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Complete Guide to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (w/review)

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Complete Guide to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (w/review)

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is 1 of Disney’s 4 moderate resorts located on Walt Disney World property. If you’re in the mood for some Caribbean vibes, this might be the place to stay.

Here’s what you need to know about the resort. 

Quick Review

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Summary
Thanks to the Skyliner, upgraded onsite food options, and the addition of Riviera Resort (with its great food options), this resort is a fantastic bang for the buck, though people with a car will find it even easier to manage.
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Pros And Cons

Pros: Beautiful grounds, good pool, option to book a Pirate Room, marshmallow roasting at the beach, Island of the Caribbean Pirate Adventure for kids 4-12 departs from marina, access to the Disney Skyliner gondola system

Cons: Rooms are often noisy, resort is large and spread out, the most internal bus stops of any Moderate Resort

Overview

Resort category: Moderate

Resort area: Epcot

Address & Phone Number
1114 Cayman Way
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8411
(407) 934-3400

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Found in the Epcot resort area, Caribbean Beach consists of vibrant colors, theming, and an overall tropical feel. There are even five “islands” surrounding the beautiful Barefoot Bay, where room buildings are located. They include: Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad, and Aruba.

The main “port of entry” is called Old Port Royale, where most of the main services are located, like check-in, concierge services, hotel amenities, dining, and the Calypso Trading Post gift shop.

Caribbean Beach beach

And of course, we can’t forget the beaches. Swimming is not allowed in the lakes, but you’ll find several beach areas spread throughout the resort where you can relax or take in a sunset.

Caribbean Beach Resort Room Options

Room type(s)Bed sizeMax people
per room
Floor plan
2 Queen Beds
Standard View, Water or Pool View, Preferred Room
Queen4
Caribbean Beach standard floor plan
2 Queen Beds & 5th Sleeper
Standard View
Water or Pool View
Preferred Room
Queen &
child-size pull-down
5
Caribbean Beach Resort- 5p Queen Room-floor plan
King Room
King2
Caribbean Beach Resort- King Room-01 floor plan
Pirate Room
Standard View
Water View
Double4
Caribbean Beach standard floor plan

Guest Rooms And Bathrooms

The guest rooms and bathrooms at Caribbean Beach are pretty much what you’d expect, but perfectly themed. Plus, there are even pirate-themed rooms. Depending on which room you select, they will either sleep 2, 4, or 5 individuals.

Each room comes with the normal amenities, including a hairdryer, TV, free WiFi service, a coffee maker, a telephone, an in-room safe, an iron and ironing board, and a mini-refrigerator.

As far as storage goes, all the guest rooms have plenty of drawers for items, along with closets. However, unlike many other Disney Resort hotel rooms, there isn’t space underneath the beds for suitcases to hide. 

There are also plenty of outlets for devices that need charging, which, of course, is always a must.

Now, let’s dive into the rooms.

Standard and Preferred Rooms

If you’re looking for a non-pirate room, there are several Standard and Preferred guest rooms to choose from.

It’s important to note that Preferred Rooms cost more, same with if you’re paying for a room with a view. Preferred rooms are also in closer proximity to dining and transportation.

As for the bathrooms, the sink/vanity area is separate from the split shower/tub. There are also doors that can be closed for privacy between the bathroom and bedroom areas. 

  • Preferred Room: Views of either the Resort Hotel, Courtyard, or Woodlands; close to Fuentes del Morro Pool and Centertown Market; 2 Queen Beds or 1 Child-Size Pull-Down bed and 2 Queen Beds
  • Standard View — 5th Sleeper: Views of either the Resort Hotel, Courtyard, or Woodlands; 2 Queen Beds and 1 Child-Size Pull-Down bed
Standard room at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Water or Pool View: Views of the lake or pool; 2 Queen Beds
  • Water or Pool View — 5th Sleeper: Views of the lake or pool; 2 Queen Beds and 1 Child-Size Pull-Down bed
Standard bathroom at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
  • King Bed: Views of the lake, pool, Resort Hotel, Courtyard, or Woodlands; 1 King Bed
  • Standard View: Views of the Resort Hotel, Courtyard, or Woodlands; 2 Queen Beds

Pirate Rooms

The Pirate-themed rooms are exactly like Standard and Preferred rooms, except they are decked out in pirate decorations.

Not only is your bed literally a pirate ship, but there are crates for drawers, barrels serve as nightstands, a pirate curtain for privacy between the bathroom and beds, and so much more. 

Pirate room at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

These cost more than just your standard-themed room, but they’re definitely fun and kids will love them. It’s definitely personal preference what kind of room you book and if you want a themed-room.

  • Pirate  — Standard View: Views of the Resort Hotel, Courtyard, or Woodlands; 2 Double Beds (these are like Full Beds, aka smaller than Queen, so be sure to take that into account)
  • Pirate —  Water View: Views of the lake or pool; 2 Double Beds 
Pirate room bathroom at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Note: There are also both wheelchair and hearing accessible rooms available in each category that include a roll-in shower and visual alarms.

