To start off, myself and DH decided to take our 5 year old grandson on a special trip before he started kindergarten. This was our 10th cruise, but first on Disney. It was Disney Magic 5 night Key West cruise.
Port check-in was at 12:00 p.m. We got there early and got our sea pass cards or KTTW as Disney calls it. We waited inside the terminal until about 12:30 to get on board, long line for picture, so we bypassed that.
Goofy pool is extremely small. We spent most of the time at the pool for the little ones. Our grandson enjoyed that pool better. The slide had age and weight restrictions. Not sure of the weight, but you couldn't be over 14. The adult only pool was nice, we were able to spend a little time there. Grandson loved the Oceaneers Club and Lab. We loved our room, we had a verandah. The room was spacious and very quiet. We also loved the itinerary of Key West and Nassau.
Now for the bad. You had to wait in long lines to have character pictures taken. A couple of times the CM told us to stand in one line, only to find out when the character appeared they went to a separate line, and they cut off the line to accommodate time restrictions. We loved getting dressed up for the Pirate night. The Pirate Deck party was a different experience however. We spent 45 minutes watching the staff jump around doing dance moves. It was like watching jazzercise. The last 15 minutes the characters appeared and danced. We enjoyed the fireworks however.
Food on the ship was the typical cruise fare. Didn't find Palo to be anything special. One drawback was while your sitting on Deck 10 at Palo people continued to walk around the ship in their swimming suits, so the scenery was bad for their premium restaurant.
We found if you are traveling with a young child, most of the entertainment starts too late at night. Pirate deck party started at 9:45 p.m., Until we meet again party started at 10:00 p.m. We only saw one movie on the ship, the movies played didn't fit our schedule.
As far as Castaway Cay goes, it is nice, but it is no more special than the other private islands other cruise lines have. The lady at the post office in Castaway Cay is just a grump.
For the price we paid, we didn't get anymore out of it than if we would have gone with another cruise line, and we would have spent half as much money. Other lines offer kids clubs as well. My suggestion, go to Disney World and do a character dinner if you are looking for character interaction and attend a pirate dinner show elsewhere and save a lot of money.