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Resort Refurbishment and Construction
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort will begin a major refurbishment project beginning in May 2017. They are thoroughly redoing the Old Port Royale area and the food court, Shutters restaurant, and the Banana Cabana pool bar will all be closed.
Several temporary dining options will be available including a breakfast buffet and a la carte dinner, temporary markets for grab-and-go food, and a new quick service location in the Trinidad area. The Fuentes del Morro pool area will remain open.
If you have a reservation at the Caribbean Beach Resort during this period, be aware that pathways and views may be impacted. Disney is providing guests with a $75 gift card per room per night, contact Disney directly for details.
Caribbean Beach was the lowest-rated Disney-owned hotel in our most recent reader surveys, and the ongoing disruption due to renovations will compound problems in the short term. While it's the favorite of many families who've stayed there before, we don't recommend Caribbean Beach if this is your first visit to Walt Disney World. Try Port Orleans French Quarter or Port Orleans Riverside instead.
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Overview
The Caribbean Beach Resort occupies 200 acres surrounding a 45-acre lake called Barefoot Bay. This midpriced resort, modeled after resorts in the Caribbean, consists of the registration area (“Custom House”) and six two-story “villages” named after Caribbean islands. Each village has its own pool, laundry room, and beach. The Caribbean motif is maintained with blue metal roofs, widow’s walks, and wooden railed porches. The atmosphere is cheerful, with buildings painted blue, lime green, and sherbet orange. In addition to the six village pools, the resort’s main swimming pool is themed as an old Spanish fort, complete with slides and water cannons.
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.
South and east of Epcot and the Studios, Caribbean Beach offers transportation to all Disney World destinations by bus. Though it has one full-service restaurant and a food court, food service is woefully inadequate for a resort of this size. Walking time to the transportation loading area from the most remote rooms can be 7–9 minutes, so guests should seriously consider having a car.
This 20-something couple from Kansas City, Missouri, wished they’d had a car:
The Caribbean Beach Resort is incredibly hard to navigate, and the bus service is horrendous. It often felt like there was only one bus running at a time, and we experienced several 30-plus-minute waits for the bus to and from parks. The resort is huge, and the bus circled the entire resort before it headed to the destination, so if you were unlucky enough to be on one of the last stops during a rush to the parks, the bus would pass right by if it was full. On multiple occasions we arrived at the bus stop 1-plus hour before our dining reservations but still found ourselves running from the park gates to make it to the restaurant on time!
A mom from Fenton, Michigan, found bus service lacking:
We recommend renting a car and/or paying for a preferred room location—especially if you’re going in the hotter months or are impatient. The buses just take way too long with all the stops, and we thought it was a long hike to the food court and pools in the heat.
Despite these limitations, some readers love Caribbean Beach. An Edgewater, Colorado, couple comes to its defense:
Caribbean Beach was great. The hotel was full, but we saw very few people. It’s laid out so you have some privacy, even though there was a bit of walking.
A Philadelphia dad with two tots in tow also had mostly positive things to say:
The Caribbean Beach Resort was beautiful. Our island (Barbados) was very quiet and relaxing on the courtyard/garden side, but the walk to the bus stop with a child was a bit of a haul.
A Kingwood, Texas, family of five also found the resort to be overly large but lucked out with the location of their room:
The Caribbean Beach Resort is a lovely property with a great pool and splash pad for our little guy. Fortunately, we had our own car with us because the thought of walking a half-mile for food, drink, or the pool was daunting after a day in the parks. We felt like offering rides to others for a buck!
From a Ridgeway, Virginia, mother of one:
The Caribbean Beach Resort was great—especially the housekeeping staff, who creatively rearranged my daughter’s toys every day. Made coming back to the room much more fun. My only complaint with CBR was the inefficiency of checkout—although express checkout was available, someone had to be present to have luggage moved from the room to the main house for transport via Magical Express. We had scheduled a late-afternoon flight on our last day so we could all spend one last morning in the park—I missed most of it because I had to go and sit with the luggage. I was not happy AT ALL.
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 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.
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.
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 have checked-in online and already have your MagicBand, the resort will simply send you a text with your room number when it is ready. Then you can go straight to the room and use your MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.
