Usually, at the higher end of the moderate resort price range, this is a bright and fun resort, but it is going under extensive refurbishment until 2019. with prices lowering a little as a result.
The location of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is classed as an “Epcot area” of Walt Disney World – you can’t walk there but that will be the closest park. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also nearby.
Theming of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Not hard to figure this one out. The feel of the Caribbean can be found throughout the resort, from its brightly coloured buildings to its white sand beach.
Rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- This is a large resort with 2012 rooms located in 33 two storey buildings.
- The buildings are divided into 6 ‘villages’; Barbados, Martinique, Aruba, Jamaica, Trinidad North, and Trinidad South. Each of the villages have 6 buildings, except Trinidad North, which has only 3.
- Rooms have two double beds, or one king-sized and sleep 4 (children or adults), plus an additional child under three, in a pack and play.
- The rooms have two sinks, separated from the main room with a curtain. The bath/shower and toilet are in a separate room.
- There are no lifts in any of the buildings, so if stairs are an issue, you’ll want to request a room on the lowest floor.
- Buildings are located around a 45 acre lake; Barefoot Bay.
- Crib is available on request
- Free wifi
Caribbean Beach has more options to choose from than most and it can get a little confusing.
Standard view – the view is classed as ‘hotel, courtyard or woodlands’ – they may be lovely but they may be the car park
Water view – the view here is variable; you could have a beautiful view of Barefoot Bay or you could be looking at one of the swimming pools. As with all moderate resorts, you do not have a balcony so tend to only see the view when you’re coming and going.
King rooms – come with a King size bed, instead of 2 queens but can have either a standard or water view
Preferred rooms – these are located in either Martinique or Trinidad North – i.e. close to Old Port Royale. It is Disney’s way of you paying a premium to be located in the rooms closest to the food court and central bus depot. The view can be either standard or water view.
Pirate Standard view – there are a limited amount of ‘Pirate’ rooms, which are a little more expensive and located in the Trinidad South village. Fantastic for keen pirate fans, although it is worth noting that these are the furthest rooms from Old Port Royale, the main building with the lobby, food court etc. However it is manageable and while you might get a closer standard room, you also may get one that is equally far.
Water View Pirate Room – fantastically themed, as above, but with a water view. Again bear in mind this may be a pool, not Barefoot Bay.
Dining at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Most of the dining options listed here will be closed through 2017/8 and even early 2019. Disney are offering alternative locations to cover the basics during this time.
Counter Service and Snacks
Market Street Food Court is the main counter service option here
Banana Cabana – poolside bar
Table Service Restaurants
Shutters at Old Port Royale is the table service restaurant, located next door to the Market Street.
Recreation at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- The pool is probably the best of the moderate resorts, Pirate themed, with two water slides
- There are 9 pools at CBR – one for each village, the main pirate themed pool, wading pool and whirlpool
- Each village has its own white sand beach, around the main lake. There are hammocks and lounge chairs and the kids can play on it. No swimming is allowed in the lake though.
- Three small children’s playgrounds.
- Sea Raycers for rent
- Bicycle and surrey bike rental
- Paddle boat, canoe, sail boat and pontoon boat rental
- Arcade room
Transport to and from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
There are 7 bus stops at the resort – one for each village and the main building. You won;t have to navigate the whole resort to catch a bus (unlike at the Value resorts) but this does mean that you could have a lot of stops before you go/when you arrive back.
There is also an internal bus service, which loops the resort if walking is a problem.