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Our Tropical Guide to Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point

by Mommy Frog on April 29, 2024 3

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Are you ready for a brand-new adventure? Today, we're navigating uncharted waters to discover a new island — Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point! This unique destination marks a groundbreaking milestone as Disney Cruise Line's second private island in the Bahamas. Join us as we uncover everything we know so far about this exceptional destination — Disney recently released new first-look photos. And now you can save on your Lighthouse Point venture with Undercover Tourist's exclusive Disney Cruise Line savings!

Disney Lighthouse Point - Aerial First-Look Photo

What Is Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point?

Lighthouse Point, Disney's upcoming private island destination, is nestled in the heart of the Bahamas on the picturesque island of Eleuthera, approximately 120 miles to the south of Disney Castaway Cay in the Caribbean. Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point will open June 6, 2024, exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.

The reveal for this exciting project took flight at the D23 Expo in 2019 when Disney announced its plans to create a new private island. With the addition of three new Triton Class ships to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, including the Disney Wish, Disney Treasure (scheduled to set sail in December 2024) and the newly-announced Disney Destiny (debuting in 2025), this island is an exciting milestone regarding the rapid expansion of Disney Cruise Line!

Disney Lighthouse Point - view of the dining and shopping venues

Early that same year, Disney acquired the privately owned Lighthouse Point and forged an agreement with the Government of The Bahamas. With a focus on environmentally responsible development, Disney's vision aims to authentically celebrate the Bahamian people and their vibrant culture. In line with their commitment, less than 20 percent of the land will be developed, and construction will adhere to sustainable practices.

In addition, Disney's commitment extends beyond the resort boundaries, as the company generously donated 190 acres of the property to the local government, ensuring that access to Lighthouse Point will also be granted to the local residents.

What Disney Cruise Ships Go to Lighthouse Point?

Disney Cruise Line offers several cruise vacations departing from either Port Canaveral or Fort Lauderdale that include 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- or even 10-night voyages. The Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are the ships that are currently scheduled to make a stop at the brand-new Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point.

Preview and Inaugural Sailings

If you're eager to be among the very first froggies to experience Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, hop on the 3-night Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point Preview sailing. This sailing leaves from Fort Lauderdale on the Disney Magic from June 6-9, 2024.

Disney Magic - Disney Magic cruise ship docked at port

Even better yet, the 7-night Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point Inaugural Cruise departs from Port Canaveral on the Disney Fantasy from June 8-15, 2024. This unique 7-night journey includes two stops at Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point and a visit to Disney Castaway Cay. Yes, that means three full days of island fun!

Aside from Lighthouse Point, ports of call on Bahamian and Caribbean cruises may include the following depending on your itinerary:

  • St. John’s, Antigua
  • Castries, St. Lucia
  • Roseau, Dominica
  • Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Disney Castaway Cay
  • San Juan
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Port Canaveral

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Lighthouse Point Beaches and Activities

Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point will be a tropical beach day destination that caters to families, couples and adult solo travelers. While not all the details have been disclosed yet, Disney has given us a glimpse of what we can expect:

  • Mabrika Cove: Honoring the indigenous people of the Bahamas, "Mabrika" is the Bahamian word for "Welcome." Here, guests will receive a heartfelt Bahamian cultural welcome, embracing the warmth and hospitality of the islands. As one of the first sights they'll see, colorful cabanas will be available for families to relax and play along the water.
  • Goombay Cultural Center: Get ready for the island's liveliest spot! The Goombay Cultural Center at Disney Lookout Cay Lighthouse Point captures the vibrant spirit of Bahamian "Junkanoo" festivals. Here, you can experience RUSH! A Junkanoo celebration where local Bahamian performers showcase an authentic Rush Out. RUSH! will start as a parade filled with music, singing, dancing and drumming. The parade ends as a dance party where you can celebrate with your favorite Disney pals — Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy!

Weekly News Roundup - RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration

  • Play-Play Pavilion: For the ultimate beach party, head to the Disney Fun in the Sun Beach Bash. Hosted by Disney characters, the entire family can participate in special-themed events, all to Bahamian renditions of classic Disney tunes.
    • Goofy's Good Day Limbo
    • Pluto's Pineapple Ring Toss
    • Chip-n-Dale's Water Brigade
  • Rush Out Gush Out: Beat the heat and splash the day away at this frogciting family water play area.

