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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Review

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Review

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a Average Resort lodge at Walt Disney World with a tropical theme. This evaluation has been up to date with new room pictures and ideas on the present development and re-imagining. This work will proceed by way of Late 2018, with further work on the adjoining Disney’s Riviera Resort and Skyliner gondola stations by means of Summer time 2019.

We’ll begin with the excellent information: Caribbean Beach’s re-imagining is now within the residence stretch, with Centertown set to reopen very quickly. Present rumors point out that resort administration is aiming for Centertown to quietly open on October 1, 2018, which is critical because it’s Caribbean Beach’s 30th Anniversary. That is removed from official, and we wouldn’t rely on it occurring. We expect that date might be 50/50 at this level, with the next week being simply as possible as there’s an honest quantity of final minute work to be accomplished.

With that stated, the tempo of labor at Caribbean Beach has kicked into excessive gear during the last couple of months. As you’ll be able to see in our Caribbean Beach Resort Development Replace – September 2018 replace, a ton of progress was made since summer time. Worst case state of affairs is that Centertown, Banana Cabana, and Sebastian’s Bistro debut later in October. Whereas nonetheless not on time as in comparison with the unique timeframe, all the things is forward of the revised “Late 2018” completion date…

In different phrases, for those who’re reserving a Walt Disney World trip now or touring after mid-October 2018, you’re in all probability effective. The brand new entrance desk, foyer, buying, and eating areas ought to all be open by then, and people are the most important elements of the Caribbean Beach Resort’s re-imagining. At this level, we might not hesitate to remain at Caribbean Beach.

With that stated, development isn’t completely completed at Caribbean Beach Resort. Alongside the perimeter of the resort, development progress continues for Disney’s Riviera Resort, the most recent Disney Trip Membership providing. Furthermore, work continues on the Disney’s Skyliner gondola stations, that are additionally on the edges of the resort. These are noticeable from Caribbean Beach, however don’t have a lot of an impression on the visitor expertise at this level.

However, if you need zero ‘construction blight’ throughout your Walt Disney World trip, you may need to look elsewhere. Whereas we, personally, would now keep at Caribbean Beach Resort, everybody’s development tolerance is totally different. Our prime various suggestion presently can be Port Orleans Riverside–click on right here learn why we advocate it.

Let’s begin with a little bit of background. Situated close to Epcot, Caribbean Beach Resort has respectable proximity to the theme parks, though friends of this resort should depend on bus transportation or their very own automobiles. There isn’t any boat or monorail transportation from Caribbean Beach Resort to any of the theme parks or Disney Springs.

This re-imagining is being undertaken as a result of Caribbean Beach Resort is the oldest of the Moderates, and there have been complaints that its amenities are starting to point out their age. These upgrades ought to assist Caribbean Beach Resort keep its place as the most effective Average Resort, and provides it upscale facilities (together with the Skyliner gondola system) for when Disney Trip Membership is added to the resort.


Within the middle of Caribbean Beach Resort separating a lot of the visitor room buildings from Previous Port Royale is Barefoot Bay, a 45-acre lake. Operating across the lake is a 1.Four-mile path, with further paths resulting in all visitor rooms. It looks like the right resort for a morning run…or racing round to photograph the dawn, when you’re like me.

Within the middle of all that is, Caribbean Cay, which is an island with a lush picnic and play space. It additionally breaks up the stroll throughout the large lake.


The resort itself possible advantages from its age, as its twenty plus years in existence have given the greenery on the resort an opportunity to develop into fairly lush and mature. Inside this tropical paradise, rooms are unfold amongst 6 villages: Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Martinique, Aruba, and Jamaica. It’s a very unfold out resort.

The dimensions coupled with the variety of bus stops could make transportation at Caribbean Beach Resort an actual problem. The resort usually has a strong variety of buses for every park with little delay in between, however the situation is how lengthy it takes on the bus inside the resort. Due to this, we sometimes use Uber to get to and from the parks, and it prices $Eight-10 per journey.


