Disney Unveils Plans for Revamped Caribbean Beach Resort

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Disney has finally lifted the curtain on its plans for the re-imaged Caribbean Beach Resort in Walt Disney World.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort began a massive re-construction project earlier this year that included demolishing about one-third of the Moderate resort to make room for the new Riviera DVC.

Now the Disney Parks Blog has given us more information on what visitors can expect from Caribbean Beach in the future as part of their ‘12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas’ event.

Fans of Caribbean Beach will be happy to know that most of the names of their favorite amenities are in tact. This includes Old Port Royale and the Shutters restaurant.

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From the Disney Parks Blog…

Old Port Royale at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined as the port of entry where guests will check in before embarking on their island vacation. This centralized location will offer resort guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining, including an all-new Centertown Market for casual eats, an all-new Shutters restaurant offering waterfront dining adjacent to the new Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge, and Calypso Trading Post for shopping.


Centertown Market will be expanded and enclosed, creating a quick-service restaurant with an indoor street market vibe. Guests will enter the space under a large palapa-like structure, accented with glowing colored light pendants made from glass bottles. The market will feature open shutters, wooden light posts, awnings, ornamentation and unique seating areas. Guests will also have access to the Grab n’ Go market for a specialty coffee and quick bites.


Shutters, a Caribbean-inspired table-service restaurant, will be located on the waterfront of Old Port Royale, transporting guests to a beachfront home in the tropical islands. Large open shutters will allow the sun to cast a warm light into the space adorned with handmade items that appear as they’ve been found on the islands. Leaves and floral design motifs will fill the space, celebrating the natural beauty of the Caribbean.

The upgrades seem to be in line with the rumors that Caribbean Beach will no longer be a true Moderate resort, but rather something in-between a Moderate and Deluxe as its on the Skyliner route. It’s possible that after Disney is done with construction that the terms “Value,” “Moderate” and “Deluxe” go away completely in favor of guests picking resorts based on theming.

The revamped Caribbean Beach is set to debut in late summer of 2018. In the meantime, guests at Caribbean Beach will need to tolerate the construction and lack of a table service restaurant. But hey, the buffet is actually pretty good.

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[Source: Disney Parks Blog]

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