You’re on ISLAND TIME at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort! With its centralized location and relaxing island vibe, this Resort sets a calypso tone for a vacation within a vacation!
Walt Disney World offers three Resort hotel levels: Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a Moderate Resort.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach is a sprawling resort with lush tropical landscaping, a colorful theme, and a variety of recreational activities. The centerpiece of the resort, Barefoot Bay, is a 45-acre lake surrounded by a mile-long promenade dotted with running trails, relaxing hammocks and beach chairs, and small white sandy beaches. Guests also have access to Disney’s newest transportation, the Disney Skyliner, for which Caribbean Beach serves as the hub!
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- Caribbean Beach Atmosphere
- Caribbean Beach Dining
- Caribbean Beach Shopping
- Caribbean Beach Guest Rooms
- Caribbean Beach Amenities and Activities
- Disney World Resort Hotel Guest Benefits
- Caribbean Beach Transportation
Let’s explore the islands!
The spirit of the Caribbean is alive and thriving at Old Port Royale, the Resort’s main building. This “port of entry” is where guests check in, and serves as the hub for most dining and shopping options.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has a special feature that no other Disney resort can claim – its very own island, Caribbean Cay.
On this tropical oasis, you’ll discover picnic tables, hammocks, play areas, covered swings and walking paths.
Guest rooms are nestled into five villages that are situated around the shores of the Barefoot Bay. The villages are named after Caribbean islands — Trinidad, Barbados, Martinique, Aruba, and Jamaica.
Colorful, tropical, whimsical… all of the ingredients are here for your Caribbean vacation in the heart of Florida!
Counter Service Dining
You’ll find Centertown Market in Old Port Royale.
Counter service classics (from a morning Bounty Platter to burgers, pizza, and sandwiches) are served up for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from a variety of food stations. You’ll find that Island-inspired dishes abound, as well!
Centertown Market Grab & Go provides quick bites for those ready to make their way to the parks, toot suite!
And guests will find Spyglass Grill near the Trinidad pool area, providing “American fare with a Caribbean twist” at a casual walk-up window.
Next, we’ll turn our attention from quick bites to to Table Service dining.
Table Service Dining
Sebastian’s Bistro delivers waterfront Table Service dining to guests at Caribbean Beach Resort!
Latin and Caribbean flavors are infused into dishes for both landlubbers and seafood fans, all served up in a bright and airy setting.
Bar and Lounge
Banana Cabana is definitely more-than-your-average pool bar!
The menu boasts several signature cocktails and a robust appetizer menu. Enjoy your selections while you take in the unique setting which features cool accents like steel drums on the ceiling and even swing seats!
Caribbean Beach Resort serves as the hub for the Disney Skyliner gondola system. And while we’ll be taking a closer look at this truly unique form of transportation a bit later on this page, here in our Dining section we’re directing your attention to the Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea kiosk located at the Skyliner station!
It’s a convenient spot to grab your morning cup o’ joe — or perhaps a specialty Toffee Flight Latte — before boarding the Skyliner to visit your first park of the day!
Disney Family Night Dinner
A 3 Course Disney Family Night Dinner provides a takeout option from Centertown Market to serve 3-4 guests. Families are able to place orders for a dining bundle that includes a take-out meal, dessert, and even a game! You can find our review of this dining experience here.
Of course, you’ll want to grab a souvenir (or ten 😉 ) to remember your Walt Disney World trip, so stop by the Calypso Trading Post in Old Port Royale.
You’ll find popular items from around Disney World and even some Resort-specific pieces to remember your Caribbean Beach Resort stay. Forget to pickup a postcard for the relatives?
Don’t worry… you can partake in a Caribbean Beach Resort tradition by sending a COCONUT by mail found at the Calypso Trading Post!
Five distinct villages are situated around the shores of the Barefoot Bay. The villages are named after Caribbean islands — Trinidad, Barbados, Martinique, Aruba, and Jamaica, and these colorful quarters are where the Guest Rooms are located.
Standard and Preferred Rooms feature two Queen beds, a King bed, or two Queen beds and a child-size pull down bed, and can accommodate up to five guests depending on the bedding options.
Bright and breezy corals, blues, and rattan accents provide an Island vibe.
A large TV is mounted on the wall above a cabinet which offers several drawers and is topped with a small coffeemaker with a stash of Joffrey’s Coffee packets, tea, and an ice bucket.
