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Pirate Rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort



By Dave Shute

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

THE PIRATE ROOMS IN TRINIDAD SOUTH

Review Pirate Rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.netDisney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is this site’s top-rated moderate resort for first-time family visitors to Walt Disney World.

It gets that position because it has a little more kid appeal than the other moderate resorts.

For example, it has

  • The most widely appealing setting, beaches
  • The best main pool among the moderates
  • And light Disney theming in many of its rooms–e.g. Mickey and Pluto in the five person refurbed rooms

Moreover, rooms in its Trinidad South section have deep nautical and pirate theming.

This pirate theming is pretty cool, and includes ship-shaped structures around its full beds, but, given the inconvenience of Trinidad South, is not worth the extra $60-$85 a night it costs.

Moreover, by so deeply theming these beds, Disney made it too expensive to convert these rooms to the queens that have replaced all the fulls elsewhere at Caribbean Beach. As a result, even after their 2015 refurb,  these rooms have kept their full beds. Also, they still sleep only four–unlike the five person rooms available elsewhere at Caribbean Beach

REVIEW: THE PIRATE-THEMED ROOMS AT CARIBBEAN BEACH

Caribbean Beach was the first moderate resort at Walt Disney World, and shows a few first-time mistakes.

  • Some sections of the resort–particularly Trinidad South, and, to a lesser degree, Barbados–are simply too far from the rest of it.
  • The resort was designed with more bus stops than it could have had, partly related to an isolated check-in building
  • No elevators…

Trinidad South in particular has always felt isolated from the rest of Caribbean Beach–over a bridge, out of sight. (For a map, click here.)

In response, a few years ago, Disney World tried to turn lemons into lemonade, and redid the rooms in Trinidad South to a pirate theme, at a higher cost to reserve–for example, standard view pirate rooms are (including tax) $277 a night on weeknights during the Fall 2015 price season, compared to $204 then for standard rooms elsewhere at Caribbean Beach.

This review is based on my October 2015 stay in such a room–my third pirate room stay.

Floor Plan Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Like Disney’s other moderate resort rooms, these pirate-themed options are spacious and livable.

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

One side of the room has two full beds. Note the ship theming!

Bed Side From Back Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The bed side from the back of the room.

Bed Detail Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (533x800)

A closer view of the beds. Note the skull and crossbones pillow ,and the detailed wheel, mizzen mast, yard, shrouds, ratlines, and lanterns aft, and the bow chasers forward.

Bed Detail Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

A closer shot of the aft superstructure.

Bedside Table Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The bedside table takes the form of a barrel, and has a storage shelf underneath…

Bedside Storage Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…as well as a drawer that can hold your important books.

Bedside Power Point Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Added to the top of this barrel in the 2015 refurb of these rooms was a set of standard and USB power points.

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

The TV side of the room continues the nautical theming, adding crates to the barrels..

TV Side from Back Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The TV side from the back of the room.

Rug Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

A new rug is part of the 2015 update, replacing the old one that imitated ship decking.  The old one never made sense–ships sailing on wood?

Rug Detail Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The new rug is more overtly nautical and somewhat sea-like. It, combined with the new blue (a light sky blue) wall colors, makes the “ships at sea” bed concept work much better. It’s subtle, but a real improvement.

I did not spend enough time with this rug–once again, I write a phrase that no one else has ever written before–but suspect that if I had, I’d find lots references to  the movies and a hidden Mickey or two

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

Back to the TV side, a closer view of the table and chairs. A compass rose tops the table.

Dresser Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The dresser resembles a pile of crates.

Dresser Storage Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

This, incidentally, yields four good-sized drawers.

Coffee Service Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The coffee service is on top of a barrel…

Mini Fridge Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…which encloses the mini-fridge.

Coffee Power Point Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (800x533)

Added to the top of this barrel in the 2105 refurb is another set of power points, one of which is occupied by the coffee maker’s cord.

Chest and Hooks Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (533x800)

At the end of this side is a treasure chest with hanging hooks above.

Chest Storage Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (800x533)

The chest has a large storage drawer.

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

Note that this room is really more nautical than piratical, with a few exceptions. One is the skull and crossbones pillows on the beds, another is the art on the wall between the beds and the bath, featuring Captain you know who…

Privacy Curtain Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and another is the curtain separating the bath area from the main bedroom area. Seeing this is a cheery way to start your morning.

Sink Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Behind the moveable curtain, the bath has two sinks.

Sink Detail Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

More skulls decorate the sinks.

Closet Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (533x800)

At the side there’s a closet area. Note the beam above.

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

Separated into their own little room are the tub/shower combo and the toilet.

