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Living the Island Life at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

August 7, 2015, 10:43 AM · When it comes to accommodations, Walt Disney World offers its guests many unique choices. From rustic campgrounds to deluxe resorts, there is truly something for everyone. The amenities, attention to detail, and customer service set Disney’s hotels apart from the rest and guests have come to expect something extra special when staying on property.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort provides that for those who answer the call of the islands and make it their home away from home while on vacation. Located between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs, the resort offers a combination of comfort and convenience. Upon arriving at the resort, guests check in at the Custom House, which is modeled after government buildings one might find lining the busy streets of a tropical paradise. Disney’s Magical Express drops off and picks up guests from there as well. For those who want to skip the line and proceed directly to their room, the resort offers online check-in. This time saving service sends you a text message and an email to notify you when your room is ready and where it is located. You can then head right to your room, using your Magic Band (already mailed to your home prior to arrival) as your key.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

The spacious guest rooms are spaced out across the property’s six villages: Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba, and Jamaica. Martinique and Trinidad North are closest to Old Port Royale, which houses the resort’s two restaurants, shops, and largest pool. Internal bus service is available to transport guests around the resort; however, I recommend taking a leisurely stroll or ride a surrey bicycle around Barefoot Bay’s 1.4 mile promenade to take in the sights and sounds of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Beach village

The tropical theme continues in the colorfully decorated hotel rooms. Each village is adorned in vibrant hues of blue, pink, orange, and purple. The rooms are spacious at 314 square feet and offer either a king or two queen beds. Rooms with king beds are limited, and may be requested when making a reservation. A small number of rooms also feature a fold-down single bed, making them ideal for families of five. The resort does not offer rollaway beds but does provide pack and play cribs upon request. There is a large dressing area that is separated from the rest of the room by large sliding doors. These doors open to reveal a large vanity with ample counter space and two sinks, plus storage underneath as well. The small, open closet is here as well as an electronic safe for storing your valuables. A separate door reveals the bathroom, with a shower/tub combination and toilet. The signature H2O+ toiletries in blushing orange are available for guests, complete with Mickey Mouse ears on the bottles. Other amenities included a refrigerator, coffee maker, and ceiling fan. We especially enjoyed having a refrigerator to keep our water and snacks cold while we explored the resort. Accessible rooms offer a roll-in shower and king bed, plus additional amenities, and can be requested when booking your room.
The resort recently underwent an extensive renovation which brought about new décor and, for an extra charge, pirate-themed rooms where daring swashbucklers can rest in pirate-themed beds after a long day of adventure.

Old Port Royale pool

One of our favorite spots was the pirate-themed pool located at Old Port Royale. The pool is themed after a Spanish fort, complete with canons, and features zero-entry; two water slides; recreational activities led by Disney Cast Members; a hot tub; restrooms; and the Banana Cabana Pool Bar. Seating fills up early in the day so it’s best to grab a spot as soon as possible. If the pool is particularly crowded, you can also go for a swim in the smaller “quiet” pools in each of the villages or lounge on their beaches. Children who are less than 48” tall can also play in the adjacent splash area and get soaked by a water bucket as they climb and slide.

Water slide

Once you’ve worked up an appetite splashing away in the sun or enjoying the many recreational activities, you can dine at the Old Port Royale Food Court. The tropical theme continues inside and there are several stations that offer a taste of the islands. Depending on the time of day, you can choose from dishes as Mickey Waffles, Cuban burgers and sandwiches, and other favorites including pizza and pasta. Prices are on par with the food courts at other Disney resorts, and service is available from 6:30 am until midnight. If you’re looking for more formal dining, Shutters is open from 5–10 pm and offers dishes such as banana-crusted mahi mahi, Caribbean surf and turf, and island pasta with shrimp. The appetizers and entrees are pricey, and we didn’t see much on the menu that appealed to us, so we decided to pass.

