Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has been undergoing renovations since January 2017. Many of these renovations have had a direct impact on guests staying at the resort including restaurant closures and room closures as well as construction noise and detours. Let’s take a look at where we stand now.
Let’s start with the cause of most of the construction — the addition of the Disney Skyliner System and Disney’s Riviera Resort. For an idea of where these are located and how these are impacting Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort take a look at this map showing the Skyliner system route and Disney’s Riviera Resort location.
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s Riviera Resort will be a Disney Vacation Club resort. It is expected to open in the fall of 2019 – probably not coincidentally, the same timeline as the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge land in Hollywood Studios. Plus, this new resort is on the Skyliner route as well connecting it to Hollywood Studios and Epcot. As announced at the D23 Expo in 2017 the resort will have 300 rooms and a rooftop restaurant that will provide diners with a view of Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
Caribbean Beach Resort Barbados and Martinique Sections Demolished
The Barbados and Martinique sections of the resort were demolished to make room for the Disney’s Riviera Resort. Construction of this building can be seen from Buena Vista Drive.
Dining at Caribbean Beach Resort
For guests at Caribbean Beach Resort right now, you can order from a food truck, buffet dine in a temporary tent, or dine at Spyglass Grill.
If selecting the food truck you place your order and receive a pager. Then grab a seat in the climate controlled tent. Your meal is delivered to you by a cast member who also has a cart with them with silverware, napkins, and condiments.
Spyglass Grill is in the Trinidad South pool area, with a patio overlooking Barefoot Bay. They offer classic American food with a Caribbean twist. Breakfast items include Cream Cheese Guava-stuffed French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, and a Breakfast Cuban Sandwich. Lunch and Dinner options include Chorizo Burger, Smoked Turkey Breast Sandwich, or a Crispy Yuca Vegetable Bowl. Plus Spyglass Grill is now on the Mobile Order System. You can order your meal through the My Disney Experience App from your room, the pool, wherever you are, but you DO have to go to Spyglass to pick up your food.
The Banana Cabana Pool Bar at the Fuentes del Morro Pool is also under refurbishment.
If you’re looking for a quick snack or cold drink there are Island Markets in the Aruba, Jamaica and Martinique buildings. These are converted resort rooms in each building that now offer items such as yogurt parfaits, pastries, sandwiches, salads, fruit and cold beverages.
Also – if you’re looking for the usual resort shop you won’t find one here per se. What you will find are temporary merchandise trucks/carts that have sundries and some souvenirs.
New Dining Coming to Caribbean Beach Resort
A new food court and Sebastian’s Bistro will open soon. No firm date has been given. It was originally scheduled for summer of 2018, but we think those opening dates will slide into the fall of this year.
The Custom House, which serves as the current location for registration and concierge services, will be located in this new centrally located Centertown Market.
New Entrance to Caribbean Beach Resort
When all of the construction is complete the entrance to the Caribbean Beach Resort will move from Buena Vista Drive to Victory Way.
Disney Skyliner Construction at Caribbean Beach Resort
We recently updated you on the impact of the construction of the Hollywood Studios Skyliner station construction. This project is also impacting Caribbean Beach Resort.
Caribbean Beach and Riviera Resort will each have their own Skyliner station. Along the route are Skyliner Towers that carry the cables for the Skyliner. These towers can be seen going up all over the property along this route.
Many guests are surprised at just how close these towers are to guest room buildings. Until the Skyliner system is up and running we really won’t know what and if there will be any noise impact on the guests staying near the towers.
Are you staying at the Caribbean Beach soon or have you stayed there recently? What do you think of all the construction and updates?
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