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Top Pros & Cons for Staying at Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World

If you’re looking for a Walt Disney World vacation with a splash of the Caribbean thrown in, then you should check out Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.  Whether there’s an aspiring pirate in your party, or someone who longs for an island vacation, this is a great place to indulge your inner adventurer, and sneak in a ton of relaxation on the side.  But is this resort really for you?  Here are our top pros and cons for Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

PROS

1. Pirate Rooms

What could be more perfect for aspiring young swashbucklers than their very own pirate room?  Land lubbers are welcome too, of course!  These special rooms share all of the same amenities as other rooms in the resort, but the décor makes them something to remember.  There’s a bed shaped like the hull of a ship, a ship mast headboard, and even a treasure map rug.  We love the extra Disney details here!

2. Skyliner

The long-awaited Disney Skyliner will soon open its doors to guests, and we couldn’t be more excited.  One of the major pros of staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is that in addition to bus transportation, you’ll now also be able to hop on a gondola to and from your resort. The Disney Skyliner will connect Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and several Disney resorts, with the connection hub at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.  The views from the gondola cabins will be hard to beat, allowing guests to check out WDW from vantage points never before possible!  Plus, of course, the gondolas will be decked out with your favorite Disney characters!  So you could end up hitching a ride with Moana, Wreck-It Ralph, or Mickey Mouse himself, among others!

3. Caribbean Ambience

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is the perfect home-away-from-home for Disney guests looking for a quiet tropical island escape.  Each village of accommodations is themed after a specific Caribbean island, including Martinique, Aruba, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad.  The island vibe is everywhere, from white sand beaches and hammocks to bustling markets and tropical flowers.  You might just forget you’re in Orlando!

 

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4. Pool

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has one of the most impressive main pool complexes of any resort on property.  To start with, it’s a zero-entry pool, which is great for little ones and those with mobility issues.  The whole pool complex is themed to look like an old fort, complete with cannons, and it’s a spectacular sight. There’s not one, but two, water slides that you can access from a turret, and slide right under the wall of the fort into the water.  For tiny guests, there’s a fun shipwreck splash area, and for adult fun, there’s a large hot tub that fits up to 12 people.  Of course, you can always relax in one of the other 6 pools at the resort.  It’s never hard to get a pool-side chair at this resort!

5. Campfire Activities

While all Disney resorts enjoy movies under the stars, not all resorts boast campfire activities!  But when you’re a guest at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, you’ll be able to gather around a roaring fire at sunset and roast marshmallows, all completely free of charge!  When you’ve eaten your fill of marshmallows and have satisfied your wood smoke craving, make sure you stick around to enjoy a Disney film under the stars.  It’s the perfect way to end a day in Walt Disney World!

6. Middle Ground

As one of Walt Disney World’s deluxe resorts, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a great option for many guests.  Its rooms are slightly bigger than the rooms at Disney’s value resorts, and there are more dining options available on site – plus the upgraded water slide and pool action is always fun!  But this resort also won’t cost you an arm and a leg for a stay, which makes it ideal if you’re on a bit of a budget, or just don’t want to shell out the big bucks to stay at one of Disney’s deluxe resorts.  Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is the perfect middle ground!

CONS

7. Long Walk

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is not a small resort.  It sprawls over an impressively expansive area, which is great if you love walking and exploring – but not so great if you have tiny tots or mobility challenges.  Depending on where your room is, it can be quite a hike to get to Old Port Royale for a bite, or to a bus stop.

8. Bus Time

Because the buses drive around all villages and make more stops than at many other resorts, getting to a park or back to the resort can take longer than you’d like.  Just how much of a con this is will depend on whether you have anyone in your party who is prone to motion sickness, and how much of a rush you’re in.  Of course, once the Skyliner is in place, you’ll have an alternate method of transportation, at least to get to Epcot and Hollywood Studios!

9. No Elevators

It’s worth noting that there won’t be an elevator, regardless of which building your accommodations are in.  While this might not be a problem for some guests, it can definitely be a deal-breaker for others.  If you have mobility challenges, you’ll want to contact the resort and request a first-floor room.

About Stacy Milford

Stacy has lived in 4 countries on 3 continents, and travels whenever humanly possible. Passionate about music theatre, dessert, and adventure in the great wide somewhere, she visits Walt Disney World every year, usually during Halloween! Stacy currently divides her time between writing and teaching English as a second language to children in China, and is pretty sure growing up is over-rated.