Inside Look: The New Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

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The Disney Parks Blog released concept art for the enhancements currently underway at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Old Port Royale

The former Old Port Royale will now become the lobby which makes more sense being that it's centrally located within the property. Additionally, it will offer more convenient access to resort 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

Centertown Market will be expanded and enclosed, creating a single 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 Restaurant

Shutters, the resort's table-service restaurant, will now be located on the waterfront of Old Port Royale. Leaves and floral design motifs will fill the space, celebrating the natural beauty of the Caribbean. No word yet on the menu but this restaurant typically scored very low in ratings so hopefully Disney will make improvements here.

Banana Cabana

Banana Cabana will be a new poolside bar at Caribbean Beach. Cabana-style drapes will flank seating areas and re-purposed steel drums will illuminate a central communal table made from a wooden boat.

On a personal note I'm so happy to see these changes. Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort was in desperate need of enhancements. It's one of Disney World's most popular hotels as the crossover resorts with a narrow gap between rates for Value Resorts and the Moderate resorts.

by Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations