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Review: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Continued



By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, see this.)

PHOTO TOUR OF A NEWLY-REFURBED QUEEN AND MURPHY BED ROOM AT DISNEY’S CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORT

Five Person Queen Room Floor Plan Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The newly-refurbed standard rooms at Caribbean Beach now have queen beds, and in many cases, a Murphy Bed as well.

Bed Side Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The bed side of the room has the queens and a small bedside table between them.

This side will also have the connecting door (at left) if present, and a coat rack near the door.

Bed Light Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s a different color scheme here, and fun new light fixtures.

Queen Bed Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

A closer view of a queen.

Caribbean Beach Bedroom from yourfirstvisit.net

Compare the colors to an un-refurbed room from my February visit. I kinda like the old color scheme better…

Barn Doors Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Further back is the bath. The sink area of the bath is now separated from the rest of the room by sliding solid doors–rather than the fabric curtain you used to find here, and will still find at Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter. The sliding doors improve the trapping of both light and noise from the bathroom, plus make it feel more private.

 

Sinks Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Here’s the sinks themselves…

Closet Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and next to them the clothes hanging area.

Tub Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

In their own separate space you’ll find the toilet and tub/shower combo.

Shower Curtain Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

More of the shower curtain.

TV Side Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The other side of the room has a table and chairs and a TV/dresser/bench/Murphy Bed/mini-fridge combining thingy.

Table and Chairs Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

A closer view of the table and chairs…

Table Light Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…the lamp overhead, styled like the ones at the heads of the beds…

Curtains Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and the window curtains.

TV Dresser Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

And then there’s the thingy…

Accessible Storage Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The right side has a couple of drawers.

Clearance Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s three more drawers underneath the green bench.  These are basically inaccessible when the bed is down, as it is shown here.  Even so, this is a much better design than the Murphy Bed rooms at Port Orleans Riverside, where all the drawers in the room are inaccessible when the bed is down.

Mini-fridge Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The object at the far left that looks like two more drawers is in fact the mini fridge.

Murphy Bed Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

And then there’s the Murphy Bed…

Murphy Bed Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

…another angle.

I measured the Murphy Bed mattress as 30″ wide by 64″ long.  The way it is positioned on top of the bed frame (rather than inside it) and related to the back framing means that, unlike many such beds, it does not sleep much shorter than this. I’d put a five foot tall kid on this and expect great results. The cushion is 5 inches deep. Note also Mickey and Pluto!

You’ll have noted the common use of a woven-look texture on many vertical surfaces in the room. These serve to unify the space, and when combined with the green of the bench seat remind of the recently-refurbed Polynesian rooms.

Wall Art Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

But there’s not much else in the way of decoration–these textures, the lamps and curtains already noted, and just a couple of fruity art things (with, I think, some Hidden Mickeys) on either side of the TV object–see them above and below.

Wall Art at Refurbished Queen Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The biggest negatives with Caribbean Beach traditionally have been its full size beds, and its sprawl and resulting seven bus stops and long walking distances.

Queen beds make it a much more comfortable place to stay, and the addition of a third sleeping spot and capacity for five will make it a godsend for larger families looking for more affordable rooms at Walt Disney World.

AMENITIES AT DISNEY’S CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORT

This review continues here.

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7 comments

1 Kelly B - Agent with Destinations to Explore { 10.02.14 at 10:30 am }

These updated rooms are a great option for families traveling with more than 2 children. The we be wonderful for your next vacation. I’m the dedicated Destinations in Florida rep for yourfirstvisit.net readers—if you need help booking please contact me.

2 Julie LeLievre { 07.24.15 at 8:12 pm }

We are planning a family special anniversary trip; Gramma & Grampa & our kids & grandkids: total of 5 couples and 7 kids, ages 3-8.
Q: we like the look of Caribbean beach resort. noticed in the WDW list is room with King bed, do you know if it has a murphy bed? are they on the first floor?
Q: would it be worthwhile to stay at Art of Animation for a few days then move to Caribbean Beach? Kids will like AofA, but we want the adults to enjoy the trip too, so picked CB. I noticed in one comment you suggested two resorts, but it does seem like a lot of trouble?

3 Dave { 07.25.15 at 7:39 am }

Hi Julie! CB king rooms do not have Murphy Beds. Changing resorts adds another pack/unpack cycle–Disney will move your luggage for you.

4 Charlene { 07.26.15 at 12:37 pm }

Hi Dave,
Great info, thanks. I will be visiting Disney to meet my daughter and family at the CB. Wasn’t able to get Florida res discount or a preferred room but want to stay near her. She has a preferred room and the only res I could get was for a pool room. I linked res but do you think we will be together?

5 Dave { 07.28.15 at 8:39 am }

Charlene, I don’t know, but try this: When you do online check in, both of you request Martinique. Martinique is one of two areas with preferred buildings, but it also has non-preferred buildings.

6 Lalani { 11.29.15 at 8:21 pm }

Do the sliding bathroom doors lock?

7 Dave { 11.30.15 at 6:57 am }

Lalani, they don’t.

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