Caribbean Beach Resort Fact Sheet Moderate Resort
- The home of the Disney Skyliner Hub, making transportation to Epcot and Hollywood Studios very easy.
- VERY large spread out resort, meaning bus transportation can take time.
- The resort doesn’t feature elevators, so guests with mobility issues will want to take note.
What is Caribbean Beach Resort (CBR)?
The Caribbean Beach Resort opened October 1, 1988 as Disney World’s first Moderate Resort. The hotel is themed after various islands, here called “villages” in the Caribbean and is easily recognized by its candy-colored buildings throughout the resort.
The CBR has guest rooms in colorful 2-story buildings on the shores of a 42-acre lake. The buildings are grouped in 6 villages: Barbados, Martinique, Aruba, Jamaica, Trinidad North, and Trinidad South. Each building contains 64 guest rooms. Each village has its own pool, white sand beach with hammocks and playgrounds, laundry facilities, bus stop, and parking area.
You can identify the villages by their colorful buildings:
- Jamaica is yellow buildings with sky blue roofs
- Aruba is pink and purple buildings with aqua roofs
- Barbados is light blue buildings with coral roofs
- Martinique is coral and pink buildings with aqua roofs
- Trinidad North and South are light and dark coral buildings with dark coral roofs
This resort is very spread out and large. It can easily take 15 minutes to walk from the farthest rooms to the main building, Old Port Royale.
The main hub of Disney’s Skyliner is located at Caribbean Beach, south of the Jamaica village, placing CBR in a prime location due to its easy access to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios via the Skyliner. Caribbean Beach is also next door to Disney’s Riviera Resort. Guests in the Martinique village can easily walk to the Riviera to take advantage of the Skyliner Station located there as well.
The centerpiece of CBR is its 45-acre lake, Barefoot Bay, surrounded by a 1.1-mile promenade that connects to winding paths leading to all guest rooms and common areas. The promenade is great for strolling, jogging, and bicycling. In the center of the lake is Caribbean Cay, an island with a playground, picnic area, and lots of lush foliage. Caribbean Cay is connected to the promenade on each side by a footbridge.
Old Port Royale (OPR) is the main check-in and activities area. Here, you’ll find Centertown Market (the resort’s main food court), Sebastian’s Bistro (a sit-down restaurant), Calypso Trading Post (shops), Lobby Concierge, Bell Services, Goombay Games (arcade), large Fuentes del Morro pool (themed after a Spanish fort), water slide, wading pool, and whirlpool. This is also where the Barefoot Bay Marina and Bike Works (bicycle rentals) is located, a bus stop, and parking area.
The walk between Old Port Royale (OPR): the most distant guest rooms are up to a 15 minute walk away. If distance from OPR is important to you consider reserving a Preferred Building.
Be sure to refer to the resort map when making reservations. The closest buildings to OPR are in Martinique (in order of closeness: buildings 26, 25, and 24). The farthest buildings are in parts of Trinidad (buildings 37-39). The villages of Aruba and Jamaica are across the lake from OPR; some buildings (44-46 and 51-53) in those villages are reasonably close. If you wish, you can drive from your room to OPR, or use the internal bus.
Due to the size of the resort and how spread out it is, there are 7 bus stops throughout the resort accessed by Disney’s bus transportation. There is also an internal shuttle that runs daily to transport guests between the villages and OPR.
A wheelchair accessible van is available at the resort for persons checking in or out.
What are the Rooms Like?
There are no elevators in any of the buildings, only stairs access. Guests who are unable to use stairs should request 1st-floor rooms. All common facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Most rooms have two queen beds, though a few rooms with king-size beds are available. Up to four guests, and one child under 3 in a crib, are allowed per room. Cots are available at $15/night; call to reserve one in advance. Many rooms (but not all) have the ability to accommodate up to five, with the addition of a child-sized fold-down bed.
Rooms include two sinks outside the bathroom, cable TV/radio, armoire, table and chairs, phone, a small wall safe, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, a Pack and Play, and coffee maker. Complimentary coffee packs are also supplied. There should also be a refrigerator in the room — if it’s not there, request it; there is no charge. Bed boards, bed rails, extra blankets and pillows, baby cribs and sharps containers are available through housekeeping. Complimentary wi-fi is available.
