As you’ve probably heard by now, Disney’s Caribbean Beach is undergoing a major renovation starting on May 1st. And if you’re a travel agent like me, you may be helping your clients minimize the impacts this will have on their already booked and planned vacations at the resort, seeing as Disney dropped this bomb quite suddenly on unsuspecting guests.
When the news first broke, Disney was not allowing any compensation to guests; but then they started offering $75 off per night for the inconvenience, but that perk has now ended too, if you haven’t already taken advantage of it. The current compensation to guests staying at Caribbean Beach during the renovation is $25 per night in Disney gift Cards, gifted to them at check-in. They were also allowing guests booked at CaribbeanBeach to relocate to another moderate resort for the same price, provided there was availability in the room category they booked, but we’re not sure if that deal is being offered anymore either, so you would need to call Disney or your Travel Agent to get more details on that.
We do hear from our friends at WDW Magic what some of the more specific changes and disruptions at the resort will be: Martinique and Barbados sections of the resort will be “unavailable” starting in May. Also beginning in May 2017, Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale and Banana Cabana Pool Bar will also be closed. There will be Coco Cola freestyle machines located throughout the resorts for guests to refill their Dining Plan mugs, and there will also be grab n go food available in the Aruba, Jamaica and Martinique areas of the resort. Pizza delivery will also remain available to guests in their rooms. Trinidad Island will also see a new quick service location open this summer that will also contain a Guest Services window in the evenings.
A new quick service location will open near Trinidad island this summer, featuring a walk-up quick service window as well as Guest services assistance in the evenings.
Guests will however be happy to know that the pools at the resort will remain unchanged during the renovation.
We know that this is a huge inconvenience to guests, but we have faith that it will all be worth it after the long 2 year renovation is complete, especially the planned central location of waterfront shopping and dining called Centertown, which guests will find much more accessible than the current dining and shopping area, located at one side of the resort.
What do you think of the new changes at Caribbean Beach?
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