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Mom2SamandCass
09-04-2010, 11:59 PM
We just returned from a wonderful 8 day trip! Caribbean Beach Resort is absolutely beautiful ... so lush and tropical. :lovestruc The pool was amazing and my girls had a blast. I requested Martinique and got it - Bldg. 25. The room was on the second floor and was very nice. Beds were comfy and room was clean. Housekeeping wasn't great. Old Port Royale was so convenient and our building was very close so it was a short walk. The weather was HOT but we managed to survive by splitting up the days with a pool visit to cool off. Crowds were very low and most rides were walk-ons or little wait times. Wait times for the buses varied ... some days were quicker than others. If you have any questions, let me know! I would definitely stay there again ... it was a magical vacation. :wizard: My good friend Tracy surprised me and was waiting at the Custom House when I arrived via Magical Express. Her husband and daugher accompanied her and we all had a great time together.:cheer2:

KELLY
09-05-2010, 11:53 AM
Glad you had a great trip!!

CanadianPaco
09-05-2010, 12:09 PM
So glad you had a grea trip! We're planning on staying at Caribbean Beach in Dec and cannot wait!!!:wizard:

nessz79
09-05-2010, 12:28 PM
Thank you for sharing! We will also be there in December and always love hearing good reviews :).

KatMark
09-05-2010, 05:10 PM
We just returned from a wonderful 8 day trip! Caribbean Beach Resort is absolutely beautiful ... so lush and tropical. :lovestruc The pool was amazing and my girls had a blast. I requested Martinique and got it - Bldg. 25. The room was on the second floor and was very nice. Beds were comfy and room was clean. Housekeeping wasn't great. Old Port Royale was so convenient and our building was very close so it was a short walk. The weather was HOT but we managed to survive by splitting up the days with a pool visit to cool off. Crowds were very low and most rides were walk-ons or little wait times. Wait times for the buses varied ... some days were quicker than others. If you have any questions, let me know! I would definitely stay there again ... it was a magical vacation. :wizard: My good friend Tracy surprised me and was waiting at the Custom House when I arrived via Magical Express. Her husband and daugher accompanied her and we all had a great time together.:cheer2:

Glad you had a great trip. Tracy told me of her "surprising" you and I'm so glad that you guys had a good trip.

Crazy Kanga
09-05-2010, 05:33 PM
Thanks for sharing. Glad you had a great trip. We'll be there in 27 days!!!!!!!:yay:

kinggoofy
09-05-2010, 07:17 PM
We just returned from a wonderful 8 day trip! Caribbean Beach Resort is absolutely beautiful ... so lush and tropical. :lovestruc The pool was amazing and my girls had a blast. I requested Martinique and got it - Bldg. 25. The room was on the second floor and was very nice. Beds were comfy and room was clean. Housekeeping wasn't great. Old Port Royale was so convenient and our building was very close so it was a short walk. The weather was HOT but we managed to survive by splitting up the days with a pool visit to cool off. Crowds were very low and most rides were walk-ons or little wait times. Wait times for the buses varied ... some days were quicker than others. If you have any questions, let me know! I would definitely stay there again ... it was a magical vacation. :wizard: My good friend Tracy surprised me and was waiting at the Custom House when I arrived via Magical Express. Her husband and daugher accompanied her and we all had a great time together.:cheer2:

Nice to hear the great report.

Q for you---did you pay extra for your room location ? We are staying there from nov 30- dec 4th. (POR from nov 26-nov 30th)

As of now we have standard room booked. But your building was in the preferred category and we know how big CBR is.

Thanks KG

Mom2SamandCass
09-06-2010, 10:02 AM
Nice to hear the great report.

Q for you---did you pay extra for your room location ? We are staying there from nov 30- dec 4th. (POR from nov 26-nov 30th)

As of now we have standard room booked. But your building was in the preferred category and we know how big CBR is.

Thanks KG

Yes, we paid extra for a preferred room. I think it was $20 extra. Totally worth it.

Mom2SamandCass
09-06-2010, 10:03 AM
Glad you had a great trip. Tracy told me of her "surprising" you and I'm so glad that you guys had a good trip.

She sure did surprise me!! It was great. :lmao:

Mom2SamandCass
09-06-2010, 10:04 AM
So glad you had a grea trip! We're planning on staying at Caribbean Beach in Dec and cannot wait!!!:wizard:

Have a great trip! You will love it.

Mom2SamandCass
09-06-2010, 10:04 AM
Thanks for sharing. Glad you had a great trip. We'll be there in 27 days!!!!!!!:yay:

Have a great trip! You will love it. :banana:

Mom2SamandCass
09-06-2010, 10:05 AM
Thank you for sharing! We will also be there in December and always love hearing good reviews :).

