Caribbean Beach Resort Construction and Demolition Continues in Walt Disney World

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is undergoing a massive overhaul. We stayed at the resort last week, and we’ve got photos and video of the latest progress.

It was announced a few months ago that big changes would be coming to both the Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs moderate resorts. While Disney has not officially stated everything that would be coming to the resorts, many are speculating that both resorts will soon have Disney Vacation Club (DVC) villas. It’s also possible that the resorts will have access to the rumored aerial gondola system that many are saying is coming to Walt Disney World.

Whatever the plans may be, the resorts are a bit of a mess right now. At Caribbean Beach, the Barbados Village has been completely demolished, as has half of Martinique. So we’re talking about 1/3 less rooms at Caribbean Beach until the renovations are complete.

Here are some photos of the rubble pile formerly known as Barbados…

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And here’s a photo of a mysterious tent that popped up in Aruba during our recent stay. It seems like they’re just using it to house building supplies.

We had a few opportunities to film the construction as we walked around the resort. On our first day at Caribbean Beach, we checked in during the afternoon and were able to see the equipment up and running. Disney has promised that no construction would take place in the early morning or evening hours so as to not disrupt guests.

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Below is some video that we caught on our first day…

We also had the chance to get some video footage of the construction during our bus trips into the parks.

Earlier this year, Disney closed main Center Town building which included the gift shop, food court, and table service dining location Shutters. In its place is a very temporary buffet tent as well as a food truck which offers takeout.

We tried both the food truck and the quick service buffet at Caribbean Beach — review to come.

While most guests staying at Caribbean Beach won’t be too terribly bothered by the renovation, those are are looking to spend more time kicking around the resort might want to wait until its completion in late 2018.


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I've loved Disney as long as I can remember. As a former newspaper editor, web developer, and Disney comics freelancer, I'm able to combine that experience into writing about Disney online. I'm also the co-host of a Disney fan podcast called 'Pirates & Princesses.' Opinions mine.

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