Disney Lighthouse Point - Dining Hall Entrance

  • Triton's Trumpet Stage: Triton's Trumpet Stage will showcase family entertainment on the island. The name is inspired by the iconic Bahamian seashell, known as "Triton's Trumpet." Disney enthusiasts will also connect it to King Triton from the Disney classic film "The Little Mermaid."
  • Treasures of Eleuthera: Treasures of Eleuthera will be the merchandise shop that offers locally crafted gifts and unique artisan crafts. Exclusive Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point merchandise will be available for purchase. Disney gave us a peek at some of the Junkanoo-inspired items including a spirit jersey, Loungefly backpack and a Mickey and Minnie plush. There's even a tropical Minnie Mouse ear headband created by acclaimed fashion designer Theodore Elyett. In addition, you'll find three more merchandise locations around the island.
    • First & Last Chance Stand
    • Disney T'ings
    • Plaits & Pleats (hair braiding)

  • Family Beach: An expansive beach area located on the east end of Eleuthera, complete with market-style dining and recreational activities.
  • Mabrika Cove Cabanas: a second beach area on the island's southwest shore where you will find premium family cabanas available for rent, including double cabanas suitable for larger groups.
  • Additional Amenities: 
    • Turbot Berth - Charter Boat Check-in
    • Flippers & Fins - Snorkel Rentals
    • Rocky Point - Bicycle Rentals

Dining at Lighthouse Point

Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point - Food Items

On the island, you can enjoy a tasty lunch with spectacular ocean views under a shell-inspired pavilion, with its architecture drawing inspiration from Eleuthera's local artists. The main dining spots include True-True BBQ and True-True Too BBQ, while Serenity Bay BBQ will serve adults exclusively. Disney Cruise Line is committed to practicing sustainability and sending zero waste to landfill, so all food & beverage locations will utilize reusable service ware, including stainless steel cups.

What's cookin'? Here's a first look at some menu items that take inspiration from Bahamian recipes and American classics:

  • Bahamian Pigeon Peas & Rice with marinated chicken, oven-baked plantains and fried okra
  • Grilled Cheeseburger on a brioche bun with shredded iceberg lettuce, red onion, tomatoes and pickles with french fries with American coleslaw
  • Disney Lookout Cay Spiced Rotisserie Chicken marinated with Bay Leaves, onion, sweet pepper, lime, thyme and goat pepper with grilled pineapple and black bean salad
  • Plant-based Island Curry with tofu, cilantro and potatoes (plant-based)
  • Bahamian-style Lime marinated grilled snapper with sautéed pickled vegetables and yucca fries
  • Grilled BBQ Ribs with “smoky BBQ” sauce, grilled corn and yucca fries

Sip, sit back and relax with refreshing specialty beverages, including cocktails, mocktails, beer and more at Mangroves and Go, Blue Hole Bar, Bow and Ribbon Bar, Watering Hole, Reef and Wreck Bar and Sandsational Smoothies. A few highlights include:

  • Eleuthera Euphoria: Disney Lookout Cay Signature Cocktail made with premium aged rum, pineapple smoothie and DOLE Whip
  • Bahama Brew: Cold brew coffee blended with Hawaiian island syrup, cold brew, finished with a coconut-flavored soft whip topping (nonalcoholic beverage)
  • Butterfly Switcha: Specialty Mocktail made with lemonade, butterfly pea jasmine green tea and a sprinkle of blue edible glitter (nonalcoholic beverage)

Adults-Only Activities at Lighthouse Point

Disney Lighthouse Point - Family beach with beach lounge chairs and umbrellas

Just like Disney Castaway Cay, Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point will also host adult-exclusive spaces. Here's what you can look forward to:

  • Serenity Bay: Here, you can unwind in a tranquil oasis on the adults-only beach. Soak up the sunshine and take a refreshing dip in the warm waters.
  • Serenity Bay Cabanas: For those seeking an extra touch of luxury, you'll have the opportunity to reserve a private open-air cabana. These are a great way to splurge for a day of pure relaxation.
  • Serenity Bay BBQ: You'll delight in island-inspired cuisine and refreshing beverages at the chic beachside dining area.
  • Blue Hole Bar: The adults-only bar located in Serenity Bay.

