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March 11, 2010
East Haven, Connecticut
November 5, 2006
My family was so excited about our 2006 Disney trip; that is, until after we checked into the resort and found our room. Although I had requested Martinique, I was assigned a different section. Assuming that my request was simply not met we walked to the Aruba section where our room was. As we rounded Sea Breeze Drive our excitement turned into disappointment when we saw how weathered the area looked. When you look at the pictures in the brochure or watch the planning DVD, the Caribbean Beach Resort is always portrayed as a clean, bright and colorful resort. However we saw the grounds were covered with dried leaves and palm fronds and the building looked as though it not only needed a power wash but maybe a new coat of paint. The Aruba section just was not as appealing as the Martinique or Trinidad North section was and it was a big disappointment. That disappointment continued once we found our room, as it appeared as though the carpet was not vacuumed and the television did not work.
We were equally surprised to find that Magical Express Service "MISPLACED" my daughter’s luggage, and we had only three out of our four bags. After speaking with a cast member we found the bag was scanned in at the airport but Disney didn't know where the bag was now. If it had not been forty degrees when we left Connecticut, we would have dressed for the ninety degree weather we faced that day, and I am certain that my daughter would have been more comfortable in lighter clothing which was inside her luggage. Sadly, it was between 10pm and 11pm before our luggage was brought to our room. Not only did we find our missing bag, but there was also some other AAA member’s bags in my room as well. We were so disappointed and angry that we left the Caribbean Beach Resort and checked into our timeshare instead. However, we did return to use the pool a couple times and we used our room to change. While there I also checked the TV, it was finally fixed the last night before we left to come home.
As a travel professional and a disappointed guest I can tell you that your money will be better spent in Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and if it is in your budget, save yourself the aggravation and experience a deluxe resort.
From journal Walt Disney World Vacation - 2006
Raleigh, North Carolina
April 21, 2006
From journal Disney World With Disability
February 22, 2006
From journal A Long Weekend at Walt Disney World
leon valley, Texas
December 25, 2005
This wasn't a bad hotel at all. It was a reasonably priced 4-star hotel. One drawback of this property is the size. The hotel was huge. Each section has a name, i.e. Jamaica or Martinique. The best area to stay is Martinique. If you ever stay at this hotel, stay in that section, because you are by the restaurant and the best recreation the hotel has to offer.
You cannot simply walk around this hotel; you will need to drive to go from one area to another. Everybody here is very friendly, and the rooms are nice. The beds are very comfortable and come with a refrigerater, so if you want, bring your own food, since food can be expensive in this are. I just stoped at a grocery store on the way to the hotel to get some snacks. Don't get carried away, however--it is a minifridge. Enjoy your stay!
From journal Magic of Disney World
April 26, 2005
The theme pool was fun and needed since it got up to 100°F. My oldest son loved the water cannons. The grounds were absolutely beautiful and well kept.
The food court was fine but did get crowded at the peak times. You quickly learned to avoid these times. The types of food offered kept everyone happy. This is not a sit-down restaurant, so keep that in mind and you will not be disappointed.
All in all, it was a great vacation. We would definitely go back to this resort.
From journal Summer at Walt Disney World
by Emily Marie
Bronx, New York
March 11, 2005
The rooms are nice. The basic rooms have a two-sink vanity, two beds, and air-conditioning and ceiling fans. My travel companion, John, works as a cleaning supervisor, so he was a little upset with the housekeeping, but the only thing that caught me off guard was that house services decided to "hide" my pajamas under my pillow one day instead of leaving them on the bed where I left them.
The main house, or Centertown, is great. There were times we happily spent just staying here. The main pool is in this area, which is great for all. Kids love the slide and the small waterfall, while adults can sit in a hot tub. All this is situated around a bridge that looks like an old Caribbean fortress, with water-dripping cannons and such. The water in this pool seemed better than in the pool at the All-Star hotels, so it was very comfortable for swimming. There is a small bar here on the pool deck, too, and a place where you can rent bikes and boats for to use on the resort's lake. In the main building there is a standard Disney resort food court, a restaurant (see the accompanying review for "Shutters" restaurant), an arcade, and a gift shop.
CBR is fairly centrally, located on WDW property, and the buses run frequently. Its location is part of why we first chose this resort. We had a great time here and were happy with how much the resort itself had to offer. We are looking into returning to Disney later this year and almost definitely will stay at the CBR again.
From journal Walt Disney World, 16 Months Later
December 13, 2004
The rooms have an island feel to them. They are decorated in tropical colors and patterns. The bathroom is well-equipped, and the dressing area has a curtain - great idea for privacy. There is also a mini-fridge and wall safe, which is nice for your valuables.
The hotel has six heated pools, so your room is never very far from a pool. The main pool has a waterslide and is located just outside the food court. They also have characters, hair wrapping, and temporary tattoos for the kids.
There is an arcade, a marina, a jogging trail, volleyball courts, and bike and watercraft rentals here as well. There is something for everyone to do. And the best part about staying on property is that you can come back to the hotel via the complimentary Disney transportation to take a break in the middle of the day. They have a white-sand beach with hammocks that are great for an afternoon nap!
The staff is a typical Disney staff - always friendly and helpful. In fact, we ran out of shampoo, so I left a note for housekeeping requesting more. When we returned, we had our shampoo, but she had also made a little doll out of washcloths for my daughter. Every day when we returned from the parks, our room was clean and in great order.
From journal Birthday at Disney
July 27, 2003
From journal Our Disney Trip
Spring Lake, Michigan
January 7, 2001
From journal Disney Resort for Young Children