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Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Overview

Situated on 200 acres surrounding a 45-acre lake called Barefoot Bay, Caribbean Beach opened way back in 1988. The Caribbean Beach Resort was initially built as a cheaper option to the existing Deluxe Resorts of the 80’s, but is now considered a mid-priced resort, or in Disney-speak, a Moderate Resort. In 2014, Caribbean Beach’s standard rooms cost $182-$367 per night, including tax, depending on the time of year. MouseSavers.com has a list of discounts and deals available at Caribbean Beach.

Caribbean Beach is similarly priced to Port Orleans – French Quarter and Port Orleans – Riverside, both also Moderate Resorts. Fellow Moderate Resort Coronado Springs is a touch more expensive. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness are also considered a Moderate Resort by Disney, but they are quite different and more expensive than the other four traditional-style resorts.

How Caribbean Beach Compares to Other Disney Moderate Resorts

We think Caribbean Beach is one of the prettiest resorts on property and it tends to run a little bit cheaper and has better scenery than Coronado Springs Resort. The double beds, many bus stops, lack of an indoor bar, and mediocre-to-poor restaurant are all knocks against it. Caribbean Beach does not offer a fitness center; for that you'll have to go to any of the Deluxe resorts. The only Moderate to offer a fitness center is Coronado Springs.

Caribbean Beach hotel map

One big change when considering Moderate Resorts versus Value Resorts such as Pop Century is that the resort layout varies considerably between the Moderate Resorts. Caribbean Beach consists of six “villages,” each with multiple 2-story buildings full of guest rooms. The villages are: Martinique, Barbados, Aruba, Jamaica, and Trinidad North and South and they are spread all around the picturesque lagoon. Barefoot Bay itself surrounds an island known as Caribbean Cay, which is a very pleasant little spot. The resort also contains a registration area, the Custom House, as well as Old Port Royale, which contains the food court, gift shop, and arcade.

As one would expect, the Caribbean Beach Resort is themed to resemble the colorful yet relaxing atmosphere of the Caribbean islands. Each village is a different color making the vista around Barefoot Bay especially beautiful.

The gorgeous scenery of Barefoot Bay.

Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations

A security gate guards the entrance to Caribbean Beach's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. Unlike every other Disney resort, Caribbean Beach’s check-in area is in a standalone building: The Custom House. A dedicated parking lot across from the Custom House serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in. If you arrive by public transportation, the Caribbean Beach Resort will shuttle you and your bags from the Custom House to your room.

Check-in time at Caribbean Beach is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Caribbean Beach participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've done this, look for an Online Check-In sign near the Registration Desk. You'll be routed to one of the Online Check-in staff and should be on the way to your room in a few minutes.

If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.

Caribbean Beach’s registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.

Caribbean Beach’s Rooms

Guest rooms at Caribbean Beach measure 314 square feet and they sleep 4 in two double (full-sized) beds, plus one child in a crib. The decor is bright and cheery, with bed scarves and wall borders depicting characters from the popular Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo. A mixture of light-finish and somewhat rustic green painted wood furniture contrasts pleasantly with dark, subtly patterned carpet. Little touches like wrought-iron light fixtures above the bed and the carved pineapple mirror frame make the room feel a little fancier than you would find in a Disney Value Resort. One item of note is that Caribbean Beach currently features double, or full-size, beds in their rooms rather than the queen-size beds found in the other Moderate Resorts.

A standard room at Caribbean Beach.

Each Caribbean Beach room is furnished with the following:

The mini-fridge is a dorm-style unit that sits under a counter or desk. It's more like a beverage chiller than a refrigerator in that it'll keep drinks cool, but you're not going to freeze popsicles or make ice cubes in it. Every room in Port Orleans Riverside has a microwave, coffee maker and wired Internet access.

