Curious about the refurbishments going on at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort? Walt Express has the scoop! Get all the latest right here: All You Need To Know About Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Refurbishments.
All You Need To Know About Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Refurbishments
Disney has just released a little “sneak peek” into what we can except when this process is finished. Caribbean Beach Resort Update
From Disney Parks Blog
Centertown Market will be expanded and enclosed, creating a quick-service restaurant with an indoor street market vibe. Guests will enter the space under a large palapa-like structure, accented with glowing colored light pendants made from glass bottles. The market will feature open shutters, wooden light posts, awnings, ornamentation and unique seating areas. Guests will also have access to the Grab n’ Go market for a specialty coffee and quick bites.
Shutters, a Caribbean-inspired table-service restaurant, will be located on the waterfront of Old Port Royale, transporting guests to a beachfront home in the tropical islands. Large open shutters will allow the sun to cast a warm light into the space adorned with handmade items that appear as they’ve been found on the islands. Leaves and floral design motifs will fill the space, celebrating the natural beauty of the Caribbean.
Walt Express has been asked a lot about the extensive refurbishments going on in Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Let me just say, It’s A LOT! With that being said, it’s STILL Disney and there is STILL plenty of magic to be had in the Caribbean Beach Resort! The refurbishments began on May 1, 2017 and are expected to continue until late 2018 or early 2019.
The Caribbean Beach Resort will be re-imagined with new additions to the resort’s current marketplace, Centertown, including new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas. This centralized location will offer the resort’s guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining. Also included in the refurbishment are several of the villages.
What To Expect
As soon as you arrive at the Caribbean Beach Resort, you will notice lots of big equipment and construction. Don’t worry, there are plenty of signs and directions to point you in the right direction. The refurbishment will bring a much needed face-lift to this resort, making it even more beautiful than it already is.
Beginning in May 2017, the following venues will be unavailable due to refurbishment: Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Banana Cabana Pool Bar and Calypso Trading Post. Read on to find out where you will find everything you need if you’re staying in the Caribbean Beach Resort.
There are six villages: Martinique, Barbados, Aruba, Jamaica, Trinidad North and Trinidad South (these are the pirate rooms). Not all villages will see or hear construction. We do know that right now the Martinique and Barbados villages will be completely re-imagined. This area and the “town” areas are the areas where you will see the most construction.
Centertown is the centralized location of Caribbean Beach Resort, where you will find dining, shopping, and so much more. As the refurbishment process continues, you will find everything you need right here in Centertown.
Old Port Royale Food Court is the main section in Caribbean Beach Resort where you will find the resort’s dining options. In it’s place now, you will find a large tent-like structure (don’t worry, it’s HUGE and air conditioned!). This is “Centertown Buffet”. Centertown Buffet provides an all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast and dinner buffet. We found the food to be quite delicious, as with other Disney World buffets. The prices are lower than regular buffets, making it a nice value. They do accept the Disney Dining Plan.
Normal hours for Centertown Buffet are 6:30 am-11:30 am for breakfast and 5 pm-10 pm for dinner. These times are subject to change.
A selection of grab-and-go meals (food trucks) will be conveniently available for purchase throughout the day in three new island markets located in the Aruba, Jamaica and Martinique regions of the Resort. Keeping with the island theme, you will find some pretty amazing treats!
Freestyle Coke machines are conveniently set up inside resort villages, where the ice locations are found. These are used for your refillable drink mugs.
In-room dining is also still available, with a few more options to choose from, such as pizza, salads, sandwiches and more.
As of now, the pools have not been affected by the refurbishment. Fuentes del Morro Pool, the main pool in the resort, is still the number 1 place to hang out with the family and totally RELAX! There is also a little “drink truck” set up nearby for those fruity drinks (rum is optional)!
In Centertown, you will find a few “grab and go trucks” set up with most of your shopping needs. So, don’t worry! You can still grab a few souvenirs if you haven’t shopped enough in the parks!
We really enjoyed Centertown and ended up spending quite some time there. Disney has tried really hard to make this inconvenience, as convenient as possible. There has also been added entertainment around “town”. Of course you are still in the Caribbean, loves! Everyone in and around the Caribbean Beach Resort was super friendly and helpful to our family.
Things to Remember
- Disney Dining Plans will be accepted.
- Disney will make every effort to assist in any special dietary needs.
- As with any lengthy refurbishment process, things can AND will change. We will update this blog as we find out more information.
Find out more about the new guest experiences coming to this resort: New Experiences Coming to Caribbean Beach Resort.
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