Caribbean Beach Resort: A Surprising Tropical Escape Among the Parks

Kristeen CherneyBlog, Resorts

Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World

I couldn’t imagine going from playing at Magic Kingdom and essentially staying on a Florida beach all in one day, but this is how our check-in at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort felt when my son and I visited this past April. 

Like the Coronado Springs and Port Orleans Resorts, Caribbean Beach Resort is classified as one of Walt Disney World’s “Moderate” resorts. We planned on staying a couple of nights following runDisney’s Star Wars 5K so we could get some rest. 

As a family who loves Disney and the water, we were hoping to get some rest by the pool and on the “beaches” at this Resort.

Skyliner gondolas await service at Walt Disney World. Photo: Walt Disney World, by Kent Phillips

Skyliner Construction Noise?

Upon booking, there was a warning about “noise” from construction going on at the hotel site. When we walked the grounds, we were pleasantly surprised: the construction was due to the new Skyliner Transportation, a system of air gondolas set to open in Fall 2019. 

It will connect Guests to Epcot and Hollywood Studios from the Caribbean Beach Resort as well as Disney’s Pop Century, Art of Animation, and Riviera Resorts.

Aside from seeing some of the construction from the hotel grounds, the noise didn’t disrupt our pool activities whatsoever. Our room was in the Jamaica Village part of the Resort, which was just a five-minute walk from the main island. 

As a bonus, we were directly across from the lake, which also had a white-sand beach you could either play on or take a swing in one of several hammocks.

Fuentes del Morro Pool Caribbean Beach Resort. Photo: Walt Disney World

The Pools

We were most excited about the Fuentes Del Morro pirate-themed pool area, which is equipped with two slides (yes, adults can go ride them too), and a splash area for younger children. The maximum pool depth is a whopping 4’3” though—this can be good or bad depending on how big your kids are. 

We also tried out the Jamaica Village Pool, which was close to our room. While one of the smaller pools, it was much less crowded and had more of a chill atmosphere. As an avid swimmer, my son also liked the fact that the pool had a depth of 6 feet.

Caribbean Beach Resort Breakfast

New Caribbean Beach Resort menu. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Dining

Breakfast from Centertown Market was amazing, filled with strawberry-guava French toast and chocolate chip pancakes! 

We opted for a relaxing dinner at the nearby Spyglass Grill in Trinidad, where I was impressed with the Caribbean tacos (one of each flavor: shredded pork, seasoned fish, and jerk chicken). My son opted for the bacon cheeseburger with no cheese and was equally satisfied.

Caribbean Beach Resort at Disney World

The resort has an overall Florida feel. Photo by Courtney Reynolds

It Felt Like Florida

Aside from the excellent food, lots of water time, and the overall value of the Resort, my favorite part was the natural setting and the legitimate Florida-esque feel. 

On your way to the main pool, you will see a series of turtles in the water, along with egrets, anhingas, and herons.

My only regret? I should have booked an extra night or two! If you’re like our family and enjoy all things Disney with a little Florida nature and water activities, then the Caribbean Beach Resort should definitely be on your list to consider.

Want to know more about Caribbean Beach Resort? Check out Issue #70 of our digital edition, where we dive into all of the recent updates at the resort.

 

About the Author

Kristeen Cherney

Kristeen Cherney is a recent PhD graduate, an author, and freelance writer with over 10 years of experience. When she’s not working or planning her next vacation to Walt Disney World, you can find her outside in nature hanging out with her family and Rhodesian Ridgeback.