Stayed June 2010 (Updated August 2015)
Overview: The Caribbean Beach Resort is perfect stay for those looking for that Disney experience combined with the tropical feel of a Florida (or Caribbean) beach. From the room decorum to the lakeside beaches, the Caribbean Beach Resort is one of the relaxing and enjoyable stays among the Disney resorts.
Rooms: While the CBR offers both standard and themed, Pirate Rooms, I can only speak to the standard room so please proceed with that in mind. The standard room at the CBR is very similar to other Value and Moderate Rooms throughout Disney Resort properties. The rooms are very beautifully decorated but they are more on “caribbean” side of the theme than Disney. While that had little to no impact on our stay, it can provide a different experience for many when you take rooms such as Art of Animation and All-Star Movies into consideration that are much more “Disney” themed.
All that being said, the rooms are spacious, recently refurbished, offer a mini-fridge, and can be joined to a neighboring room. Overall, the CBR rooms are exactly what you would expect from a Disney Resort. As long as the lack of Disney decor is not a deal breaker, you’ll feel like you are truly on a caribbean getaway.
Grounds: I’m a beach person so the CBR was right up my ally. The lakeside beaches are beautiful, cleaned and combed every morning, and the hammocks are a great touch for early morning coffee or late evening reading.
Outside of the beaches, the CBR is a massive resort and the grounds provide a great opportunity for a scenic walk or run. To compliment such a large resort, there are so many activities going on throughout the day, and numerous opportunities to enjoy the grounds. From Bike rides, Pirate Cruises, campfire activities, and even fishing, there are a number of ways to enjoy one of the best resort grounds in Disney.
Dining: The food court at the Caribbean Beach Resort was very similar to other Food Courts among the other Value and Moderate resorts we have visited. I will say that I felt their breakfast was better than their lunch or dinner. However, their tropical smoothies were a nice find and highly recommend.
In regards to Shutters, their Casual Dining on property, only my parents had eaten there while my wife and I visited the Magic Kingdom one evening. I do not have a lot of detail but I do know they were very disappointed. This was in comparison to other Disney dining experiences.
I believe it is safe to say that the CBR offers an average dining experience that is on par with other Disney resorts. (At least to the Value and Moderate level) However, I do feel in terms of quality of food and options, other resorts at this level have a slight edge. I don’t feel that anyone would be disappointed with their experience overall. Though I do not feel anyone will be blown away either.
Extras: If you go beyond the room at the CBR, this is where the resort really shines. The Pirate Pool and kids splash area is really awesome. The zero-entry main pool is also a nice touch. The freshly combed beaches, hammocks, and beach chairs are also something you will not find at the majority of the Disney resorts. Once you team all of that will the various activities for both the young and the young at heart, you simply cannot find a better experience for the price.