You can also check out room layouts below.

Checking In And Out

When it comes to checking in and out, you have a few options: at the front desk, online through the official Walt Disney World website, or via the My Disney Experience app.

The lobby is located in the main building, aka Old Port Royale. Even though the front desk is there to assist guests, especially with checking in and checking out, all Disney World Resort guests are encouraged to check-in online or by using MDE.

Lobby in Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Checking-In: The official check-in time for Caribbean Beach Resort is 3:00 pm, although sometimes rooms may be available sooner than that. After you check-in online or using the app, you’ll receive a room-ready notification via text. You can then use your MagicBand or MDE’s digital key feature to unlock your room door.
  • Checking-Out: Check-out time is 11:00 am. Currently, guests will automatically be checked out of their rooms. But, if you have unresolved charges to your hotel folio, you’ll need to visit the front desk.

Note: Guests also have the option of to chat virtually with resort Cast Members via MDE for any assistance. 

The pickup and dropoff location for Mears Connect (which is the replacement for Magical Express) and the Old Port Royale bus stop are also right outside the main lobby, along with luggage storage for those who have checked out or are waiting to check in.

Note: Resort Airline Check-In and Magical Express are no longer available.

Parking

In addition to the lobby, Old Port Royale is where you can find dining locations, the gift shop (Calypso Trading Post), and even the Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge. 

Parking is available at Caribbean Beach, but it’s not always free. 

There is a standard $20 overnight self-parking fee (including tax) that is applied to guests’ hotel folio upon check-out.

Complimentary standard self-parking is available for non-resort guests exploring dining, shopping, entertainment, and other experiences during the day.

We also have a complete Walt Disney World parking guide you can browse.

Resort Map

Caribbean Beach Resort

Caribbean Beach Resort Villages

Aruba

Buildings: 53-56
Location tips: Building 56 is closest to the Riviera Skyliner Station and the bus stop and Building 51 is closest to the bridge that will take you to Caribbean Cay (playground) and Old Port Royale.

Barbados

Buildings: 31-33 (Preferred room location)
Location tips: Building 31 is closest to Old Port Royale and building 33 is closest to the path to the Caribbean Beach Skyliner station. Buildings 32 and 33 are closest to the bus stop.

Jamaica

Buildings: 41-45
Location tips: Building 41 is across the road from the Caribbean Beach Skyliner station and building 45 is closest to the bridge that will take you to Caribbean Cay and Old Port Royale. Building 44 is closest to the bus stop.

Martinique

Buildings: 24-26 (Preferred room location)
Location tips: Building 24 is closest to the bus stop and Disney’s Riviera Resort and building 26 is closest to Old Port Royale.

Trinidad North

Buildings: 34-26 (Pirate Rooms)
Location tips: Building 34 is closest to the pathway to the Caribbean Beach Skyliner Station and to Old Port Royale. Building 36 is closest to the bus stop.

Trinidad South

Buildings: 37-39
Location tips: Building 37 is closest to the bus stop and Building 39 is the furthest building away from Port Royale.

Amenities And Shops

There are several amenities offered to guests at Caribbean Beach, including a gift shop, on-site laundry services, and even the chance to watch movies outside on a big screen! 

Important note: Some of the following amenities might not be available at all times.

Gift store at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Laundry Services: There are 24-hour self-service laundry facilities available, including in Aruba, 2 in the villages of Jamaica, Martinique, Barbados, and Trinidad. You can purchase tokens for washers and dryers in each laundry room.
  • Dry Cleaning Services: For dry cleaning or valet laundry service, drop off your items with Bell Services prior to 9 a.m.
  • Movies Under the Stars: Watch complimentary Disney movies on select nights at Caribbean Cay Island.
  • Campfire Activities: Roast marshmallows around a campfire.
  • Pirate Adventure Cruise (extra cost): Children 4 to 12 years old set sail on a pirate adventure to find hidden treasure. 
  • Childcare Services: In-room babysitting for children 6 months to 12 years old.
Caribbean Beach Resort marshmallow Roast

Pools And Recreation

There’s one feature pool and five leisure pools at Caribbean Beach with fun theming and activities perfect for guests. Disney Resort pools also make a great way to relax on non-park days.

Important note: Some of the pools and recreation options might not be available at all times.

Pool at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

The pools available and their locations:

  • Fuentes del Morro Pool: A themed Spanish fortress with pirate adventures, 2 waterslides, and spray cannons. There’s also a shipwreck play area with mini slides and a crow’s nest. There’s even a 12-person spa pool perfect for adults.
  • 5 Leisure Pools: Find one in each village that are great for lounging. 