Pirate Rooms

For an even more special experience, the Caribbean Beach Resort offers pirate-themed rooms. These swashbuckling sleeping quarters are adorned with bedframes resembling pirate ships, complete with a wall mounted mast and sail. The pirate rooms are not nearly as bright as the regular Caribbean Beach rooms, but the dark wood, gold doubloon bedspreads, wood plank patterned carpet, and skull and crossbones bathroom curtain remind all who enter that this be pirate territory matey.

If you decide to sleep like a pirate at Caribbean Beach, there are two important things to remember about the pirate rooms. Firstly, as you may imagine they are more expensive, often around $40-60 per night more than a Standard View room at Caribbean Beach. Additionally, the pirate rooms are all located in Trinidad South, which is the most remote of the six Caribbean Beach villages.

A Pirate Room at Caribbean Beach.

Caribbean Beach Room Layout

Caribbean Beach bathrooms are smaller than what most people are used to at home but they are at least larger than bathrooms found in Disney's value resorts . Almost all feature a tiled tub with shower, while some wheelchair-accessible rooms have a roll-in shower without tub. One nice feature in the standard bathrooms is a shower curtain rod that curves outward, so you're not always elbowing the shower curtain while shampooing.

Water pressure in the shower is average - probably less than what you get at home, but still enough to get your hair clean. Eventually.

A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks, but not much counter space. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; bring your own if you've got lots of hair. The dressing area includes a curtain that separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the bathroom, this means that 3 people can get dressed at the same time.

Dressing area and sink in Caribbean Beach’s rooms.

Handicap-Accessible Room Options

Caribbean Beach has around 200 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A subset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.

Some of Caribbean Beach’s accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 double beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed and 1 double bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which features.

Standard Rooms and Preferred Rooms, Standard Views and Pool Views

Disney knows that some hotel rooms are better than others. Most people prefer to be close to the lobby and dining, and want something pretty to look at from their hotel room window. To capitalize on this, Disney categorizes all of Caribbean Beach’s hotel rooms based on how long it takes you to walk to the lobby, and what you see from inside the room.

Here's the system Disney uses:


Pools and Playgrounds at Caribbean Beach Resort

Caribbean Beach has 7 pools. The largest is themed to resemble a Caribbean fort complete with turrets and cannons. This main pool sits directly behind the Old Port Royale food court area and features two waterslides, one a massive 82 feet in length.

Caribbean Beach’s Main Pool

Adjacent to the main pool is a water play area, where small children can play in a very shallow pool punctuated by a climbing structure with mini-waterslides and a periodically spilling water bucket.

Children’s Splash Area

In addition to the large main pool, each of the six villages has its own “quiet” pool. Quiet pools are Disney’s name for their smaller pools, the noise level varies depending on the pool’s users. Each of these pools is smaller than the main pool and has no extras such as a child play area or slide.

One of Caribbean Beach's Quiet Pools.

Caribbean Beach's pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m and are open every day, including winter. Pools are heated to 82F/28C throughout the year. We've swam in temperatures as cold as 40F/4C; the water was fine, but getting out was a shock. Caribbean Beach also has two 12-person Jacuzzis, both located near the main pool.

Guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities at each of the six quiet pools. Pool hours are at least 9AM to 9 PM, extending to as much as 8 AM to 12 AM during busy times. The main pool will have lifeguards during most of the day, but the quiet pools will not have lifeguards at any time.

Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all of Caribbean Beach’s pools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings are allowed at all Disney pools, and every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes:

You may need to bring your towels from your room to use at the pool - Disney sometimes stocks extra towels poolside, and sometimes they don't. Our advice is to send someone down to the pool to check the towel situation before you go. If you end up using your room towels at the pool, just call Housekeeping when you get back and request more.

Pool toys are permitted in Caribbean Beach’s pools, including "pool noodles" (which you may find at the Fulton's General Store in the lobby), and basic toys that would be appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. Some of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing catch in the pool. As long as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that kids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want to play too. If you’re traveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction during your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are he’ll make a buddy.

