Do not leave the resort.
This is one family’s opinion on how to Disney. Over the next few weeks I will outline some of our favorite spots and why you should dedicate at least some time to enjoying them.
Many times, when people visit Disney, they are so consumed with going to the parks they come home exhausted. The resorts are amazing and have a lot to offer on their own. Consider saving some money on park tickets and spending that extra time enjoying a resort vacation. At the very least, consider spending at least a few days enjoying what the resort has to offer. If you are paying to stay on Disney property, remember that you paid for the amenities and enjoy them!
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
It has been quite a long time since we last stayed at this resort. Seven years in fact. A lot of things have changed since then. First the rooms have been nicely updated. We stayed in a room with 2 full beds and a 5th sleeper. This is the super cute pull down single bed that can be found under the television. This is perfect for our family of four. Our boys can, but are not great at sleeping in a bed together.
One of the great things about this resort is the location. It is so close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. So close in fact when driving I took a wrong turn and ended up at Hollywood Studios on accident. The buses were running often and on time. This will also be home to a new Skyliner Station which I think is a good bonus!
One of the other great draws to this resort are the amenities. There are several pools to choose from. The feature pool is located behind the main building. This pool area is themed like an old Spanish Fort. There are two slides at this main pool. In addition to the pool there is a pirate ship splash pad area for the kids under 48 inches tall. What is more fun then a highly themed Disney pool for kids? Not much in our opinion!
Another key element to a great resort for us is activities for the kids. There is a very cute Cay that is home to a playground for the kids, benches and hammocks to watch the sunset and a grassy area for the kids to run around. The resort also has all the great classic activities for kids and adults alike throughout the day. There are poolside games and music. In the evening there is a nighttime outdoor movie and marshmallow roasting.
The Caribbean Beach Resort is also home to several great places to grab a bite to eat. Read all about what we think about Sebastian’s Bistro here. We also grabbed a meal to eat poolside from Centertown Market. They had some healthy dinner bowls that you can customize with a base, protein and sauce. We all loved our choices.
My parents grabbed some dinner from the nearby Cabana Banana Bar. They ordered the Seafood Salad. This was basically a huge pile of purely seafood with a mild lime vinaigrette on top. We wished it had come with some greens. Such a great value for the price and massive amount of seafood included. Here is our suggestion. Head into the Centertown Market. Grab a salad to go. Head to the Cabana Bar order the seafood salad for $18 and mix the two together and split with among two adults.
This resort is cheerful, colorful and has a lot to offer. We stayed in the Jamaica section of the hotel in building 56. This spot was the perfect distance from the pool, the bus stop and the restaurants. It appears that it was also be reasonably close to the new skyliner station. Pro Tip: Request the Jamaica Building!
Would you consider staying at this resort? Let us know what you think below!