Have a great trip!

disneycrazy2004
09-06-2010, 02:42 PM
Thank you for sharing - we booked the CBR for next year - decided to try something different. We booked a pirate theme room. Any idea, how long of a walk that would be to the pool, main building, buses....I believe I read somewhere that all the pirate theme room are in a Trinidad south village
thank you
can't wait till next year :)

LuvvsMickey
09-06-2010, 02:50 PM
She sure did surprise me!! It was great. :lmao:

:rolleyes1

McSusan
09-06-2010, 04:05 PM
WE returned from CBR on Aug. 30. I am glad you had a good trip. Our trip and times at the parks were the same. But our experience at the resort was not. We did get our requested building which was Martinique 21 and that was the only positive. Upon check in we found our room was not real clean. The ceiling fan and vent fan were filthy, carpet dirty, tub area dirty, curtain between sleeping area and sink area was stained, and walls in need of work(chips and marks on them) Oh and there were dead bugs all over the window sill. We have stayed in several disney resorts and this was by far the worst one.
I agree the grounds are beautiful. We didn't have as good of luck with the buses though. Our wait times were no less than 30 min. to get to the parks and even higher to get from parks back to resort!:mad:

Mom2SamandCass
09-07-2010, 03:03 PM
WE returned from CBR on Aug. 30. I am glad you had a good trip. Our trip and times at the parks were the same. But our experience at the resort was not. We did get our requested building which was Martinique 21 and that was the only positive. Upon check in we found our room was not real clean. The ceiling fan and vent fan were filthy, carpet dirty, tub area dirty, curtain between sleeping area and sink area was stained, and walls in need of work(chips and marks on them) Oh and there were dead bugs all over the window sill. We have stayed in several disney resorts and this was by far the worst one.
I agree the grounds are beautiful. We didn't have as good of luck with the buses though. Our wait times were no less than 30 min. to get to the parks and even higher to get from parks back to resort!:mad:

I agree that Mousekeeping was not very good. Sorry to hear that your room was so dirty. That's not acceptable. Did you let anyone know? I called housekeeping services a few times to get towels/washcloths because we didn't get any.

Yes, we had that problem too with the long wait times getting from the parks to the resort at the end of the day.

Mom2SamandCass
09-07-2010, 03:05 PM
:rolleyes1

:lovestruc:banana::lovestruc:banana::lovestruc:ban ana::lovestruc:banana:

Crazy Kanga
09-07-2010, 03:13 PM
We will have a car. I think we might use it some if the bus service is that bad. Last time we were there in June 2006 we had bad bus luck too. I was hoping it would be better this time. We will try it out and switch to our car if need be.

Mom2SamandCass
09-07-2010, 03:25 PM
We will have a car. I think we might use it some if the bus service is that bad. Last time we were there in June 2006 we had bad bus luck too. I was hoping it would be better this time. We will try it out and switch to our car if need be.

That's a great idea ... at least you'll have the option to use the car if you find the bus service to be bad. I think it's a hit or miss kind of thing. Some days were better than others. The end of the day seemed to be the worst.

mcd2745
09-07-2010, 03:54 PM
We just returned from a wonderful 8 day trip! Caribbean Beach Resort is absolutely beautiful ... so lush and tropical. :lovestruc The pool was amazing and my girls had a blast. I requested Martinique and got it - Bldg. 25. The room was on the second floor and was very nice. Beds were comfy and room was clean. Housekeeping wasn't great. Old Port Royale was so convenient and our building was very close so it was a short walk. The weather was HOT but we managed to survive by splitting up the days with a pool visit to cool off. Crowds were very low and most rides were walk-ons or little wait times. Wait times for the buses varied ... some days were quicker than others. If you have any questions, let me know! I would definitely stay there again ... it was a magical vacation. :wizard: My good friend Tracy surprised me and was waiting at the Custom House when I arrived via Magical Express. Her husband and daugher accompanied her and we all had a great time together.:cheer2:


We just got back on 9/5 from a 9-night stay. We got the building we requested - Jamaica 45 (we requested 45 or 51 {Aruba}). Our room (4557) was a perfect location, right by the bridge and less than a 5 minute walk to OPR. It was also a second-floor corner room, so we had the extra window with a great view of the bay and Caribbean Cay (we did have a water-view reservation). I don't think I could have picked a better room if they let me choose. Mousekeeping could have been a little better, we also didn't get washcloths a couple of days but the room was generally clean. Also, our hair dryer could double as a flamethrower. Other than that we had no problems with the room.

While the pool was great, it was a little too crowded. They could certainly use more lounges/chairs. And 8pm is way too early to close the slides. I only used the quiet pool once and that was around 1am while waiting for some laundry to finish in the dryers (for those unfamilar...each "island's" laundry center is located next to the island's quiet pool) At $2 a cycle, the dryers could have worked better. I also napped in a hammock on the beach waiting on them.

