Orlando: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
I think we could get into the habit of taking a winter vacation to a warmer locale! Earlier in December, we spent four nights at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort–one of the “moderately” priced Disney properties.
In September I found a good vacation package deal through Southwest Airlines (flight + Disney hotel), so I booked it.
The advantage of staying at a Disney hotel is that round trip transportation from/to the airport is included, courtesy of Disney’s Magical Express. No waiting at the rental car counter. No managing the busy highways. A nice coach bus does that all for you. You can even choose to have your luggage automatically picked up at baggage claim and delivered straight to your hotel room. The big plus for us was when leaving: We were able to check in for our return flight at the hotel and leave our luggage there to be automatically transported for us. Then we hopped on Disney’s Magical Express bus to the airport and proceeded directly through TSA.
Owing to its name, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is decorated in tropical colors – lots of pink, purple, and aqua hues. The various buildings are centered around a lake. Check in is at the Custom House and a food court is located at Old Port Royale. Some visitors complain of the property being too spread out, but we found it easily walkable. Lots of good exercise.
Most mornings, we started with breakfast at the food court for a quick bite. We did one dinner at the table service restaurant, Shutters, and had an excellent meal of red snapper with jicama salsa and fried green tomatoes, and a perfectly cooked strip steak.
The Disney parks shuttle were quick and convenient and we used it to get to Disney Springs, the Magic Kingdom, and Epcot. I don’t think we waited over 10 minutes at our stop near our hotel room.
The weather cooperated and we were in shorts and t-shirts for all but our first day. We even managed to escape the first major winter storm of the season in Wisconsin.
In short: The convenience of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a big draw. Easy access to the parks and airport transportation helped to make this vacation go smoothly.
Below are a few photos, for the full set, check out my Flickr album.