Goombay Cultural Center – RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration at Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point

The Goombay Cultural Center, the heart of Disney Lookout Cay, celebrates the rich history of The Bahamas and serves as a multi-use entertainment facility. The culture center primarily a gathering space where guests can learn about Bahamian traditions and make crafts with guidance from local artisans. Secondarily, the venue is a stage for the Junkanoo Rush-Out.

Lookout Cay Goombay Cultural Center Sign

Activities held at the Goombay Cultural Center during the day will include a Sights & Sounds of Junkanoo Workshop curated by Miss Melinda from Southern Eleuthera allowing guests to learn more about the history, music, and costumes.

More than just a history lesson, the interactive workshop will include a making a Bahamian craft out of cardboard and cray paper making a headpiece to wear during RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration.

Lookout Cay RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration

Junkanoo is a cultural celebratory experience that brings together Bahamians from all walks of life and is shared with guests across Lookout Cay, but especially at the Goombay Cultural Center. I cannot seem to fine a wide shot of the venue so I’m using the following image shared by Disney Cruise Line.

DCL Lookout Cay Goombay Cultural Center
Goombay Cultural Center – (Kent Phillips, Photographer) © Disney

The stage area of the venue overlooks the Atlantic Ocean with an awning expanding out offering a break from the sun in the afternoon.

RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration

At Lookout Cay, guests will have the opportunity to learn and experience Junkanoo during RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration featuring a local Junkanoo Group. In collaboration with the National Junkanoo Committee, Disney develop a unique entertainment offering an authentic rush-out featuring Disney friends.

Guests will be be swept up in a Rush-Out, think conga line, from around the destination and converge on 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.

You will need to check your Disney Cruise Navigator app (or paper copy if you picked one up at guest services) schedule, look for Sights & Sounds of Junkanoo Workshop and RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration for times specific to your sailing. During our visit both activities were offered twice with the workshop leading into the RUSH! Afterwards you can stick around for a family island craft.

Personal Navigators Magic 3N Bahamian Day 2 Lookout Cay 20240607 Goombay Events

Sights & Sounds of Junkanoo Workshop – Explore the cultural significance, music, and costumes of the Junkanoo festival in this hands-on workshop for the whole family, presented by local Bahamian Cultural Representatives.

DCL App Lookout Cay Sights Sounds Of Junkanoo Workshop 20240607

RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration – It’s time to Rush! Experience the heartbeat of The Bahamas as a local Junkanoo group leads this colorful, musical procession to the Goombay Cultural Center. Mickey and his friends want YOU to join the fun at this Bahamian celebration.

DCL App Lookout Cay RUSH A Junkanoo Celebration 20240607

The following video is the second performance of RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration from June 7, 2024.

What do you think about the Junkanoo activities and events offered at Disney Lookout Cay?

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