You made it! You made it all the way to Day 5, or what I like to call, the day where I let the pictures tell the story.
Here’s how we started the day.
But First… Animators
Remember yesterday when I was bragging about all of the animation geniuses we had a chance to listen to? We were given the opportunity to meet them early on Saturday morning.
Now, normally, I’m not a “optionally get up early” kind of person but I was so amazed by the process of animation that I wanted a chance to share my excitement with Evan. So I dragged him with me for the meet and greet. Except something went horribly wrong.
They had props from the FROZEN show on display!
While everyone was having their kids pose with the dresses, Evan wanted nothing to do with them. Or Frozen, for that matter. I did at least get him to pose by the door for the Arendelle Castle while asking him if he wanted to build a snowman.
The real reason we were there was to meet Dave Mullins, Chris Sonnenberg, and Amy Smeed.
We chatted with Amy and Chris about both MOANA and the new Tangled series coming out. And they graciously took a picture with us.
But the real highlight was chatting and goofing off with Dave. I wanted Evan to meet someone like him – someone who loves both art and technology and who has found a way to marry them together with creativity. I think (hope) it was inspiring for Evan and wonder if moments like these might even affect the course he takes in life.
All Ashore for Castaway Cay!
Before we go any further, let me put you in the know. Don’t say it Castaway CAY. Say it Castaway KEY. That’s how it’s done in the Caribbean.
Castaway Key is a private island in the Bahamas that is strictly for guests of Disney Cruise Lines.
That’s right. It’s our own private island. For all 3000 of us.
As we disembarked, we got a full view of the vessel we had been sailing on. And as with most other cruise lines, they take advantage of every moment they have to clean, repair, and maintain the ship.
While cast members were keeping the ship in ship shape, we were taking advantage of the partly sunny, mostly beautiful 70-something degree weather.
It was warm enough to enjoy sitting in a hammock reading your Kindle and suddenly have your eyes accidentally close. But cool enough that you didn’t wake up in a puddle of sweat.
And when you weren’t spending the day doing nothing, there were plenty of other things to do.
What to Do on Castaway Cay
Because it’s still part of a cruise, I feel compelled to tell you that there is food. Most people eat lunch on the island at one of the two BBQ spots serving up perfect beach food.
My favorite was the fresh fruit where I not only got my fill of mango but also had an incidental bird show along the way.
After grabbing a few quick bites, the boys headed over to the very cold water while I made my way over to the bike rental for a little self-guided tour of the island.
Halfway through the flat and paved bike route, there’s a watchtower which affords you a panoramic view of the island.
And if you trek even further, you’ll find breathtaking views of some of the unspoiled beaches.
If you’re the more adventurous type, there was plenty of swimming and snorkeling (and water slides!) as well as water equipment for rent.
I was content to spend the day just enjoying the scenery and soaking up some island sun before heading back on board the ship for our 4:45pm departure.
The Last Night of the Voyage
It was hard to get on board the boat. I was just settling into vacation mode when it was time to head home. We took one last look, boarded the ship, and planned to make the most of the evening (despite our early 7:15am breakfast the next morning).
We ate (our final dinner was scheduled for Animator’s Palate), we saw a show (I dragged the boys to FROZEN and they enjoyed it!), and finished exploring the ship.
Deck 4 is surprising quiet with padded lounge chairs outside, a smooth walking/running track, and glimpses at the mechanics of the ship. Yes, you can walk right past the anchor station!
Then we did something unheard of. We went out as an adult couple.
After 10:00pm, the After Hours area truly becomes after hours which means grown-ups only. We settled in to the Crown & Fin Pub for a late night drink and snack before rocking ourselves to sleep in our cabin.
Just Keep Swimming
As we ended our cruise and our Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I felt relaxed, energized, and tired all at the same time. And I couldn’t wait to share everything.
Sometimes the social media world is overwhelming, tiring, frustrating, and sometimes downright depressing. But when you find that spot of sunshine, you have to remind yourself to just keep swimming.
If the pretty pictures weren’t enough, I completed my video diary today bringing Castaway Cay to life!