In the center you’ll find a mini fridge.
Note that there is no freezer section in the mini fridge, but you can certainly chill some drinks or late-night snacks.
A dark carved headboard and a colorful light fixture are placed above the bed.
You can appreciate the intricate lighting design with a closer look.
Each room is equipped with a standard Disney room phone with direct access to everything you could need while there. (Don’t forget to set a wakeup call from Mickey!)
While the room has something of a minimalist look overall, you can still spot some artwork with a colorful picture of a Caribbean island. Below sits a small bench where you can set up your suitcase.
A vanity area with a double sink counter also presents a bit of shelving beneath. You can close the wooden bathroom dividers behind you (for some privacy away from the kiddos) before getting yourself ready for the day or night!
You can use some of the H20 products available…
…iron out your outfits for the week…
…and hang up any clothes or jackets!
The shower (with tub) and toilet are separated from the sink area so multiple people may get ready at once. There is also a full-length mirror on the door.
The shower also features a tub.
And reusable, refillable shampoo, conditioner, and body wash canisters are available for use.
If your little pirates are on the hunt for some swashbuckling action, check out the Pirate-themed rooms in the Trinidad section! Note that these rooms will be available for the remainder of 2022.
Between the nautical details and pirate ship-shaped beds, you’ll be immersed in your own tropical adventure.
Take a complete Photo Tour of the Pirate-themed rooms — unique to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort — here!
Amenities and Activities
This resort boasts six quiet pools, plus a main feature pool that many consider one of the best in Disney World. A Spanish citadel architecture features water cannons, zero-depth entry, and a little kids’ shipwreck play area where a barrel periodically dumps a deluge of water.
Older kids can climb a spiral staircase to the top of a turret for an 82-foot trip down the larger slide and through the fortress wall!
For more recreation, a Jogging Trail leads guests on a 0.6-mile route around Barefoot Bay, and kiddos can enjoy the playground.
The Front Desk will provide you with information about current Resort Activities which may include options like Movies Under the Stars, Evening Campfires, Pool Parties, and additional activities (with some available for a nominal fee) such as Arts and Crafts that you can take home. You will also see signs alerting to the day’s and week’s activities around the Resort so you don’t miss any of the fun!
A sand Volleyball court is also available with equipment for rent at the Marina. Relax with some catch-and-release Fishing on a guided 2- or 4-hour excursion for up to 3 guests. (More information and booking is available by calling 407-939-FISH or 407-939-3474). Bike rentals provide more options for outdoor activity.
And just for swashbucklers ages 4 – 12, a Pirate Adventure Cruise around Barefoot Bay provides a 2-hour morning excursion (with snacks and drinks) while mom and dad can enjoy some downtime, if they wish!
Additional amenities for Resort guests also include complimentary Wi-Fi, currency exchange, self-service laundry rooms, mail services, and online check-in.
MORE Theme Park Hours
Guest staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort have access to ADDITIONAL hours in the Disney World theme parks! Early Theme Park Entry allows guests to enter any of the parks 30 minutes early to get a head start on their day in the parks.
This benefit is available for ANY theme park every day. Please note that guests need a valid theme park ticket AND a Park Pass reservation for the park they’re planning to visit in order to gain early access.
Disney Genie and Lightning Lanes
Disney Genie is a new service available through the My Disney Experience app which offers both free and optional paid-for features which will help guests maximize their time in the parks. The two optional paid-for features — Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection — launched in tandem with the FREE standard Disney Genie.
For guests wishing to ride Disney’s most popular attractions — such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — without a wait, Individual Attraction Selection allows guests to select return times to bypass the standby line and instead enter the Lightning Lane for a maximum of two specific, more popular attractions. Individual Attraction Selection is a pay-per-ride option.
All guests have the ability to buy Individual Attraction Selections. Guests staying offsite are able to get their first one when the park opens. But those staying at Disney-owned and operated hotels are able to make their first Individual Attraction Selection at 7AM each day.
Click HERE to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Individual Attraction Selection!
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is the main hub for the Disney Skyliner!
These unique, colorful, and fun gondolas provide direct transportation from Caribbean Beach to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Guests also have complimentary access to Disney Bus Transportation to and from all four theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs.
Find out more of our thoughts on Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort by watching our DFB YouTube Video!