • Stingray Adventure
  • Extreme Getaway Package (this is a great value and includes 4 fun activities: snorkeling, bike rental for one hour, float or tube rental for the day and the stingray adventure)
  • Float and tube rentals ($10 per tube for the whole day) *please note you are not allowed to bring your own float on a Disney Cruise
  • Parasailing 
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Seahorse Catamaran Snorkel Adventure
  • Wild Side Teen Adventure
  • Walking and Kayak Nature Adventure
  • Jet Ski Rentals (singles and double)


I am looking forward to renting a private cabana on the family beach. With three young children I feel it will be a really nice luxury to have a private area to relax, change the kids, rinse off with the private shower and take a nice afternoon nap. Here is a great YouTube video that shows a tour of a private cabana tour. I am planning to rent a jet ski and take the 45 minute island tour with my Dad. We might even check the kids into Scuttles Cove so that we can have some quiet time on the beach with a nice adult beverage and a good book!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Tips On Creating An Affordable Summer Bucket List



Summer is almost here and my littles are beyond excited! Each summer we make a fun list of things they want to do together and check off the items as we go. Last summer their bucket list got a little out of control and we didn't quite check off all of the items on the list. This summer we are trying something a little different. We are on a tight budget this summer because we are in the process of moving and we just got back from Disney World a few weeks ago.

Having fun with your kids shouldn't cost a ton of money and there are plenty of fun free things to do. Try to create a fun summer bucket list with your children to include them. Write each child's list for them if they are little or let each child make their own list on a bright piece of paper using fun colored markers, dry erase boards, etc. Get creative!

Tips:

  • Set a budget and explain it (anything that requires an overnight hotel stay for example might not work) 
  • Set boundaries (within an hour of your house if you don't want to drive too far, etc.)
  • Encourage your children to try something new (visit a new playground for example)
  • Pull out a local map and explore a new area 
  • Remind your children that they can have fun in their own backyard too! 
  • Visit the Dollar Store and grab some summer fun accessories such as water balloons, water guns, bug catchers, bubbles, chalk, etc.

My children love visiting the local zoo and we purchased passes so we can return for free all summer long. We are planning a day trip to the beach and of course trips to the pool. Whatever you do, remember to have fun and don't go overboard!

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