Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort , great place to stay, review of Disneys Caribbean beach resort

Review of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Orlando Florida

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

I was lucky enough to go to Disney World, Orlando last year which was a huge tick off my bucket list!  Its always hard to choose were to stay, villa or hotel?  We stayed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort which is classed as one of their Moderate Resorts.  It is conveniently located close to Epcot and offers rooms and facilities in a lush tropical Caribbean themed resort.  There were 10 of us travelling together and we stayed in 4 different rooms all located close to each other as requested.

The Resort

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort , Disney hotel, great place to stay, review of Disney Hotel

Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort is spread around a large 45 acre lake and is made up of six ‘islands’, Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad North and Trinidad South.  The buildings in each island have their own colour theme.  Our rooms were located in Trinidad South which is about a 10/15 minute walk to the main swimming pool and restaurant area.  Each Island has its own bus stop for catching the Disney transport to the parks.  This was a really convenient way to travel.  Each Island also has its own swimming pool and laundrette facilities.  We used the swimming pool in Trinidad South a lot as it was quiet and there were always plenty of sunbeds and sunshades available.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort , Disney hotel, great place to stay, review of Disney Hotel

The walk from our room to the restaurant for breakfast was always enjoyable taking in the views across the lake and passing the sandy beaches with hammocks (swimming is prohibited).

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort , Disney hotel, great place to stay, review of Disney Hotel

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort , Disney hotel, great place to stay, review of Disney Hotel

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort , Disney hotel, great place to stay, review of Disney Hotel

The Rooms

We stayed in the pirate rooms with pirate ship beds and pirate themed décor throughout.  Most rooms hold up to 4 people, the pirate rooms have two double beds.  They have most of the facilities expected including a TV, hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, coffee machine and kettle and a fully equipped bathroom.  Our room was located around a courtyard which gave us an area to sit outside our room and relax after a long day at the theme parks.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort , Disney hotel, great place to stay, review of Disney Hotel

 

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort , Disney hotel, great place to stay, review of Disney Hotel

Resort Facilities

In the main part of the resort there is a large swimming pool with slides, waterfalls and hot tubs.  There is also a small splash park for younger children.  We didn’t use this pool much during our stay as it gets very busy and was hard to find enough sun beds for us to sit together.  The facilities are nice though and they often have entertainment going on for the children.

The main eating area is the Old Port Royale Food Court which serves quick service dining options.  It is set out as a bustling market with a choice of outlets serving a range of foods such as burgers, pizza, pasta, omelettes and sandwiches.  It can be quite daunting when you first arrive but when you get into the swing of it and know where everything is located it is a great place to go for a quick bite to eat.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort , Disney hotel, great place to stay, review of Disney Hotel

Shutter’s is a table service restaurant on site serving American cuisine with a Caribbean twist for lunch and dinner.  Pizza delivery is available to the rooms and there is a bar located outside the main pool area.  Movies are shown on a large screen by the bar every night so the kids were able to sit and watch a classic Disney film while we enjoyed a cocktail or two.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort , Disney hotel, great place to stay, review of Disney Hotel

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort offers a number of activities including fishing, jogging trails, bike rentals and volleyball.  If you are anything like us though we didn’t have spare time to fit in any of these activities, if we weren’t in a theme park we were chilling around the pool.

Final thoughts…..

Disney’s Caribbean beach resort was a great place to spend our two week holiday.  From the moment we arrived the staff were friendly and made us feel welcome.  The kids and hubby were given badges to wear as it was their first time to Disney and my Dad was given a badge as we were celebrating his retirement!  As with everywhere in Disney the resort was very clean and cast members were always about clearing up rubbish.  The lake provides some lovely views and nice scenery but it does mean a bit of a walk to reach the main pool and restaurant.  There are however internal buses that you can use to travel around the resort.  If you are thinking of staying in a Disney hotel then Disney’s Caribbean beach resort is definitely worth considering. Click here to visit their website.

If you have already booked to stay at Disney’s Caribbean beach resort then I hope you have a great time and if you are still planning your trip then I hope this has helped.

For information on some of the best Disney restaurants please visit my other post – 12 restaurants to try in Disney World.

UPDATE – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be undergoing refurbishment in May 2017.

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12 Restaurants to try in Disney World, Best restaurants, Orlando Florida

12 restaurants to try in Disney World

Disney World, what an amazing place!  There is so much to see and do, but eating out is also a huge part of the trip.  During our two week holiday to Orlando, Florida we got to eat in some great restaurants.  I did lots of research before travelling to decide which ones to choose.

Here is my list of 12 restaurants to try in Disney World.

1. The Crystal Palace – Magic Kingdom

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The Crystal Palace is set in a Victorian style greenhouse with lots of light and greenery.  We ate here for breakfast on our first morning.  We made a reservation for 8 am so we had early access into the park and ready to hit Magic Kingdom when the rides opened.