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
Most of the 2,112 guest rooms are 314 square feet. After a renovation in 2015, Caribbean Beach replaced its two double beds with two queen mattresses and added a fold-down Murphy bed to select rooms. Most rooms are decorated with neutral beach tones accented by bright tropical colors. All are outfitted with the same light-oak furniture. Rooms don’t have balconies, but the access passageways are external and have railings. Rooms in Trinidad South are themed to a Pirates of the Caribbean motif. These rooms cost about $50–$75 more than comparable ones elsewhere in the resort. The soft goods and headboards in all non-Pirates-themed rooms have a subtle Finding Nemo theme.
Each Caribbean Beach room is furnished with the following:
- Two queen beds (some ADA-accessible rooms have 1 king bed)
- Dresser with 4 medium-size drawers and 2 open shelves
- Bench with interior storage
- Small table with 2 chairs
- Nightstand with telephone and digital alarm clock
- Full-length mirror (on bath door)
- WiFi wireless Internet access
- Flat-panel TV
- Coffee Maker
- Ironing board and iron
- Hair dryer
- Digital thermostat
- In-room safe
- Tiny bottle of H2O-brand shampoo, and bar soap
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.
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.
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.
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 queen 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:
- A Preferred Room with Standard View is a room in buildings 24, 25, 26, 31, 32, or 33 that is close to Old Port Royale. The view from your window may include landscaping and plants, or other buildings.
- Water View Rooms can be either preferred or standard. While a room with a water view is always a little pricier, all water views are not alike. A water view can be a pool, a heavily obstructed lagoon view , or a gorgeous lagoon view. Make sure you make your room requests if you’re paying a premium.
- Standard Rooms with Standard Views are found in all the Caribbean Beach buildings other than the preferred buildings listed above. These Standard/Standard rooms are a slightly farther walk to Old Port Royale (an extra 5-15 minutes), and have generally unremarkable views of landscaping, or parking lots. These are the cheapest rooms at Caribbean Beach, but there are some gems to be found in this category, though, using our Caribbean Beach Resort Room Finder.
- Caribbean Beach’s Pirate Rooms are found in buildings 34-39 and contains both Standard and Water view rooms.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Infant/child: Weight less than 30 lbs.
- Child: Weight 30-50 lbs.
- Youth: Weight 50-90 lbs.
- Adult XS: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 31-34 in.
- Adult S: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 34-37 in.
- Adult M: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 37-40 in.
- Adult L: Weight more than 90 lbs. Chest size 40-43 in.
- Adult XL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 43-46 in.
- Adult XXL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 46-48 in.
- Additionally, there may be a small supply of even larger vests. Inquire at your resort.
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 Caribbean 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.
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.
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
- Breakfast Dining Hours 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM Breakfast menu / Kids' breakfast menu
- Lunch Dining Hours 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lunch menu Kids' lunch menu
- Dinner Hours 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM Dinner menu / Kids' dinner menu
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.
Free refills are available for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and fountain drinks (including juice and milk) during your meal at Old Port Royale. A huge beverage station sits just beyond the cash registers, and this station also provides toaster ovens, hot water, ice, condiments, and napkins. Old Port Royale 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:
- $8.99 for 1 day
- $11.99 for 2 days
- $14.99 for 3 days
- $17.99 for length of stay (4 or more days)
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.
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. At the end of Victory Way (1.3 miles), turn right onto Buena Vista Drive and take the next right onto 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:
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
900 Cayman Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Latitude: 28.362992 North, Longitude: 81.541930 West
Although keep in mind that you’ll have to stop at the Custom House to check in to your room.
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 Disney Springs Disney provides free bus service from Caribbean Beach to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and 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 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 Cast Member 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 Disney Springs 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 Disney Springs (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 Caribbean Beach
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 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 Lilo's Playhouse at the Polynesian Resort. The rate for ages 3-12 is $15 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.
|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||Lilo's Playhouse||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.
|Kid's Nite Out||Fairy Godmothers|
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
Men and women
Mothers and grandmothers, female college students
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $18
2 children, $21
3 children, $24
4 children, $26
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $16
3 children, $16
4 children, $18
Transportation fee, $10; starting before 6:30 AM
or after 9 PM, +$2 per hour; additional fee for holidays
Transportation fee, $14; starting after 10 PM,
+$2 per hour
24 hours before service when reservation is made
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
Washers and dryers are in laundry facilities next to each village’s quiet pool. Cost is $3 per wash, and another $3 per dry cycle. The machines take credit cards. 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.
