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Encyclopedia > Castaway Cay
Disney theme park
Castaway Cay
Location Castaway Cay, The Bahamas
Opening Day July 30, 1998
Resort Disney Cruise Line
Theme Private island
Website Castaway Cay homepage
Operator The Walt Disney Company

Castaway Cay is a private island or "out island" in the Bahamas which serves as an exclusive port of call for the Disney Wonder and her sister ship, the Disney Magic. The island, located at 26°05′N, 77°32′W and formerly known as Gorda Cay, is owned entirely by the Walt Disney Company in contrast to the eight islands leased by other cruise lines for similar purposes. This makes it easy for the company to control all aspects of the "show" put on by the "cast" or employees. The post office even has special Bahamas Disney stamps. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is the division of The Walt Disney Company that conceives, builds and manages the theme parks and vacation resorts for which Disney is famous, as well as a variety of additional family-oriented leisure enterprises. ... Image File history File links Disney's_Castaway_Cay. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Disney Cruise Line is owned by The Walt Disney Company and headquartered in Celebration, Florida. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... A private island is a privately owned island. ... Typically, a port of call is a city or town in a country being visited by sea; if it is the first a vessel visits in that country, the vessel and all passengers and crew must clear in with local authorities there. ... The Disney Wonder is a cruise ship operated by Disney Cruise Line since its launch in 1999. ... Disney Magic departing Port Canaveral The Disney Magic is the original of two cruise ships operated by The Walt Disney Company under its subsidiary Disney Cruise Line. ... Alternate meanings: Disney (disambiguation) The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. ...


History, construction, and general facilities

The Gorda Cay was once used as a stop for drug runners. The runway on the island was a true operational runway at one point, but since has been used as part of Disney's theme and is no longer functional. Gorda Cay was also used for filming in the past, the beach where Tom Hanks first encounters the naked Daryl Hannah in Splash is on the island. Splash is a 1984 fantasy film and romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard and written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. ...

Disney is said to have spent $25,000,000 to develop and outfit the island, topping the $16 million spent by Holland America on Half Moon Cay, and the lesser efforts of other companies. As a result Castaway Cay has the most extensive facilities. Sea water is changed into pure water with reverse osmosis water processors. Construction took 18 months and included dredging 50,000 truckloads of sand from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. The island is still largely undeveloped: only 55 of the 1,000 acres are being used. Due to the island's expansive insect population, Disney cruises generally depart the island before sunset. The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Holland America Line, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, is a cruise ship line, originally an operator of passenger and cargo ships. ... A view from the beach at Half Moon Cay Little San Salvador Island, Bahamas (also known as Half Moon Cay), is one of about 700 islands that make up the archipelago of the Bahamas. ... Reverse osmosis is a separation process that uses pressure to force a solvent through a membrane that retains the solute on one side and allows the pure solvent to pass to the other side. ...

The pier and its approaches were constructed specifically for the Disney ships, so that they could dock alongside easily, thus removing the need for tenders to get the passengers ashore. To create the mooring site for the ships, workers dredged sand from a 1,700-foot channel about 35 feet deep and ranging from 200 to 400 feet wide. The dredge material was used to build the landing island. For the type of foundation, see Deep foundation. ...

Guest areas

Disney Magic docked next to the Castaway Cay Family Beach

Like Disney resorts the island follows a theme, that of a castaway community with carefully planned buildings made to look as if they had been improvised after a shipwreck. However, all the facilities are spotlessly clean, like the Disney theme parks, and the many shops accept guests' stateroom keys for payment much like the theme parks. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 162 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 162 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Disney Magic departing Port Canaveral The Disney Magic is the original of two cruise ships operated by The Walt Disney Company under its subsidiary Disney Cruise Line. ... U.S. merchant seamen try to revive a shipwrecked Filipino fisherman rescued in the South China Sea. ...

Two submarine ride vehicles from the closed 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage ride at the Magic Kingdom now lie underwater in the snorkeling area. Also in the snorkeling area is a statue of a little friend, Mickey Mouse. The Flying Dutchman from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies is on display in the Cay lagoon, between the snorkeling areas on the family beaches and the mooring platform for the cruise ships. There are three beaches on the island, one for families, one for teens, and another exclusively for adults called Serenity Bay. The Magic Kingdom is a theme park within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando. ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ... Flying Dutchman has several meanings: The Flying Dutchman is a legend about a ghost ship said to ply the waters near the Cape of Good Hope. ... Pirates of the Caribbean is a multi-billion dollar Walt Disney franchise encompassing a theme park ride, a series of films and spinoff novels as well as numerous video games and other publications. ...

The seven night cruises arrive at Castaway Cay on Fridays, four night cruises arrive on Tuesdays, and three night cruises arrive on Saturdays.

As on other cruise lines' private islands, there are no hawkers or panhandlers on Castaway Cay and crowd movement is planned in advance for organized beach parties and other events. The activities on the island are a major source of revenue for the cruise company, since most rentals, such as personal water craft, are not included in the price of the cruise. Beggars in Samarkand, 1905 Begging includes the various methods used by persons to obtain money, food, shelter, drugs, alcohol, or other things from people they encounter. ... Pump-jet PWCs such as this Yamaha Waverunner are extremely popular for their speed and maneuverability. ...

Island support facilities and crew only areas

Castaway Cay, like most Disney resorts, has extensive crew-only facilities, with private beaches and recreational areas. Crew Beach is a favorite location for cruise ship and cast employees to relax and be themselves away from the tourists during their precious few moments off. Each department takes turns hosting a lunch barbecue for the other Crew Members on the Crew Beach.

Disney maintains a staff of 40 custodians, boat captains, drivers, landscapers and maintenance personnel who live on the island. They are complemented by members of the Disney Wonder or Disney Magic crew to serve the island's guests when the ship is in port. Food and other supplies are brought in by the ships themselves. Each ship connects to a fiber optic link at the dock to provide data services to the island and allow guests to charge souvenirs, equipment rentals, massages or other purchases back to their cabins. Fiber Optic strands An optical fiber in American English or fibre in British English is a transparent thin fiber for transmitting light. ...

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