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Our pirate room was really cool. I was a little nervous that the intense theming would feel juveline or tiresome after one night when the novelty wears off but that wasn’t the case. Somehow the decor did not overwhelm the comfort or energy of the room; leave it to Disney to accomplish a pretty sophisticated feeling out of “pirates.” :pirate: The size of the room was comfortable, the storage space was perfect for two adults (add 2 kids to that mix & I could see how it may get messy pretty fast). I REALLY liked how you can opt to curtain off the vanity/bathroom area from the rest of the room and the new flat screen TVs were pretty vibrant. My only room complaints may be that, even with every light on, it was still a really dark room. We kept the shades & curtains completely open most of the time just to have a normal lighting environment.
This resort is uncomfortably massive. It may just be my personal preference to be in an all-in-one building resort like AKL but I will say that Caribbean Beach, no matter what you tell me in real acerage size, just FELT massively bigger than even Coronado Springs or Old Key West. I felt like we spent way too much time on internal buses, walking far to where we needed to go, & everything looks VERY similar. Just to refill our resort mugs it was either an internal bus ride with 5 stops before we got to the food court or a 15 minute walk. Most of the time we just said “forget it” & didn’t use the resort common areas to their fullest. On a longer trip this may not have bothered me as much but it was pretty inconvenient. The buildings run into each other and the paths are repetative in style. It’s pretty tiring and slightly confusing.
Every CM that we encountered was extremely friendly & helpful! One night my phone got soaked on Splash Mountain and a CM in the food court came running to my rescue with a child’s pail full of dried rice telling me to dry it out overnight in the pail. Sure enough it worked! We also encountered a CM in the resort store that talked to me for about 10 minutes about missing River Country, etc. Everyone was so nice. We did experience some odd mistakes at check-in & check-out, a pair of earrings went missing from my room after mousekeeping left one morning, & we almost missed our Magical Express bus departing the resort because bell services did not show up at our door when they made an arrangement to. I don’t mind expanding on any of those incidents if anyone wants to know but otherwise they were all worked out.
As far as the food court goes, I was pretty impressed with the counter service options! They had big dinner portions and everything we tried was good quality. I felt like the best counter as far as value & quality went is the “Bridgetown Broiler” where they offer dishes like roast turkey, rotisserie chicken, pork & salmon with choices of sides like mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, beans & rice, etc. It felt like a “real meal,” even for counter service. I also liked how they had seperate registers for the “grab & go” area, this kept the lines down for people carrying heavy trays of food from the counter services windows. Seating was plentiful & comfortable. I also liked having the option of eating outdoors at cafe tables with a pretty ceramic waterfall fountain nearby.
Otherwise, the whole Caribbean Beach Resort experience for me was just ok. I probably wouldn’t choose to stay there again unless it was my very last option. If I had to stay at another moderate resort in the future, for whatever reason, I think I would stick with Coronado or Port Orleans (especially with the upcoming Royal Suites which look absolutely beautiful).
The main pool area was underwhelming to me, everything felt a little ‘tired’ and bland, and without the spice of our specially themed pirate room I probably would have found the resort to be downright boring. :mellow::laugh: