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Caribbean Beach Renovations Begin in Martinique

By Dave Shute

Crack friend of the site Shannon let me know this morning that the windows in Building 21 in Martinique are now marked up for refurb.

Caribbean Beach Room Markup from

(This means a floor plan has been stuck on the window to show the trades what to do in each room–see the image, of an accessible five person room.)

She also notes that work continues in Barbados 14, 15 and 16, and is done in Barbados 11, 12, and 13.

Shannon’s news answers one question–would the refurb begin in the preferred-price areas at CB before the holiday season, or be deferred until the lower-demand period after the new year?

But we still don’t know when 5 person rooms will be bookable.  I’ve speculated that such will happen only after preferred five person rooms are available–as otherwise Disney is leaving money on the table–so this may be soon.

Queen Beds in Refurbed Rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from

So here’s the current status

  • Jamaica and Aruba are complete
  • Barbados is more than half done, and likely will be complete this month
  • Some refurbed rooms in Martinique will be assigned beginning later this month, and–if construction continues through the holiday season–Martinique will likely be done sometime in December.

Meanwhile, Josh has a great review the resort and one of the re-furbed rooms here, with lots of great photos!!

My complete review of Caribbean Beach begins here. More to come after my re-visit to a Pirate Room next week…

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1 Melissa pilgrim { 11.11.14 at 2:11 pm }

When was this posted. We are going Presidents’ Day week ( which I just found out is a busy time to go so im super bummed) but hoping for a renovated room. Should 5/6 sections be completed by late February? Also they aren’t reno’ing the king and pirate rooms correct? What section are those in?

2 Dave { 11.12.14 at 7:21 am }

Melissa, this was from last week. Everything is being renovated except the Pirate rooms, so yes, king bed rooms are being renovated too. My guess is that all will be done by Presidents Day–there’s just 10 buildings left to be completed, 17 are done–but Disney may stop renovating over the holidays to have the capacity for the crowds…

3 Cosette { 11.19.14 at 10:35 pm }

Do you have an update on which buildings are being worked on this week. Thanks!

4 Dave { 11.20.14 at 11:38 am }

Hi Cosette, I’m sorry but I don’t. I expect Barbados is done and that three among Martinique 11-14 are being worked on.

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