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Welcome to the sixth edition in my Where in Walt Disney World Can I Find? series! Hopefully, you’ve already read the five previous articles. If you haven’t or if you want to visit the articles again, you can access them by clicking the following links: The Drinks & Snacks: Park Edition, The Counter Service Parks Edition, The Table Service Parks Edition, The Cool Treats Edition and A Place to Put My Stuff.
Before I get too deep into this article, I need to post some basic information. The intent of my Where in Walt Disney World Can I Find? series is to help you plan what may be a once in a lifetime trip to Walt Disney World Resort. Or, if you are seasoned travelers like my family, the intent is to assist you in finding something new “in the world.” The team here at Magical DIStractions is dedicated to providing our readers with the most accurate and up-to-date information that we can. Walt Disney World is a work in progress and is constantly expanding and changing so there is a possibility that some of the things that I speak of in this article may change location or change in style before you visit.
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Okay, I’ve got all of the standard information out of the way and I’m free to move on! The things, activities, etc. listed below are just a small part of everything that Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has to offer. For more detailed information, you can find it on the Magical DIStractions page for the resort, my first article for the site, and in my article giving you the details on Old Port Royale.
Where in Walt Disney World Can I Find? Everything at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort!
Arcade: Goombay Games, the resort’s arcade, has a fairly large selection of games for adults and kids of all ages. Just inside of Goombay Games are arcade card machines where Guests can purchase various denominations of cards and also recharge them should you wish to play more. The number of points required to play the games varies depending on the level of skill needed to play the game.
Beaches & Hammocks:
As you would expect from the name of the resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has gorgeous white sandy beaches! These beaches come complete with lots of beach chairs and hammocks. I can’t even begin to guess how much time we have spent relaxing during our resort day or in the evening after a day in a Park.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort consists of six villages. There are bus stops in each of the resort villages as well as one at Old Port Royale and one at The Custom House. The bus stops are centrally located within each village and are an easy walk from all buildings. There are benches, soda machines, maps, telephone, defibrillator, trash receptacles and resort maps in each bus stop.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is one of the few that sell this unique postcard. Imagine your friends’ or family’s surprise when they open their mailbox to find a coconut postcard! Disney Cast Members will be more than happy to assist you in mailing the coconut and they do sell postage in the store.
Guests checking into the resort will find several concierge desks in The Custom House. There is a separate line for the concierge desks and although the line is clearly marked, a friendly Cast Member will be happy to point you in the right direction. Many Guests do not know that there is also a concierge desk in Old Port Royale near the entrance of the food court. Concierge Cast Members can help Guests with the majority of their needs. They can check your dining credits, print dinner show tickets, assist you in calling a cab, etc. Before making the walk or taking the internal shuttle bus to The Custom House, stop by the Old Port Royale concierge desk to see if they can help you, as they can do everything that The Custom House can do with the exception of checking you in.
Designated Smoking Areas:
Designated smoking areas are located in several places around the resort. Many of the village courtyards are designated smoking areas. There are also many along the resort promenade and one on the outskirts of the courtyard at Old Port Royale.
There is no shortage of food choices at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort! Old Port Royale serves breakfast, lunch and dinner! The five different food stations serve a variety of foods to choose from, and no matter what time of the day you visit you’re sure to find something that will satisfy everyone’s taste buds. If you are looking for a table service restaurant but don’t want to leave the beautiful resort, book an Advance Dining Reservation at Shutters. Guests dining at Shutters will delight in a menu that includes American favorites with a Caribbean twist. Or, if you want to purchase a box of donuts, bread, peanut butter or other food items, the store in Old Port Royale stocks those as well.
Handicap Accessible Lifts:
Each of the resort’s quiet pools (see more information below) has a lift for those who need them. There are also lifts at the hot tubs near the resort’s main pool. As this article states, the main pool is zero entry and is easily accessible.
Yes, you read that correctly, hot tubs with an “s”. There are two hot tubs located near the resort’s main pool outside of Old Port Royale, also known as Centertown. One is located on the backside of the pool’s fort and the other is on the side. Both are kept at the perfect temperature so as to soothe any sore muscles or aches that Guests may have after a long day in the Parks.
One of the items found in the resort rooms is an ice bucket. Ice machines are located all over the resort and can be found in each village. Also near the ice machines are soda vending machines.