As OP stated, wait times for just about everything were great. The only long wait we noticed was Toy Story Mania at HS. It was posted as 90 minutes (with all FP gone as well) by the time we got there around 11:30am. It then went down for the remainder of the day shortly after that, so we never even got in line. Apparently they are having lots of problems with the new software they installed when it was closed for a few weeks recently. Everything else at every park was pretty much 10 minutes or less.

Bus service was varied, okay most times, but really bad at park closings. Now I think I see why Pop Century is so popular. They had a bus pull up every few minutes - sometimes two at once. Meanwhile it was every 15 minutes or more for a CBR bus.

All in all, it was a fantastic vacation though. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at CBR again. I still haven't gotten the constant Jimmy Buffet songs out of my head.

Mom2SamandCass
09-07-2010, 06:09 PM
We just got back on 9/5 from a 9-night stay. We got the building we requested - Jamaica 45 (we requested 45 or 51 {Aruba}). Our room (4557) was a perfect location, right by the bridge and less than a 5 minute walk to OPR. It was also a second-floor corner room, so we had the extra window with a great view of the bay and Caribbean Cay (we did have a water-view reservation). I don't think I could have picked a better room if they let me choose. Mousekeeping could have been a little better, we also didn't get washcloths a couple of days but the room was generally clean. Also, our hair dryer could double as a flamethrower. Other than that we had no problems with the room.

While the pool was great, it was a little too crowded. They could certainly use more lounges/chairs. And 8pm is way too early to close the slides. I only used the quiet pool once and that was around 1am while waiting for some laundry to finish in the dryers (for those unfamilar...each "island's" laundry center is located next to the island's quiet pool) At $2 a cycle, the dryers could have worked better. I also napped in a hammock on the beach waiting on them.

As OP stated, wait times for just about everything were great. The only long wait we noticed was Toy Story Mania at HS. It was posted as 90 minutes (with all FP gone as well) by the time we got there around 11:30am. It then went down for the remainder of the day shortly after that, so we never even got in line. Apparently they are having lots of problems with the new software they installed when it was closed for a few weeks recently. Everything else at every park was pretty much 10 minutes or less.

Bus service was varied, okay most times, but really bad at park closings. Now I think I see why Pop Century is so popular. They had a bus pull up every few minutes - sometimes two at once. Meanwhile it was every 15 minutes or more for a CBR bus.

All in all, it was a fantastic vacation though. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at CBR again. I still haven't gotten the constant Jimmy Buffet songs out of my head.

We were there at the same time! My friends were there as well and they requested Jamaica and got a waterview room in Bldg 44. It was such a nice walk over the bridge to visit them. Your room location sounds awesome!

I agree about the pool being crowded and that 8 pm is too early to close the slides. We often went straight to the pool as soon as we got back late from a park. I noticed the same thing about Pop Century buses! There were tons of them and I was jealous. :rotfl2:

I can't get the music out of my head either. I miss it and thought the resort was really wonderful. I'm glad that you did too!

bamagirl@hrt
09-07-2010, 06:51 PM
Glad to hear reports of families having a great stay at CBR. We are staying here for the first time next month. We usually stay at the BCV, but decided we needed to save some $$ and do moderate this time. By the time we booked, CBR was the only moderate still available with free dining. I've been a little nervous about it, knowing that it is very spread out. BUT, I've made up my mind to have a great trip, even if I get the room farthest away from the themed pool, or if I have to wait for busses. Afterall, it'll be better than being at home!

Gymbomom
09-07-2010, 07:41 PM
Glad to hear reports of families having a great stay at CBR. We are staying here for the first time next month. We usually stay at the BCV, but decided we needed to save some $$ and do moderate this time. By the time we booked, CBR was the only moderate still available with free dining. I've been a little nervous about it, knowing that it is very spread out. BUT, I've made up my mind to have a great trip, even if I get the room farthest away from the themed pool, or if I have to wait for busses. Afterall, it'll be better than being at home!

Don't be nervous!! Beach Club is our favorite Deluxe....and when we have to save money - we choose CBR. We have stayed at all of the Moderates and the CBR is our favorite. Most likely because we love the beach theme - like BCV.

bamagirl@hrt
09-08-2010, 03:22 PM
Don't be nervous!! Beach Club is our favorite Deluxe....and when we have to save money - we choose CBR. We have stayed at all of the Moderates and the CBR is our favorite. Most likely because we love the beach theme - like BCV.

Thanks so much for your input! It helps knowing that another "Beach Clubber" really enjoys CBR as well. I'm looking forward to it, especially since many say that it's a quieter, more relaxing resort. I'm looking forward to sitting out on the beach at night, just like I do at the BC!

mickeystoontown
09-08-2010, 04:00 PM
Very happy to hear that you had a good time at the CBR. It's such a pretty resort so even when you do have to walk, the surroundings make you enjoy the walk. I'm counting down the days until I'm back at the CBR relaxing in a hammock.