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Old 05-27-2010, 10:31 AM   #76
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We just got back from the May 16 4 night and the cabanas aren't booked yet. They look nice but I wouldn't pony up the money based on the location(we were previously considering trying one.)

The family beach ones are down past pelican plunge and the Serenity Bay ones are out past the last beach and lounge chairs.

I know part of the lure is the "private" beach area but that really is a trade off consideration for being far enough down the beach that people probably wouldn't hike that far anyway.

THey look nice though, as well as the new shopping/eating area-not open yet, but they were doing finishing work while we were there.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:33 AM   #77
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ooh now I have a dilemma - that was going to be our luxury 'splurge' for our Christmas cruise, as we aren't really doing any other excursions this time - but $499 might be a bit too much for the four of us, I guess if you are two families travelling together and splitting the costs it wouldn't be so bad
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We just got back from the May 16 4 night and the cabanas aren't booked yet. They look nice but I wouldn't pony up the money based on the location(we were previously considering trying one.)

The family beach ones are down past pelican plunge and the Serenity Bay ones are out past the last beach and lounge chairs.

I know part of the lure is the "private" beach area but that really is a trade off consideration for being far enough down the beach that people probably wouldn't hike that far anyway.

THey look nice though, as well as the new shopping/eating area-not open yet, but they were doing finishing work while we were there.
Do you remember how close the new eating area is from the Family Cabanas?
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:43 AM   #79
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Do you remember how close the new eating area is from the Family Cabanas?
CookiesII is over by the Heads Up Bar and the Family cabanas we saw were out past Pelican Plunge and the small beach area there. I'm awful with estimating distances though.

I have some pictures I can upload when I get home if you want.
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Wasn't it supposed to be two prices: one for the cabanas and one for cabana with wait service? I wonder if that $499 includes the service or not?
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:50 PM   #81
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CookiesII is over by the Heads Up Bar and the Family cabanas we saw were out past Pelican Plunge and the small beach area there. I'm awful with estimating distances though.

I have some pictures I can upload when I get home if you want.
That would be great! Thank you!
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wow, well I guess that's something we won't do. I just can't justify that cost - it's more than one-third of what I paid for the whole 4 night cruise!
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Wow, $500 does seem kind of steep. I was hoping for something more in the $300 range.
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Did I tell you I was only $100 off Now add Beer and some other things and it'll be over $600 Do I know DCL!!!
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^^^ Believe it or nor these cabanas will be fought over. There are always people who need to feel they've done 'the best.' Doing and getting 'the best,' even if it is a sacrifice on the wallet, will have many people gladly paying $500 for the use of these private cabanas at CC.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:19 PM   #86
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We are still interested, despite the speculated cost. With a 3 year old and 1 year old in tow, the price may be worth the perks of it. I will be anxiously awaiting some reviews and "real" pictures to help make a better choice. And, I gotta get a map out to figure exactly where these things are! I have only been on the family beach once in 6 cruises, so I can't really place where they are without the map....
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You know, I hate it when I hear slams and sarcasm directed against folks who chose to pay the price for the cabanas, an ungraded stateroom, Atlantis excursion etc.. Really It is THEIR $$$$ to do with as they see fit.

As far as the expensive cabanas go, there are also people very allergic to the sun (I know one who always gets a cabana on HAL and will probably on DCL too). She swaddles herself up and puts on a huge hat and multiple layers of sunscreen and plops on the front of the cabana with the canvas overhang. She really doesn't need to be told that she is spending recklessly for this - I am sure she would really prefer to bake on the family beach with the rest of us, but medically she cannot.

Also the cabanas are a long ways from anything. They are even past Cookies II, so I don't know how attractive they will be with that long way. Even Pelican Plunge is quite a jaunt!!!
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We are still interested, despite the speculated cost. With a 3 year old and 1 year old in tow, the price may be worth the perks of it. I will be anxiously awaiting some reviews and "real" pictures to help make a better choice. And, I gotta get a map out to figure exactly where these things are! I have only been on the family beach once in 6 cruises, so I can't really place where they are without the map....
I took a screen shot from the Disney promo video to try to point out where it looks like some of the new things are located.

The former teen beach is being taken over by the family beach expansion. Castaway Ray's Stringray Adventure was here, but it's been moved. I'm guessing next to Cookies Too is where some of the new shopping and new bar will also be located. I'm also guessing that the sandy area next to Spring a Leak water play area is going to be the new Teen "Hide Out."




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Also the cabanas are a long ways from anything. They are even past Cookies II, so I don't know how attractive they will be with that long way. Even Pelican Plunge is quite a jaunt!!!
They are expanding the tram service, as well. This comes from the official Disney Cruise Line webpage:

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For greater convenience, additional tram paths will be created and a new Pelican Point Tram Stop will be located farther down Castaway Family Beach, near most of the new additions to the island.
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Thanks for the map!
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