Castaway Cay, the island in middle of the resort lake has a playground, hammocks and even small sitting areas to enjoy. Relax in a hammock or watch your kids play on the playground while you listen to the rhythm of the steel drum music.
Kids’ Water Play Area:
The kids’ play area, also near the main pool, is designed for younger kids and is a great place to let them work off some of their excess energy/excitement! The bucket at the top of the pirate ship gradually fills until it tips over and splashes the excited children below!
Let’s face it, no one wants to do laundry while on vacation, but sometimes it is necessary. Luckily for their Guests, Disney made it super convenient to wash and dry your clothes and towels when they installed the new machines. I wrote an article about the new machines and even included a video of the laundry rooms and how the new machines work. There are laundry facilities in each of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort’s villages near the quiet pools so you can do your wash and swim at the same time!
Unless you just want to, there’s no need to pack life vests/jackets for your kids as they are provided free of charge at the resort’s main pool. There have also been times when we visited that they were also available at the village quiet pools. Life vests are hanging on a rack near the main pool.
Mickey Ears & Other Hats:
If you can’t wait until you get to the Parks to buy your Mickey Ears or you want to take a pair home as a souvenir, Calypso Trading Post in Old Port Royale is the place to go. They have an assortment of Mickey Ears and other hats from which to choose.
Movies and Marshmallow Roasts:
On any given night, weather permitting, Guests can watch a movie under the stars and roast marshmallows on the beach. The nightly movies are held in the courtyard at Old Port Royale and chairs are situated in such a way that everyone has a good view of the screen. Marshmallow roasts take place on the Martinique beach and Cast Members provide Guests with roasting sticks and free marshmallows! Again, both of these activities take place nightly if the weather permits.
New Balance Running Trail:
One of my favorite things to do at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is to take a stroll around the resort’s promenade. This 1.4 mile New Balance Running Trail is also a favorite trail for joggers and runners. The trail is nice and wide and is concrete is some spots, a boardwalk in others and a wooden bridge in yet another section. The trail is a nice way to get your walk, jog or run in and see some parts of the resort that you might otherwise miss seeing.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is one of the largest resorts on Walt Disney World property. To my family and many others, this is one of the things about the resort that appeals to us most, as it never feels crowded. If you want to take your food, drink or a good book outside, you have many quiet places to choose from. There are courtyards in every resort village, hammocks and seating on Caribbean Cay which is the resort’s island, umbrellas and tables outside of Old Port Royale and near Banana Cabana Pool Bar, seating along the promenade and picnic tables on the outer rim of Old Port Royale’s courtyard. Of course, there is seating near each of the pools.
Pirate Themed Rooms:
Much to the delight of little pirate-loving boys and girls, and some adults, all rooms in the village of Trinidad South are pirate themed. Disney really paid close attention to detail when they designed the room décor. The beds are shaped like ships, the carpet looks like wooden planks, the dresser like crates and the refrigerator is housed in a barrel. It is every child’s and big kid’s dream room!
Pressed Penny Machine:
Pressed pennies are very budget friendly souvenirs and can be found in most resorts and in the four theme parks. A pressed penny machine can be found just outside of Goombay Games arcade in Old Port Royale. There are three different designs to choose from so bring plenty of pennies and quarters because you’ll want to collect them all.
If you want a nice relaxing swim but don’t want to walk to the resort’s main pool, you’ll be glad to hear that there are not one, not two, not even three quiet pools, there are six! Located in the heart of each resort village is a quiet pool. There are no lifeguards on duty at the quiet pools and you’ll need to bring towels from your room. Guests can use any of the quiet pools, not just the one in your assigned village.
Things That You Forgot To Pack:
We’ve all done it. We had a nice packing list all made out and checked off yet we forgot to pack something – like a toothbrush, shaving cream, sunscreen, swim diapers or other sundries. Calypso Trading Post will have what you are looking for and if they happen to not have it, they’ll be happy to help you get it elsewhere.
Vera Bradley Bags:
Vera Bradley bags are sold in the theme parks, Disney Springs and in most Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Guests of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort can find a nice selection to choose from at Calypso Trading Post in Old Port Royale.
I hope that I’ve answered all of your questions regarding Where in Walt Disney World Can I Find? Everything at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort!
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