Wheelchair Accessibility at Caribbean Beach’s Pools

Caribbean Beach's main pool has a lift that can help guests with special needs get into the shallow area of the pool. In addition, the quiet pools have platforms to assist guests in wheelchairs while transferring into the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance..

Playgrounds at Caribbean Beach

A small playground area is tucked away on the island of Castaway Cay, out in the middle of the lagoon. The lush island can be accessed by footbridge from either behind the main pool at Old Port Royale or from between the villages of Jamaica and Aruba. There are a few sets containing some small plastic slides and a couple of sections with a few steps for toddlers to go up and down. Safety seems to be Disney's concern here - there are no swings, and the entire area is covered in a springy, poured rubber surface. If walking to Caribbean Cay is a little far, there are smaller sets near the beach in Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad North.

Left: Part of the main playground on Caribbean Cay. Right: One of the ancillary playgrounds.


Restaurants and Dining

Caribbean Beach has one full-service restaurant and a food court. The restaurants are a 15-minute walk from many of the guest buildings.

Shuttters is Caribbean Beach’s full-service restaurant. Shutters, which serves up food with the expected Caribbean flavor. Found in the Old Port Royale building, Shutters is only open from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm for dinner. This is basically a restaurant only for those staying at Caribbean Beach as there is little reason for anyone to travel to the resort just for Shutters.

Notables on the menu include New York strip steak, jerk-crusted tuna, chicken wings with habanero sauce, and pork ribs with vanilla-chipotle glaze. Many offered items promise spiciness and deep flavor, but mostly fail to deliver. Our experiences at Shutters and those of our readers are mediocre at best. Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at Shutters.

In our annual reader surveys, Shutters ranks in the bottom 7 table-service restaurants in Walt Disney World with a “thumbs up” rating of 69%, well below the average of 87%. This puts it in the same class as often maligned restaurants such as Epcot’s Nine Dragons, Downtown Disney’s Rainforest Café, and the now demolished Cap’n Jack’s. As you may imagine, we recommend heading elsewhere for that sit-down dinner.

Shutters Hours

If you are looking for breakfast, lunch, or a quicker meal is more to your liking, Caribbean Beach also has the Old Port Royale food court that's also in the same large building as Shutters. The food court area is bright and cheerful, much like the rest of the resort. It is vaguely decorated to resemble an outdoor market with a sky blue painted ceiling and strings of lanterns hanging over the walkway.

The overall setup is much like a food court at a mall. There are several different stations, each selling one set of meals. For example, one station sells pizza and pasta; another sells burgers; another is dedicated to sandwiches, and so on. If your kids each want something different, you'll have to line up several times. The good news is that some of the food is prepared on demand, so you'll at least be getting your burger cooked to order.

Prices range from $6 to $15 for an entree so you won't break the bank. Breakfast is the standard fare of egg and meat platters, omelets, and Mickey-shaped waffles. Some standout entrees from the Lunch and Dinner menu include the Cuban Sandwich and Pan Seared Salmon, both right around $10. None of the desserts are particularly interesting but there is a nice assortment of ice cream sundaes and shakes.

Old Port Royale is set up like a mall food court. Different stations each serve a different type of food.

Old Port Royale Food Court Hours

Old Port Royale participates in the Disney Dining Plan; meals cost 1 Quick Service credit, and there are a wide variety of snacks to use as Snack credits on the Dining Plan. Tables in Wonderlandcardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at Calypso Trading Post.

Free refills are available for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and fountain drinks (including juice and milk) during your meal at Riverside Mill. A huge beverage station sits just beyond the cash registers, and this station also provides toaster ovens, hot water, ice, condiments, and napkins. Riverside Mill also participates in Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost varies depending on how long you're staying at the resort:

The break-even point for the refillable mug program seems to be around 3 visits on the 1-day plan; 4 visits on the 2-day plan; 5 on the 3-day plan; and 6 visits for stays of 4 or more days. Keep in mind that if you buy a regular $3 fountain soda at any meal, you get unlimited refills during that meal. So for the refillable mug program to make sense, you'll need to drink soda with at least 3 separate meals on the 1-day plan, or 5 separate meals on the 2-day plan. In those cases, it would be hard to get too far from a bathroom, let alone all the way to the parks.

Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own delivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. However, delivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or calling Domino's Pizza delivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16") cheese pizza costs around $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will tack on an 18% tip, $3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you $40.50 delivered.

Banana Cabana Pool Bar Nestled right in between the food court and the main pool is the Banana Cabana Pool Bar. Banana Cabana has outdoor seating and a limited drink menu, with several beer selections, a couple of wines, and a small selection of spirits. It's fine if you want a domestic light beer or a fruity cocktail to relax with by the pool, or to get a nightcap on the way back to your room for the night. If you do grab a drink we recommend wandering away from the pool and grabbing a spot near the marina, on a beach, or on Caribbean Cay island. Banana Cabana Pool Bar is usually open 12 PM to 12 AM daily, weather permitting.

The Banana Cabana Pool Bar is directly adjacent to the pool.


Transportation to and from Caribbean Beach Resort

Driving Your Own Car Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is near I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 65 - Animal Kingdom / Wide World of Sports and you'll end up on Osceola Parkway. Stay on Osceola for 0.9 miles/1.5 km, then turn right on Victory Way. Go about 0.9 miles/1.5 km down Victory Way, then turn right on to Caribbean Beach's entrance road. You'll see Caribbean Beach's sign well before you need to turn.

If you've got a GPS, here's Caribbean Beach's address and location:

From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to Caribbean Beach, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.

From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Caribbean Beach. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Caribbean Beach will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Caribbean Beach for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Caribbean Beach. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.

Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney Disney provides free bus service from Caribbean Beach to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. Caribbean Beach has a bus stop in each of the six villages and one at Old Port Royale. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Downtown Disney/Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service. Caribbean Beach does not share bus service with any other resort, but the large size and seven bus stops make the trip somewhat long compared to some other resorts.

If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Downtown Disney. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Caribbean Beach's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.

Caribbean Beach’s Bus Schedule

Ask a Disney Castmember about Caribbean Beach's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, the Caribbean Beach bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.

For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 12 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios average about 15 minutes early in the day. Bus schedules to the water parks and Downtown Disney are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 18 to 30 minutes for a ride.

While these are the average times you will wait for a bus at Caribbean Beach, the six bus stops at the resort mean a longer ride on the bus without leaving the resort. This is the reason Caribbean Beach has some of the highest total bus transportation times despite its central location.

Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 20 minutes under most circumstances.

If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Downtown Disney. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Caribbean Beach’s bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.

Getting to another hotel from Caribbean Beach If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Caribbean Beach to Downtown Disney (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Caribbean Beach. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.

The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Caribbean Beach to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Caribbean Beach, and often less. Taxis are available outside of Old Port Royale or the Custom House; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.

To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.


Shopping, Recreation, and Things To Do at Port Orleans Riverside

Caribbean Beach's gift shop is Calypso Trading Post, and sits within Old Port Royale, on the opposite side of the food court from Shutters. As you'd expect from Disney, the Trading Post has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Downtown Disney.

Calypso Trading Post sells the standard Disney merchandise.

Calypso Trading Post also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And the shop also has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.

Also located in Old Port Royale lobby is the Goombay Games Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and arcade games. Most games cost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, although it’s tough to tell exactly how much because of Disney’s arcade points system. Rather than put money directly into the games, you purchase an arcade card that can be loaded with any number of points. The points are 50 per every $1.00 spent and the games requires various amounts of points. The points system allows you to easily set limits for children, but makes it a little hard to calculate exactly how much you’re spending on any given game.

