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Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point welcomes first guests in Bahamas

Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point is Disney Cruise Line’s second private port of call in The Bahamas. Select media and travel agents previewed Lookout Cay on a special Disney Magic sailing from Fort Lauderdale. Prior to that, Disney Cruise Line hosted Bahamian officials and community members for a special celebration to commemorate the opening of its new island destination in Eleuthera.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in Bahamian outfits on Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point
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Disney’s approach to Lookout Cay has evolved since its original private island was opened in The Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Similar to how designers consulted with Hawaiian cultural experts when creating Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa on O’ahu, Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point will celebrate the art, culture, and stories of The Bahamas in addition to fashioning a relaxing, tropical island experience.

The rich culture of The Bahamas is prevalent throughout Disney Lookout Cay, from vibrant music and festive entertainment to architecture reflecting Bahamian nature and artistry. Disney collaborated with local artists and business owners to create experiences and entertainment at Disney Lookout Cay.

‘Mabrika’ to Disney Lookout Cay

When guests debark from their Disney ship, their first stop is Mabrika Cove. “Mabrika” means “welcome” in the language of the Lucayans, the first nation people of The Bahamas before the arrival of Columbus.

A large sculpture created by Bahamian artist Antonius Roberts located near the tram stop that was constructed from a fallen tree that was found on Lighthouse Point property. “Disney’s collaboration with Bahamian creative communities resulted in a truly unique cultural experience in South Eleuthera,” said Roberts. “Visitors and locals alike will be enlightened and entertained by the powerful stories shared by local musicians, artisans and storytellers. I am proud to have played a part in bringing this vision to life and believe that Disney’s commitment to promoting cultural understanding and appreciation will leave a lasting impact on all who visit Disney Lookout Cay.”

Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point map
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From Mabrika Cove, families will pass the Goombay Cultural Center. This festive space embodies the essence of the Bahamian dance and music festival known as “Junkanoo.” Paintings by Eleuthera artist Kevin Cooper are featured in the Goombay Cultural Center and island cabanas. Cooper added, “at Disney Lookout Cay, the inclusion of local artists promotes the diversity of our culture and allows guests to experience this diversity through a different lens. These artists portray the vibe of the island and The Bahamas at large. Guests will be entrenched in our culture.”

RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration at Disney Lookout Cay

Thought to have started in The Bahamas, Junkanoo festivals spread throughout the Caribbean and include masks, costumes, drumming, dance, and parades. Disney’s Goombay Cultural Center will feature a brilliantly colored pavilion with an arch inspired by bright, Junkanoo masks and costumes that will invite guests in to learn more about the sights, sounds, and spirit of The Bahamas’ signature festival.

Junkanoo celebration at Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point
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RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration at Disney Lookout Cay will allow visitors to experience 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.

Merchandise created by local Bahamian artisans

Creations by local Bahamian artists will be available at merchandise locations throughout the island destination. At Disney T’ings, guests will find a new, uniquely Bahamian clothing line designed by acclaimed Bahamian fashion designer, Theodore Elyett. The clothing line features bright colors and Junkanoo-inspired patterns and is exclusively available at Disney Lookout Cay. Elyett also designed new Bahamian-inspired looks for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse (seen above), and their friends to wear at Disney Lookout Cay. At Treasures of Eleuthera, guests may also purchase locally made art, ceramics, jewelry, and other unique keepsakes, created by Bahamian artists. Of course a full line of Disney souvenirs exclusive to Disney Lookout Cay will also be available.

Mickey Mouse on Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point
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Other attractions on Disney Lookout Cay and beyond

In addition to cultural experiences, Disney Lookout Cay highlights the natural beauty of The Bahamas as well with a Nature Trail for hiking or biking through the lush greenery of Eleuthera. and along the coastline. The nature trail leads to Lighthouse Point, a stretch of coastline and rock formations on the southernmost point of the island. For those guests looking to stretch out and relax on the beach, Lookout Cay has that too with pink sand beaches made from the crushed coral and seashells mixed with the island’s soft, white sand. Beyond Disney Lookout Cay, guests will have the opportunity to explore the rich culture and breathtaking beauty of Eleuthera on Port Adventures developed in partnership with local tour operators.

Eleuthera Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point
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To book your trip to the Bahamas or any one of Disney Cruise Line’s 2025 itineraries, we recommend MEI Travel for a free, no obligation quote and free help throughout your trip.

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