Shower Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The shower curtain…

Shower Curtain Detail Pirate Room Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…is covered with ships.

The extent and depth of the nautical theming is remarkable, and the less pervasive pirate theming is fun too. The 2015 refurb added a bit more pirates and better ties together the whole theme. Back when I was a boy, I would have loved this room.

But Trinidad South is still a ways away from the center of the resort and its main pool, shops and dining. For the price, unless all your kids are really into pirates, I can’t recommend it.  The value of the theming itself is not enough to offset the isolation…add the extra cost, and you are paying to be inconvenienced.

Food Truck Trinidad South Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

(Note that during my October 2015 visit a food truck was parked by the Trinidad South pool. If this becomes a reliable feature, then some of the inconvenience of these rooms will be moderated.)

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19 comments

1 Paul { 04.13.15 at 8:59 am }

Do you know if the Trinidad North rooms have been renovated ?

2 Dave { 04.13.15 at 5:15 pm }

Paul, I read in good sources that they are, but have not seen such with my own eyes yet–a failing I expect to fix on my visit later this week, so check back say Sunday??

3 John Haley { 07.12.15 at 7:55 pm }

We are staying in a Pirate themed room. This was the only room available using the Military Salute Pricing. We are staying 7 nights. It is myself and my 12 y.o. Son. I see that often the rooms are referred to as “not worth the extra cost due to the inconvenience”. Is it really that far away? We are pretty mobile. Any suggestions?

4 Dave { 07.13.15 at 9:31 am }

John, if you plan to dine a lot at in the food court or restaurant at Old Port Royale, or use the main pool a lot, they are an extra walk. The add is likely as little as 10 minutes more walking per round trip compared to alternatives, but it does add up over the course of a visit.

5 Dee { 01.11.16 at 9:56 pm }

Hi! I used your site to plan out 2013 trip (first time going as an adult with my own family) and it was wonderful! We are planing on returning in the fall this year and were looking at staying at Caribbean Beach (last time Pop Century), but I am concerned about this 7 bus stop business. Our kids will be 7, 5, & 2. Will this make for a REALLY long ride to the parks? (As compared to Pop Century) Thanks!

6 Dave { 01.13.16 at 7:20 am }

Dee, it’ll add 5 to 10 minutes to each trip.

7 Patti { 01.13.16 at 1:42 pm }

do the buses that stop at each village go to the different theme parks or do they bring you to a central locale within the resort for you to go from there?

8 Dave { 01.14.16 at 7:24 am }

Patti, while there have been some experiments in doing it differently, the buses circle all the stops and then head off to a single park.

9 Dee { 01.14.16 at 11:21 am }

Thanks so much!

10 Julie warford { 02.21.16 at 2:04 pm }

Hi, I see rooms have coffee making facilities , but being an English tea drinker! Do they have kettles?

11 Dave { 02.22.16 at 8:06 am }

Julie, no. The pots will make hot water for tea bags in cups, but there are no kettles.

12 Karen { 04.27.16 at 2:44 pm }

Do you know if all of the pirate rooms have been re-modeled? Not my first choice in rooms, but the only ones I was able to snag free dining with, so we took them. I’m hoping they’re all the light-blue colored rooms now, not the darker-looking decor. Thanks!

13 Dave { 04.28.16 at 11:15 am }

Karen, all the Pirate rooms completed the refurb in 2015!

14 christine taylor { 05.02.16 at 1:29 pm }

I was wondering how the beds were in the pirate room compared to the regular rooms. Just as comfy? My husband and I are booked in the pirate rooms but are concerned as we both have back issues.

15 Dave { 05.04.16 at 8:50 am }

Christine they are similar, just smaller. Pretty firm…

16 Cindy Slabosz { 07.08.16 at 3:24 pm }

Booked a vacation for September of this year because I got the free dining plan. I was not familiar with the Caribbean Beach Resort. Now I see there are no elevators. How do I go about getting a ground floor room this late since I booked my trip a few months ago? I have mobility issues.

17 Dave { 07.11.16 at 8:42 am }

Cindy, call them, note your issues, and request a ground floor room. You can also do both these things via online check in. Half the rooms are ground floor, so that’s usually not a problem, but do call/go online.

18 Colleen { 08.27.16 at 11:03 pm }

I booked a regular room and now my reservation says it’s a pirate themed room. Is that because they think they are giving me a “upgrade”? How can I get them to change this?

19 Kelly B - Destinations In Florida { 08.28.16 at 9:32 pm }

Hi Colleen,

Did the price go up? I would call to double check. You may have inadvertently booked the incorrect room. The only way to know would to be to call Disney directly.

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