We stayed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort which is one of what Disney calls their Moderate Resorts and opened in 1988. It’s themed on the Carribean, hence the name, and consists of several islands located around a central lake. Each island area is uniquely named after an island in the Carribean and has its own swimming pool and bus stop for the Disney Transportation. As with anything Disney Parks & Resorts it is well themed with numerous small beaches containing deck chairs, hammocks and sun loungers around the lake and plenty of space at the pools.
During our stay, the resort was being renovated, which we knew when we booked but it didn’t overly affect us other than being unable to walk from the reception area to the rooms, having to take the internal shuttle instead.
The area which was formerly the Barbados section has already been knocked down with work in progress on a new Disney Vacation Club resort which will take over the Barbados and Martinique sections of the resort.
We were staying in the apparently soon to be demolished Martinique section, in building 25. The room was pretty standard with two large queen sized beds, fridge, separate bathroom and washing area and a massive TV. There was also a temporary shop established on the ground floor of our building with snacks, drinks and other necessities and a Coke-a-Cola Freestyle machine which worked with your refillable resort mugs.
Each island area has a bus stop which the Disney Transportation service operate from every 20 minutes with buses running to Disney Springs, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and EPCOT.
Because of the construction work within the resort we were given a pack of special pins as an apology for the inconvinience which was nice as we both collect Disney pins.
What we thought
The rooms were comfortable enough and the design similar to the other Moderate Resorts we have stayed in at Disney World. The room appeared to have been recently refurbished with a brand new huge LCD TV, coffee machine and numerous USB charging points at both the table and next to the beds. Possibly because it’s a slightly older resort the room we found to be a little bit smaller than the ones at Coronado Springs, most notably the bathroom which seemed quite cramped but that’s the only, minor, fault we had.
Transport was fairly efficient to the parks, we never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a bus and since we were at the first stop within the resort we always got on without issue. Coming back we were the first to get dropped off and it was a short 1 – 2 minute walk to the room from the bus stop.
We walked around the various parts of the resort on the second day, within our island (Martinique) was a fair sized heated pool which we took advantage of on one of the nights but didn’t see anyone else using it while we were there – probably due to the cold temperatures in January. Pool towels are provided at all the pools.
We had Disneys Quick Service Dining Plan which entitled each of us to a Refillable Resort mug which you can use to get coffee, tea or a variety of soft drinks and fruit juices from the self-service vending machines around the resort (or any of the other Disney Resorts) for the duration of your stay.
Lastly, due to the construction work, the normal food options weren’t available at Carribean Beach instead, they had established a temporary structure at the Port Royale area with numerous food trucks. We didn’t make use of these as neither of us really ate breakfast and we tended to have lunch and dinner at the parks, other resorts or Disney Springs.