Walkers, joggers and runners will find that one lap around Barefoot Bay is a scenic 1.2-mile/2 km course. The bridge to Caribbean Cay cuts through the middle of the course, so if you're looking for a different distance, one lap around half the lake, including the bridge, is about 0.7 miles/1.2 km. You won't find a gym, fitness center, indoor pool, or spa at Caribbean Beach.

What you will find are other activities, many of which fit the Caribbean Beach theme either on purpose or coincidentally. Both bikes and boats are available to rent at the marina, which is found at the lighthouse. If a little more activity is to your liking, there is a beach volleyball court in Barbados and a ball can be obtained from the marina. Of course, just relaxing in one of the many hammocks along the beaches of Barefoot Bay is a kind of activity, albeit not the most calorie-burning kind. Unfortunately swimming in Barefoot Bay is not allowed.

Caribbean Beach's free Movies Under the Stars program shows a different Disney film every night of the week on a small outdoor screen set up near Old Port Royale. Folding chairs are provided. The movie schedule varies based on when it gets dark, and may start as early as 7 PM during winter, or as late as 9 PM during summer. A sign near the pool will have the schedule for the week.


Caribbean Beach Babysitting and In-Room Child Care

Disney doesn't offer on-site child care at the Caribbean Beach Resort, but you've got some options. If you've got a car and you're headed to the theme parks, you can drop off your little ones at one of the child-care clubs at a resort nearby. Services vary, but children generally can be left between 4:30 PM and midnight. Milk and cookies and blankets and pillows are provided at all centers, and dinner is provided at most. Play is supervised but not organized, and toys, videos, and games are plentiful. Guests at any Disney resort or campground may use the services.

The most elaborate of the child-care centers (variously called "clubs" or "camps") is Never Land Club at the Polynesian Resort. The rate for ages 3-12 is $12 per hour, per child (2-hour minimum).

All the clubs accept reservations (some six months in advance!) with a credit card guarantee. Call the club directly, or reserve through Disney at 407-WDW-DINE. (If you call before 4 PM, call the club directly using the number shown below.) Most clubs require a 24-hour cancellation notice and levy a hefty penalty of 2 hours' time or $22.50 per call for no-shows. A limited number of walk-ins are usually accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Child-Care Clubs
Hotel Name of Program Ages Phone
Animal Kingdom Lodge Simba's Clubhouse 3-12 407-938-4785
Dolphin and Swan Camp Dolphin 4-12 407-934-4241
Polynesian Resort Never Land Club 3-12 407-824-1639
Yacht and Beach Club Resorts Sandcastle Club 3-12 407-934-3750
Wilderness Lodge and Villas Cub's Den 3-12 407-824-1083

If you don't have a car, then you're better off using in-room babysitting. Trying to take your child to a club in another hotel by Disney bus requires a 50- to 90-minute trip each way. By the time you've deposited your little one, it will almost be time to pick him or her up again.

Two companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding areas. They're Kid's Nite Out and Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, screened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition to caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will, if you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other venues. Neither service will transport your children in private vehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.

Babysitting Services
Kid's Nite Out Fairy Godmothers
407-828-0920 or
800-696-8105
kidsniteout.com
407-277-3724
Hotels Served
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
Hotels Served
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
Sitters
Men and women
Sitters
Mothers and grandmothers, female college students
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $18.50
3 children, $21
4 children, $23.50
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $16
3 children, $16
4 children, $18
Extra Charges
Transportation fee, $10; starting before 6:30 AM
or after 9 PM, +$2 per hour; additional fee for holidays
Extra Charges
Transportation fee, $14; starting after 10 PM,
+$2 per hour
Cancellation Deadline
24 hours before service when reservation is made
Cancellation Deadline
3 hours before service
Form of Payment
AE, D, MC, V; gratuity in cash
Form of Payment
Cash or traveler's check for actual payment; gratuity in cash
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children in private vehicles,
take children swimming, give baths
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children, give baths; swimming
is at sitter's discretion

Miscellaneous Caribbean Beach

Coin-operated washers and dryers are in laundry facilities next to each village’s quiet pool. Cost is around $2 per wash, and another $2 per dry cycle. The machines take quarters, and a change machine is provided. A small selection of soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold, for around $1 each. A typical wash cycle takes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry cycle takes 40 to 50.

