First Look at the Pirate Rooms’ Replacement at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Staying right in the middle of the magic at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in evening more theming and detailed storytelling during your vacation.

While every Disney Resort comes with its own theme and backstory, some hotels take the level of immersion a step further by offering Guests the opportunity to stay in rooms set to a specific theme. Over the past couple of years, Disney has begun remodeling many of these Guest rooms, and even adding subtle thematic elements to rooms that previously did not feature Disney characters or artwork from animated films. The latest set of Guest rooms to undergo this change just came to the pirate-themed rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

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Earlier this year, Disney announced that the pirate-themed rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort would be re-themed with new design elements inspired by The Little Mermaid (1989). While themed hotel rooms are generally hit or miss among fans; Some love the immersive theming while others can’t help but find the increased pricing insufferable where themed rooms are often created to ensure Guests book rooms in less desirable locations (such as furthest buildings from the lobby and transportation, for instance.)

The pirate rooms, however had become a favorite for Guests looking for a unique way to stay at Walt Disney World, with elements like treasure chest-inspired furnishings and beds shaped like pirate ships being especially memorable for fans of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and the iconic attraction in the Magic Kingdom.

With some of the newly redesigned rooms now completed, Disney has shared a first look as housekeeping Cast Members check out the new accommodations:

Little Mermaid Rooms Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Credit: Disney

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As you can see in the photo above shared on the Walt Disney World Cast & Community Facebook page, the new Guest rooms are bright and airy, and only feature subtle nods to the new theme as opposed to the much more visible look of the previous pirate rooms.

The wood floors and visible space-saving tactics with the couch and pull-down bed have become staples of many of the redesigns we’ve seen lately at Disney Resorts, and while some fans may miss the more immersive pirate theming, this look is certainly more in line with current trends in the hotel industry.

Housekeeping Cast at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Little Mermaid Rooms

Credit: Disney

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In sharing the photos, Disney also noted that the new rooms are fifth-sleeper accommodations, and with their location at a Moderate Resort they could be a great option outside of Disney’s Value Resorts for Guests looking for more space without Deluxe Resort price points:

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort recently added some fin-tastic touches to guest rooms in the Trinidad area of the resort, and cast members were excited to be the first to “sea” them! These new 5th sleeper rooms accommodate more guests and feature special touches inspired by the timeless story “The Little Mermaid.” They are among the newest of the ongoing enhancements happening at our Resort hotels all around Walt Disney World!

We will continue to monitor updates to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and other projects in the work around Walt Disney World, and will report back with more information as we have it.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."