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All-In-One Guide to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 21 March 2024
  • Revised 22 March 2024
All-In-One Guide to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 21 March 2024
  • Revised 22 March 2024
All-In-One Guide to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 21 March 2024
  • Revised 22 March 2024

Enter a paradise like no other at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Picture swaying palm trees, vibrant colours, and the sounds of the Caribbean all within touching distance of the happiest place on earth – Walt Disney World. So, if you’re looking for the ultimate place to chill after a day exploring the theme parks, this slice of heaven is calling. With amenities galore and dining to die for, it pulls out all the stops for your Florida family holiday...


Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a moderate resort that captures the essence of the Caribbean islands of Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad, and Aruba and will whisk you away to sheer bliss. This is a popular choice for family holidays due to its proximity to the parks (courtesy of a complimentary bus), as well as the abundance of things to enjoy on-site, such as Movies Under the Stars, Disney-themed pools, and walking trails to take in your picturesque surroundings. Plus, with rooms equipped for up to five people, everyone is welcome.  

History of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

Having lured Disney dwellers to its shores since 1988, this became the first moderate-level resort at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort was part of a major expansion of accommodations under the reigns of former CEO Michael Eisner. In 2018 the resort underwent a major refurbishment of the rooms and dining areas, as well as introducing a new lobby area known as Old Port Royale. Over the years, the resort has continued to grow, with it now serving as the main hub for the Skyliner, which connects the resorts and theme parks. The resort has enduring appeal due to its unique Caribbean theme which lets visitors immerse themselves in the sun-soaked islands while still having all of Walt Disney World at their fingertips. 

Check-in details at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

With the resort’s handy online check-in option, you can skip the usual front desk line and go straight to your room. All you have to do is link your resort reservation with your Disney account on My Disney Experience or through the website. Once this is done, all updates regarding your room will be through the app or via text and you can then use your Disney band to unlock your door. Check-in is at 3pm, however, you can access certain areas, such as the pool, with your Disney band beforehand.  

Room options at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

Rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort cater for all the family with space for up to five guests. Each room comes equipped with either Queen- or King-sized beds perfect for a comfy night’s sleep, as well as your own bathroom, and flat screen TV for those family movie nights. You can take your pick from a variety of views, including woodland, water, courtyard, or pool views. And as of 2023, fans of The Little Mermaid can rejoice with the new themed room replacing the infamous pirate rooms. So, if you fancy a night under the sea, booking this room is a must. 

Dining and Entertainment at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

With a stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, you will have plenty more activities to enjoy beyond the theme parks. Swashbucklers will want to make a splash at the pirate-themed pool, complete with slides and a shipwreck play area. For those who like to take it a little easier, you can take your pick from five other leisure pools. And if you want to keep your fitness up on holiday, jogging trails and volleyball courts are on hand to help. Then come nightfall, relax with a classic Disney movie with Movies Under the Stars or gather the family for old fashioned camping fun as you roast marshmallows by the crackling fire near the main beach of Martinique. You also have a host of dining options to choose from when you get peckish for more than just marshmallows. Sebastian’s Bistro celebrates flavours of the Caribbean with citrus chicken, mojo pork and flank steak. For quick service meals, Centertown Market can provide, while Spyglass Grill serves up a menu of American fare with a Caribbean twist.  

Transport and extras at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

One of the biggest benefits of staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is being just a stone’s throw from the thrills of Walt Disney World. Complimentary buses transport eager guests daily to the park or you can take to the skies via the Skyliner. Travel in style with Disney-themed gondolas to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, with stunning panoramic views along the way.  

There are also several extras to take advantage of with a stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, like complimentary overnight self-parking, laundry, and mail services. Plus, if you need to get those last-minute souvenirs, you can stop by Calypso Trading Post at Old Port Royale. 


How long does it take to get to each theme park via Disney Transport bus? 

All theme parks can be reached in under 25 minutes with the Disney Transport bus: 
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios: 12 minutes 
  • Epcot: 12 minutes 
  • Disney Springs: 12 minutes 
  • Disney's Blizzard Beach/Winter Summerland Mini Golf: 13 minutes 
  • Magic Kingdom Park: 15 minutes 
  • Disney's Typhoon Lagoon: 19 minutes 
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: 23 minutes 

Can I see fireworks at Epcot from Caribbean Beach Resort? 

Yes, the nightly fireworks extravaganza, Epcot’s Luminous The Symphony of Us can be viewed from the comfort of your resort. Usually taking place at 9pm, this is a fantastic way to end your magical day.  

Are the Caribbean Beach Resort restaurants on the dining plan? 

Yes, you can use your Disney Dining Plan at several restaurants at the Caribbean Beach Resort. Sebastian’s Bistro, Centertown Market Grab & Go, and Banana Cabana are among the places you can take advantage of this perk. 

Is there free WiFi at the Caribbean Beach Resort? 

Yes, you can do all the web surfing you want with complimentary WiFi at the resort. You can connect to the WiFi all throughout the resort, so you can always make the most of it. 

What’s the Pirate Cruise? 

The Pirate Cruise is for all aged 4-12 with a love of adventure. Departing from the Barefoot Bay Marina, this two-hour cruise will tell the legends of treasure that has been hidden on the island and will keep your eager little pirates thoroughly entertained. It costs $30 with lunch included. 

Are you ready for a stay in one of Disney’s most desirable resorts? Learn more about Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort here or check out all our Walt Disney World Holidays for 2024 & 2025

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