Calypso Trading Post

Before heading home, be sure to explore the Calypso Trading Post and Calypso Straw Market for souvenirs. The shops pipe in a pleasant smell reminiscent of coconut and add to the experience. Children can play video games at Goombay Games, and families can take part in activities such as catch-and-release fishing. These, and other, activities are available for an extra charge and prices vary.

Room rates are based upon the season. Discounts, including those for Florida residents and passholders, are subject to availability and can be found on the Walt Disney World web site or by calling 1-407-WDISNEY. If necessary, you can also call the resort directly at 407-934-3400.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and plan to return again to enjoy all the resort has to offer.

A very special thank you to my talented wife for her stunning pictures and contributions!

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Replies (10)

August 7, 2015 at 12:41 PM · Sounds like a really nice hotel. I'm a bit of a beach boy, so this seems like it'd put me right at home. Your description of the rooms especially brought back good memories of renting a beach condo off the coast of Fort Meyers. My only concern is that, if I read correctly, Carribean Beach has 2 "villages" themed to North Trinidad? Sounds a bit redundant. I thought a village maybe themed after Cuba would be would be a nice fit (then again one could make the arguement that Florida already has more than enough Cuba to go around).
August 7, 2015 at 1:09 PM · We enjoy this resort, mainly for it's Caribbean theme, a favorite of ours. Usually the biggest complaint about this resort is its sheer size which turns off people who don't want to walk distances. But for us, that's a strength since we enjoy long leisurely walks. And the landscaping is stunning. We'll be there for two weeks in October. Probably our favorite area is the island in Barefoot Bay. It's a great place to relax with a glass of wine while munching on a cheese & meat plate.The full service restaurant, Shutters, seems to get a lot of grief from reviewers, but we've always had good meals & service there. And the Tiki bar is a fun place to relax in the evening.
August 8, 2015 at 1:08 PM · Like Mr. Pastor, Caribbean Beach was my favorite hotel when we stayed at Disney. I love the Tropical theme, just like Royal Pacific at Universal. And the long walks were actually enjoyable, a nice change of pace from the frantic parks. Plus, I spent one night sitting on the hammocks watching EPCOT's fireworks show (did not feel like going to the park itself on that crowded 4th of July).
August 8, 2015 at 1:34 PM · Nice write up - but this sounds like they work for Disney and paid to put it here on TPI.
August 8, 2015 at 6:43 PM · My family stayed here way back in 1990, loved the location near EPCOT and Disney-MGM (yep, still the old names then) and we enjoyed the pool, boats and others. The bus stops are a bit much and the food court is okay but still a good place to relax when not at parks.
August 8, 2015 at 7:07 PM · James; Yes, we also watch the Epcot fireworks from the hammocks on the sand beach.Of course, we have a drink in hand also. Great ambiance.
August 9, 2015 at 4:36 AM · Staying here in October, looking forward to seeing what it has to offer! Stayed in Orlando (I'm from the UK) many times but always on International drive, first time staying at a Disney resort.
August 10, 2015 at 7:00 AM · Caribbean Beach is my favorite resort, and I love it when it gets ranked last among the moderate priced resorts. It easier to book rooms here, and anytime Disney offers a discounts on moderate resorts, the Caribbean Beach gets the maximum discount offered... I can also point out that Disney just refurbished all the other rooms that are not themed - they went from two full beds to two queen beds in each room. Also (!), the sit down restaurant (Shutters) got a new chef not too long ago, and it is now getting good reviews!
August 10, 2015 at 2:45 PM · We stayed here in 2011 and we HATED it. Desolate, rundown, and a whole lot of bugs!

Maybe it's been revamped since then, but judging by the distance these photos were taken from, I'm not too confident!

August 13, 2015 at 10:53 AM · Caribbean Beach: I stayed there one time, and was very disappointed that you can see the beach, but you can’t swim there. The only place to swim is in the pool(s). Maybe that has changed now.

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