I think that it is quite fitting that my first post as a Magical DIStractions team member is one about my family’s favorite Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.
Many years ago, while researching which Disney resort to choose for our first onsite stay, I came upon pictures of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Even though we aren’t what we’d consider “beach people”, the looks of the resort really spoke to me. After showing the pictures to my family, it was decided that we would book a stay there. Boy, were we happy that we did! We instantly fell in love with the resort and have been back time and time again with the number of nights spent there adding up to 100+. Yeah, I’d say that we like the resort.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (CBR) is one of Disney’s moderate resorts. With it’s lush foliage, well manicured grounds and brightly painted buildings, it’s truly a tropical paradise/getaway in the middle of “the world”. Let’s face it, no matter how much we enjoy the parks, it’s nice to go back to your resort and unwind after the hustle and bustle of a busy park day.
The Rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
The rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach are 340 square feet which make them a bit larger than the other moderates and we all know that even a little bit of extra room is great if you are an overpacker like myself. The resort is currently undergoing a complete room refurb in all of the villages with the exception of the pirate rooms which are located in the village of Trinidad South. From what I’ve been told, the refurb is moving right along and should be completed before we arrive in May, 2015. With the room refurbishment comes new wall color, new queen size beds, new furniture and, what many will be happy to hear, the ability for a family of five to book a stay there now that some rooms have a pull down bed built into the dressers.
I do not have a picture of the “new” rooms but do have a picture of our room when we were there in May & June, 2014, which gives you an idea of the size of the room itself:
The Resort Landscaping
So what really makes the CBR feel like a tropical paradise/getaway in the middle of “the world”? Well, there’s the obvious…the beautiful white sand beaches and the abundance of beautiful flowers and well maintained landscaping.
(one of the village beaches)
I mentioned earlier that the buildings are painted bright colors giving the resort a cheerful feel. Each village is a different color.
If you are looking for a peaceful place to read a book or simply sit and enjoy your surroundings, there are courtyards nestled between the village buildings. Keep in mind though, that some of the courtyards are designated smoking areas.
The island in the middle of the resort lake has a playground, hammocks and even small sitting areas:
The Main Pool, Kids’ Water Play Area & Hot Tubs
The main pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is huge, zero entry and has two, count ‘em two, slides. If you want to ease the soreness from your muscles in a hot tub, you’ll find two located near the main pool. The kids’ play area, also near the main pool, is designed for the younger kids. It is a great place to let them work off some of their excess energy/excitement.
(one of the two resort hot tubs)
(kids’ play area)
Old Port Royale
Located just outside of Old Port Royale, also known as Centertown, is a beautiful open courtyard complete with a fountain, umbrella tables and picnic tables:
The adults in the group will find plenty of adult beverage choices at Banana Cabana, the CBR’s pool bar:
If you are looking for an activity that all family members can take part in? The marina rents both surrey bikes and the standard two wheel bicycles. It’s nice to take a bike ride around the resort promenade. It is the perfect way to see the other parts of the resort.
For those who would like things a bit more “quiet” when swimming, each resort village has their own quiet pool. Usually, these pools aren’t as crowded than the main pool. You might even find them completely empty depending on the time of the day that you get to the pool.
As you can see, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort truly is a tropical paradise/getaway in the middle of “the world”. I hope that I was able to give you a little big of insight as to why it’s my family’s go-to choice when we visit Walt Disney World.
For more information on the resort, please visit the Magical DIStractions’ Caribbean Beach Resort facts and pictures page: https://magicaldistractions.com/resorts/moderate/caribbean-beach/