Some other recreational options include:

  • Volleyball
  • Fishing
  • Bike Rentals
  • Jogging Trails
  • Playgrounds, including an interactive water play area and the amazing Caribbean Cay playground (which is on an island)
Caribbean Cay playground

Restaurant & Dining Options

Looking for ideas on where to eat at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort? You’re in luck!

There are several dining selections across the resort, including both Quick Service food court and Table Service options. Guests can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with beverages and snacks. Mobile Ordering is also available at select locations.

It’s also important to note that Sebastian’s Bistro has Mobile Dine Check-In, meaning you’ll check-in using the My Disney Experience app rather than going to the host stand. When your table is ready, you’ll be notified to proceed to a specific location. You can read more about the dining options below.

Quick Service

Although you don’t need reservations to dine at the Quick Service locations at Caribbean Beach, you may want to consider using Mobile Order where available.

Centertown Market

Food court-style restaurant with several stations that serve everything from cheeseburgers and pizza to Caribbean-inspired platters and bowls.

Location type: Food Court
Type of food: American, Latin
Meals served: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

Caribbean Beach Resort - Centertown Market (breakfast)

Link to breakfast menu

Link to lunch menu

Link to dinner menu

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Good selection of breakfast options, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available
  • Cons: Unique food options may not appeal to everyone

Spyglass Grill (temporarily unavailable)

Located near the Trinidad pool area, this quick service location serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Location type: Walk-up window
Type of food: Caribbean, American
Meals served: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

Caribbean Beach Resort - Spyglass Grill (breakfast) – Temporarily Closed

Link to breakfast menu

Link to lunch & dinner menu

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Tasty and unique meal options served all day, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available
  • Cons: No indoor seating; walk-up window only

Table Service

Table Service locations typically require Advanced Dining Reservations. You can make those inside of the Disney Experience app.

Sebastian’s Bistro (temporarily unavailable)

Caribbean flavors dominate this bright and cheery restaurant.

Location type: Casual table service
Type of food: American, Caribbean, seafood
Meals served: Dinner only

Sebastian's Bistro

Link to dinner menu

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Interesting food choices
  • Cons: Menu may not appeal to everyone

Everything Else

Looking to grab a snack or maybe just a cup of hot coffee or even a cocktail? Here’s where you can do that:

Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosk

Location type: Quick Service kiosk
Type of food: coffee & pastries

Joffrey's Coffee
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No
  • Pros: Conveniently located near the Skyliner
  • Cons: Limited menu

Centertown Market Grab & Go

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: pre-packaged snacks, drinks, baked goods, and refillable mugs

Caribbean Beach Resort - Centertown Market Grab & Go

Link to menu

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Quick and convenient, open late
  • Cons: Limited selection

Banana Cabana Pool Bar

Location type: bar
Type of food: drinks only (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic specialty drinks, wine, beer)

Caribbean Beach Resort - Banana Cabana Pool Bar

Link to menu

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No
  • Pros: Friendly bartenders, tropical drinks available, right by the main pool
  • Cons: Limited seating

How to Get from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Anywhere at Disney World

There are two main forms of transportation available at Caribbean Beach: Walt Disney World buses and the Disney Skyliner.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Regarding the latter, the gondolas connect guests to select Disney Resort hotels in addition to 2 of the 4 theme parks – Epcot and Hollywood Studios. As for bus transportation, there are also multiple internal bus stops around the resort as well as buses to take you to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Disney Springs.

You can browse all of the different ways to get from Caribbean Beach to anywhere at Disney World below.

wdt_ID Starting Point Ending Point How to get there
1 All-Star Movies All-Star Music Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 5-7 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
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2 All-Star Movies All-Star Sports Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 15 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
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3 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom
  • Arrive at your destination
Headed to an early morning breakfast reservation at Animal Kingdom? Buses to Animal Kingdom from Disney resorts usually start running around 7-7:15 a.m. daily.
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4 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House (main bldg) Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
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5 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
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6 All-Star Movies Art of Animation Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, and Art of Animation is closest to Hollywood Studios, so those buses will likely be your best choices)
  • Skyliner (from Hollywood Studios) or    Bus to Art of Animation
  • Arrive at your destination
7 All-Star Movies Bay Lake Tower Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Magic Kingdom
  • Walk (takes about 10 minutes) or    monorail to Bay Lake Tower
  • Arrive at your destination
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8 All-Star Movies Beach Club Villas Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
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9 All-Star Movies Beach Club Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
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10 All-Star Movies Blizzard Beach Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Blizzard Beach
  • Arrive at your destination
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Starting Point Ending Point

Scheduled Refurbishments

Name: Pirate Room Closure

Description: During a June 8, 2022 Disney Travel Agent webcast, it was announced that the Pirate rooms at Caribbean Beach will be discontinued beginning 2023. It was also stated that at this time no new theme is replacing the Pirate rooms.

From: 2023

To: TBD

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