Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

This hotel is slightly more expensive than the other moderate resorts – but not as pricey as a Deluxe resort.

Location

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.

Theme

I’ll give you three guesses! The feel of the Caribbean can be found through out the resort, from its brightly coloured buildings to its white sand beach.

Rooms

  • 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.
  • The rooms in this resort have specific themes. The standard rooms are ‘Nemo’ themed. There are also a limited amount of ‘Pirate’ rooms, which are a little more expensive and located in the Trinidad South village – 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 of those that are also a little further away anyway.
  • 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.

Room choice

When booking for Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, you have a lot of options!:

  • Standard room and view: view is classed as ‘resort grounds’ – they may be lovely but they may be the car park
  • Water view: could have a beautiful view of Barefoot Bay or you could be looking at one of the swimming pools. I would only bother with this if the view is really important to you. As you don’t have a balcony, you spend very little time seeing the view anyway – only when you’re coming or going.
  • Standard Kingsize – i.e. King rather than 2 doubles
  • Preferred Location: will be in either Martinique or Trinidad North – i.e. close to Old Port Royale
  • Standard View Pirate Room: features a view of the courtyard and woodlands
  • Water View Pirate Room: again bare in mind this may be a pool, not Barefoot Bay.

Food and drink

  • The Market Street Food court is the counter service option here.
  • Shutters at Old Port Royale is the table service restaurant, located next door to the Market Street.
  • There is also a poolside bar – the Banana Cabana.
  • The stores, Calypso Trading Post and Calypso Straw Market also have food to purchase, along with Disney merchandise and basic over the counter medicines etc.

Recreation

  • 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
  • Volleyball
  • Arcade room

Transport

  • There are 7 bus stops at the resort – one for each village and the main building. 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