- Oct 2, 2006
The new Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Information & Questions Thread is open! Come on over and join in on the fun! http://www.disboards.com/threads/disneys-caribbean-beach-resort-information-questions-thread-now-open.3461094/
Welcome to the latest edition of the Caribbean Beach Resort information thread! In the past, safetymom did an excellent job of providing us with information regarding the resort and, recently, dansdad picked up where she left off and was great at keeping it updated. It’s now time to start yet another CBR FAQ thread since the other grew quite rapidly and is now reaching the page limit and many of the pictures in the other thread have either been moved or removed. The pictures that I posted here are either my own or credit is given to the photographer.
I will try my best to keep the information updated and will rely heavily on information posted on the Disboards to do so but, with the way that Disney is constantly growing and updating things, I may miss “new” information. Please feel free to let me know if you hear of changes or see that I need to make changes and/or additions. I am leaving several posts as “reserved” so that additional information and pictures can be added. I am also keeping some of the posts short in order to add additional pictures as they are posted or come to my attention.
The CBR began a major refurbishment in May, 2014 and all standard and preferred rooms were done. With the refurb, families of five are now able to book a room at the CBR!
The pirate rooms were also recently refurbished! Thanks to www.**************.net for the pictures and review!
**The main bridge going from Aruba and Jamaica to Old Port Royale will be closed. Guests may take a shuttle, internal van, or boat from Aruba to Bike Works. Additional shuttles have been added to help Guests get to and from Old Port Royale during their stay.
Aug. 3 - Nov. 26, 2015
The Caribbean Beach Resort is a tropical paradise located near Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Downtown Disney and is considered an "Epcot Area Resort". Because of the resort’s central location, your ride, whether by taxi, your own vehicle or by Disney bus, to any of the four parks, two water parks or Downtown Disney won’t be a long one.
picture by phoenixstrength
The CBR, a moderate resort, has 2,112 rooms and consists of thirty-three two story buildings surrounding a 42 acre lake. The resort has six villages: Martinique, Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Jamaica, Aruba and Barbados. Each of the villages has it’s own quiet pool, laundry facilities and bus stop. If you are driving, you won’t have a problem finding parking as each village also has a parking area. I’ll post more specifics and lots of pictures of the resort buildings, rooms, pools, etc. in another post.
Let’s start out by talking about the first place you’ll visit when you arrive on the resort grounds, then, I’ll move on to the villages, rooms, food court, amenities, etc.
The Custom House is where you will check-in for your reservation. If arriving by Magical Express, you’ll be dropped off under the portico at the Custom House entrance.
picture courtesy of jensieb
If you are driving, you will need to stop at the guard station, give them your name and show an I.D. after which time they will direct you to The Custom House. Parking is plentiful, shaded and right outside of The Custom House itself.
Located within The Custom House are the check-in/out desks, lobby concierge, restrooms and airline check-in. There are separate lines and windows for standard check-in, online check-in and concierge and a separate area for airline check-in.
picture courtesy of jensieb
Large valuables can be left at the Custom House if they will not fit in the room safes. Ask for more information upon check-in.
Just outside and to the left of The Custom House entrance, you’ll find Bell Services. If you need assistance in getting your bags to your room, stop there after checking in and they’ll be glad to help you. Large luggage is not allowed on the resort buses. If you arrive via Magical Express and have nothing but your carry-on, you have three choices: 1) use Bell Services to take you to your room; 2) you can catch an Internal Shuttle bus to your village. The bus picks up just to the side of The Custom House; or 3) walk to your village. How long it takes you to walk to your room from the Custom House depends on your room/building location.
Keep in mind that most guests will not need to go to the Custom House except at check-in, airline check-in and Magical Express pickup. Should you need assistance while at the resort, you can either take an Internal Shuttle Bus to The Custom House or go to the concierge desk located in Old Port Royale. The internal shuttle bus, which is clearly marked, stops at each village bus stop and loops around the resort.
Check-in and check-out
Check-in is at 3 pm, at the Custom House. There is a possibility that your room will be available to you prior to the official check-in time of 3 p.m. If your room is not available, you can leave your luggage with Bell Services and use any of the resort amenities. Once you are in your room, you can call Bell Services and they will deliver your luggage to you. If you arrive via Magical Express and you let them handle your luggage for you, your luggage will be delivered to your room.
If your room is not ready, you can leave a mobile number with the castmember who checks you in and you will receive a text when your room is ready. Having said that, some report that they never received the text message. If you are on the resort grounds and do not receive a room ready notification, you can go to the concierge desk in the Custom House or in Old Port Royale.