If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Lost and Found department by calling (407)824-4245.

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Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney resort room on property. Click here for the Caribbean Beach Resort map and to choose a room to see the view.

Being a moderate resort means that Caribbean Beach offers some nice views, especially the second floor rooms facing the lagoon. Other than that, you'll mostly see landscaping, courtyards, or parking lots.

Because of the layout of Caribbean Beach, there are quite a few rooms that are set back, overlapped by the exterior hallways. There are anywhere from 6-12 of these rooms in every Caribbean Beach building, so be on the lookout for views like the one below.

Aruba Room 5428: The building configuration gives you a lovely view of a concrete walkway and another room’s window.

Good Rooms in Building 11, 12, and 13 of Barbados

This group of buildings has the slight advantage of being close to the Custom House, but they are quite far from Old Port Royale and the main pool. Good views in these buildings include the water views in building 11, rooms 1129-1132 and 1161-1164, and building 12, rooms 1214-126, and 1246-1248. There are also a few rooms with very pleasant standard views as well, such as building 11, rooms 1126-1128 and 1158-1160.

Bad views in Buildings 11, 12, and 13 include:

Barbados Room 1160: A very nice standard view
Barbados Room 1308: At least you’re close to your car.


Good Rooms in Buildings 14, 15, and 16 of Barbados

This group of buildings is a little closer to Old Port Royale, but still several minutes walk away. Good views include the building 14, 15, and 16 standard view rooms 1445-1447, 1542-1544, and 1642-1644 respectively.

Bad views in Buildings 14, 15, and 16 include:

Barbados Room 1646: One of the nicer standard views at Caribbean Beach.


Barbados Room 1417: This hallway view has the added bonus of abutting a smoking area.

Good Rooms in Buildings 21, 22, and 23 of Martinique

These buildings are some of the closest to Old Port Royale that are not preferred. Good views include the water views in building 22, rooms 2221-2224 and 2253-2255, and the garden views in building 21, rooms 2141-2144.

Bad views in Buildings 21, 22, and 23 include:

Martinique Room 2213: This is considered a “water view,” although you have to look very far to the left to find any liquid.


Martinique Room 2333: I can see my car from here! .

Good Rooms in Buildings 24, 25, and 26 in Martinique

All rooms in these buildings are considered preferred, so they are a little bit more expensive. The upside is that they are very close to Old Port Royale. Good views include the water views in building 24, rooms 2445-2448, building 25, rooms NUMBERS.

Bad views in Buildings 24, 25, and 26 include:

Martinique Room 2520: Possibly the worst “water view” room ever.


Martinique Room 2554: Two doors down and one floor up, possibly the best “water view” room.

Good Rooms in Buildings 31, 32, and 33 in Trinidad North

This group of buildings also contains preferred rooms and therefore are close to Old Port Royale. Good views include the water view rooms in building 32, rooms 3221-3228 and 3253-3260, and standard view rooms in building 33, rooms 3317-3320, 3226-3228, 3358-3360, and 3349-3352.

Bad views in Buildings 31, 32, and 33 include:

Trinidad North Room 3228: A very lovely water view.


Trinidad North Room 3349: One of the best standard view rooms.

Good Rooms in Buildings 34, 35, and 36 of Trinidad South

This group of buildings is all Pirate rooms. While these rooms are not particularly close to Old Port Royale, they are the closes of the Pirate rooms. There are several good water views in building 34, rooms 3438-3440 and building 35, rooms 3501-3504, 3513-3516, 3533-3536, and 3545-3548. There are also good standard view rooms in building 36, rooms 3633-3636.

