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NEWS: New Details Revealed for Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney has been hard at work refurbishing the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, one of the moderate resorts on Disney property. This popular resort is a favorite of many. Disney has released some new information detailing some of the new things we can expect when the refurbishment is over. These “enhancements” as Disney calls them are expected to debut late summer 2018. Read all the details below:


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Gabriel Gibaldi:

Old Port Royale at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined as the port of entry where guests will check in before embarking on their island vacation. This centralized location will offer resort guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining, including an all-new Centertown Market for casual eats, an all-new Shutters restaurant offering waterfront dining adjacent to the new Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge, and Calypso Trading Post for shopping.

Centertown Market will be expanded and enclosed, creating a quick-service restaurant with an indoor street market vibe. Guests will enter the space under a large palapa-like structure, accented with glowing colored light pendants made from glass bottles. The market will feature open shutters, wooden light posts, awnings, ornamentation and unique seating areas. Guests will also have access to the Grab n’ Go market for a specialty coffee and quick bites.

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Shutters, a Caribbean-inspired table-service restaurant, will be located on the waterfront of Old Port Royale, transporting guests to a beachfront home in the tropical islands. Large open shutters will allow the sun to cast a warm light into the space adorned with handmade items that appear as they’ve been found on the islands. Leaves and floral design motifs will fill the space, celebrating the natural beauty of the Caribbean.

A festive poolside bar, Banana Cabana will be a great place to gather for food and drinks, immersing guests into the fun and relaxation of island life. Cabana-style drapes will flank seating areas and re-purposed steel drums will illuminate a central communal table made from a wooden boat.

Forget something? No worries! With its history of being the port’s import and export facility, Calypso Trading Post will offer shoppers Disney merchandise and other vacation essentials.

RELATED ARTICLE: 7 Reasons You’ll Love Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

by Jenn S.

Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World is in the moderate resort category and is located in the Epcot Resort Area. The resort itself offers quick access to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Caribbean Beach offers the relaxing and beautiful theming of the Caribbean islands. Here are 8 reasons why you will love Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.


1 – Theming

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is broken up into different “villages” each with its own architecture and colors. They include Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba and Jamaica. Each village has their own quiet pool, laundry facilities, bus stop and beaches. Trinidad North and South, Barbados and Jamaica also each have a playground area as well. All of the shopping and dining locations are located at Old Port Royale. Old Port Royale is themed to look like a Caribbean port market, head from “shop” to “shop” with the blue sky and lantern lighting above you. You will feel as if you have stepped inside a Caribbean marketplace.

2 – Pirate Themed Rooms

The Pirate themed rooms at Caribbean Beach are perfect for any Pirates of the Caribbean fans. These special rooms are located in Trinidad South and are fantastically themed. The beds look like pirate ships, while the dresser appears to be old crates. Be sure to look around the room for all the special pirate touches!  These rooms will cost more than a non-pirate room, but it is worth the cost for a special trip!

Caribbean Beach Pirate Rooms

3 – Shutters

Shutters is the resort’s only table service restaurant and is open for dinner each evening from 5 pm to 10 pm. The menu features American dishes with a Caribbean twist! Menu items may include beef rib eye, island pasta dishes, chicken and Mahi Mahi.  Save room for the Key Lime Cheesecake for dessert. Dining reservations are strongly suggested for all table service locations and can be made up to 180 days in advance.


4 -Internal Resort Shuttle

Caribbean Beach is one of the largest resorts on Disney property. This resort offers an internal resort shuttle that stops at each village, the Custom House, and Old Port Royale. While you can certainly walk, it is nice to hop on the bus instead of walking across the resort to get to food court or main pool. As with any Disney resort, transportation to Disney theme parks and Disney Springs is also available from the same stops as the internal shuttle.

5 – Fuentes del Morro Pool

The feature pool, Fuentes del Morro Pool is one of the best pools in the moderate resort category. The zero entry pool features shooting water cannons and not one, but two waterslides! There is also a wading pool with an aqua play area shaped like a pirate ship. It is the perfect place for your little ones with squirt hoses, kiddie slides and a bucket that dumps water from high above.  The area also has two Jacuzzi spas for the adults to enjoy. Guests can also enjoy several quiet pools throughout the resort if they are looking for a location with less action.

Caribbean Beach Pool

6 – Beaches

Caribbean Beach Resort is situated around a 45-acre lake known as Barefoot Bay. Each of the villages has a beach area along Barefoot Bay. Swimming is not permitted in Barefoot Bay but you will find volleyball courts, hammocks or lounge chairs to relax in. The hammocks are a great place to relax after a long day at the theme parks!

7 – Great Recreational Activities

Be sure to pick up a resort recreation schedule at check in to find out about all the great recreational activities offered at the resort. Each day there are poolside activities hosted by the children’s activities staff and campfires are held nightly during peak seasons and several times a week during non-peak seasons. Be sure to check your recreation schedule for a weekly list of “Movies Under the Stars” held each night at the resort. For a fee guests can also rent bikes and surrey bikes to pedal around the beautiful resort property.

8 – Children’s Pirate Cruise Adventure

This adventure is a children only activity for ages 4 to 12 that is held a few days each week. Children will board a boat with 2 Cast Members to set sail on their pirate adventure. The tour is approximately 2 hours in length and a snack is provided. Tours can be booked through the Disney tour reservations phone number or by visiting your resort concierge.

If you are looking for a great moderate resort with great theming, activities and amenities, look no further than Disney’s Caribbean Beach. Lovers of land and sea will find refuge at this Caribbean themed resort, whether it be sliding down one of its two water slides or relaxing in a beach side hammock. Have you stayed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort? Which Village is your favorite?

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