The breakfast is an all you can eat American style buffet with a large selection of hot and cold foods.  While dining Winnie the Pooh and his friends come round for photos and autographs.  It was a lovely start to the holiday.

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2. Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom

For me this had to be on my list of restaurants to try in Disney World.  Cinderella’s castle is the heart of Disney World so it was great to experience going inside.  We ate here in the early evening for dinner.  When you arrive you are greeted by Cinderella and get the opportunity for a photo and autograph.  You then make your way up the spiral staircase to the restaurant.  A criticism of this restaurant is that it is quite dark however this is to keep within the atmosphere of a medieval castle.

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The food here was really good and the steak was cooked to perfection.  The only thing missing was a nice glass of red (no alcohol is available).  During our meal a number of Disney 12 Restaurants to visit in Disney World, Cinderella's Royal Table, Magic Kingdom, Disney diningPrincesses walked around the tables (which my daughter loved).

3. Be Our Guest Restaurant – Magic Kingdom

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This Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant set in the Beasts enchanted castle is a great setting for an amazing evening meal.  There are three different rooms each set out as a different part of the castle (don’t miss the enchanted rose in the West Wing).  The menu is French themed and this is the only place in the Magic Kingdom that serves alcohol.

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Once you have finished your meal you get to visit the Beast himself for a photo (no autographs though as his hands are too big to hold a pen!).

 

4. Tusker House Restaurant – Animal Kingdom

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Tusker House is set out as an African marketplace serving buffet style meals throughout the day.  We ate here for breakfast which served the usual hot and cold American style breakfast as well as some African options.  Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other characters all dressed in Safari outfits come round and greet each table.  This is a great way to meet lots of characters without having to queue.

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5. Yak & Yeti – Animal Kingdom

Yak & Yeti is a Nepalese-style restaurant offering pan-Asian table service meals.  The food was really tasty and it was nice to have some thing a bit different to what is normally on offer.  There were some great dishes on the menu.

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6. The Garden Grill – Epcot

This is a rotating restaurant which slowly moves as you enjoy your food and the changing scenery.  Its a great place to have breakfast so that you can be the first in the queue for Soarin’ which is next door and such an amazing ride.  The breakfast was nice and included Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes! 12 restaurants to try in Disney World, The Garden Grill, Epcot, Disney World, Orlando, Florida

I would recommend eating here early to make the most of being in the park when it opens.  You also get to meet Chip and Dale and some of their pals for more great photo opportunities and autographs.

7. Le Cellier Steakhouse – Epcot

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You are spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants in Epcot but we chose to eat in Canada in this amazing steak restaurant.  It is set in a Canadian Chateau surrounded by lovely gardens.  The steak was one of the best I have had and cooked exactly to my liking (rare!).  I would definitely recommend eating here and think I can say it was the best meal I had while in Orlando.

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8. Hollywood & Vine – Hollywood Studios

We ate in this restaurant for lunch as it gave us the chance to meet lots of Disney Junior characters that you don’t normally get to see.  This included Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Handy Manny, Doc Mcstuffins and Sofia the First.  It is a buffet style lunch with a large variety of different foods.  I also made this reservation as it included VIP access to the Fantasmic show in the evening.  This was great as it meant we didn’t have to arrive early to get a seat at the show.

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9. Sci-Fi Dine in Theater Restaurant – Hollywood Studios

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This is a great themed restaurant where you get to sit in a car shaped booth and watch sci-fi clips which are shown up on a big screen.  The children loved this unique restaurant serving all American cuisine.  The burgers and desserts were great and the cocktails were good too.

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10. T-Rex Restaurant – Disney Springs

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Disney Springs is a great area to come of an evening, there are lots of shops, restaurants and bars.  We made a reservation at the T-Rex Restaurant which is brilliant for any dinosaur fans.  It is similar to Rainforest café but dinosaur themed where you are surrounded by prehistoric sights and sounds.  Throughout the evening you get to witness a meteor shower with lots of loud roaring dinosaurs.  There is so much for the children to see including an area where they can pretend to uncover dinosaur bones.

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11. Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – Disney Springs

I chose this restaurant as I love Italian food and both my children are big pizza and pasta fans.  The food here was really good and the service was excellent.  Great place to come if you are a fan of Italian cuisine.

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12. Bongos Cuban Café – Disney Springs

This restaurant is owned by Gloria Estefan and offers great Cuban cuisine and cocktails.  It has a great atmosphere and offers a varied menu.  I would highly recommend sharing the Paella, which was delicious!12 restaurants to try in Disney World, Bongos Cuban Café, Disney Springs, Disney World, Orlando, Florida

 

I would definitely recommend making reservations for these restaurants in advance.  You should try to book 180 days before your trip which is when the reservations open.

I hope these 12 restaurants to try in Disney World help you to plan your next trip to Orlando, Florida.