Bad views in Buildings 34, 35, and 36 include:

Trinidad North Room 3401: Shrubs, walkway, building supports, another building…this bad view has everything!


Trinidad North Room 3516: The view from this water view Pirate room is basically a park, which seems nice..

Good Rooms in Buildings 37, 38, and 39 in Trinidad South

These buildings are all Pirate rooms but these are as far as you can get from Old Port Royale and still be at Caribbean Beach. Good views include the water view rooms in building 37, rooms 3749-3752, and some standard view rooms in building 39, rooms 3926-3928 and 3958-3960. Almost half of building 38 has good views as well, most of them water views. Specifically rooms 3818, 3819, 3821-3832, 3850, 3851, and 3853-3864.

Bad views in Buildings 31, 32, and 33 include:

Trinidad North Room 3719: Well, you’re paying for a water view Pirate room and there does seem to be water back there somewhere.


Trinidad North Room 3832: A great standard view Pirate Room.

Good Rooms in Buildings 41, 42, and 43 in Jamaica

These buildings are the further of the two Jamaica groups and can be a long walk to Old Port Royale, even cutting across the footbridge over the island. On top of that there are few good views although there aren’t too many bad ones either. Many rooms in this area look upon large amounts of foliage although the water view rooms in building 42, rooms 4217-4223 and 4249-4255, are excellent.

Bad views in Buildings 41, 42, and 43 include:

Jamaica Room 4249: Once again, if you’re going to pay for a water view, ask for something like this…


Jamaica Room 4215: …rather than get stuck with something like this, just one floor down and a few doors away.

Good Rooms in Buildings 44, 45, and 46 in Jamaica

If you’re not ready to pitch in the extra money for a preferred room, this group of buildings in Jamaica is a decent spot. While still a few minutes away from Old Port Royale, the close proximity to the footbridge across the lagoon makes it an easy and pleasant walk. There are no standout views from any of these buildings, but there are some pleasant garden views available, especially in building 45.

Bad views in Buildings 44, 45, and 46 include:

Jamaica Room 4559: Pop quiz hot shot: Would you rather pay extra for this water view…


Jamaica Room 4556: …or have this standard view in the same building?

Good Rooms in Buildings 51, 52, and 53 of Aruba

Much like Jamaica buildings 44-46 above, this group of Aruba buildings are very close to the footbridge spanning the lagoon, which makes the walk to Old Port Royale pleasant if not necessarily shorter. There are several very nice views available here as well, namely the water views from building 52, rooms 5224-5226.

Bad views in Buildings 54, 55, and 56 include:

Aruba Room 5336: One of many terrible hallway views found at Caribbean Beach


Aruba Room 5224: One of the several beautiful, calming water views found at Caribbean Beach.

Good Rooms in Buildings 54, 55, and 56 of Aruba

This building group is closer to the Aruba bus stop, but that’s about it. It is quite far from Old Port Royale and contains few great views. Building 54 is unremarkable, with no very good nor very bad views. Half of building 56 faces the parking lot and much of the other half faces the other buildings. Building 55 is the only one of these three with great views, specifically the water view rooms 5509-5512, 5514-5516, 5541-5544, and 5546-5548.

Bad views in Buildings 54, 55, and 56 include:

Aruba Room 5513: This “water view” is almost spectacular.


Aruba Room 5512: Alternatively, you could have this view from the room literally right next door the one above.


Strengths and Weaknesses
Strengths Weaknesses
Attractive Caribbean theme Large, confusing layout
Children's play areas Long lines to check in
Convenient self-parking Lackluster on-site dining
Walking, jogging, biking No easily accessible off-site dining
Lakefront setting No character meals
Extreme distance of many guest rooms from dining and services
Occasionally poor bus service

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Dining

Commuting Times to the Parks
Park Commuting Times
Resort Transportation
Magic Kingdom 23 min
Epcot 35 min
Hollywood Studios 23 min
Animal Kingdom 31 min