Laundry room cards can be purchased for $7 (using cash or credit) at the hotel's front desk. These cards get you one wash and one dry cycle, plus text messages letting you know when your laundry has been completed. Walt Disney World laundry rooms now make use of a technology called "LaundryView" which displays washer and dryer availability on their website.
If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Lost and Found department by calling (407)824-4245.
Blog Posts About Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
- Trivia Tuesday: Walt Disney World Moderate Resorts + Video
- Resort Hopping: Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
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|Average for off-site hotels||57% (+0%)|
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|Average for WDW hotels||92% (+2%)|
|Average for off-site hotels||79% (-7%)|
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.
The resort’s grounds are quite pleasant. Landscaping—lots of ferns and palm trees—is verdant, especially in the courtyards. The six “islands,” or groups of buildings clustered around Barefoot Bay, are identical. The two-story motel-style structures are arranged in various ways to face courtyards, pools, the bay, and so forth. The setup is similar to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in nearly every way but theme.
In general, corner rooms are preferable since they have more windows. Standard-view rooms face either the parking lots or courtyards, and the usual broad interpretation of water views is in play here. Beyond that, your main choices will revolve around your preference for proximity to (or distance from) the Custom House, pools, parking lots, pirates, or beaches on Barefoot Bay. Each island has direct access to at least one beach, playground, bus stop, and parking lot.
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.
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:
- Building 11: Rooms 1109-1116 and 1141-1148, which face a parking lot.
- Building 11: Rooms 1104, 1105, 1124, 1125, 1136, 1137, 1156, and 1157, which face hallways.
- Building 12: Rooms 1212, 1220, 1224, 1228, 1236, 1244, 1252, 1256, 1257, and 1260, which face a hallway.
- Building 13: Rooms 1301-1308 and 1333-1340, which face a parking lot.
- Building 13: Rooms 1320, 1321, 1324, 1325, 1328, 1352, 1353, 1356, 1357, and 1360, which face a hallway.
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:
- Building 14: Rooms 1409, 1417, 1420, 1421, 1424, 1425, 1441, 1449, 1452, 1453, 1456, and 1457, which face hallways.
- Building 14: Rooms 1401-1408 and 1433-1440, which face parking lots.
- Building 15: Rooms 1505, 1513, 1516, 1517, 1528, 1530, 1537, 1545, 1548, 1549, 1560, and 1561, which face hallways.
- Building 16: Rooms 1601-1612 and 1633-1644, which face parking lots.
- Building 16: Rooms 1620, 1621, 1624, 1625, 1628, 1652, 1653, 1656, 1657, and 1660, which face a hallway.
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:
- Building 21: Rooms 2113, 2116, 2117, 2128, 2129, 2145, 2148, 2149, 2160, and 2161, which face hallways.
- Building 21: Rooms 2101-2108 and 2133-2140, which face parking lots.
- Building 22: Rooms 2204, 2212, 2216, 2217, 2220, 2228, 2236, 2244, 2248, 2249, 2252, and 2260, which face hallways.
- Building 23: Rooms 2309, 2317, 2320, 2321, 2324, 2325, 2341, 2349, 2352, 2353, 2356, and 2357, which face hallways.
- Building 23: Rooms 2301-2304 and 2333-2336, which face parking lots.
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:
- Building 24: Rooms 2405, 2408, 2409, 2420, 2421, 2437, 2440, 2441, 2452, 2453, and 2461, which face hallways.
- Building 25: Rooms 2505, 2508, 2509, 2512, 2520, 2529, 2537, 2540, 2541, 2544, 2552, and 2561, which face hallways.
- Building 26: Rooms 2620, 2621, 2624, 2625, 2628, 2652, 2652, 2656, 2657, and 2660, which face hallways.
- Building 26: Rooms 2601-2612 and 2333-2344, which face parking lots.
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:
- Building 31: Rooms 3105-3109 and 3137-3141, which face parking lots.
- Building 31: Rooms 3113, 3121, 3125, 3128, 3129, 3145, 3153 , 3156, 3157, 3160, and 3161, which face hallways.
- Building 32: Rooms 3205, 3208, 3209, 3212, 3220, 3229, 3237, 3240, 3241, 3244, 3252, and 3261, which face hallways.
- Building 33: Rooms 3321, 3324, 3325, 3353, 3356, and 3357, which face hallways.
