I think we can all agree that Disney parks and resorts are pretty great places. Still, I can always dream up ways to make them better… . 😉 After all, I did make my case for an Automat, right?
No automat yet, but I’d like to share another change that I’d love to see made: an expansion of the Banana Cabana pool bar at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort!
I’m including my thoughts on this below, but I’d love to hear YOUR ideas on what Disney World dining spots could use changes — whether they’re menu updates, expansions, or something else! Dream big — what would you do with an unlimited budget? Disney World, Disneyland, etc… everything’s on the table.
My Suggestion: Banana Cabana Expansion!
For my first joint project with Walt Disney World as a consultant for development (ha ha!), I’d make this fun and always-hoppin’ pool bar a little bigger!
Located adjacent to both the fabulously-themed (PIRATES!) main pool and the Old Port Royale shopping and dining mecca, Banana Cabana is the perfect place to grab a drink, keep an eye on the kiddos while they hang out in the pool, and watch the sunset.
The bartenders are well-known for being engaging and entertaining, and provide consistently fantastic experiences for guests.
Truly, this pool bar remains one of my favorite places to relax and unwind when I’m at Disney, and others clearly feel the same way: this spot is often packed. So how would I change it? Glad you asked!
1. Expand It
Currently, there’s no other bar or lounge at Caribbean Beach Resort — unlike other moderate resorts, which have at least an inside lounge, and sometimes two extra bars! This lack of a lounge area is really felt strongly at CBR, and the Banana Cabana is often overflowing as a result — even into the evening hours.
I would like to see them really expand the seating and provide some partial enclosure from the elements. Maybe the enclosure is just some rolled down, fabric walls; or maybe it’s a covered shelter with open sides that still lets the breezes in. Either way, some expanded structure and shelter would allow us to enjoy this jammin’ place even more.
2. A little Reggae, Anyone?
And speaking of jammin’, there’s another opportunity here for some great, themed fun: how about some evening entertainment?
Nothing says vacation like some island tunes and steel drums. The kids could even get into the action with some children’s parades. Conga line, maybe? (Maybe this is already happening!)
3. Bring The Menu Home
It’s great that you can head right into Old Port Royale for a bite to eat, but it would be completely rad if you could order a few authentic island flavors right there at the bar.
Foods with Caribbean flavors — everything from mojo pork to jerk chicken to tostones and fresh seafood — are delicious and party-inspiring in their own right. And all that conga dancing is sure to work up an appetite!
I’d love to see some menu offerings that give guests that “I’m just island hopping” vibe. My suggestion? Stick with small plates and appetizers with an island flare.
Wouldn’t that be awesome?!
What Disney Dining Spot would YOU expand or change?
So, now it’s YOUR turn to dream and offer your opinions!
What location do YOU think deserves to be expanded and updated with a little love and pixie dust — and why? Does your favorite counter service joint leave a little to be desired in decor? Or is there a spot that is always extremely busy that could use a little more space, or walls, or seating? Would you like to see more al fresco dining, or a little enclosure and a/c?
Leave us a comment below with your suggestions for improvements to your favorite Disney dining spots, and why you think they could use a little attention!
Thanks to DisneyCaribbeanBeach.com for use of some photos!