It was a long wait, but the doors finally opened on the much anticipated Centertown Market, Banana Cabana, and Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney World’s Caribbean Beach Resort this week. We were there on opening day to check out what’s new, get the vibe, and, of course, try the new food and drinks available at these locations!
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has been undergoing a long refurbishment that includes the addition of the new Skyliner system as well as a complete makeover of their dining locations and more. We tried Banana Cabana for drinks and apps, and Sebastian’s for lunch, then we were on to dinner at Centertown Market.
Centertown Market is this resort’s quick-service/counter-service location. It is set up to resemble a street market in the Islands. We definitely got the Island feel the moment we walked in and under the thatched roof decorated with colorful glass lamps. Check out our full first look and photos from this location!
If the thatched roof and lights don’t make you feel like you’re in the Islands, the mural at the drink stations will!
Seating is available indoors and outdoors. Check out our full first look and photos from this location!
We really enjoyed the sea-glass green accents, returning shutters, and light arrangements. It felt eclectic and relaxed — just how we want to feel on an escape to the Caribbean!
If you want to eat outside, head out to the covered deck area. This is where we chose to eat and loved the open air atmosphere.
The dinner menu offers a wide range of options. Plus, we are pleased to see quite a few vegan and vegetarian friendly options on the standard menu.
After deciding what to order we went to the central ordering location under the thatch tree.
Unlike other resort food court locations, guests place their entire order at this location (not at individual stations) and receive a pager. Dinner is then delivered to the guest by cast members (this is the Be Our Guest style of meal delivery). Note that for breakfast at Centertown, guests pick up their own meals.
We spotted the dinner delivery carts by the windows used for picking up your breakfast in the morning.
After placing their orders, guests collect their condiments and drinks, and then choose a table. Guests place their tracker on the table, and wait for dinner to be delivered. We did notice there were utensils on the delivery carts as well.
It wasn’t long before our dinner was being delivered in the cart.
We selected the Rotisserie Chicken Alfredo, a Make-Your-Own Bowl with Banana Leaf Wrapped-Fish, and the Kids’ Tacos with Beef and Chipotle Seitan.
First up was the Make-Your-Own Bowl. Guests can choose each element of the dish — the base, protein, and sauces. We started with a base of Brown Rice and Red Beans, Chimichurri Sauce, and the Banana Leaf Wrapped-Fish.
We really had high hopes for this dish as this is one of the unique specialties of this quick-service location. However, this proved to be slightly disappointing.
We found the fish soggy, unappetizing, and low on flavor. It was really disappointing.
On the other hand, we did enjoy all the other elements of this dish. The chimichurri sauce was the standout; it has a really nice peppery flavor to it. The next time we make our own bowl here we will definitely choose a different protein, but would stick with the chimichurri sauce for sure.
Next up was the Rotisserie Chicken Alfredo with Cavatappi. This is served with two “breadsticks” as well.
We enjoyed this dish and found the chicken to have one of the best flavors of all the meats we tried (it’s a close tie between this chicken and the kids’ taco beef).The pasta was fine, the chicken is the winner in this dish though.
Our last dish was the Kids’ Tacos. We chose the Beef and the Chipotle Seitan with Pickled Vegetable Slaw for our taco fillings. These are served with Cilantro-Lime Crema, Cotija Cheese, and Pico de Gallo.
We really loved the beef — it could be our favorite dish of the meal. It made for a very flavorful and tasty taco we could see ourselves ordering again.
Unlike the Beef, we didn’t like the Chipotle Seitan at all. It has a strange texture to it that we just didn’t enjoy. Head’s up, it also carries a spice to it that some kiddos might not like or find too strong.
The Tacos are served with fresh Pico de Gallo and Yucca and Plantain chips.
These chips are quite tasty! Overall this kids’ dish has a nice portion size and offers a twist on the standard kids’ meal.
Nosh or Not
You’ll want to visit Centertown Market if:
- You’re looking for a change up in the standard quick-service/counter-service options and food at other resorts and park locations
- You’re looking for some unique vegan and vegetarian dishes
- You want to explore and check out all of the updates and changes made to the Caribbean Beach Resort
You’ll want to pass by Centertown Market if:
- You or your kiddos don’t like spiced, seasoned food with a twist — think jerk sauce, Yucca chips, Chipotle spice…
- You’re looking for a quick burger, hot dog, or chicken sandwich. You can find that here, it will just have a twist to it (see above)
- Getting to Caribbean Beach Resort is not convenient or easy for you
This meal kind of fell flat for us. For sure we would be making some changes to our choices for the Make-Your-Own Bowl and fillings on the Kids’ Tacos. But overall we just felt that the dishes were missing the target a little too often.
We’ll return again to try out other options and see how the menu develops over time at this new location. But for now, I’d say this isn’t a must-do unless you’re staying at Caribbean Beach.