The Resort’s Important Foyer known as the Customized Home (for now–it’ll quickly be moved to Centertown). It’s situated a bit out-of-the-way, though you in all probability gained’t head right here apart from check-in and Disney’s Magical Categorical pick-up (until you order groceries through the center of your journey and foolishly determine to stroll to get them).

It’s truly fairly a hike from many rooms, however a shuttle is on the market to take you from the Customized Home to your room.


Together with Saratoga Springs and Previous Key West, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is probably the most sprawling resorts at Walt Disney World. My private take is that this provides it extra of a real “resort” really feel with extra to discover, however fairly minds might definitely differ on that one.

It’s fairly a trek from probably the most distant rooms to Previous Port Royale, which means it could possibly be a problem to get breakfast or refill your mug. On the plus aspect, this can show you how to stroll off the energy from that Coke and make you much less more likely to eat these instant-eggs and rubber-bacon! (Aren’t I the optimist…)


Caribbean Beach usually has a pleasant marina close to Previous Port Royale, which rents out boats and bicycles. There are also playgrounds, an arcade, volleyball, sand seashores, and different normal Average Resort facilities out there at Caribbean Beach Resort. (Observe that many of those amenities round Previous Port Royale are closed through the refurbishment.)

As is the case with all Walt Disney World on-site motels, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is absolutely built-in within the MyMagic+ system, which signifies that friends obtain MagicBands and may make FastPass+ reservations.


The pool at Previous Port Royale is fairly superior. You may as properly name it Previous Fort Royale, as it’s harking back to the Spanish forts beneath seize firstly of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Everybody is aware of that something pertaining to pirates is certainly superior, so Caribbean Beach Resort scores critical factors for the pool.


It’s a very cool pool–I think about it to be the most effective at Walt Disney World. Youngsters (and immature adults like me) would actually take pleasure in “playing pirate” in its many forts, full with genuine working (eh, in all probability) cannons.

For these adults who’re extra mature, you’ll be able to all the time “play pirate” by chugging a bottle of rum and staggering round on one of many white sand seashores at Caribbean Beach Resort whereas bemoaning the truth that the rum is all the time gone. What might go incorrect?

As famous above, the everlasting eating choices at CBR are being refurbished till Late 2018. The one exception to that is Spyglass Grill, which opened earlier this yr.

This new fast service restaurant is adjoining to the quiet pool in Trinidad South, so it’s a bit off the crushed path. However, it’s unbelievable. As you’ll be able to learn, in our “Good Food Returns to Caribbean Beach: Spyglass Grill Review” (the title just about says all of it), we liked our meals right here.

Moreover, a number of momentary amenities, together with counter service meals vans and a short-term Banana Cabana bar might be discovered within the Previous Port Royale parking space.

Our tip: skip the stunning “ambiance” of the parking zone and have alcohol delivered to you for a less expensive worth–see our Ideas for Grocery Supply at Walt Disney World publish for more information.

There’s additionally an enormous tent set-up on this space with a buffet. This tent accepts Disney Eating Plan counter service credit.

This immediately makes the dinner buffet the objective-best use of a counter service credit score on the Disney Eating Plan. We will’t converse to high quality, however the menu appears intriguing. It’d be good if Walt Disney World did a bit to enhance the aesthetics provided that this can be a multi-month refurbishment, however at the very least the worth (in credit, at the least) is true. Plus, it’s just about unprecedented for a ‘temporary’ eating choice to be a buffet, so we’ll take the weak theme and never complain an excessive amount of.

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Okay, now the visitor rooms. Though the rooms have been gutted and completely redone over the past refurbishment a number of years in the past, they don’t seem to be being touched in the course of the present Centertown re-imagining. Likewise, the Pirate Rooms remained unchanged. You’ll be able to examine these in our Caribbean Beach Resort Pirate Rooms Review (we do NOT advocate them).

Under is how the usual visitor rooms at Caribbean Beach Resort appeared about 5 years in the past, pre-refurbishment:


Whether or not this type is ‘fun and colorful’ or ‘Finding Nemo clown barf’ is a matter of private choice and opinion.

