I recently had the good fortune to spend the night at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – the last Walt Disney World resort on my list to have never stayed there.
Before I get into all the details about this particular resort, I’d like to share how important I think the theme of each of the Walt Disney World resort hotels as a whole is when deciding where to stay on your vacation. . Resorts are not necessarily themed around theme parks, movies, or Disney characters. Instead, some are inspired by various locations around the world, with simple nods to Disney sprinkled throughout the property. For example, if you don’t like the look of the tropics, you might not want to choose Disney’s Old Key West Resort – even though it’s one of my favorites!
If you’ve ever been to a Caribbean island or seen pictures of one, I’d bet those pictures are full of brightly colored buildings and lots of palm trees too. I’ve been to a few islands in the Caribbean, and that’s what I picture in my head when I think of my time there. So when I arrived at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, I was happy to see the beautiful, brightly painted buildings – I really felt like I was on a Caribbean island.
One of my favorite things about this hotel is that it is the HUB for the Disney Skyliner. I could see and hear these gondolas gliding overhead as I went to my room, and it was so cool. Plus, the Disney Skyliner provides a fun transportation option to Disney’s Riviera Resort, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Disney’s Pop Century Resort if you choose to wander around a bit during your stay.
Since I completed my check-in on the My Disney Experience app, I didn’t have to stop at reception to get my room number as it was texted to me. I had noted that I would be arriving at noon, and although the rooms were not guaranteed to be ready until 3:00 p.m., I received my “room ready” text message just before noon, which was fabulous!
I recommend, although you don’t have to, to visit the beautiful lobby of this resort if you are staying there. The downtown market is a great place to grab a quick bite. Sebastian’s Bistro, the resort’s table-service restaurant, and Banana Cabana pool bar are also located just outside. I will tell you more about my culinary experience there in a future article.
When I walked into my room I was quite surprised at how much space there was in there. I had a king room, and with one bed instead of two, there was plenty of room to spread out. Another interesting feature of this room, in particular, was that it was on the corner of the building, so there were two windows instead of just one.
After looking around for a few minutes I realized it was an accessible room which explains the large amount of space. I didn’t request an accessible room, but sometimes one is assigned. If I had a problem with that, I could have asked to be moved to another room, but this one was fine with me.
While the furniture in the room was only a few years old, the room itself would definitely need a makeover. I’m used to seeing a place to hang clothes in the restrooms of most moderate resort hotel rooms, but this one didn’t have one. Instead, there was a wardrobe with shelves and a small space to hang clothes.
The two bedside tables and the dresser all had built-in USB outlets, but out of six in total, only one worked. I was so sleepy the night before that when I plugged in all my devices I missed the fact that they weren’t charging until I fell asleep. Waking up in the morning with 3 nearly dead devices is not my favorite way to start the day. Hmm…
Speaking of not a great way to wake up, unfortunately I didn’t get a good night’s sleep at this hotel. The mattresses aren’t the best quality, at least that was the case in my room. When I crawled into bed, I could easily feel a dip in the mattress from wear and tear, so I felt like it was going to be rough. I woke up so many times that night that I lost count. However, I will say that even though I’m used to my Tempur-Pedic at home, the mattresses at Disney’s Deluxe Resorts and Disney Vacation Club Villas have always given me a good night’s sleep.
The category of your resort choice can make all the difference in the world on your vacation, even if you’re just sleeping there. A tip is to not only keep the theme of the resort in mind, but also your room amenities such as mattresses and towels. My back was a mess for almost a week after a one night stay, and you don’t want that because there’s a lot of walking to be done at Walt Disney World.
It’s also important to note that the “refrigerators” in the room are kept at 41 degrees Fahrenheit and are not actually considered refrigerators; they’re called ‘coolers’, so if you have medicine or anything that needs to be kept cool, you’ll want to ask reception about storage options. There was a mini coffee maker in my room made by Cuisinart, and it used special coffee pods provided by housekeeping. Also, there is no microwave.
While one of the biggest complaints I’ve ever read about this hotel is that it’s so huge, I found it to be quite comfortable. There are plenty of bus stops throughout the property, so whichever section you end up in, you shouldn’t have too far of a walk to get to free bus transportation or the Disney Skyliner. Due to the size of the station, an internal bus is also offered, which allows you to take a bus to Vieux-Port Royale or another stop within the property.
Have you ever stayed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort? I would like to know your opinion about your stay and whether you will return or not!