Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
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Had a great time in December for a family vacation. Had a room with the little pull-out bed, and our daughter loved it! Short walk to the amenities, and they had a good amount of options even with the construction. We even accidentally left a bag in our room, and they saved it at the front desk for us to pop in and out quickly to get it! The pool and surrounding area was great!
I stayed at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort in December 2017 for five nights while attending the baseball job fair at the MLB Winter Meetings. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much based off of what I'd read in Disney travel books and on the internet. I booked the hotel just over a month in advance of my arrival, and to my surprise, the selection of hotels available was quite limited for a stay in early-to-mid December. I flew into Orlando and drove to the hotel in my rental car. I had done the online check-in earlier that day, so all I had to do when I arrived (shortly after 4 PM) was check the Disney app for my room assignment. The wristband Disney sent in the mail prior to my vacation was all I needed to get into the room (and is also used to make purchases, enter parks, etc.). To my surprise, I found that my room had been upgraded to a Pirate-themed room located in the Trinidad South portion of the hotel.The room itself was impressive in terms of its design and implementation of the Pirates theme. Virtually everything in the room had been customized to have this theme, including the carpet, beds and headboards, curtains, the cabinet holding the mini-fridge, the table, the bathroom shower curtain, etc. Everything in the room was clean and spotless, with one exception. When checking the mattresses for bedbugs upon my arrival (none were found!), I noticed that the edges of the beds around the mattresses seemed to collect a lot of dust/hair/debris. This is simply due to the design of the Pirate beds, and while it wasn't a big deal, it is certainly something that Disney needs to take into consideration for its housekeeping staff. Aside from this, there were no issues with cleanliness. I found the bathroom to be especially clean.One thing I appreciated was the fact that housekeeping seemed to always be done in late-morning to early afternoon. I don't know if that's the norm now Disney-wide or just for this resort, but it was nice to not have housekeeping knocking on doors first thing in the morning. They honored the Do-Not-Disturb sign when I had it on my door, and the one time I had my room serviced, everything was cleaned and restocked.As you probably have read already, Disney is currently renovating the Caribbean Beach Resort, meaning that large areas are blocked off for construction, temporary food courts have been set up, no shopping is available at the resort, etc. This was not a big deal to me. I ate at the temporary food court "Centertown Pavilion" once. It was over $20 a person for the all-you-can-eat buffet featuring a selection of meats, salads, vegetables, desserts, etc. There is also a food truck directly outside of the Pavilion offering typical quick-service food such as burgers to-go. The food truck also sells a refillable beverage mug that can be used throughout your stay at the Centertown Pavilion, as well as in Coke free-style machines located throughout the resort. Though these two dining options work if you're in a hurry and want something quick to eat, they feel nothing like a typical Disney dining experience and you should plan to leave the resort for most of your meals.Speaking of leaving the resort, you basically have two options until Disney opens its new Gondola system in a couple years: car or bus. I had a rental car, but used the bus several times, as I didn't feel comfortable driving the unfamiliar rental car at night. Having never used bus transportation while staying at other Disney resorts in the past, I would say the overall experience was average at best. One could expect to wait at the bus stop for anywhere from 5-30 minutes for a bus to a theme park or Disney Springs. (There is also an "Internal" bus, which takes riders throughout the resort.) Once on the bus, rides typically took 20-30 minutes to reach the final destination. Leaving a theme park at the end of the night and traveling back to the resort was a much lengthier journey. Disney has two sizes of buses. One is the standard size, while the other is an extended bus. From what I heard one bus driver say, Caribbean Beach currently can not use the extended buses due to being unable to turn on the roads because of construction. This means that, even though Caribbean Beach is the largest resort on Disney property (with over 40 buildings of guest rooms), only the smaller buses can service the property. Now common sense would say that Disney would operate a larger number of the smaller buses to make up for difference, right? Nope. Instead, each night around the time the parks closed, the bus stop for Caribbean Beach was flooded with vacationers waiting to board the bus to return to their rooms. Of the three times I did this at Magic Kingdom (due to taking buses from other resorts after dining, shopping, etc), I waited no less than 30 minutes each time just to board the bus back to Caribbean Beach. One night was almost 45 minutes. Each of these times was prior to the official closing time of the Magic Kingdom, so I hate to think how much longer the lines got later. Then when the bus arrived, it was boarded to the point that you were crammed up against the person next to you. Honestly, the Gondolas cannot arrive soon enough to alleviate some of the transportation issues.Overall, I gave the resort 4/5 stars. The biggest criticism I would give about the room would be the noise level. The walls were absolutely paper-thin. Anytime someone in a neighboring room flushed a toilet, turned on the water, a baby cried, kids ran down the hall outside the room, buses arrived at the nearby bus stop, etc., you could easily hear it. Even the fireworks could be heard from a nearby park. Still, for what I paid for the room, it was certainly worth the money, especially considering it was on Disney property. Everything will be significantly better though once construction is done.
My wife and I enjoyed our stay here, which was our first time to stay in a Disney-owned resort. Yes, there is a lot of construction going on now (January 2018) but much of the resort still looks great and we had zero issues with construction noise. The room met our expectations and Mousekeeping's work could not be faulted. On our last day, I didn't realize the internal busses didn't start running until after 7:00, but a staffer out driving and doing his rounds was super-helpful and gave us a ride back to the "Custom House." There was only one small hiccup. I hadn't done enough research to know that there are not any refillable souvenir cups that can be used for drinks in the parks, and I bought a cup that can only be filled at the resort by mistake--and the staffer didn't explain how the refillable cup worked until after I bought it. I did return it and got a refund, though. The bus rides to and from the parks are 15-20 minutes as this resort is not one of the closest to the parks. Also, I feel the schedules for internal and outbound buses could be a little clearer (or perhaps buses could run more often?) as we spent a lot of time waiting for buses. However, this resort was still convenient overall for us since we wanted to stay on Disney property and did not want to drive.