It’s all moot, as right here’s how the rooms look now, post-refurbishment…


As you’ll be able to see, it’s a reasonably dramatic distinction. I’ll be trustworthy: I favored Caribbean Beach’s rooms earlier than. Sure, they have been vibrant and loud and never how I might embellish my very own home.

Nevertheless, for a trip, they have been enjoyable and had that eclectic type that you simply may discover at your kooky aunt’s seashore home. With that stated, the previous look undoubtedly felt drained and in want of modernizing.


Right here’s a barely wider look from the identical vantage, this time with the pull-down mattress beneath the tv opened and the desk seen.

Along with the design of the rooms completely altering, the beds modified, too. These at the moment are queen beds within the 5-person rooms, and to us they appeared considerably extra snug and plush than the older beds at different Average Resorts.


To me, the brand new room is an absolute residence run. It seems just like the Polynesian-lite. It nonetheless has a tropical motif, albeit a way more restrained one. A part of me does marvel if it’s just a little too restrained–virtually as if the designers over-corrected the look of the earlier room whereas making an attempt to tone it down. I say a part of me as a result of that’s actually a minor quibble, and there’s nonetheless loads of island styling to suit the theme.

Make no mistake, I’m extremely happy with how the redesign turned out. It’s not simply my favourite room at any Average Resort now, it’s considered one of my favourite rooms in all of Walt Disney World. A room that’s Poly-lite at a resort that’s a fraction of the price of the Polynesian Village Resort is a superb factor.


I feel we will all agree that the most important missed alternative of the redesign was failing to place an enormous close-up of this shot of Captain Barbossa and Jack the Monkey on the within of the pull-down mattress as an alternative of Mickey and Pluto. That might be the right nightmare gasoline!

The pull-down mattress is a very welcome addition, although. This implies the room can formally accommodate 5 adults (I match on the pull-down mattress simply advantageous, nevertheless it’s in all probability greatest for teenagers or smaller adults), making it an ideal choice for leveraging the Free Disney Eating Plan promotion.


The toilet has equally been redone, with extra beauty modifications consistent with the remainder of the room. The most important addition right here is the sliding doorways separating the sink space from the beds.

It’s a pleasant function in case somebody needs to sleep whereas others are preparing.


Even should you appreciated the “character” of the previous room, I feel there’s little contesting that the brand new rooms are a minimum of of a better high quality now. From the top boards to the sunshine fixtures to the dresser and past, the finishings are nicer, with higher texture and element giving the room a classier look.

There’s much more depth to the room now, and it doesn’t really feel cheaply completed. Disney did a very nice job with this refurbishment, and I’d say these at the moment are the nicest rooms at any Average Resort.

General, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a really good place to remain, particularly in case you benefit from the theme. Don’t consider something you’ve examine it being dated, as that merely is not true. It’s now a resort with a variety of upside–strong eating choices, loads of recreation choices, and delightful grounds to take pleasure in. Then there are the brand new rooms, that are one of the best of their class, rivaling some Deluxes. The result determinative issue as as to if Caribbean Beach Resort can be for you might be the way you view the dimensions of the resort. If you need a spot to jog or discover, it’s nice. If you’d like one thing extra compact so that you don’t waste time ‘commuting’ across the resort, it’s not so nice. I used to be already a fan of Caribbean Beach Resort, however now that it’s principally a “Poor Man’s Polynesian” it’s my favourite Average. Whereas the is probably not as good as its tropical cousin, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, it does supply considerably higher worth for cash because of its strong facilities and wonderful rooms.

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Your Ideas…

What do you consider the brand new rooms at Caribbean Beach Resort? Are you planning on staying at Caribbean Beach Resort in the course of the massive re-imagining? Have you ever tried the short-term buffet or meals vans right here? Do you miss the previous fashion of CBR? What concerning the unfold out nature of the resort–is that a power or a weak spot for you? Share your ideas or any questions you’ve within the feedback!