Welcome to Mickey News! We’re thrilled to bring you an insider look at Disney’s newest tropical paradise, Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, which officially opens today, June 10, 2024.

Unlike its sibling destination, the whimsical Castaway Cay, Lookout Cay celebrates the authentic, vibrant culture of the Bahamas. Visitors will be greeted by mesmerizing natural beauty and rich local influences, from architecture that mirrors Bahamian designs to murals by native artists. This approach creates an entirely unique experience, showcasing Disney’s ability to weave magic into reality.

Disney Cruise Line stands out as the first to dock directly onto Eleuthera, providing seamless access to the island’s bewitching shores. Lookout Cay isn’t about fictional tales but instead invites visitors to dive into the current, vibrant Bahamian way of life. “We’re not sending you to a fictional place or another time; it’s here and now,” shares Joey Gaskins, Disney’s Regional PR Director and a native of the Bahamas.

One of the island’s highlights is the daily celebration of Junkanoo, a cultural festival akin to Mardi Gras or Carnival. This celebration of rhythm and spirit, complete with dazzling costumes and infectious music, promises to be a memorable experience that immerses guests in the heart of Bahamian tradition. Disney Imagineers have painstakingly recreated the essence of Nassau’s Bay Street festivities, making sure to bring the festive spirit to Lookout Cay.

Guests will also find themselves tapping their toes to “Everything Cool,” an enchanting original song performed by local Bahamian artists. And let’s not forget the delightful new attire for Mickey and the gang, designed by Bahamian designer Theo Elyett, blending iconic Disney charm with local artistry.

While the journey from ship to shore may involve a short, sunny walk, the island provides ample shaded retreats, barbecues, and beach activities to keep everyone cool and engaged. Whether snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters or dancing along with Junkanoo performers, Lookout Cay is set to become a must-visit stop on Disney Cruise Line’s enchanting itineraries.

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(Sources: People Magazine, Disney Cruise Line)