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NEWS: Disney Cruise Line Reveals Entertainment for New Island Destination

We’re so excited about Disney Cruise Line’s newest private island, Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, which welcomes its first guests in June 2024! We’ve got some new information about some of the entertainment guests can enjoy while on the island! Catch all the details below!


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Katie Martin:

Are you ready to experience the wonders at Disney Lookout Cay, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by unmatched Disney entertainment merged with authentic Bahamian culture? In just a few weeks, guests will set foot on the shores of Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point for the first time, and today, we’re revealing some of the magical entertainment at this beautiful destination.

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RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration at Disney Lookout Cay

Do you hear that?

With the call of a conch shell, a local Junkanoo Group will sweep you and your family up in RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration at Disney Lookout Cay, introducing you to the signature festival of The Bahamas filled with colorful parades of dancing and music. You’ll have the chance to experience the joy of an authentic Junkanoo Rush Out as performers parade to the Goombay Cultural Center, where Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Donald and Daisy Duck will dance along, encouraging guests to join the vibrant celebration that brings the heartbeat of The Bahamas to life.

Click here for an idea of what the celebration will be like!

Disney Fun in the Sun Beach Bash

You’ll have a ball at the Play-Play Pavilion during the Disney Fun in the Sun Beach Bash, a beach party full of games you can play with Disney friends! Show how low you can go in Goofy’s Good Day Limbo, test your skills at Pluto’s Pineapple Ring Toss, and cool off with a splash at Chip-n-Dale’s Water Brigade, all to the sound of all-new Bahamian renditions of Disney tunes. These games are sure to delight the whole family, with the spectacular shores of Eleuthera as your backdrop.

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Get ready to make some incredible Disney memories at this one-of-a-kind destination!

RELATED ARTICLE: NEWS–Construction Update on Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point

In June 2024, Disney Cruise Line will debut its newest Bahamian destination on the island of Eleuthera at Lighthouse Point. Guests sailing aboard the Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will discover a vibrant beach retreat designed with families in mind, infused with the color and energy of Bahamian artistry, and developed with a commitment to conservation at its core. Disney recently gave updates about construction and shared photos! Learn more below.


Here is the update from Disney Cast Members Joey Gaskins Jr. and Bernadette Sweeting:

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Hello, everyone! I hope you’re looking forward to the debut of Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point as much as I am! Today, I’m excited to share new photos from here in Eleuthera, including a new look at the Bahamian-inspired art and architecture taking shape at this one-of-a-kind island destination.

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Nestled along the sand dunes of Serenity Bay, the vibrantly colored architecture of the Serenity Bay Cabanas matches the Mabrika Cove Cabanas, which sit across Disney Lookout Cay at the arrival point of the destination.

Steps away from Serenity Bay BBQ and the area’s beach bar, these cabanas will be available for rent to offer a retreat for adults to take in Eleuthera’s stunning sand dunes and shimmering ocean waves.

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Local Art

The bright turquoise ocean here in Eleuthera is beautiful, yes, but don’t forget to look up while you’re exploring Disney Lookout Cay. Art from talented, local Bahamian artists will take shape throughout all of the spaces at the destination, including intricate wood carvings inspired by artist Andret John and colorful murals by painter Dorman Stubbs, as seen here.

Keep an eye out during your visit to Disney Lookout Cay – you won’t want to miss any of these thoughtful details.

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True-True Too BBQ

True-True Too BBQ is a beautiful example of the architecture designed to look like oversized seashells scattered across the shores of Disney Lookout Cay. These uniquely designed dining pavilions will offer shade from your day of adventures on the Nature Trail or the beach, serving up views of Bahamian art, nature, and of course, delicious lunch!

I cannot wait for you to experience the beauty here along the shores of my home. We are counting down the days until Disney Lookout Cay opens in June!

RELATED ARTICLE: 5 Types of Wildlife You’ll See at Disney Cruise Line’s Lookout Cay

As the opening of Disney Cruise Line’s all-new Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point approaches, Disney is releasing more information about what guests can expect. Not surprisingly, a visit to the island will give guests the opportunity to interact with nature and wildlife. Learn more below!


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Dr. Mark Penning:

Opening to guests in June, Disney Cruise Line’s all-new Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point celebrates the rich culture and natural beauty of The Bahamas, with signature Disney entertainment, port adventures and nature trails, a water play area and beautiful beaches – including a dedicated beach for adults.

The island destination is full of unique native animal and plant species, and Disney’s team of conservation experts have been working for many years to help create this magical cruise destination where nature can continue to thrive.

As we celebrate Earth Month, I wanted to share an inside look at the wildlife we’ve met along the way and highlight some of the impressive conservation work we’re doing to continue Disney’s long-standing commitment to protecting the natural beauty of The Bahamas – including more than 80 grants provided through the Disney Conservation Fund to nonprofit organizations working with communities locally to protect nature over the past 25 years.