A small number of rooms are Little Mermaid-themed, which is unique to this resort.
All rooms open to a covered exterior and are roughly the same layout and size. Connecting rooms are available. A small number of rooms are designed specifically for wheelchair guests.
What should I expect to pay for a room at the Caribbean Beach Resort?
The Caribbean Beach Resort is considered a “Moderate” resort hotel, and its prices are in the mid-price range of the hotels at Disney. These are regular rate prices and do not include the Florida Sales Tax nor the county resort tax. Rates are based on double occupancy. No charge for children under 17 years old when in the same room as the adults. If you have more than two adults in the room, there will be a $25 per night charge for each extra adult. Maximum of four per room, plus a child under 3 in a crib.
Sometimes, there are special rates for Annual Passholders, AAA members, or Florida residents. Be sure to inquire when you call for reservations!
Walt Disney World Resort rates vary by season (there are nine seasons now), and also by day of the week. The holiday season is the most expensive time of the year. It runs from mid-December to early January as well as during Easter Week.
The rates for a:
- Standard Room range from $230 – $335 (Holidays up to $400)
- Standard Room with a 5th Sleeper Bed range from $246 – $352 (Holidays up to $417)
- Water or Pool View Room range from $262 – $359 (Holidays up to $417)
- Water or Pool View Room with 5th Sleeper Bed range from $279 – $376 (Holidays up to $446)
- King Bed Room range from $269 – $382 (Holidays up to $435)
- Preferred Room range from $316 – $421 (Holidays up to $462)
- Pirate Room Standard View range from $315 – $421 (Holidays up to $461)
- Pirate Room Water View range from $323 – $439 (Holidays up to $505)
Is there a fee to park at Caribbean Beach Resort?
No, there was a fee to park briefly, but that was quickly changed, and guests who have reservations at the Disney Resorts do not have to pay to park. Click HERE for current pricing and other parking-related information.
Each CBR village has a pool, plus there’s the Pirate-themed main pool at Old Port Royale, with an adjacent wading pool and whirlpool. All pools are heated, which makes for comfortable swimming year-round. The whirlpool is kept very toasty. Bring towels from your room; they are not available poolside except at the Old Port Royale pool. Housekeeping will be more than happy to replace towels taken from the room. Pools hours are seasonal, and only the main pool has lifeguards on duty during official operating hours.
The main pool can get crowded on hot afternoons, and chair space is at a premium. However, village pools are rarely crowded so you can try one of those if the main pool is full.
Each village has a white sandy beach on the lake. (After all, this is the Caribbean *Beach* resort!) Beaches have lounge chairs and comfortable hammocks. Swimming is not allowed in the lake; however, you are invited to get wet at the adjacent village pools.
Small playgrounds are located on the village beaches of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad.
Bicycles are available for rent at the marina. The 1.1-mile promenade around the lake is great for bicycling. Also a lot of fun are the surrey bicycles designed to accommodate parties of 2 to 4.
Volleyball – A white sand volleyball court is located on the beach of Barbados Village. Volleyballs may be picked up at the Marina building. Resort IDs are required.
Old Port Royale features the Centertown Market, open from 6 a.m. to midnight, with more limited hours for some of the counters. Breakfast selections include bagels, fresh fruit, Mickey waffles, eggs, and breakfast meats. Lunch and dinner selections include burgers, pizza, pasta, deli sandwiches, salads, and desserts.
Spyglass Grill is a small quick-service spot near the Trinidad pool area. It served up sandwiches, burgers, and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Room Service options at this resort are limited to Blue Runner Pizza Delivery is also available for pizza and drink delivery to rooms from 4 PM to 11:30 PM.
Banana Cabana is the resort’s main pool bar, located near the Fuente del Morro pool. It is open from 12 PM til 11 PM and serves up burgers and assorted foods as well as a full bar menu.
Soda vending machines are in every village. Ice machines are in every guest room building.
The Calypso Trading Post at OPR sells sundries, souvenirs, Disney and Caribbean-themed sportswear, and a limited variety of groceries and snacks.
The Caribbean Beach Resort is a very large resort complex and some rooms are quite far from Old Port Royale.
Free bus service is provided from the CBR to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom, the water parks, and to Disney Springs. Bus stops are located at each village and at Old Port Royale. Buses run approximately every 20 minutes – usually more frequently – from 1 hour before park opening to 1 hour after park closing. You can budget about 45-60 minutes total for bus travel from your room to a theme park. This includes walking from your room to a bus stop, waiting for a bus, travel time on the bus, and walking from the theme park bus stop to the entrance gate.
There is no direct service from CBR to other resorts. You take a bus to a theme park or to Disney Springs, then change to monorail, boat, or another bus, depending on where you are going. Resort-to-resort travel can take well over an hour.
Buses to and from the theme parks and Disney Springs make stops at OPR and at all the CBR villages. Some buses begin the CBR loop at Martinique and continue to OPR, Trinidad, Jamaica, Aruba, and finally Barbados before exiting CBR. Other buses begin at Jamaica and continue to Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, OPR, and Trinidad. There are no strong reasons to prefer one village over another based on transportation availability. Obviously, some buildings are closer to bus stops than others; if closeness to bus stop is an issue, ask when room selection is made. It may be helpful to refer to a map.
An internal bus stops at each village and at OPR and circles the resort twice before leaving.
If you bring or rent a car, you will find parking at CBR to be ample.
I hear that there are no more room keys at Disney resort hotels. How do I get into my room?
Walt Disney World has converted their room keys and admission tickets from plastic cards to MagicBands, flexible plastic wristbands, resembling a watch or bracelet, that use Radio Frequency (RF) technology. Your MagicBand is linked to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account and acts as your Disney resort room key. Simply touch the Mickey symbol on your MagicBand to the RFID reader near your room door to gain entry. Read about using MagicBands for park admission, FastPass+ and more here.
How does check-in work?
Online Check-in is available through the My Disney Experience App. Look for the special Online Check-in line at the resort’s front desk.
Check-in is at 3pm. Upon arrival head to the front desk to check-in. Rooms are guaranteed to be available until 3pm, but you can request Early Check-in when you do Online Check-in.
Early check-in allows you to leave luggage with bell services, get your Magic Bands (if you don’t already have them) and head off to the parks or relax around the resort. You will get a notification on My Disney Experience when you Room is ready. You will then be given your room number and your Magic Band will open your door! You can also use the app on your phone to open your door.
Check-out time is 11am. Express Check-out is available to all guests paying with a credit card, arrange for this service at check-in. A detailed hotel bill is delivered to your door by 7am. If the bill is correct you simply leave. Your Magic Band serves as a Disney souvenir. Late Check-out of noon can be requested without additional cost (very limited availability). If you need Late Check-out, request it at Check-In and as soon as possible the morning of check out (the number of eligible rooms are limited).
Resort Airline Check-In Service at your Disney resort is only available if you are flying domestically (includes Puerto Rico) on specific airlines It is a complimentary (free) service and allows you to check your luggage.
A game arcade room, Goombay Games, is located at OPR, adjacent to the shops.
Hair wrapping and face painting are usually available by the main pool at OPR.
Laundry facilities, with coin-operated washers and dryers, are located at each village, near the pool. Detergent, bleach, and softener can be purchased from vending machines.
An ATM and a “penny-press” are located in OPR.
The front desk is open 24 hours.
The CBR telephone number is (407) 934-3400. Use this number for calling a guest at the resort, or for asking questions specific to the resort. Resort room reservations should be made at (407) WDISNEY.
Each guest room has full-featured voice mail. Messages from inside or outside of Walt Disney World can be left on voice mail, and individual messages can be saved or deleted by the guest.
The fax number is (407) 934-2736. You are notified by voice mail when faxes are received; they can be delivered to your room, or you can pick them up at the Lobby Concierge. Service charges for incoming and outgoing faxes will be applied – check with the front desk for current rates. Photocopy services are also available for a fee.
All Disney resorts and guest rooms are smoke-free. There are designated outdoor smoking areas. Check the resort map or with a Cast Member for locations.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
900 Cayman Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000
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