- Building 33: Rooms 3301-3316 and 3333-3348, which face parking lots.
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:
- Building 34: Rooms 3413-3416 and 3445-3448, which face a parking lot.
- Building 34: Rooms 3401, 3404, 3420, 3421, 3424, 3425, 3428, 3436, 3452, 3453, 3456, 3457, and 3460, which face hallways.
- Building 35: Rooms 3505, 3508, 3509, 3520, 3521, 3529, 3537, 3540, 3552, and 3561, which face hallways.
- Building 36: Rooms 3605, 3608, 3609, 3612, 3613, 3629, 3637, 3640, 3641, 3644, 3645, and 3661, which face hallways.
- Building 36: Rooms 3617-3624 and 3649-3656, which face parking lots.
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:
- Building 37: Rooms 3725-3732 and 3757-3764, which face a parking lot.
- Building 37: Rooms 3705, 3708, 3709, 3712, 3713, 3737, 3740, 3741, 3744, and 3745, which face hallways.
- Building 38: Rooms 3805, 3808, 3809, 3812, 3837, 3840, 3841, and 3844, which face hallways.
- Building 39: Rooms 3921, 3924, 3925, 3953, 3956, and 3957, which face hallways.
- Building 39: Rooms 3901-3916 and 3933-3949, which face parking lots.
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:
- Building 41: Rooms 4101-4104 and 4133-4136, which face a parking lot.
- Building 41: Rooms 4113, 4116, 4117, 4120, 4128, 4137, 4145 , 4148, 4149, 4152, and 4160, which face hallways.
- Building 42: Rooms 4204, 4205, 4208, 4216, 4224, 4232, 4236, 4237, 4240, 4248, 4256, and 4264, which face hallways.
- Building 43: Rooms 4320, 4321, 4324, 4325, 4328, 4352, 4353, 4356, 4357, and 4360, which face hallways.
- Building 43: Rooms 4301-4308 and 4333-4340, which face parking lots.
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:
- Building 44: Rooms 4401-4404 and 4433-4436, which face a parking lot.
- Building 44: Rooms 4408, 4409, 4412, 4413, 4416, 4424, 4440 , 4441, 4444, 4445, 4448, and 4456, which face hallways.
- Building 45: Rooms 4505, 4508, 4509, 4512, 4513, 4537, 4540, 4541, 4544, and 4545, which face hallways.
- Building 46: Rooms 4620, 4624, 4625, 4628, 4652, 4656, 4657, and 4660, which face hallways.
- Building 46: Rooms 4601-4616 and 4633-4648, which face parking lots.
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:
- Building 51: 5125-5132 and 5157-5164, which face a parking lot.
- Building 51: Rooms 5101, 5105, 5109, 5112, 5120, 5137, 5140 , 5141, 5144, and 5152, which face hallways.
- Building 52: Rooms 5205, 5208, 5209, 5212, 5220, 5229, 5237, 5240, 5241, 5244, 5252, and 5261, which face hallways.
- Building 53: Rooms 5320, 5324, 5325, 5328, 5352, 5356, 5357, and 5360, which face hallways.
- Building 53: Rooms 5301-5316 and 5333-5648, which face parking lots.
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:
- Building 54: Rooms 5404, 5412, 5420, 5425, 5428, 5436, 5444 , 5452, 5456, 5457, and 5460, which face hallways.
- Building 55: Rooms 5513, 5521, 5524, 5525, 5528, 5529, 5545, 5553, 5556, 5557, 5560, and 5561, which face hallways.
- Building 56: Rooms 5620, 5621, 5624, 5625, 5628, 5652, 5653, 5656, 5657, and 5660, which face hallways.
- Building 56: Rooms 5601-5608 and 5633-5640, which face parking lots.
|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|
Caribbean Beach 2017 Rack Rates
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Dining
- Banana Cabana (Bar or Lounge)
- Calypso Trading Post (Market)
- Caribbean Beach Pizza Delivery (Table Service)
- Old Port Royale Food Court (Counter Service)
- Shutters at Old Port Royale (Table Service)
|Park||Commuting Times||Resort Transportation|
|Magic Kingdom||23 min|
|Hollywood Studios||23 min|
|Animal Kingdom||31 min|
|Quietness of Room||B|
|Shuttle to Parks||Yes|