1 – Over 100 Dazzling Bird Species

Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point is home to more than 100 dazzling bird species, including the Kirtland’s warbler you see in the photo on the left and the thick-billed vireo on the right, both perched on the hands of our Bahamian conservation managers Bradley and Pachancia. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for the gray and white piping plovers dotting the shoreline – you might recognize relatives of these birds from the Disney Pixar animated short, “Piper.”

We started a bird monitoring program to help us identify where the island’s resident flyers call home, and we purposefully designed the destination to avoid these sensitive areas. We continue to monitor the island’s bird species to this day through a tagging and tracking program so we can help protect these feathered friends.

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2 – Barrel Sponges Towering from the Ocean Floor

We found nearly 50 giant barrel sponges off the coast of Disney Lookout Cay. These important invertebrates are the largest species of water-filtering sponge and are sometimes called “Redwoods of the Reef” due to their size and long lifespans.

To preserve these sponges along with corals and other marine habitats, we designed an innovative open-trestle pier that extends into deep waters. Designing the pier with its long, slender stilts helped us avoid dredging the ocean floor to build a dock for our ships. For the few giant barrel sponges that fell within the pier’s footprint, we expertly relocated them using a groundbreaking method with the help of our friends in EPCOT’s costuming team, who designed the innovative mesh carrier you see above. Initial results show the relocated sponges have taken root and are expected to thrive.

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3 – Fish and Other Marine Life Swimming Offshore

It’s no surprise the waters off Disney Lookout Cay are teeming with marine life, including 74 species of fish and more than 60 other species we’ve identified so far. While enjoying the ocean, keep an eye out for silversides like the ones pictured above as well as Nassau grouper, parrot fish and blue tangs we’ve seen swimming just offshore.


To help these fish and other sea creatures, just keep swimming around Lighthouse Point, we added some special features under our open-trestle pier. By repurposing 30 limestone boulders already on the site, we built artificial reefs to establish an underwater “fish highway.” These structures provide fish and other marine species a natural shelter so they can move safely through the pier’s support legs.

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4 – Land Crabs Scurrying Across the Sand

Land crabs are important to the Bahamian way-of-life, and you’ll see plenty of them when you visit Disney Lookout Cay. Don’t be surprised if you see the ghost crab, black crab or the black-backed crab like the ones pictured above scurrying across the sand or on walkways. Just give them some space and they’ll walk right by you.

Since these crabs are abundant and important residents of the island, we’ve been tagging them and tracking their natural behaviors so we can learn more about them. This is one of the first studies of this kind in The Bahamas!

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5 – Diversity of Native Plants Growing Across the Island

From the moment you arrive at Disney Lookout Cay, you are sure to notice the destination’s rich and diverse plant life. Home to nearly 200 species of plants, the island features dense evergreen forests, open-water ponds, mangroves and more. The shrub-filled sand dunes like you see in the photo act as an important animal habitat and help maintain the island’s natural shoreline.

To preserve the native vegetation, we’ve intentionally only developed about 16% of the land – much of it for low-density uses like beach chairs, umbrellas and small support structures. For the areas we developed, Disney Imagineers relied on elevated walkways and structures that all help reduce impacts to the natural environment. We’ve also partnered with a local Bahamian plant nursery to conserve a variety of native plants.

See it for Yourself

We are excited for guests to see all this and much more. Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment team collaborated with many others from Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney Imagineering and local organizations in The Bahamas to design and build this destination where guests can enjoy the natural beauty Eleuthera has to offer.

From the island’s Nature Trail and Port Adventures to the various activities for both kids and adults, I hope you spend some time learning about this special place and that you come to love and appreciate it as much as we do.

This is just one example of how we are taking meaningful and measurable action to protect nature and support a healthier planet for people and wildlife. We call our collective efforts, Disney Planet Possible – and we continue to collaborate on initiatives like this globally to help inspire optimism for a brighter, more sustainable future.

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Shari Dobyns

Shari and her family have been fans of Walt Disney World for many years. She has always enjoyed the planning side of vacations and strived to plan fantastic vacations for her and her extended family. After enjoying numerous trips to Walt Disney World, her family jumped at the chance to move to Orlando in 2020. She now has the experience and knowledge of both the vacationer and local. As an annual passholder, she visits the parks regularly to keep up with the constant changes we see at Walt Disney World. She still enjoys staying on property, particularly at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort, where she and her family have enjoyed staying there over ten times. Shari also represents DisneyLists.com at Media Events to gain new insights into current and future offerings at Walt Disney World. She’s excited to share her knowledge of the resort so others can benefit from her experience.
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