Had the best vacation ever!!I save for a couple of years for this vacation. I have 3 nearly grown children, so we're a family of 5. The room was a little small but we were'nt there other than to sleep(mostly).We had the quick serve dining plan so we had the buffet at breakfast. The buses were usually on time and we almost never waited for them. When we returned from the parks we wanted to use the hot tub, but at times there would be 4 or 5 young children popping in and out. There were no rules prohibiting children, only under 12 needs adult supervision. So basically no supervision. No relaxation
My daughter and I stayed here from Jan. 1-5. I was a little worried because of mixed reviews, but my worry quickly went away. We did the automatic check in and took the Magic Express from the airport to the resort. It was quick and easy and we’re able to go straight to our room. We stayed in Trinidad South in one of the pirate rooms. The beds were super comfortable and after a cold day in the parks the heat felt wonderful when walking in the room. The construction NEVER bothered us and though there were a lot of people at the resort it seemed as if we were the only ones in this area. It was nice and quiet and the area was pretty. My daughter is 19 so we spent most of our time at the parks or Disney Springs so we never explored the rest of the resort and it was too cold to even think about the pool. Out of the 4 days we went to the parks we only had a long wait for the buses on one day. It took about 45 min for the Magic Kingdom bus to come, but the staff was there at the bus stops on their radios trying to make sure transportation was on its way. This was also the first day of the Marathon so more people had checked into the resort. Other than that, we never waited longer than 15/20 min for buses and we were the 4th pick up stop. However, I will say that by the time we made it to Jamaica and Aruba our buses were pretty full so I can see that there may have been issues for other guests waiting for the buses at those locations. The only reason why I am giving it a 4 stars is because we left the privacy sign on our door for our entire stay since it was a short visit and while my daughter and I were gone to the parks a staff member came into our room to deliver a membership that was not ours. We found the envelope on our table. I returned it to the bellman and was not very happy that they overlooked the sign and came in as well as making the wrong delivery/wrong room. The envelope was clearly marked with someone else’s name and room number. Other than that issue, the resort was great and I’d recommend staying. If I had to choose a location again I would pick the same. Like I said, the only time we saw the construction was when the buses entered and left the resort. It was well worth the discounted price. On another note we found a great pizza place that delivers straight to your room and is not expensive called Flippers. Their breadsticks, pizza and cookies were awesome. We ordered twice. We never tried the food trucks at the resort and only snacked in the parks and either ate pizza in the room or had dinner in Disney Springs. The day of our departure the bellman picked up our suitcases first thing in the morning and we headed to the parks for a few hours. When we made it back to the resort we hoped on their internal shuttle and headed to the guest house where we got our carry on luggage and waited for the Magic Express. It was not a long wait and we enjoyed talking with the staff there. Thanks Disney for a great trip and comfortable stay. My daughter and I made some great memories and would stay here again!
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- Option 1: Magic your Way base ticket kids promotion
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- Option 2: Disney Dining Plans
Disney Dining Plans offered for free when you buy 6 days or more Magic your Way base ticket. With Disney's Dining Plans, you can relax and enjoy your stay knowing your meals are paid for in advance. Only guests who have booked both a Disney Resort Hotel and a Magic Your Way Ticket can take advantage of these convenient and affordable plans:
Disney Quick-Service (Offered with "Value" hotels 3*) Dining Plan for Guests on a budget or planning a packed itinerary, the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan offers superb value, convenience and the peace of mind of prepaid meals. Includes: Two Quick-Service meals, two selected Snacks and one Refillable Resort Mug per person, per night at participating locations.
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- 2112 Rooms
- Food court
- Bar & Grill
- Boat rentals (fee)
- Disney golf courses nearby (fee)
- Bicycles (fee)
- Disney shops
- 2 double beds
- Full bathroom
- TV with Disney Channels
- Internet (fee)
- In-room safe
- Maximum occupancy 4 persons
For the Kids - Kids' pool, Playground and Video arcade.
Free Magical Express transfers - If you choose the package with transfers, Disney's Magical Express Service is complimentary and exclusively available when you stay at a Disney Resort Hotel. Motor coaches pick you up at Orlando International Airport and take you to your Disney Resort Hotel, while your bags are picked up and taken to your room. And when your vacation's over, you and your bags are taken back to Orlando International Airport.
Car Rental included - If you choose the Transat package with car rental, it is included for the length of stay and is based on your type of accommodation: Hotel room - 4-Door Midsize, 2 Bedroom Condo/Home or larger - Mini-Van, when 4 or more adults share. The rental includes Unlimited mileage, Air-conditioning, Automatic transmission, AM/FM stereo, State map, 24-hour Roadside Assistance. Applicable local taxes and surcharges are not included. Please inquire for full details.
Extra Magic Hours! Disney Resort Guests can enjoy the Extra Magic Hours Benefit. Each day one of the Theme Parks opens an hour early or stays open up to three hours after regular Park closing, so you can experience some of the most popular attractions. Valid Theme Park admission and Walt Disney World Resort ID are required.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
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Disney's Caribbean Beach ResortOrlando,United States
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900 Cayman Way Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8411
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