Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is in the moderate category
Located in the Epcot resort area Disney’s Caribbean Beach is a popular moderate resort. Made up of 2109 rooms, housed in six villages, the resort is large and sprawling. Food, shopping, amusements etc. are housed at Old Port Royale whilst check-in is at the Customs House. These two main areas are not connected. But don’t let the size here put you off, the resort theme is well done and the gardens, being established, make it feel like an away from it all retreat.
The Caribbean Beach nestles on Barefoot Bay Lake. Each village, named after Caribbean islands, North and South Trinidad, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba and Jamaica, have their own pool. The resort also has a main pool, Fuerte Del Moro, which has zero entry, 2 water slides, water cannons, a pirate ship and kids play zone. It’s one of the best pools at any Disney property.
If you’re planning on staying at the Caribbean Beach, you probably have children, it’s a great family resort. The rooms here were recently refurbished and into some rooms Disney added a pull down bed. This means these rooms can now accommodate up to 5. If you are travelling with children, it’s worth noting the rooms are in two storey buildings, with NO lifts. In addition, because the resort is so large there can be quite a bit of walking required. Little legs, tired from visiting the parks all day, may find the walk back to the room, especially in the heat of summer, a step too far.
Each village has its own bus stop, Due to the size of the Caribbean Beach where you’re located within the resort will influence your journey time to and from the parks. For this resort it might be worth paying for an upgrade to a ‘preferred location’ room which will mean being closer to the main hub of the resort. A simple rule of thumb for each village is;
Trinidad North and Martinique are preferred location room villages. They sit either side of Old Port Royale, where the food court, restaurant, bar and shops are located. The first stop for the buses is usually either Martinique or Jamaica.
Trinidad South and Barbados villages are furthest away from Old Port Royale. They are located a 10 to 15 minute walk, around Barefoot Bay Lake, from Old Port Royale and its amenities.
Aruba and Jamaica villages sit close to the bridge which crosses Barefoot Bay Lake to Old Port Royale. Building 51 in Aruba and 45 in Jamaica are closest to the bridge. The first stop for the buses is usually either Jamaica or Martinique.
For detailed information on the resort and its villages I would recommend the hotels unofficial fan page disneycaribbeanbeach.com
The resort Food Court is, rather unimaginatively, called Old Port Royale, and there is a casual dining restaurant, Shutters. The Food here is American / Caribbean fusion in style. Whilst the food court does offer a variety of different choices these are based around, burgers, hotdogs, pizza, sandwiches, wraps and roast meat dishes. If you receive the Disney Dining Plan as part of your package at this hotel it includes quick service only. I don’t recommend the quick service Disney Dining, either go for room only and budget for your meals, this will give you more choice as to where you dine. Or upgrade your dining plan to include table service meals. It’s inevitable that you’ll want to do some table service dining and some character meals so the extra cost should still be good value. Having spoken to guests who have stayed at this resort, on the quick service plan, the feedback is food is a bit repetitive. Two weeks of quick service meals where the family all want to choose from different counters can start to feel exhausting, it’s supposed to be a holiday after all!
My top tips for this hotel are
Splash out on a pirate themed room which will win you a lot of brownie points with the kids. Better still book them an Islands of the Caribbean Pirate Cruise, great fun for them, two hours peace and quiet without them for you!
Relax in one of the many hammocks dotted around the lovely grounds.
Enjoy a beer or a cocktail under the stars at Banana Cabana Pool Bar, open until midnight.