Lighthouse Point Activities For the Kids

Disney Lighthouse Point - Water play area

Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point will have an array of frogtastic attractions and activities tailored especially for the tadpoles. Here's a sneak peek:

  • Sebastian's Cove: Children can let their imaginations run wild in an island-themed play area custom-made for them. Disney's youth clubs on Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point will offer supervised activities, beach parties and games, giving the parent frogs some well-deserved relaxation time.
  • Kids-only dining: After a day of splashing around, young adventurers can refuel in their very own dining area. Here, they will enjoy meals created with their taste buds in mind.

Our Top Tips for Visiting

Having had the pleasure of visiting Disney Castaway Cay (and absolutely loving it!), we've gathered valuable insights from our experiences. As Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point shares similarities, we're excited to pass along some handy tips that we're sure will help with your Lighthouse Point trip.

Disney Lighthouse Point - families running on the beach into the ocean waves

  • Arrive early: To make the most of your day, disembark from the ship early. This allows you to secure a great spot on the beach, especially if you want a prime location near the family beach or adults-only beach.
  • Pack smart: Don't forget essentials such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and swimwear. You may also want water shoes for rocky areas.
  • Towels and beach gear: Disney provides towels on the island, so you don't need to bring them from the ship. You can also rent snorkeling equipment, floats and tubes on the island.
  • Character meet-and-greets: Keep an eye out for Disney characters making appearances on the island. It's a fun opportunity to take photos and get autographs with the characters dressed in colorful outfits inspired by the local Junkanoo festival! The character greeting times and locations are listed in the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app.

  • Stay hydrated: The Caribbean sun can be intense. Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay cool throughout the day.
  • Relax and enjoy: While there are many activities available, Lighthouse Point will be an ideal place to simply unwind and soak up the sun. Don't froget to actually relax while you're there!
  • Mind the time: Give yourself enough time to make your way back to the ship by your scheduled departure time.

Fun Facts

Check out these five fascinating tidbits about Disney's Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point that'll make you the expert among your friends and family!

  • Disney's investment: In March 2019, The Walt Disney Company acquired this beautiful piece of Bahamian paradise from the Bahamian government. They invested between $250 million and $400 million to develop the 700-acre property with a focus on incorporating Bahamian themes and culture.
  • National park contribution: As part of their commitment to the local community and environment, Disney donated 190 acres of the Lighthouse Point property. This includes the southernmost tip, to the Bahamian government. This generous contribution will be used to establish a national park.
  • Local employment opportunities: Disney hired and provided training to Bahamians for various roles, including construction and vending. This not only supported the local economy but also strengthened ties with the community.
  • Thriving wildlife: Disney's team of conservation experts is hard at work to ensure the natural beauty (including the native plants and animals) of the Bahamas continues to thrive. Disney Parks gave a sneak peek at five unique plant and animal species that you can find during your visit. From land crabs, tropical birds and even sea sponges, you can read more in their post here!
  • Legendary Disney Imagineering: Joe Rohde, a renowned Imagineer, played a pivotal role in the development of Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point. His creative vision and expertise helped shape the elements of the island's design.

So, are you ready to book your Disney cruise voyage to Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point soon? We're so frogcited! What are you the most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Disney Castaway Cay

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 7, 2024 at 5 p.m. GoBo Says...

Hello Cory and Mommy Frog,

My guess is port side, as the ship will need to sail south to get out of Eleuthera Sound.

It will be interesting to see how many visitors we have form other cruise lines as beach from water to 15 ft. from high water line is Bahamian property unable to be owned or controlled by private interests (Disney). Also public parking (ride share drop off is less than 1/2 mile for the north end of (not-so) Serenity beach

Cheers, GoBo

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Jan 16, 2024 at 6:05 p.m. Cory Says...

When the ship is docked here, which side faces the island? Port or starboard?

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Jan 17, 2024 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cory!

At Castaway Cay, the starboard side faces the island — however, we don't know for sure if it'll be a similar set up at Lookout Cay just yet.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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