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
The newly-refurbed standard rooms at Caribbean Beach now have queen beds, and in many cases, a Murphy Bed as well.
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.
There’s a different color scheme here, and fun new light fixtures.
A closer view of a queen.
Compare the colors to an un-refurbed room from my February visit. I kinda like the old color scheme better…
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.
Here’s the sinks themselves…
…and next to them the clothes hanging area.
In their own separate space you’ll find the toilet and tub/shower combo.
More of the shower curtain.
The other side of the room has a table and chairs and a TV/dresser/bench/Murphy Bed/mini-fridge combining thingy.
A closer view of the table and chairs…
…the lamp overhead, styled like the ones at the heads of the beds…
…and the window curtains.
And then there’s the thingy…
The right side has a couple of drawers.
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.
The object at the far left that looks like two more drawers is in fact the mini fridge.
And then there’s the Murphy Bed…
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.
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.
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.