Disney’s Caribbean Beach has been home to major construction since May 2017. These “refurbishment projects” are scheduled to continue for a total of two years. Multiple guest accommodation buildings, dining locations, and amenities have been closed during this time. While most improvement projects have relatively low impact on guests we wanted to go check it out for ourselves and see how much this truly would affect your stay.
These photos are taken from outside Old Port Royals Centertown which previously housed the resort’s table service dining location Shutters and the Market Street Food Court.
Announced at D23 Expo, a new gondola transportation system called “Disney Skyliner” will be coming to Disney World. It will transport guests to the International Gateway at EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and multiple resorts including Disney’s Caribbean Beach.
This will also be the home to the first of Disney’s Moderate Resort Category to have a DVC resort location. Disney Riviera Resort is slated to open in Fall 2019.
Nine accommodations buildings have closed and are surrounded by construction fences. These buildings include all six buildings of Barbados and three buildings in Martinique.
The remaining three buildings in Martinique were previously categorized as “preferred,” but aren’t anymore.
The Old Port Royale Food Court (quick service location), Shutters at Old Port Royale (table service restaurant), the Banana Cabana Pool Bar and other amenities at Old Port Royale like the Calypso Trading Post are now closed.
Photos and video above are views from Martinique looking across the water.
Food Trucks are available on property to help alleviate the lack of dining options.
A semi-permanent dining location has been erected that provides guests with a buffet.
With the Banana Cabana Pool Bar closed, this structure is now home to the resort’s alcoholic beverages.
Three guest rooms have been converted in Martinique: Building 25 (2509), Jamaica: Building 43 (4308), and Aruba: Building 55 (5524) into mini “Island Markets” that sell a variety of grab and go food items. Guests will also be able to use their refillable mugs with the new Coca-Cola Freestyle machines located in these converted rooms and other locations on the property.
Pools and Beach access are still open to guests.
Because the Calypso Trading Post has closed, and no vacation is complete without a trip to the gift shop, Disney has this temporary gift shop location available.
So now the question is, should we stay at the Caribbean Beach Resort during the construction. My opinion is that for a little extra money you can book you stay at Port Orleans Resort – Riverside or French Quarter. They both are beautiful properties without all the construction and provide full amenities.
But as long as you go into a stay at Caribbean Beach knowing what to expect then you should be fine. Request your room away from Martinique as the construction noise will be worse here. The Pirate Rooms situated further back on the property should be the least affected.
So what do you think? Will you be staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort before the construction is complete?
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