This review covers a standard room at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World. It includes room photos, a look at the amenities, pros and cons of staying at the hotel and thoughts about staying at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort during your Disney World Vacation.
Location and Transportation
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is a moderate level resort located on Disney property at Walt Disney World. Caribbean Beach Resort is located closest to Epcot and is now connected to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios by the Skyliner gondola system. The resort is connected to other parks by bus.
There are 5 separate areas, named after Caribbean Islands, within the resort. They are connected to each other and Old Port Royale (the main building and pool complex) by walking paths and an internal bus system. Caribbean Beach Resort is large and spread out. After check in a shuttle bus will take you and your luggage to your room.
Theming and atmosphere
The theming is clearly going for that colorful Caribbean vibe. The bright pastel buildings are spread out over a large area and interspersed with palm trees and other tropical vegetation. Several beautiful white sand beaches border the lake that is the center of the resort (note that the lakes are not for swimming and there is safety fencing at the edge of the beach). Although you can't access the lake, kids will have fun on the sand and there are hammocks available to spend some time lazing in the sun.
The lobby at Old Port Royale has comfortable seating, as well as access to all the amenities - the main pool, gift shop, quick service food options and transportation.
Each section of the resort is made up of several two-level buildings. Rooms are priced differently based on the view. There are standard view (which usually means parking lot view), garden view, river view and pool view. The maximum number of people a regular room can sleep is 5. The layout being two queen sized beds and a fold out twin sized murphy bed. The rooms are basically identical other than location in the resort. The beds are very comfortable and the bedding is fairly standard for this level of hotel. The coverlet is lightweight and there is extra bedding available in the closet area if needed -- our visit was in a chilly and damp February and we still had no need of it.
The fold out murphy bed is a small twin and best suited for a child or very small adult.
There are very subtle Disney details throughout the room with a subtle elegance but with no obvious Disney theming. Rooms also include a small table with 2 chairs. In the closet area rooms include a safe that is easily big enough to hold a laptop.
The main pool complex is Fuentes del Morro Pool located near Old Port Royale. It is themed after a Spanish fortress and includes 2 waterslides. There is also a large hot tub in this area. Each village has it's own smaller and quieter pool as well.
As you would expect at a Disney moderate resort, there are a host of other recreation opportunities available. Honestly our priority was time in the parks so we didn't take advantage of any of these other options. If you would like to see what is available, you can click the the link to the recreation page.
Caribbean Beach Resort has both a table service restaurant, Sebastian's Bistro, and a quick service food court, Centertown Market. Additionally there is a grab and go section of the Centertown Market. Located in the Trinidad section of the resort is the Spyglass Grill, an additional quick service restaurant. For drinks there is also the Banana Cabana Pool Bar located next to the main pool area.
Pros and Cons
Our Final Thoughts
Caribbean Beach Resort is a lot more popular now that it is connected by the Skyliner to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. It is a solid choice for those looking for a moderate resort at Disney World. Highlights are the main pool and the food options. It is easy to see how this resort would appeal to families and adult only groups alike.
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Photos by Jennifer Stuart and DisneyLifeDuo
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